Channel: Abdur-Raheem McCarthy
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salatu salam ala rasulillah
always due to Allah has helped me seek His forgiveness and mercy blessings be upon
us an honor to have
McAfee with us today.
And I think we already sent a brief you know, introduction and by way of shaping the group. So, before we start with the shape inshallah, we will just take a quick introduction
of salatu salam ala rasulillah.
A quick reminder,
a small sliver of Iran with a soul that's full of meaning that we need to reflect on a surah that Imam Shafi Rahim Allah said, the burdens of law.
If a law did not send down any proof or evidence upon immigration, except for the sword, it would have been sufficient because of the deep meanings which are in these small three verses only. As one of the first two verses, I always tell my students that if you don't know the Arabic language, no matter how much you translate these verses, you cannot understand them properly. Is it because of the strength of the Arabic language but I'm also pineal Adonis is what also a swearing by the time of an awesome and I'm also paddleboats ana is the creator has the right to swear by any of his creation if he chooses, well, we as the gration only have the right to swear by a loss of power
without himself. It's hard on frozen to swim by any thing else or anybody else other than a loss of power wattana. He swears by the time and whenever you hear almost without without a square by the time in the small suit as
well, in fact, you will also watch shows all of these examples. It shows the importance about what's going to come like an introduction, the fact that it also ties in with other swore by some people's creation, it's telling the reader who's about to listen to the AI that are coming, that is very, very important. That allows the panel what Allah says in there in Santa leviosa, the very the human is in loss. And we look at the Arabic language you have in which comes with that key, which is the emphasis on something. And also the lamb. The Netherlands, which is in Latvia also comes to put emphasis as well. So the double emphasis and then every grammar and diverse. And then when I'm also
part of what Allah says hosting the hosting any in laws, also this is what they say in Arabic grammar, the neck era is by itself. Any it also shows the amount that general that all type of loss. There's there's there's no way everything is else. There's no exception to the rule. As in gentlemen, you reach this I
didn't say this, because it's it all everything is in loss. But then also Pamela tada in the third verse gave an exception to that, that was in the next verse is is an exception to what was mentioned, everything else was in laws. And so if we look at the the affairs of the dunya,
if somebody wants to tell you that there was a danger, around the corner of you're going to say, don't go that way, there's something dangerous happening, there's a fire, there's this, you're going to pay attention to. If somebody tells you, for example, you're a businessman, you're working in the market, and so there's a big problem, there's going to be a collapse, you're gonna lose a lot of money. If you decide I didn't, I lost a lot of money, you're gonna pay attention. But here's a little panel Italia Quito telling you about paying attention for your outgo for you to pay attention. Because if you don't fall into the categories, they're gonna come the exception to the
rule, that means you're in complete loss. Then I'm also fine with Alison hildur, except accept the exception. Ellen Latina,
except for those who believe why men are slowly hurt and do good deeds will also will help that they advise to the hub to the truth. And for those who have a similar device for patience.
And when you read through the Quran, as the scholars of Islam and you can see this yourself and you read to the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala never mentioned and never praises. Those who believe in in says what he's going to give them in reward in the Hereafter, or mentions their high status except for he mentioned some kind of Masada while having a solid heart and they do good deeds, not just believe. And those who believe what I'm going to say and do good deeds, they're always together
and reflect on that when you read if you read an English language, you can't read Arabic yet, when you see one of those who believe and do good deeds will allow given this in the hereafter logon they have this they have this this status. Elena Hammond wireless so that they
Believe and they do good deeds also,
the two are intertwined together. And if you don't benefit from your email if you don't have, if you don't have actions, if you say in my heart is okay, if it's in your heart is going to show you actions. Say I'm a good Muslim and if you're a good Muslim inside, you're gonna need a little some outside has to be there has to show in your in your in your actions. And that's what you see when it comes to the affairs of the dunya. If you were to be into sports, have the Americans here today so we can talk about American football and basketball, I was gonna talk about soccer all the time.
So if you if you're a sports fan, anybody who likes what you'll see that the person he wears his team's colors, the logo might have a sticker on his car, if he's really into it, he shows because what's inside, there is a
mythology from Boston Celtics, the Celtics, the Celtics, now you're gonna see Celtics or pistons fan out from Detroit, it's gonna be on his clothes. So they took your team from Seattle.
So if that were to happen, and you're gonna see the action items, and that's the point, if somebody has if they love something to see an action, so if somebody is a good Muslim inside, and he's a true believer, you're gonna see his actions, you're going to see sometimes even the norm, the light in his face, the radiance in his face. As a fan, I always look at this with the Muslim and non Muslim. They can be light in color and complexion. But this one has the radiance of email, and this one has nobody gradients
and you can find some else who's darker complexion. But you see the radiance of human the North the light of his face. And you may know cinema whose lighting inflection but there's no light in
the light anymore. And you guys
can see I'm they're always in the face of the Muslim comes in because of the email, and then the good deeds, and obviously, the more good deeds, what's gonna happen to the man is going to become stronger, the more bad deeds, what's gonna happen, the man's gonna become weaker. The more you do good, the more you increase in year 11. But no doubt we know as Muslims, that from our belief that our demand increases and decreases. Nobody has a superhuman, you get a man rushes when you get super, super high he rushes we Mashallah, you're very strong man. But then it goes down. So what do we do when it goes down? We have to strive to go back up. And that's why when it comes to, as I
explained to the bros last night in the lecture, when it comes to doing good deeds, we have to have a certain pattern, a certain schedule, certain actions that we do every day. Because the prophets I seldom taught us a habit, that man in the law of normal, however, that the most beloved actions by law, all the consistent ones, even if they're small, so that's why as Muslims, we have to have a certain
basic human, for human actions visa we do all the time.
