Misconceptions About Islam

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Br. Adnan in this talk discusses the misconceptions about Islam at the Southampton University.

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or phrases of mutual law, law the world's

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more mighty, the God of Abraham, the God of Moses, the glory of Jesus, thank you very much for being present today.

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This Hall brings a well being and before and it's very nice to be here again. I do apologize for the delay. I driving towards Southampton today felt like going to the movie The speed. I don't know if you've seen it. You know where a bus is high def, somehow under the under the bus and they have to drive

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at a certain speed if the bus slow down in Florida, this new house still thriving today.

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And we will discuss the topic. Hopefully, we'll make it up to Charla The topic is very spicy. It is a very

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hot topic on mainstream media nowadays, especially when were on news every single day almost every single day something is happening about the Muslims, the Muslims have become the problem or the biggest problem in the world somehow suddenly. And this is what I will be discussing today. And I will invite and encourage questions, questions about Islam and Muslims. As to why Muslims have become the target of the media onslaught. All of a sudden the Muslims are being demonized like never before, and it rings a bell. Just like the Nazis were reporting on Jews during the 19 1940s. The Muslims have suddenly become a target for the media in a very similar fashion. Nowadays, if you

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replace the word Muslim with a Jew

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and pick up some of the newspapers, in German, from the 1940s, you will see very little difference. The Muslims are facing the God at the moment for some strange reason, we will see whether we can discuss that topic, satisfactory or not. So misconceptions about Islam, what we see on the media or the attacks on Muslims and Islam? Is it because of misconceptions? Or is it because of calculated conceptions of Islam?

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In most cases, as far as the masses are concerned, those who watch news reports and documentaries and movies about Islam or movies depicting detecting Muslims such as True Lies or what other movies

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that you see under siege or whatever anyone else. Any other names. You know that new one Leonardo DiCaprio where he recites the Quran as well. Huh? What is a chi something lies? Why is it called anyone?

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The body of lives? Yes, very good movie unlighted nice action. But it has, it has a very hidden message in the movie as well suddenly, you know, Islam has become just like the Russians were during the Cold War. Now, the Muslims have been depicting depicted in these movies. So as far as the masses are concerned, the masses are

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ill informed, misinformed, and

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are taken for a ride as far as Muslims, and Islam are concerned.

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But there are people on the clock who know exactly what they're doing. And they know why they're doing it. They know their aims and their motivations. But the masses in general in the US or in Europe, in Western Europe, or the rest of the world even include in some of the Muslim countries, unfortunately, we find these misconceptions, right? Very popular among them. I just came back from Pakistan after a month straight. And I was lecturing in some of the top universities in the country. And I came across some shocking questions from Muslim children, Muslim youngsters because they have been exposed to this monster called Islam on the internet. So they have many questions about Islam.

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So misconceptions can have many causes behind them. Sometimes misconception misconceptions are genuine. You have never heard about Islam, you never met a Muslim. And suddenly you hear about our religion, which suppresses the rights of woman which is barbaric, which is very uncivilized. regressive, not progressive. Things like this you hear on mainstream news channels and people generally

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believe that that's what the case is. So if you go to South America somewhere in a village, in, for example, Bolivia or Peru, or Ecuador, and you ask someone about Islam and Muslims, one of the first things they will say is

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even in that village,

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in a place in a remote area in the middle of mountains, middle of nowhere, there is no sort of Islamic

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Muslims, okay, these are very violent and barbaric people, right? they blow up and kill them, and buildings. So this is what the conception of Islam is, whether it's the conception or misconception is another question. We will discuss a new course. So many questions have been asked about Islam and its nature, Islam has certainly become a threat to the current geopolitical order in the world, Islam has suddenly become a threat to growing secularists movements, such as atheism, or liberalism, or humanism. So Islam is being attacked for a number of different reasons. Okay. There are other motives, political motives, which I will not go into at this stage. And if during the q&a, you want

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to bring up the motives we'll talk about. So what are these misconceptions people are spreading about Islam, one of the biggest misconceptions about Islam is that Islam is violent. By default,

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the first thing you hear about Islam and

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all the world with Islam, you see, the word which comes to your mind is terrorism. Somehow the Muslims have become have become terrorists, as if we are the ones who invented terrorism. Well, that's not the case. Because this conception, or this misconception of Islam didn't exist before the 90s. It didn't exist before the 1990s when cold war was at its peak between the West and the Russians, and is now about to start again, thanks to the Ukrainians. Okay. So before that,

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this conception didn't exist.

