Middle Eastern musician known for blending East and West styles. His single "Al-Mu`allim," from his debut album of the same name, topped seven million sales worldwide.
He learned to play several instruments in his youth and studied at the prestigious RADA School in London.
Infusing his modern songs with ancient Islamic spirituality, he was called Islam's Biggest Rock Star by Time Magazine and attracted a global Muslim following.
Born in Tehran and raised in London, he came from an Azerbaijani background, with his father being a native of Baku.
He contributed a track to the soundtrack of The Kite Runner, the film based off the book of the same name, which was written by Khaled Hosseini.