CAIR: U.S. Muslims React to Exclusion of Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

Former Cat Stevens removed from plane, denied admission to U.S.

Sep 22, 2004, 01:00 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, September 22, the
 Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a noon news conference
 in Washington, D.C., in reaction to today's exclusion from the United States
 of Yusuf Islam, an internationally-known Muslim activist and educator. SEE:
      WHAT:    CAIR Reacts to Exclusion of Yusuf Islam from U.S.
      WHEN:    Noon, Wednesday, September 22, 2004
      WHERE:   CAIR's Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue S.E.,
               Washington, D.C.
      CONTACT: CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787,
     Islam, the former pop singer Cat Stevens, was removed from a plane bound
 for Washington from London Tuesday when his name showed up on a U.S. watch
 list. The plane was diverted to Maine's Bangor International Airport. A
 department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesman said Islam was denied
 admission to the United States "on national security grounds." Islam, who
 recently spoke out against the massacre of more than 300 people in a
 Russian school, will be returned to England on Wednesday.
     SEE: "The Former Cat Stevens Gets Plane Diverted",1282,-4506026,00.html
     "When internationally-respected Islamic personalities like Yusuf Islam and
 Professor Tariq Ramadan are denied entry to the United States, it sends the
 disturbing message that even moderate and mainstream Muslims will now be
 treated like terrorists," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
     DHS officials recently revoked the visa of Tariq Ramadan, an Islamic
 scholar who was due to begin teaching at the University of Notre Dame.
     SEE: "Muslim Scholar Barred from US Preaches Tolerance"
     CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
     CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:
     NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a journalist's window to
 the American Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called
 ISLAM-INFONET, receive news releases and other materials dealing with
 American Muslim positions on issues of importance to our society.

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations