My Ummah (Music CD) Sami Yusuf Product Overview... In July 2003, British Muslim artist Sami Yusuf released his debut album Al Muâ€™allim to unprecedented acclaim and success. It was the first album by an Islamic artist to receive such success in Europe, North America, North Africa, Turkey, the Middle East, and Asia, with hits like â€œAl Muâ€™allimâ€, â€œWho Is the Loved Oneâ€, and â€œYa Mustafaâ€ being on the tongues of Muslim children and adults from London to Casablanca, and from Istanbul to Kuala Lumpur, making Sami a household name in all those regions, and selling over 1 million copies worldwide. Now 2 years later, Samiâ€™s second album, entitled â€œMy Ummah,â€ is ready. Its a genre transcending album with melodies and lyrics that grab you after the very first listen-through. Clearly, Samiâ€™s uniqueness is the special mix of different cultures and artistic influences that he beautifully blends into amazing songs not limited by narrow genres, but seamlessly combining several with ease. â€œMy Ummahâ€ has all the ingredients to become another worldwide success, inshallah. The new album deals with â€“ amongst other things - issues such as unity, spirituality, sistersâ€™ struggle to wear the scarf, terrorism, human brotherhood, faith, and songs about Allah and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). About the Artist... Sami Yusuf was born in the month of July 1980. He was born into a musical family of Azeri origin and thus music played an integral part in his life. Samis initial training came from his father, who is an internationally renowned composer, poet, and a multitalented musician. Sami grew up in London and learnt to play several instruments at a very young age and gradually began to show a keen interest in singing and composing. He studied music at several institutions and with renowned composers and musicians including composers from the Royal Academy of Music in London, one of the world most prestigious music institutions. Sami has been composing from a very young age and his beatiful voice is supplemented by his extensive knowledge of notes and harmonies. He also has a good understanding of music theory and the Middle Eastern modes (or Maqams). Indeed, it is rare to find a person who has all these talents. Sami is also a devout practicing British Muslim who sees songs as a means of promoting the message of Islam and encouraging the youth to be proud of their religion and ethnicity.