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Suddenly, after the 1990s, after the Gulf War, then we had

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the Taliban issue in 1994, when the Taliban took over Afghanistan. And then we had 2001, you know, the grid catastrophe, the greatest catastrophe in the history of mankind, even though millions of people died during the transatlantic slave trade when over 20 million people were taken, taken across the Atlantic, from Africa,

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from two towards the Americas, and most of these people died in a very miserable state. We don't hear anything about that. And there are other millions of massacres, which took place in the history of mankind, such as the Native Americans who were systematically wiped out, right. And then we have other massacres, such as those in Africa, in the early 20th century, or the second world war in the First World War, we don't hear about them. By September, the 11th, has a very special place in the history of mankind. We will hear about this incident, although very unfortunate, no doubt, very, very important. But we will hear about this incident for political reasons. For the coming three

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generations, at least in my view,

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as if no other catastrophes took place in the history of mankind. So this happened, and then was kicked off. And then Islamic terrorism arose for whatever reasons. So one of the conceptions, people are

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fostering about Islam is that Islam promotes terrorism, although this conception was absent from our minds, and from mainstream media, before the 1990s. It may have been there, but not on this scale, the scale we witness on the media today. So is it true? That's the question, is this conception true? Does Islam promote terrorism, that Islam promote killings of innocent people, that Islam promote killing off people traveling in buses, or going to work in buildings? Well, this is a clear misconception on the part of the masses. I don't blame the masses, it is our job, the Muslims who have to clarify the picture, because the people who are trying to portray this picture of Islam are

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very, very powerful, they have the voice, they have the means, and they have the money, which will the Muslim masses do not have. So we have to work harder, we have to come out. And we have to speak to the masses and tell them that this is clearly not the case. Why? Because our history testifies to this fact. We, the Muslims govern the world for over 1000 years, we dominated the world politically, whether it were the image or the passage or the Ottomans. We dominated the world politically, especially the civilized world that we call today or the Mediterranean Sea. This belt

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of Business and Economics, we dominated as Muslims, right. And our history is very, very clear. During this age of domination, the Muslims had Christians and Jews and others living under their hegemony, and the Muslims treated them fairly. And I've written a book on this topic, Islam, the war on terror. It's called Islam, war on terror, and you can Google my name.

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With a non machine, there's a lot of novelty that will come up the Taliban

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have not received. The book is titled Islam war on terror. And I give all my reasons as to why Islam promotes anything but the killing of innocent people. And the evidence is all there why I believe that I actually believe to the contrary, that Islam wasn't the best things that happened to mankind, not according to the Muslims, of course, we're gonna say this, we are Muslims, we are biased and we are prejudiced in that sense, okay. And I don't claim to be objective and objective, I am truly subjective. I believe Islam is the solution to all the problems mankind is facing today. So I don't claim to be objective today no more effective anyone who comes here to claim that he or she is

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objective truly objective is simply not aware of what objectivity really means. Right? So the point today, I'm going to address is that Islam promotes anything but the killings of innocent people, or terrorism, what we know today as terrorism. So, why I believe that I believe that because of the core values of Islam, core values justice, for example, Justice pillars, which was established by the Quran, one of the first things when the Quran was revealed, was

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delivered or preached to the masses was the concept of justice. Even though the people who were the primary audience of the Quran, they had very little idea of justice, okay, Justice came from the powerful, the powerful and business people and the ones who held the keys to the car, for example, in the city of Mecca, they're the ones who made rules, right? And others obeyed. But the Quran comes down and it tells everyone that you are all equal in the sight of Allah. Okay, and leave me alone, please.

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So,

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all these people, were following the rules made by the powerful. The Quran comes and tells everyone that you are all equal.

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And the ones who are special the ones who are God conscious taqwa, the ones who are conscious of God, and those who are conscious of God will do justice. So in chapter five,

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verse eight, chapter five,

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verse eight, we are told, yeah, even Alina Allen

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Yeah, you're Latina, Armando punakha wamena, Elijah, da,

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da, da, da, da, da, da, da, LA, da, da, doo, doo, Acropolis taco. Here. Allah, we believe Quran came from God Almighty, the one who created the universe, the one who created the balance in the universe, the one who created or finally accused the universe, okay, he is the one who revealed the Quran to communicate with us to tell us as to what he wants from us, right? In the Quran, he states over you believe those of you who have believed in Islam, or in this revelation, or in the existence of God, be just do justice. Even if you dislike the other, even if you dislike someone else, even if you dislike the Jews and the Christians in the 80s. And the rest, if you dislike them do not avoid

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justice, because justice is close to God consciousness. So those who are God conscious will have justice, they will do justice. So this is exactly what Islam delivered when it came to power. So we had a golden chain of events in the history of Islam. And this is, this is my theory. I propose this in my book, The golden chain of events is the revelation of the Quran.

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It came down, okay, now I know many people don't believe the Quran came from god it was a concoction. It was something with Muhammad peace be upon him. Some of them put together from different sources, which is another debate altogether. We can talk about it if someone wants to bring it up during the q&a.

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But I truly believe that the Quran definitely came from God at Muhammad Sallallahu. So the Prophet Muhammad had no capacity to concoct a book like the Quran, he had no capacity. He was born in the middle of the Arabian Desert in a city which had no libraries, no academies law schools, and he was receiving this revelation.