And people are different when it comes in. Everybody has the same thing, for example, and coming up the fact that a person, there's no difference about that. And we have to have that there's no no exception to the rule, because the FBI paid 300
No, you have to pay five, this is something that's not optional. We'll talk about how you have to all of us on the same level, but you find the other brother, Mashallah when it comes to the 12 sooner prayers, never misses them.
Everyday, he struggles with it, but other brains good at that. So that's your basic thing. And the other brother who's maybe missing a 12 minute prayers, but Monday and Thursday, Michelle, he's fasting all the time. And he's very good at another brother, Michelle, you'll find it every day, half an hour with a bunch of heat when he wakes up. And he praises within the last 30 days, that people have different abilities. So the what you're good at what you have you explained that you're consistent. And then on top of that, we try to do as many good deeds as you can. If you can go their own route once a year at something and Mr. booster, if you can go and visit and see people in the
hospital, if you can go visit the graveyard to reflect on that you do that doesn't mean you have to do that everyday. It's a part of your everyday program. But you do other things to any spice up your especially worship, to do some things and to get in some of the rewards.
And to become closer to us want to strengthen your humor. So those who believe and do good deeds, and what happens to those who believe in good deeds, do good deeds, what happens to everybody when it comes Muslim, they always want to share it with other people. They want to spread it so they start to practice it's not and the brother was the brother was a return to
correct this now that you want to share that with other people. You want to share that message or spread it. That's what the walls open, which is the call to the truth, which is to get out and now we have two types of data
To the Muslims themselves, which we all need to remind ourselves like we're doing right now. And down to the non Muslims. And the best way of giving down we mentioned last night one,
what's the best way to get down?
And our actions and our actions, the best way to give
people see the difference? And is the problem. Sometimes when we talk to non Muslims about Islam, they come to us and they say, it's beautiful. Do you give like the book, a brief Illustrated Guide is beautiful book, right? And they're like, Oh, this is nice. But if it was really beneficial, why does it benefit you? What's wrong with you? What's your problem? Why isn't it isn't had an effect on you.
main thing is to see it in yourself to see the benefits that it has on you to see the differences that has upon you. And then obviously, there's other ways to get down. But this is something that it's legit, that everybody does as much as you can. And as much as you can do from data, obviously, you do it, because you want to feel awesome. What did you do for you. So we do as much as we can, it doesn't mean you have to be a full time that it doesn't mean this. But whatever you can do, especially representing Islam, especially now, you might work with non Muslims. So the representing how you represent Islam is very important. Because maybe they see things sometimes for some of the
Muslim outside, but then when they see you in the workplace,
I know, brother,
Michael, and Michelle, you know, he's a, he's a Muslim, he's very good Muslim, but I work with him. He's a very good guy. So what they say about Muslims on the media is natural, because I know the most I work with Muslims, it's very important just isn't active, how you treat the people. And then you see sometimes how many people become Muslim just from how they've been treated by the Muslims, Indonesia, the largest Muslim population in the world, they became Muslim to the treatment other businessmen when they were setting and buying with them. And they saw how Islam affected them. And the whole country, largest Muslim population in the world. So this now, the importance of giving
that was open. But Allah Subhana, WA, tada showed us something, it's very important that you that you know, and that is, if you if you're going to have a man, and you're going to
have good deeds, you're going to work for your dean, and you're going to call to your dean, then you have to have some sort of patience to, because you'll be tested. Anybody who wants to go to that you're going to be challenged, you're going to face some difficulties. And look at the prophets as the examples that we need to look at the difficulties they went to the needs to call the people to the dean to call the people to practice, they went to difficulties, they obviously the role model for us and shows that we were going to go to difficulties as well. And you always have to remind ourselves about the importance of patience. Because the dunya we live in this life, we live in
studies, we're here to be tested. We're always asked to why would we Why would we predict? And the question that comes into our mind as Muslims right away is to worship a lot. But there's something else in that too, which is the test net, and also be worshiping as a test in itself. as well. I'm also panel autonomy and solar
panels as I lead the affordable moto and higher level,
one upgraded debt and life to test you, which one of you is best in deeds. So here's the worship Allah subhana wa Tada. And we're here to be tested, which one of us is having the best in deeds? So this is a quick reminder, my dear brothers, humbler
sisters, who to talk to your brother and sisters,
about the reality of this life, and that everybody is in loss is in a facade, except for the ones who have poor characteristics. And now who was saying is now almost a panel that loves it, everybody, and he puts so much emphasis on it, when they you sort of our grammar, so much emphasis on it, that everything everybody is in complete loss, except, except for the ones who have these four characteristics of the man belief of doing good deeds of calling to the truth. And then I'll call it the patience and being patient himself the lowest best of all item, that's the lowest and
if there's any questions that show up, we can open up the floor for questions.
