British singer Yusuf Islam believes UK foreign policy played a role in motivating the 7 July (05) London bombings.

The PEACE TRAIN singer, formerly known as CAT STEVENS, says an al-Qaida video claiming responsibility for the attacks and linking them to Britain's role in the Middle East showed foreign policy "was not the only factor but it was a major contributory".

He adds, "At the same time we have to look at how the teaching of Islam has been distorted."

Islam also believes that schools should teach young Muslims the true meaning of Islam to keep them away from extremist ideas.

He explains, "Right now there is a more vital role for education to play in painting a truer picture of Islam. If you don't give it to the children in schools, anybody can give it to them on the streets or outside the normal environment for learning."

But he also insists that Muslims should do more to integrate into British society.

He concludes, "Coming to Islam from a western background, I was slightly surprised early on by the insular approach. I can understand it because many feel insecure and perhaps they weren't appreciated or were misunderstood.

"With a new generation of English-speaking Muslims we have an opportunity to build many more bridges between the great faiths."