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And then from the Koran when it was revealed

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When it was delivered to the Arabs, they adopted it, they practiced it, they understood it, and they took it very seriously. They applied it. And when they applied it, they had the concept of justice, which came from Islamic law. So from this justice emerged piece from this justice, because these are the very same Arabs who used to kill the daughters who used to fight or little things, pity things, right. And they used to worship Bibles digital robbed each other, and many negative things were to be found in these people. Also, on top of that, there were points there were literature's they were very hospitable people, they were people of principles in the sense that they would fight and die

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for the principles. So they have these qualities as well at the same time, okay, some of those qualities are still to be found in the Arabs, Mashallah. Okay. So,

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so when the Quran came down and change their worldview, they stop, they stop thinking about the cameras, and they go to the palm trees, they started thinking about the world, expose them to a world which they have never wished they had never thought about. This was the first time they started to think about the goodness of humanity. Now we have been given this responsibility by God Almighty to go out and change the world. It is upon us now to go and do something and remove oppression and injustice from the world. So the Quran tells

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me, we have sent you not ohama so a lot of sort of, except for the most evil the world's Okay, so you have to now go and change the world. So they came out to change the world. So they change the geopolitical socio political order of the world at the time. So when they went to the Persians and told them, we are coming to liberate you people, so one of the negotiators on behalf of the Muslims, when he was asked, as to why you have come to Persia, you want camels and goats will give you plenty go back here doesn't. He said, No. Well, this time we are complicated and goats, this time we have come to liberated people and liberated

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those people who are indeed. So

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the first chain, or the first point in this chain of events was an revelation, then the justice of Quran which was given to the Arabs the second, and the third was peace that came from that doctors found that peace came progress, what we know as the golden age of Islam, okay. The libraries are Damascus, and

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Cordova, the largest city on the planet, 1 million people 60,000 palaces, over 250,000 houses, a free library, water running through people's homes, people are being taught in the mosque by teachers intervals, and long beards and loads. And these very teachers replicate or the teaching replicated in universities like Oxford and Cambridge, and Paris and Milan and Naples and all these universities, a lot of these European scholars, or students came to learn to become scholars from the Arabs, and then they went back and they introduced this Arabic knowledge in a transformed

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form, because the Greeks had already written plenty of words. Greeks had given theory, the Arabs experimented, they actually worked these theories, they, they apply them, and they made experiments, the experiments and then they forwarded the corrected form of knowledge which was original in its origin. For example, the Arabs took knowledge from the Greeks and fixed it. A lot of the Greek knowledge was based upon mistakes and misconceptions. So they studied that knowledge, they fixed it and then transfer this knowledge in that form to the Europeans and the Europeans brought his money back to the universities. Hence, we had the 12th century Renaissance, and some even argue, even the

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15th 16th century Renaissance came from directly in the arms of one of those people is from the university Columbia University in the US. His name is George Saliba. He's not a Muslim, by the way, he wrote this book titled The Arabic origins of the Renaissance. Okay, so the European Renaissance actually emerged, in my view from the Quran, you cannot separate the seed from the tree, right? So when you talk about the tree of the fruit, you must also also talk about the seed. So the seed for the Arabic civilization or the civilization, the Muslims or the Arabs, actually came from the ground. If it wasn't, nothing would have changed the skill would have been living in the desert and

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the goats and the camel, they would have continued as they were, but it was the Quran which changed the outlook, their worldview, the way they viewed, the world was changed drastically beyond recognition. And then they went out and change the world, having changed themselves first. So, this was not terrorism, which is this was compassionate.

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So this was a fruit of

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The Koran which promoted all these values, this term terrorism, which is very often equated with Islam is a recent phenomena. Okay. It's a very political phenomenon. It is a very beneficial

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acquisition which the enemies of Islam use or enemies of Muslims use nowadays, possibly they want to get rid of us from Europe, Islam is spreading very fast. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the Western world. Again, majority of the converts to Islam are woman, because they have seen the value Islam gives to a woman. Ironically, one of the biggest accusations against Islam is that Islam somehow suppresses the rights of woman, Islam oppresses woman, Islam forces things a woman which they don't like to practice, but amazingly majority of the converts to Islam, her woman in Britain 70% of the converts to Islam or women, what, who is putting a gun to the head, who has a sword on

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the head to convert, no one is converting them by force. They are coming to Islam voluntarily. And those who do not like the fact that Islam is growing very fast, are working very hard to take the message away from Islam. But the more they push this rubbish down the throats of the masses, the more people want to read about the Quran and become one of the best mentors and for that reason, as we are told in the Quran, mokoro makalah aloe vera market in the planet What? And Allah also plans and he is the best of planners. So when they plan, that plan, somehow turned around and does exactly what they're trying to do.

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And that's what's happening in Europe nowadays. The more Islam is being demonized, the more people read about Islam, and the more they come closer to Islam. So Islam is not a terrorist religion, Islam, Islamic terrorism, Islam as a military policy, the Quran is a constitution is a law. It's a book of law, just like the Mosaic Law, okay. It has a foreign policy, it has a military policy, it has rules of engagement with the enemy, it has all of that. And it is very, very clear that we cannot cross the line the limits, okay. For example, in chapter two of the Quran, verse 190 292. These three verses explained that even in a war, even in war, when Muslims are engaging the enemy,

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you cannot transgress limits. And one a question as to what this means, transgression of limits, what does this mean? So we are told we are taught by the example of opponent and so the transgression in war is killing men who are not part of the war, killing woman killing children, killing monsters, destroying buildings, burning crops, killing enemies, even animals, killing animals, unless you're going to devour them for food, and don't even scatter bees. If you see a beehive don't scatter. This is rules in Islam. Okay, don't demolish churches, do not persecute monks who are who are secluded in the churches. So these are some of the rules we find in the Hadees. For

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example, if you had more time on the nomadic, it is there, the rules I gave you 10 rules, well known, they are there. So anyone who accuses Islam of spreading or promoting terrorism is simply ill informed, and is not aware of our history. Because history is full of wars, full of conflicts, full of civil wars, and you will find anything but

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terrorism. Of course, there are people who made mistakes, people who committed atrocities, people who did things for selfish reasons, but you cannot attribute those things to Islam. Those were individual actions, which are done by people for their own political or personal gains.