Pet like you said, she's
going to like you said there has to be acceptance thing. I mean, what's the normal age?
Well, what they've done is I personally don't really agree with this because there are a lot of exceptions to the rules sometimes. I remember one time we had met a brother.
He was from Uganda. And he
at five years old was taken to the Vatican.
And he studied his elementary school, middle school, high school,
bachelor's, master's, PhD on the Vatican. And then he became Muslim after that.
They're training him to go back to this country. And if he goes was
at the age of 32, he came to apply this year.
I was like, come on, I said, there has been an exception for somebody like this. And this is something so rare opportunity. You know, I said, How can you not accept him? But they're, they're really honestly, there are people that accept, how do they get accepted?
I guess you have to
know. But anyway, anyways, the age limit is 25. And even if you're, if you're 24, and you have been out of school for more than five years, they won't accept you. Because they know they think the older you get, the more devote is for you to study, the most likely you have a family was that you're focusing on that you start to use and then your wife's crying every day, and then you are dissolving and you go back, you know, different things like that different reasons that they only accept
a younger age. But that's the reason why. I don't know about the other universities.
what sparked is hard to change. After all, this
was what made them change, like, what sparked his heart.
I'm in Umberto Kevlar, one of those stories. But I mean, nafc read about Islam. And there was
no question about it, you know, we talked about that went to non Muslims a lot of times. But what about approaching family members? Like how is that different than what what we recommend? And that's
through the through NANOSENSORS machine? Yeah, non Muslim family members. Sometimes it becomes even for Muslim, when you get down to variables, it's probably one of the most difficult things, because they won't listen to you. And they might listen to somebody else.
And I remember I met a brother actually visiting my house in Ireland.
His wife is Irish, easy, these
She's not Muslim. And he and he started to practice. And, you know, maybe you can talk to her this because, you know, from her husband, she doesn't want to listen to him. Yeah, but from somebody else, you She might listen. So
that's how it is a lot of the time, I mean, I think just the treatment of how you treat them and how you deal with them. And then if they open up the door, talk about history,
indirectly because a lot of times they don't want to be pressured like most people, so you know, use the same thing and you use it with anybody else who's not dynamic, but the treatment they see the treatment and has a big effect on other people because of how they change because obviously now becomes harder
to mistreat them before you know you shouldn't know but you still do it right. But then when it becomes
when it becomes something that you are
you know, they see the change in you as a big effect
is more difficult than getting out on the street or you had a stroke and because the coal is always with you and you're working together and if you talk about
your work especially if it's your boss or something it will always be there that you like your challenges
come out in like
what I used to work when I used to work in education, work with a lot of non Muslims so different things I would do I for example, I would help bring in some copies of the Quran or a book or something like that. And I would send out an email to them I should do some free copies I have left in my M
i think we call it America they call the pigeonhole
my box whatever that you can go and you can take all my desk and and anybody who wants it, they can take it. And then he will comes and talks to you, you open up the floor. But always if you buy an opportunity, but don't do any, if you usually abuse hikma, okay, use wisdom, then usually doesn't cause confidence, as well as what are the tools to call them go to spam.
So we go into a call with the wisdom. It doesn't usually cause conflict and especially if you do want to buy from the west and things like that. Well, I've been open minded and
you could find every now and then somebody who's really on point is really just want to hear but then they usually let you know I don't want to want to hear too
much. It shouldn't be a problem.
But at least other things also can come and make you feel good.
So just any Oh, this could cause a problem with my boss, but maybe
he might, he might later if he becomes Muslim, he will be upset with you. So these years, you never talk about this.
You wasted all these years.
And that's what a lot of people they become Muslim, as they say, right? So all these years or nobody know about Islam.
Some people say
they're afraid. It's kind of a dork like that open down, even myself when I'm not. If you put me on the street, I'm not the greatest street daddy. So my company starts talking to me out, okay, but I'm not the guy who said, Well, excuse me, and they're really good at open op. That's how it is, you know, and other people, they can't say anything.
So in the least he shows us action, which is good. But any people differ, even when it comes to giving hopeless, for example, you might find something with a scholar of Islam, but it's not a cookie. And then recently, it's happened with us, there was a brother who was giving a course and he's very good in fifth Mashallah graduate from Medina to why why does he give the other brothers didn't actually he's not really good to compete in his way doesn't want to do it. It's not his cup of tea people, if
you tell them come teach your course.
It's not as things okay, so people different people differ in their abilities, but they're keeping a you least have to show you actually, that's the smallest level at the moment, there's not a giving down. So it's basically for something that's homeless. Unfortunately, many of us are doing it. But again, you should at least do it as much as you can.
