In 1979 he auctioned all his guitars away for charity and left his music career to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. He has been given several awards for his work in promoting peace in the world, including 2003's World Award, the 2004 Man for Peace Award and the 2007 Mediterranean Prize for Peace.
In 2006, he returned to pop music, with his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, entitled An Other Cup. He now goes by the single name Yusuf.
He currently lives with his wife and children in London, and spends part of each year in Dubai.
His newest album, Roadsinger, was released on May 5, 2009.http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/myjanaty