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And then there are other misconceptions about Islam, having dealt with this conception misconception about Islam that Islam promotes terrorism, somehow, we move on. So another misconception about Islam is that Islam is not progressive. Islam is regressive. Islam causes people to become very backward, very narrow minded, and very conservative, very reserved, you know, you don't like to smile, you're very miserable. You don't like to enjoy your lives, you know, you just like to pray five times a day, and then eat, go to the toilet and die.

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To the contrary, you know, I lived a life outside of Islam. 12 years ago, I was living a life outside of Islam. And I enjoy myself more. right now as we speak. I travel more and meet more people, and I do more things, right. I do horse riding. I sometimes do swimming as well. Okay. Sometimes. For example, I was recently in Zanzibar, Zanzibar, Has anyone been to Zanzibar? Okay. It's a beautiful phrase, right? It's a

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It's like paradise, superior place, okay? And I was there, I was walking on those white sandy beaches, beautiful. And I was there for a purpose. The purpose was to give data to those tourists who come there, but we couldn't get down for individual reasons. Okay, so we had to, we have to come back to our base, because it was very difficult to get out

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for obvious reasons, because we were getting down there.

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So

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so we do enjoy ourselves, okay, we are not a miserable people. We are a very happy people. We have limits. We do not cross those limits. But we didn't know limits, we enjoy our lives. We read, we study we go on holidays, we do all those things one can do without harming oneself. For example, we don't drink alcohol, because we've been told it is bad for you. Period. Now the Quran tells us that by the way, in chapter five again

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what's the verse in number number one based

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upon

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stain from abstain from gambling, drinking and fortune telling according arugula. abstain from these things, as they are bad for you if you want to prosper in life abstain, and this lonely drinking any intoxicant. There's a term used in the Quran, hammer hammer means any toxic inverted cheese, or, you know, weed or ecstasy, or what other new types they're invented. Nowadays, the use of hugs, okay, or drinking out or all these things are bad for you. Now, even if you look at the the secular system today or non religious,

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scientific research, as they put in some time,

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you will see that alcohol consumption is linked to

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the majority of violent crimes in Britain. Some even suggest 80% of violent crimes are alcohol related. Alcohol is bad. It is absolutely bad, it has no benefit whatsoever.

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Speaking generally, it has no benefit, but it is still being sold.

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It still causes 1000s of deaths, by the way, alcohol causes more deaths than any form of terrorism has ever cost. Do you agree? Do you agree? Or am I making things up? Do you agree?

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Do you have food?

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You have energy to answer my question. Do you agree? Okay, so alcohol has caused Alcohol,

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Tobacco or smoking, or, you know, heroin, cocaine. These people have caused more, these things have caused more deaths than any act of terrorism ever has. Okay, more than September the 11th, or even terrorism we saw in Iraq and the hands of the US.

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Government were over two to 3 billion people have been killed. Okay, one of the biggest examples of terrorism in recent history, okay, even more than that, alcohol has killed more people than that. Okay. So

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when people argue that we are regressive, we are not, we are progressive values, our ethics come from a lot. They come from God, we follow them and we prosper. If we are not following the teachings of Islam, then we have problems right. But when we follow the teachings of Islam strictly, take Islam very seriously. We live happy. It is us who harmed ourselves, who go against the teachings of God and start to harm ourselves. Okay, it is us who are responsible for our demise and for decline, not the other way around, not God Almighty, He has revealed the scriptures to us. And he has told us what is good for you what is bad for you, when we follow these teachings and we make progress. When

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we don't follow these teachings, we go back we go behind. So Islam, in that sense, is progressive because Islam made more progress than any other system in the history of mankind. And I claim this board. To this day, Islam was a system which made more progress than any other system on the planet.

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Depends on how you define progress. I don't define progress by having technological advancement or having jets f 30 fives and B 52 bars or war ships and things like this. I don't define progress like I what I define progress

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or the way I define purposes, by looking at how happy people are in a society.

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How much cohesion you have in a society, how much how many do you have in total

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It are the people of a society. Okay, how many educated people you find in a society? How much benefit is that education bringing to the people of that society? This is, this is how I measure progress, not what you see in Scandinavia, or in Finland or in Japan, some of the most advanced countries on the planet, Japan, for example, with one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and what causes suicide. Depression causes suicide. You're not happy with your life, even though you have all that technology, the cars and the calculators and get it, new things, but you're not happy. You want to kill yourself. And there is a jungle in Japan we are about this jungle is called as a

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part of the jungle. They find people hanging themselves almost every single day. Right? I met someone from Finland in Malawi. Recently in Africa, Malawi, amazing, I find two people of Malawi are very happy. And the kind of poverty they suffer is unimaginable for most of your people. You cannot imagine the kind of poverty these people live in. But they are some of the happiest people on the planet, they will have a smile on their faces. I don't think anyone is committing suicide in Milan, you will struggle to find someone who doesn't believe in God in Malawi, or in Africa, generally speaking, but here in Western Europe with all your glory, all your education, all your technology,

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all your progress. You're suffering from depression.