Recent events and everything that are going on, and the environment that some of us work over here, you hear a lot of negatives, you know that. I mean, one of the one of the comments I'm sure, you probably must have heard is that not all Muslims are credited terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims. And this is the view that's coming out that's been put out by the media and everything. How would you tackle it? What's important here is that we we train ourselves to understand and to get some information. And perhaps many of you have seen the FBI pie charts about terrorist attacks in America. Have you ever seen this before?
If you type it in on Google, you'll see it. It's it's an official pie chart done by the FBI. They showed the the What do you call it over the people who attack terrorist attacks in America? The lowest amount is the Muslims themselves. And the different Christian groups, Jewish groups, actually there are even more than Muslims. So what you need to know these type of things reality, and you have any look at the Buddhists are doing, you know, in an environment that is like this, these type of things.
And you can say the same thing. Now, I said recently, I said, Okay, does that mean every Christian is a child molester? Because there's a lot more pedophiles, and there were Christians and Muslims who are terrorists, let's be honest. In fact, these religious leaders are doing that as well. So you mean you can use different arguments? I mean, sometimes it's more ignorance or hatred, if somebody says it like this. But do you see like, for example, something most people are not like this.
Select ignorant few who say something is good. If you go for example, then you guys see the video that came out, almost got a million views. Now I saw the other day of
the social experiment in Canada recently. Anybody see it?
Yeah, it's very good question. If you do social script, Muslim, and it's on YouTube, it'll come up for you. It's about three minutes. But what happened is that a brother came wearing a soul and wearing a hat on his head. And they were
one guy said, Are you gonna get on the bus? And he's like, yes. He said, No, get on an Xbox. Like, why are you saying this dude? He said he could have a bomb on him, he could have this. And the people were like, you can't say that people really stood up for at the end, because the guy would say there was like a white guy who's Muslim, or am I just gonna spread out? Oh, he's Muslim, but he didn't. He looks like his regular old white guy, you know. And somebody said, if you don't stop this, we can handle it a different way we can go somewhere else. I didn't nobody really thought about was one of the guys who got really ticked off at me. We know he punched him and broke his
These are not Muslims who stood up for this Muslim. So the majority of people they don't have this, they realize I was the media does have a big effect, obviously. But then you can just try to you know, to fix this the best you can. And then you have other things, you know, it wouldn't be fair for us to say about another nationality or that because of doing this to say all Buddhists are terrorists because of this, and most Buddhist people are supposed to be anyways. So I mean, that wouldn't be fair to make a general ruling.
And they also had an opportunity to get down to tell people about Islam. So what do you read?
And you're going to find the answer is gonna be what? Nothing. Disability isn't immediate for ya. 72 virgins that's about it.
That's all they hear about a slap, right?
No, let's sit down and let's, let's talk about this now.
Speaking of this
very funny situation I had a couple of days ago actually talking to this old lady online trying to get her down. Beautiful Christian lady.
Wherever we speak,
to indirectly pressure her by showing her that okay that I know your Bible, so don't try to blow anything on me. So I think she eventually got the hand so she was trying to assault me somehow or trying to push me away somehow. So she was like, Okay, I'm sorry. You say your religion is free of terrorism and whatnot. And you know, it's peaceful. Okay, excuse me, remind me again, what religion does it say that if they kill people and get get themselves killed, they get 21 virgins. So I'm like, Okay, first of all, it's 72 virgins.
Okay, it's definitely
I remember my father said to me, once we had a debate, it is very good. It was one time we had gotten.
And he said that you you believe if you kill innocent people, that you get 72 virgins? I said, No, we don't say anything like that. Just because you you kill a innocent person that can kill all of humanity. So the process is
entirely different. So people don't really know. So it could actually sometimes be opportunity. But a lot of times, we have to realize that it's from ignorance, and a lot of you will become Muslim. And you know, maybe what you thought before and what you know now it's it's it's completely different.
using down materials, I was talking recently left Kuwait about six months ago, I came back here to visit and
I was looking on the weekends we given Tao of India, so tungsten is here to mostly Muslim. And when I got back to the status, it was a good idea when I was in the best years, there's not a lot of advocacy, a lot of doubt, a lot of good vision. I mean, people who converted or reverted to Islam years ago, they're still you learn every day. And you know, you start with the basics you can go wrong. So I got in touch with some of the brothers and was asking what we use for good or we get to download materials from this Islamic Center to see
what the brothers are
doing real particular on what dow materials we brought in where they seem to be that okay, we can
the past in spread Islam. Today, outside the messenger, they were talking about the brothers out there with the books and talking about
what would you recommend, as a good actually
a good version version of a good translation to you?
