Fundraising: Yusuf Islam song to raise money for tsunami orphans

Yusuf Islam, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, is to release a charity single later this month to aid children orphaned by the tsunami.

The singer will give the proceeds of Indian Ocean to South East Asian tsunami relief projects recently formed by the Small Kindness charity, where he is chairman.

He has also donated the "substantial" libel damages that he extracted from The Sun and The Sunday Times after their reports last October that US authorities had been right to refuse the singer entry into the country because he supports terrorism. The papers published apologies soon after and paid out undisclosed sums last week after amounts were settled out of court.

"It seems to be the easiest thing in the world to make accusations against Muslims," said Islam. "In my case it impacts on my relief work. At least the money gained through taking legal recourse is going to good causes."

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