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One of the highest suicide rates in the world is in Scandinavian states. Increasingly, atheists, right, they are suffering from atheism. One of the biggest problems is that they have divorced God from the lives. God doesn't exist. So I'm going to lead my life. And when you lead your life, you eventually end up dying. Can you take your life, okay, there's nothing more to do. I've had ecstasy, cocaine, I've had my alcohol. I've had 50 girlfriends and 50. boyfriends. Okay. And then I've had sheep and cow and cat as well. Okay, so now, there's nothing else. What What next? What next? Nothing. Next, kill yourself. Okay, so what are the stories we hear in Europe? Right? Not that these

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problems don't exist in the Muslim world. I'm not that blind. I know, these problems do exist in the Muslim world. But no on that scale. And the problems have brought have been brought in the Muslim world from outside, right? We didn't have these problems on this scale. Never To this day, never. We haven't had these problems, the scale, okay, the problem of bestiality, the problem of insist the problem of rape, even rape, rape, you will be shocked to hear this, that there are 147 rapes taking place every single day in Britain, every single day. This is old statistics, by the way. I don't know what the recent number is. Okay. And again, in the US, every three minutes, two women are

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raped. Okay. Then, when we talk about crime, and other problems, for example, you know, 50,000 people have died in the last year in Mexico due to drugs, violence, you know, cartels fighting each other, or, you know, El Salvador, which is around the corner from the US, right? You know, this country or Salvador? Yes. Two gangs around the country. Did you know that? One is called him 23. And the other one is almost 82 gangs, from prisons around these countries. Okay, grown men bearing like kids, they have a reputation to defend their tattoos all over their bodies, okay, they've lost their purpose in life. This is what happens when you divorce God from your life. So, Islam causes you to

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submit to the ultimate authority. The all wise the odd, powerful God. Once you listen to his wisdom and follow it, you prosper. Now, I will say something very controversial.

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very controversial. Even if Islam were not true, listen carefully. Even Allah forbid, even if Islam was not true, even if God doesn't exist, even if Islam as a system is still the best system of

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Islam still works.

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As a system, it still works, even if God doesn't exist, and even a prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, all the will of Allah or the lion, even if that was the case. Islam amazingly, still have solutions to our problems. And this is why I believe it has to be from the demand. It has to be from the demand. It is not a man made religion or a man made system because when man makes solutions or proposes solutions to our problems, these solutions are always subjective, right? subjective in the sense that when you will ask people to pass laws against an evil in society, you will always get subjective

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Results. Let me give you an example.

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And I'm talking about as to why Islam is progressive.

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You go to a parliament, and you try to ban alcohol in a country, for example. And we have already established that alcohol is bad for the society, we know, no one will disagree with that. I don't think anyone is insane enough to come forward to the NCAA.

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That's not going to happen. Okay, alcohol is bad for the society, you go to your parliament.

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And 90% of Parliament drinks, they have a pint with a dog or whatever they like to have.

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Every now and then they have to do like to have a drink. So you propose this law to ban alcohol in the country. Even though everyone knows that it is bad for the society, will you ever get a law against alcohol?

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They are ambition in America, which was made by the ruling class at that particular time.

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These are the people that actually made the rule in America.

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For certain times, it doesn't matter, but they still did it. And it was actually the government which actually voted against that restriction his area as well, in Britain, after 11 o'clock, the prohibition was that you could not sell alcohol.

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And you couldn't do it. And he couldn't take today, when which area of the US we're talking about.

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Sorry, anyone knows about this.

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So.

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So the point is, you will not get a law. According to the secular system against, for example, the gun lobby in America, the guns are causing major destruction in the society. People walk into schools, and then just spray everyone with uzis and whatever automatic weapons that can get their hands on the go, and they wantonly kill people. Right? So why is Obama struggling to pass laws against guns or limit the sale of guns in the US? Because many of these senators who are in the senate are investors in the gun business? Right. I'll give you another example of William Wilberforce, have you heard of him? anyone willing to force the anti slave activist, right? anti

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slavery actors, rather,

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he was one of the only world only voices in Britain, prominent voices, to fight against slavery, and one of the even fewer in the parliament. So when he was trying to get a law passed against slavery, in its worst form ever practiced in the history of mankind. I don't know what happened with the Egyptians and the Greeks and the Romans, but Atlantic slave trade. They used to brand humans as animals, if you use them in an sugarcane industry, and most of these people should die. Most of these people died 90% of slaves went to Brazil, okay, in sugarcane industry, and most of them died before the age of 20 or 24. Okay, so this was one of the worst kinds of slavery, which, which is

