Picks and Pans Review: Catching Up with ... Yusuf
ON LEAVING SHOWBIZ I wanted a break. I acted against the advice of the first imam I met, who said keep making records. But I got worried about doing something wrong [with Islam]. After a while I realized Islam and music have an amazing connection.
ON REDISCOVERING GUITAR In 2004 my son [Muhammed] had one with him on holiday in Dubai. It was dawn, everyone was asleep, and after like 28 years, I wanted to see if my fingers still knew what to do—and they did.
ON RETURNING TO POP MUSIC IN 2006 They say there are only two stories in life: leaving home and coming back. Being able to sing is a gift, so I better use it!