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Yusuf Islam calls for journalist's release

(CNN) -- Statement issued by Yusuf Islam, formerly known as pop singer Cat Stevens, urging the kidnappers of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl to free him:

As salamu a'laykum

Here's my message I hope it can do some good -- insha Allah.

In the name of God, the Supremely Merciful, Most Kind

As a Muslim from the West, I have worked for many years to save lives and help people in need, this is because it is an obligation as a human being, especially a Muslim, to assist the poor and needy. Now the time has come to show the world the Mercy of Islam.

The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was the best example of humanity to all creatures, he taught us that a man went to heaven because he gave water to a thirsty dog; and a woman went to hell because she tied a cat, which starved to death.

As a message to those who are holding the journalist Daniel Pearl, I ask that the Mercy of Islam be shown. If justice is your goal, then the cause of justice will not be served by killing an innocent man who has nothing but a pen in his hand. It says in the Glorious Qur'an:

"And no soul can bear the burden of any other."

May God guide you to increase the good name of our faith by extending the hand of Mercy to Daniel Pearl and his family. O Allah, make us all ambassadors of Your light and true justice.

Peace be upon you -- Yusuf Islam




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