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what William Wilberforce was fighting, and the British Parliament, all of them knew it is evil. They all agreed it is evil, but he was struggling to get a law against slavery, because most of these parliamentarians MPs had the investments in sugar industry, in the West Indies, so they couldn't pass a law against it. So men when they pass law, when they propose solutions, these solutions are subjective, limited by scope based upon the limited knowledge and limited conceptions, limited conditioning and limited experience, man, all of us put together we have limited knowledge, we don't know everything. And all the solutions we need for our society. We don't even we come together and

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brainstorm. Our solution will have problems somewhere. So that's why we have chosen higher authority, God Almighty, the creator, who we believe in who we know definitely exists, by looking at the signs around us, He is the one who gives a solution. So you do this, you will prosper. You don't do this, you will suffer. So when we actually do it, when we practice what he has revealed, we prosper. And when we put it aside, we suffer. So why is it right? And why is it wrong? So these misconceptions about Islam as long as repressive, not progressive, are misconceptions. And this is not true. Our history again, justifies this fact that we are made more progress ethically, morally,

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morally, or logically, we made a lot of progress in our past. And we can still we still have the potential to do the same again. So

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we are not progressive, we are progressive as long as we practice

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Religion properly we take the teachings of the Quran seriously.

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Another misconception which we have is about the rights of woman. Okay? And I don't want to do this comparison between the woman, the state of woman in the West in the state of woman in the East or the state of woman in Islam. In Islam, I was quickly recognized as to how most Muslims or Islam dignified the status of a woman, historically speaking, woman were effectively liberated by the Quran, Quran was revealed, and the Quran now had put woman

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on an equal pay with men.

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So chapter 33 of the Quran, verse 35, there is a verse which talks about a new Minotaur, meaning what kind of

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quantity and the word God like this, addressing both men and woman together that believing men and believing woman, okay. Praying men and praying woman, right? pious men and pious woman, right? All of them will have reward from the God

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created, right? So in Islam, the Quran put them equally spiritually, as far as as far as reward and punishment is concerned, they were put equally, right. But then recognizing the difference between two genders, right? Men and women are equal, we're not the same. They're not the same. Unless you're going to shock me.

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Okay, men and women are not the same, and different rules apply to them. So God applies different rules on the right. And woman made more progress in the history of Islam than in any other system. In fact, Islam produced more educated woman than ever before, recorded in our recorded history, in the recorded history of humanity. Until the 20th century, Islam was producing more educated woman than ever before. For example, there's a book written on this very topic, by a scholar with teaching in Oxford,

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who has written a book on the history of

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humans, scholars of Hadith. And this is a science effectively is history, historians.

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So when he started to write this book, he thought he will possibly end up with one or two volumes, because he struggled to find woman biographies in the books of histories, but he ended up with 40 volumes 40 volumes on the history of woman's cause in the history of Islam. So the book is titled,

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The first volume, the introduction, is in English, you can find it, the rest is an Arabic. And those of you can read Arabic can benefit from it. Otherwise, the first volume summarizes the entire history quite nicely. It is titled, discharge by Akram nadwi, aka RA, AR, and WDW. I cannot wait to Google his name, you'll find the book. So Islam,

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liberated woman gave more rights law and more dignity and honor to women. In fact, the prophet of Islam peace be upon him. He said that those of you who take care of two daughters will be like this with me in paradise, this cloth and a man sort of reserve yours. What about what about one vote, I didn't say sons. He didn't say sons. He's effectively telling his followers, you want to enter Paradise, you want to have eternal bliss, that take your two daughters, while prior to this previously, the refuse to take the daughters as they burn. Right. And a lot of them used to kill the daughters. And it wasn't considered to be anything bad if in fact, it was taken as a sign of

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manhood. manliness, you go and kill your daughter, if you ever don't, I don't need a doctor, you just you just to keep enough in life to have children with that. Right? So now the Quran comes and Koran turns with a walk and says, Those of you who are public companies, or those of you who take care of two daughters will be paradise, not theirs, as a matter of is what about one doctor and even one doctor, right? And then he tells his companions, his people who are listening to him, that agenda to Dr. Maha that your Paradise is under the feet of your mother is under the feet of humans, you are paralyzed. So your mothers and you will have parents. So these are some of the reports we

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find in Islam. And in fact, when we read the Koran, after condemning one of the biggest sins is polytheism. A lot talks about or he warns believers about the rights of parents will build why they need Exxon, Mobil, Exxon, and we kindly parents, so mothers, of course take precedence over fathers and we have many reports to prove that. So Islam dignified woman more than any other system in history.

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So these are some of the misconceptions I can discuss the basic, the most prominent ones, the most

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heavily fostered ones, the ones which are pushed down your throat, day and night, every single day, you hear them again and again and you're so sick of them, even some Islamophobic websites and, and some of the news channels and some YouTube channel and other. And on Facebook, you come across these things and you feel frustrated. We have to, we have to talk to the masses, we have to talk to our brothers or sisters in humanity. The people of this country are very tolerant, they're very open to hear the truth. And in fact, they are very soft. Okay. I was traveling from, from Dubai, to to London, this last week. And there was a lady sitting next to me. He was watching the movie, Diana.

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Don't ask me how

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she's watching. So I could see that when the movie ended. She was crying.

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She was shedding tears. So I said, Why is she crying. And then I watched the film The end.