I always like a man, or give away the noble the Noble Quran
know, some people don't want Arabic text, non Muslims. Now, it's a very important question, if I was asking about which material you give, and this is something now, even when I was in Ireland, brother, he contacted me say he wants to send all these tons of books to us. And I told him, you know, may Allah bless you bless your books and your money, but we don't want them. I told him, I said, because most of the books you're going to send are not useful to us. And when I put them in a storage, and then I'm going to go to waste, the most beneficial book they're gonna send to us is a brief Illustrated Guide. Now, that's a brilliant book and has been reviewed very thoroughly. It's a
very good book, very good English. A lot of these books have bad English, and you haven't as a native speaker, you read some bad English, you get some grammar mistakes, and, and sometimes the translations of certain things, and they're even worse, you know, and, and sometimes we just know, understand the depth of doubt. When you tell somebody in some of these books that you're going to go to the Hellfire, you know, right away, that's not a good thing to tell somebody right away. You know, if you if you're, if you're a Christian, you're going to the hellfire. And they take that offensive at that stage. That's not a good way to get down. Okay, maybe at a later stage. At this
stage, you tell me that from the beginning that can throw them farther away from itself. So what we need to do is see which books are beneficial. Okay.
If you look at it again, you can vary
Easily under the bridge now in Canada, or Europe, we should appear in green the brothers and UK
use of chambers and those brothers who established a euro. And, and these brothers, each one of them had about 20 years of experience when they came together. Okay? And they started with their, with their ideas and see what is the best. They have little pamphlets, little books from the Quran, a marvelous thing that I saw that they have, they don't give up the entire Quran right away, they have a little small book with some chosen is chosen verses that show the beauty of this image or this and you'll give them this one. And then if somebody comes back and then wants the entire forum, then we can give it to him. So read this verse just give an example of the front because I think this is the
best way. And then when it comes to this position before itself, the Merciful Han is a good translation if you know Arabic, if you know her, because it's not really a translation. It's more of a tipsy because he explains everything between parentheses everything.
No no saying the one that you say from data cinema, and you're giving out if you know Arabic, or if you want to have a understanding, but it's not really a translation. It's more of a tipsy it's more of an explanation as to everything he explains within the parentheses and as you know, as an English reader, that something will drive you crazy. You don't want every every now and then you will do in the English language don't do it. Every two sentences you have an explanation even becomes very annoying, okay.
was really immature and
to go my loving
I personally believe that the best translation is the slug international translation. Very, very clear. And they have it available with just the English. So give it to the non Muslim you give it to them in English only because what happens you know as non Muslim, what do you do sometimes the books where do you read it? You know, and this email will be capable since
both said I was worth several months I was I was in my phone every time I sat on the toilet.
What do you do when you sit on the toilet? Right?
So he said every time another sister and he
she said that every day was the most relaxing time for me as a non Muslim was when I would sit down in a bubble bath had a little trade with it with my karate my glass of wine.
She didn't know
So if you give it to anonymous, they make a veto. So you can do with it. So maybe the English only that's the best thing to do.
Explain that. That's not the crime. Yeah. No, but it is it is the meaning of the word. It is the translation of because we got into
talking about which was we thought would be good. And then I said well, it's almost like it sounds like Christians and you have all the different versions of the Bible and they they swear by the one that they read but then you have someone said well this said this or this and that.
And so a non Muslim doesn't come from Christianity
said this, you know, and it's not the Quran in Arabic and I was the Santa brothers I wouldn't shy away from it having Arabic because
that's a good point. But you bet you show them maybe the visual original text looks like but this is the this is what it's saying and it's not a different version like wherever you would we were encouraged to learn and really
it doesn't we don't have this discussion. You're saying that said this and I said
just kind of had a I know that I've been leaning more towards debt we'll have more of a consensus on the one that had the it had it you know the bottom it'll have like an explanation of
because like the holy karate did like written in Old English. Yeah, like they
really will throw you off
a little bit younger than us probably we have an idea what he's saying Oh, it's annoying to us but like younger generation
languages this you know
what was the other miniature version you said just to give them like a taste of Mexico? No I Europe.
If you if you go to Iraq
a very good.
It's just an example of some is just like a, like a taste, journal or on iTunes or something like that is helpful.
the brothers have an array of books a whole Eisen brought around with a suitcase full of
it will be great, especially for where you work at.
But not I wouldn't recommend everything but someone, they had a lot of basics. And they had all this, like, science in Islam, all types of things that the type of people that we work with is always going to be they have to be right and precise. And
this stuff is there. And it's not necessarily just saying, Oh, you know,
only specifically to Muslims, and your religion is a fact that they can go back. And they want to check technical guys like that. They have to check everything out. Which is great, because that does lead people to Islam, you're going to prove them wrong, and
they love your work. So you'll be us investors, for example. That's how he became a Muslim. He was trying to give Dawa to Muslim to get him to convert to Christianity, to read about Islam to boo as long as it become Muslim. I said, I also know a sister in Sudan.
And she's from Alabama. And you know, she's really like, you know, she's that hardcore Christian. You know, they were talking about, you know, not really dating, getting married and doing a proper she was
really old school, you know, and you don't do anything to they got married type thing. So but she was he said, you know, she says, I want you to become a Christian first. And he's like, No, you become Muslim. And she said, I read about Islam to prove him wrong. You know, give him dalla got him to become a become a Christian. But she said,
This is awesome. It's great. It's better than what we had
at the America, and you can watch.
was okay with
this new one he had. And he
then got an asthma token.
turn offs from
it's not, it's not correct. Because before they believe that
they believe the Ruby.
