Face of the day

Cat Stevens addressed the crowd at Hagley Park with an emotional speech before performing at the National Remembrance Service for the victims of the Christchurch terror attacks.

[…] The music icon, who became a Muslim in the late ’70s and changed his name to Yusuf Islam, was joined on stage by his close friend, Kiwi musician Bruce Lynch on the bass.
“Our hearts go out to the families of those whose lives were snatched away in that evil carnage, while they were worshipping in the mosque two weeks ago,” he said.
“We learn about things through their opposites. The evilness of that act, and what drove it, we find its opposite – which is the love and kindness and unity which has sprung up right here in New Zealand.?

[…] Stevens went on to perform three songs, including classic hit ‘Peace Train’.
“Our prayers go to those shining souls whose lives were snatched away in that moment of madness,” he concluded.
“May peace be upon them. Peace in this world may take a bit longer.”


It is good to know that Yusuf has peace in his heart and love and kindness for his fellow man. That is certainly what the world and New Zealand needs right now.

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