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And I want to see why she crying. And I was the end and is like she dies. In such a pivotal stage. He had an accident. She's in love with a doctor plus tiny guy by the way.

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He goes and he places flowers. And then he has a coat of roomy, roomy with a coin that they have a garden between the right and the wrong and I will meet you in that garden. So she was crying having seen that scene. So I realized, so, so soft. You know, if you actually take information to them, if you talk to them, they will listen, they will change. They're not true. They're not real people. Not everyone is from India, by the way, okay, in this country majority are a very tolerant, loving and compassionate people who just have to take the message of Islam to them and break the barriers. And you see what happens. Thank you very much for listening. salaam aleikum, WA. And I. Welcome. Thank

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you so much.

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So now you're free to ask questions. Any questions on Islam? Because the topic is quite general misconceptions is Islam. Please, please, please.

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The main

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problem is

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the biggest problem mankind is facing secularism.

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That's my view. When you divorce God from your affairs, when you divorce God from your affairs,

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then you are a cosmic orphan. I don't know if that makes sense. Okay. A cosmic orphan is someone who says, well, the father. When it comes to his father, he says Get lost.

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Okay, and you're a child, five years old, and you go on the streets, what's gonna happen to you? What do you think is gonna happen to you? So we have chosen to divorce God, from our lives, you get stuck around is about you telling God to go away, will solve our own problems are and we are facing these disasters and disruptions. So I believe secularism is the biggest problem mankind is facing and one of the biggest, or the worst.

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catastrophes in our history was

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the 20th century. Okay, the bloodiest century of the history of mankind, where we have secular conflicts. And these conflicts caused more deaths than all of mankind's history put together. I don't know if you agree with me, but I can give you the figures if you want. 200 million people died because of two world wars. And the third one is about to kick off now. May God save us? Okay. Due to Ukraine?

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Yes, sir. I think that gentleman was before.

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You talked about Islam being progressive and liberating for women. I don't know Quranic scripture to dispute that. So what would you say to rule like as in places like Saudi Arabia where they get to extend the right to vote?

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Okay.

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Very good question. Very good question. You see, not every society oppose democracy and system to God. Okay. Not every society works like China's normal democracy. Okay, China's gonna democracy very, they made a lot of progress. Technologically, China is possibly one of the biggest

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economies on the planet, or upcoming economies on the planet. So, like Saudi Arabia, it has a very unique culture, not entirely Islamic, possibly, there are problems there, which we can resolve. But Saudi Arabia has its own culture. So we in the West have no right to impose our system or use our system as a yardstick to

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Judge This is okay, we can only judge the system. If, if this system is not producing more results than our system, there is less crime in Saudi Arabia, there are less rapes in Saudi Arabia. There are less

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problems with regards to women in Saudi Arabia, for example, in in this country, I was watching the news report last night that one third of European woman are sexually assaulted at work. And anyone come across this report yesterday.

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One third, one third. That is that is 33% of European woman sexually assaulted a company 40,000? Like a cluster and amongst them

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40,000 people question right, then the estimated, right?

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Makes my point very, very strong.

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How does that compare with your understanding of the Quranic teaching on

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the freedom of winning within society? My direct application of it right? Would you say that they misunderstood? Or that there's a deeper level of complexity to it within the context of Islam? I instead of walking into a failed discussion, based upon framed terms, I would ask you to define freedom. What do you mean by

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freedom? Freedom?

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I mean,

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this is what I'm trying to understand. What do you mean by freedom of movement? What How do you define freedom of woman? When you say freedom of woman? What What do you want your freedom for?

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If we go with the basic with the basic sort of level of we have no consensus that that's what that's what I'm asking if I got a basic definition of freedom, freedom of any individual, whichever, whichever. Like to act in a way that is largely permissible for any other individual, right? Assuming you have a base level that covers all of humanity. If that isn't the same as your sharp definition,

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it isn't profitable, then what is the definition of freedom and liberation that you're operating on? so that we can better understand what

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are our definitions come from the divine? Okay, so our definition of our understanding of freedom comes from God. Okay, we don't define terms ourselves. So when terms have been defined by God, for example, we believe that once we submit ourselves to God, or once we enslave ourselves to God, we attain ultimate freedom. Right. So this is what our definition of freedom is. But when you go to humans to define the freedom, it may vary from time to time, from place to place, for more people to people, for example, freedom for a woman in Scandinavian states is something different. If we live in Canada, for example, in Canada, a woman can walk around partners on the streets of Toronto or

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Ontario, we're okay. In London is a crime. You go and walk topless, a woman cannot walk topless, on Oxford Street, you will be arrested immediately. But if a man is walking topless, no problem, okay. So freedom is relative, it is very subjective area, depending on societies and cultures and countries and places with people. But we our definition is static for the last 14 centuries. freedom means what God tells you, you're free to do, right? So a woman, they are free to do certain things. They're not free to do other things. Men are free to do certain things. And they are not free to do other things. Children are free to do certain things, and they cannot do other things. So our

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definition is quite strict static, and it works perfectly well. And it produces amazing results. I hope that clarifies the picture, somehow.

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Please.

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said regarding suicide in Scandinavia, Icelandic and for the first half of the year there. Because it's so far north. There's like

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two or three hours in the day. And I suspect that it's actually the cause of suicide in Japan and plenty of sunlight.