So sometimes, the translation of words makes people think
they refer to themselves as infidels. Oh, yes.
which, which translation is this?
She was talking about one of the transitions.
Okay. It could also be no in order to transition. They say no disbelievers omega, no.
Interesting remark about that, as the term infidels actually first used, Crusaders, the Muslims, then around the Muslims actually started using
that makes sense, interesting.
fundamentals, because all
are very attuned to their faith, the other, the other like, they call them fundamentalist, Christian noon, and then I'll turn up
like, arbitrary stories that were describing, for example, that one documentary,
he was saying that if Muslims actually knew what we Christians thought about them during the times of the crusades, like in all the hymns, all of the literature, how much how much hate we had for, like, we thought they were just believed the history thought they were pagans, we thought they were idol worshipers. And we found every reason to hate them and just go to war with pretty much
to teach teaching them to, you know, and these are the ones who will do to go with the holy city and have
Muslims, Christians, Judaism or monotheistic religions, and they're sort of like, you know, the following. So perhaps the most insane,
right? They're all kind of like, one monotheistic religion, some of them even say they're sort of like, you know, cousins of each other and everything. Is that still a thing where you can say you can marry one of those people?
You know, people have the book, you can marry them. Is that still lovable or What's there? Yes, because it's the same thing because even even during the time when the Koran was sent down, they were on the same belief, as they they believe in the Trinity they believe
In this, and then there are a lot of things that will distort it in their book, you know, it could be more distorted. But it was still just thought at that time and you'll be allowed to marry them. So the ruling stays the same, you're allowed to marry them. They're not even there. They're mean, and all of those things, it doesn't change. Unless you know, something. For example, somebody says, No Christian, but then you find out they're atheist. And within reality, I don't really believe as a Christian, I don't really believe in God. And she's not
you know, or somebody says, you know, I'm Christian
issue, I think in this day, it's about being okay for Muslims to eat. You
can even share them with any of our employee when he went to, to the US. And he was asked about that he said, is permissible, and a lot of scholars do believe that, that it is permitted because of the general ruling. And however they
live in those countries, we know that the reality is,
most of the meat is not slaughtered, or the slaughter is not slaughtered in a proper way. And he the Jews, for example, they have the kosher meat, they still slaughter correctly, so they'll probably eating their meat at all. But a lot of the Christians
most of them don't slow anymore, they slaughtered in a barbaric way that's actually very harmful with me. So it's better to stay away from it, no doubt. However, there are some areas where something very interesting I learned when I was in Canada last time. And
in Calgary, you have these, what they call like,
another name for anyways, they still slaughter correctly. And they're also business when it comes to the setting up the meat, what have you. So I don't even know the regular restaurants bones, were telling me that they have. They're the one they buy their meats for them. So that means a slaughter correct. So you can have a Big Mac and in this area, it's not really a problem
was another big
early last year, this year, and I was reading an article that influenced a lot of restaurants or buying a lot of meat from local butchers, because they thought the quality was much higher. It's true. There's only like 200 butchers in Florence. So they were making a lot of business because they were selling this restaurant.
A lot of the ones who actually honestly research, they find that it's actually much more beneficial in the health was much better quality.
Is the ruling on keeping a beard and
are we allowed to shave or
even in the opposite of the gentleman is that you have to get your beard.
He ordered us as Muslim men to grow the beard and to trim the mustache. Okay, and as the Scotto said that so many borders as to do something, we have to do it, unless there's another type of evidence that shows you that it's just for something to show that it's sooner. When it comes to the issue of the beard.
There's nothing that shows that it's just the stone. And the scholars of Islam from the early scholars from the
image are clear, that is fun. So it's obligatory that every Muslim and once that will be
referred to the Bible, for example, talking to Christians, in turns out sometimes.
That's it. Yeah. So and this is what we're talking about the experience of giving that one
is that, you know, as you don't need to create the wheel again, the brothers who came before us and the 80s, and the 90s, and things like this, you know, bless them for their efforts. But we realized that a lot of the ways that were done, were not correct ways of giving that one actually can be more harmful than some of these debates, and they use it becomes a ping pong match, it doesn't get anywhere. And so that's why, you know, if you look we talked about last night,
giving down you know, to go back to the basic right to the fundamentals, and somebody really wants to understand, you know,
remember we went with $1 table in Cork a few months back, and we had this guy come in and he was a from Scotland, and he had to tell me, I'm actually a missionary, it was at the end, he kept telling us that you know, you you're not a Muslim, if you if you can't read the Quran, Arabic or you can't read another language. I said what was the ACE like chapter 12? You know, I said almost almost was in chapter 12 is that you know, it came down in Arabic tongue. And I mean, you can't read it, you know, Arabic, and he just kept debating on this thing. Chapter 12 chapter two, and the brother kept doing it. Leave him alone the God isn't he not he's not here to do to really want to know the truth.
Take a second have a cup of tea, put on it and go read it maybe it'll benefit. If you just keep debating with him. It's no benefit. The guy who's in chapter two
you know so this this type of thing we have to realize is that you know, if you see it going nowhere, it's always shut down because your job as a dad as a Muslim history, the message not to make people he can make the the prophesized.
