British singer Yusuf Islam will be honoured for his humanitarian and charity work by a British university later this year (05) - less than a year after he was deported from the US when FBI agents deemed him a threat to security.

Islam, who was formerly known as CAT STEVENS before becoming a Muslim in 1977, will be awarded an honourary doctorate by the University of Gloucester in November in recognition of his company Small Kindness, which provides education and aid to orphans in war-torn countries.

The MORNING HAS BROKEN star has also set up three Islamic schools in London teaching the Koran since 1977.

A university spokesperson says, "Mr Islam's pioneering work in the field of education resulted in a landmark decision by the British government to certify and support Islamic education throughout the UK.

"He is closely linked with the Association Of Muslim Schools and is a supporter of initiatives between the association and university to provide initial teacher training in Muslim schools."

20/07/2005 03:52