Cat Stevens regained the limelight briefly in 1989
, and alienated many former fans, when he publicly supported the Islamic ruling
which found Salman Rushdie
's book The Satanic Verses
to be blasphemous. As Stevens noted, "under Islamic Law, the ruling regarding blasphemy
is quite clear; the person found guilty of it must be put to death
Stevens denied, though, that he was calling for Rushdie's death; he simply wanted the 'blasphemous' book to be banned.