Send him some of the closest people to him didn't accept this as a great example of all of us these days in Nicaragua,
okay, you can guide who you want omega Allah that sweet Jesus is the author of the prophecy.
He came from the last time he's he's on his deathbed. He kept on his deathbed, he said Just
say the word. He said, say the Shabbat.
There'll be no evidence for your lower savior to this. And he knows that he has, he has verses of poetry craziness. Now, the message is not praising the promise of the sermon is message defending the province of Islam, when they were boycotted, he went in there with with the window there for two years and suffered with it. He knew what was happening was the truth, but he wouldn't accept it. Because of why we're talking about the hookah today. The fear, the fear about what people are wanting to say, that was his weakness? What do people want to say about me the tribalism and all of this, that you left?
That company we talked about as well.
you're going to leave the region of your forefathers. What do people say about you, you're gonna sell out.
And that's what kept them on the process of convincing the sales head. So you can even somebody who's not serious and isn't debating, it's not always good. If you can bring some is some verses from them from the Bible.
To show somebody who's and look, this is what it says.
And give them the thing they like, Yeah, that's a good point. But if it because you don't want it, but you don't want to use a textbook,
and look at the verse and lots of other data so that they did not curse those who make dua to other law. Don't curse them. Why? Because they'll come and personal law
is the reality. When you start to attack someone's religion, they get in what defense mode, they get defensive, they don't want to hear what you want to say they want to quote about you, but you guys blow up stuff. Okay, but you guys do this, but you guys do this. There becomes this debate for five minutes. And you can never get anywhere. They never understand what Islam is. So this is what you need to do. It's good to know, you have to know, especially if you're in the field of giving down in the street, I know some verses. But don't don't make it in a debate Unless Unless you need to bring some examples. And don't get into what he bought me being harsh with how you do it. Always. Anytime
somebody you see somebody is dangerous, and somebody just wants to try to prove you wrong. You know, have a nice day is going to give him some maturity want to read that because all we're doing is related
to ourselves. Like for example, we're giving Dallas someone and he still not accepted. So just at the end of the conversation has to close. Is it good to make two out of them? What How would you make those?
around? Yep. Okay.
Yep. I mean, yeah, somebody does. Okay. But I mean, to say for you, I pray for your guidance. That also is an insult, right.
My guidance, you're the guy who was straight. That's what he's thinking. So you have to be very careful with the words you use because it could go in the wrong direction, right.
It's kind of a little bit underhanded comments. Exactly, exactly. backhanded comments. But
you've been harsh to them, they will turn away from the popular citizens sentiment and to his companions upon the football. And
if you weren't any of you were harsh and had a hard
time with the best of this. It would have went away from the problems. I said, How about you, you're giving down? So
how are they going
to do if you're not going to work with you. And they don't always remember anything, almost. Surely, that the messenger is this message is what is really the message that is missing. And you as the father was the same thing. You can't guide everybody, you relay the message if they want to take it and smell it. Don't forget that you need also when you're getting down when you're planting seeds. Sometimes somebody becomes a Muslim
several years after you talk.
Even like for example, I mean, it wasn't that long for me. But I took the books and I didn't read the books the brother gave me. I asked him about his damage and I asked him for books.
And then he gave me these books, and I left them there for about two months and then I end up reading one of
Social economical differences, a lot of times will
enhance the visual effects you may have on someone
living in the United States who's watching
You know, I noticed that you know, a lot of Muslim Brothers,
or whatever, it may live in a neighborhood, they may not live next door to you, they're not gonna knock on the door and tell you anything about Islam? I don't know, out of fear, right, what they may think most of the neighbors already think we're probably terrorists or something like that. But it's not easy for
me, emigrated. Muslims, the company, the second and third generation of their kids are not. And you know, Dell, for example, even when looking at our brother in law, listen.
Very intelligent, very strong. But for example, if you're a native speaker, and you want to know, because when you hear somebody who's not speaking, they
can listen to it. And if you were to speak on one on one, maybe, but you're going to give a CD, but if you go some give something and use the best is and it's rajmohan. somebody knows, it'll call Yes, he was from okay.
As American and you gave him some of the British accent, Australian actually might listen to it.
We might not listen, to be honest with you.
I know, I know, brothers, he when it comes to certain speakers at some certain shape. So the Australian accents too much more broadly, I can't, I like to just be honest, is how it is, you know, so that that is important and giving now that you pay attention to these things, because any certain people have it can have an effect on anybody but others certain people. And he, it could be status in society, it could be even. So that no, no doubt it does have an effect. That's why we need brothers who are from the same nationality from the same thing. That doesn't mean you don't get down. Even if you have broken English, you do what you can, you know, but I mean, obviously, that
would have a good effect, if possible.
there four years ago, and then I went part time I was in the government who was reserved.
But you know, once I became Muslim, it took Shahada. I didn't have a nomination, I went to the base a lot have a uniform on, I'll make it if I did, whatever. And then somebody would ask me, even I had to have the conversation. And most Americans here is like, I don't want to work for the government, or I don't want to work with the Army or I don't want to work. So you may have a certain kind of feeling about being about supporting American efforts or us efforts. So I tell him, brother, okay, we'll take your passport and turn it in and get another passport wherever you choose to live. And then it wouldn't do that.
So one thing I say, on all sides of the
fence, you don't have to renounce who you are, there's a place for you in Islam, your socioeconomic status, your race, your background, everything, you can make an impact there. But what I noticed is that a lot of boats have lot of knowledge. And they may be practicing Islam in their household, but they are not going to give doubt in the community that they live around. They're going to just stay isolated to themselves. So it Rose was saying to me, how could you wear that uniform and go support this? You know? And I say that out? Well, how could you move from a country, when you're here, a lot of you're here and not five times a day, and move over here. You didn't come over here to give down.
You came over here because of doing you know, everyone has a place in responsibility of where you know, Muslims. One thing that I used to work in our cnn for five years before I came over years out there.
A black guy here I was young, much younger. And
five years ago, a big difference man.
These guys who had been in the military before these guys had, they work in media. So they know the propaganda that when something is true or not true, they were traveled, they been around, but they chose to stay and remain. You know, I'm a Republican, I'm a Christian. And if you don't fit in that circle of being a Republican or a Christian, or this group or that group, then you're an outcast. It happens every day, you know, when you go to work every day, Muslim
or whatever, right? So
where's our, like, we're sitting here in a group desk that does wonderful, but we don't have a we do have YouTubes and these different organizations, what when there's something going on islamically
you always hear Christians say debating in the news and why are they standing up against this? This is wrong. Why are they slaughtering innocent people? Why are they doing this?
Why, where's the Islamic
community? saying, Okay, this is what we are going for. And I know, we may have different opinions on
what I think the Muslim community in general they do, they do speak on these situations. And sometimes I think we actually speak up too much in some situations. Because what's happened now is we always want to defend ourselves. We always want to apologize. And something even though we said something's wrong, we this is wrong. Okay, ISIS, this is wrong. It's never missing out. But we don't have to apologize. But
just like I give the example earlier, and it's like any, it wouldn't be fair of every Christian to apologize for being a pedophile, you know, for the for them as the children have been molested. No, it's not. It's not fair. So the thing is, they just like everyone, they don't come in. We don't have to as Muslims. We don't have to apologize for someone's actions. But at the same time, and if we make it clear, especially the centers and things like this, obviously it's not it's not it's not something we're going to be asked even the media, when they talk to me, they asked me It's clearly something that's that that's wrong. Something's not from them from Islam, something of that nature.
It's done more harm to Islam than they could have done with the media with 20 years ago.
The fact is having a Westlands it's it's a it's a it's a big problem,
because what they're missing is the Islamic State. Now this is implementing Islamic Sharia law is horrible. So I mean, obviously, we do have to show but we don't have to be apologetic for obviously any, but he's talking about with with the neighbors. Something that's a frozen Island is a small group, but it's something that should become more widespread, is to like invite the neighbors and they did it also the UK was had a big
barbecue for the over the whole neighborhood rained very hard that day, Mashallah people still came out. So, but just things like that, to get them in and to get them to meet the Muslims. Because that was one deal of non Muslims, we have to realize we have two goals. The first goal is to that he that he died, that God has reached that person. And we try to save them. But even if that doesn't happen, at least they know the reality of what Islam is, and what Muslims are. And that also helps you when you when you have a lot of non Muslims who will come and defend themselves. No, no, I know, my Muslim, non Muslim neighbors that are very nice people. I've dealt with Muslims. And it's not like
that. So this is also it's very important that we have this if you understand Islam, and then we reach out into the people and teach them as much as we can. But like the brand, before you came ask the question, not everybody is good at
public speaking. And he a lot of people go with the senior toll. Brothers stand up and the message, give a talk. He couldn't do it. People are different. So even if somebody is good in some aspects, he might not be good at giving downloads, it's possible. So you can use it as much as you can once you can ask a lot of blessings
by way of a funny story about the Air Force, because my cousin, he's a he's a major, major now, but his background as a major in the Air Force. And he was based in Hawaii. So I was supposed to go back for a visit to the US. And they said, screw you're coming back this summer, because we're having a family reunion. I said, Okay. And they said, well, we're gonna stay sober. Stay there at his house. So where's the house? Is it on the base? And you have to come and this I said, You sure you want me to come?
No problem. But the crazy thing was is I actually did some research and actually some, like two or three messages. They're like Honolulu and things like this. And the Muslims are everywhere. So I was laughing at the Muslims there. You wouldn't think they would be there, right? But they're there. So as I'm talking to him, he's like, okay, you can come on the base, no problem. I didn't I didn't go on the head, but I was very nice. And then
I get an invitation to go to Las Vegas. But my brother talked to me said that, you know, the brothers are going to come they want you to come to Las Vegas and give some some talks. So what can do Hello Las Vegas.
They have a medical center. They have like little masala and a little prayer, but it's very, very active and our lot of Muslim doctors and a lot of people come from the Gulf when they go there. Actually it's for cancer, whatever it was, they told me, they said they would like you to come and get some toxins.