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Yeah, I don't know. But I just wanted to set things straight. But

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yeah, I think

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it's not It seems a bit unfair to say what the Western media is doing is similar to what the Nazis did.

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That was a little bit

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extreme.

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I think I think you see, you see with with the Nazis, they they had a free hand or they had freedom to, to report on Jews as the light they had. They had a view of the Jews, they believe that Jews have certain qualities in their view, right. And they made those qualities appear very ugly in the press, right? Likewise, there are some people showing shadowy characters, people who do not see behind media machines, who are pumping this poison in the minds of the people and they have a view of the Muslims. And no one has a dog or taxi driver, not alive line of dog in his interest taxi got to do with Islam. Okay, so when they report on this was a Muslim driver did not allow a dog into his

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taxi. Okay, a Muslim man

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stole 100,000 pounds from a hospital. A Muslim man sold drugs. On the other hand, Phillpotts someone like Tupac, who killed six of his children, right? Six, how many? Right? You won't see a Christian man killed his six children.

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Now all of these people who are committing these crimes, how Muslim are they? That's the question. How was the mother? Okay, but they will always label that crime as an Islamic crime. But when someone else commits a crime,

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whether that person is black or white, or Christian or not Christian doesn't really matter. They won't label that crime as a religious crime. So this is what the difference is just like the Nazis were doing with the Jews. Okay, they were saying every crime is Jewish, every single Jew who commits a crime, that crime is Jewish in nature, because they have planned to dominate the world. They have these protocols.

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Sorry.

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The same thing is happening. Muslims, Muslims are inferior, because Muslims are backward they these are many evil people. That's how we portrayed

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how the mass European people

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disruptive, right, I think the majority, I'm only highlighting.

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I'm only highlighting maybe one or maybe one. But I'm trying to highlight the problem as I see it.

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was saying, I don't think truth sure enough that I don't think the problem that Islam is facing with immediate things like that is quite as bad as what has happened with with Jews and a holocaust. But as a person who I have been persecuted because of my religion, I come from an area where people reprove bricks at me, people try to rip my headscarf off, I was made to feel like rubbish. Every single day, I didn't want to go to school because people

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and I don't want that to happen to people on mass. And if we allow the situation to get worse, and like snow, it is going to be another Holocaust. And we should learn from history, learn from what happened. And actually try and work together not not saying your values have to be the same as mine. But coming together in celebration of differences and trying to work together and instead of trying to

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scapegoat or the blame of certain proportion of the population for having certain beliefs about, you know, doing silly things.

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stupid things, I'm sure most people in

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there are people from all kinds of stupid things. Okay. I mean, I can give you example, so many example. But they're not they're not highlighted those problems. Those are not highlighted the way Muslim,

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our global community to stop that from happening so that we don't have people who don't want to go to school because they feel like they're being persecuted. In fact, you know, my sister, she lives in the same place. She was actually locked in a changing room for our she's got x matching that you may have not heard of that. That's That's because she's a Muslim. And that's something which we need to stop. People shouldn't have to deal with, not just Muslims, that should be the case that everyone, no one should have to get through this problem. But it seems like because of media influences and these kinds of things. It's becoming

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More questions?

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Yes, please.

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Come in too late.

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So you mentioned about how.

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And you mentioned about our longtime Christians and Jews.

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What would you say about anything you mentioned

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about the fact that this next

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question

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will be

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how would you say that?

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First of all, the situation in Pakistan is not Islamic in nature. It is purely geopolitical.

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As Christians have existed in the subcontinent for the past five centuries, to my knowledge, when the British came in a lot of people converted to Christianity, because the missionary activity, the Portuguese in go up the Christians there to this day, and Christian were protected under the domination of Islam. In fact, during the Mughal period, the Christian were prosperous. And Christians have existed for the last 60 years in Pakistan.

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unmolested, it was only recently

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when things went wrong politically in Pakistan. Now there are many people involved in Foxconn started a very complicated situation. Okay, there was a bomb blast recently in, in, in the capital in the hope, right? And three or six days ago, I was walking through that corridor myself, only two days early. Okay. So

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there are people

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who are not normally the shadowy characters, people are claiming these laws.

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But there are so many agencies or so many foreign agencies involved in proxxon. So that's a hidden secret there. There is CIA. There is Blackwater's there, there is raw Indian law there.

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The law of the land protects the creature, the Constitution of Pakistan, even though it's not Islamic, and stands today, not fully Islamic. It protects the

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nation. Sorry, Iran is not as I mentioned.

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We're like we're in Iran. In Iran. Yeah. How did the Christians survive for 2000 years or last 15 centuries doesn't really matter. The point is, if Muslims had a Muslim got an anti christian, or anti Jewish policy, yeah, the Jews would have been annihilated. Or there wouldn't be any Hindus in India. Did you know that? Muslims in the time of orange, they're out of gear, who was a king who govern from the year 1658 to 70, or 750 is the most powerful Muslim kink, who ever governed India and he covered 95% of the country? He could have easily forced the entire country into Islam. Islam doesn't Muslims do not have an anti Jewish or anti Hindu, anti non Western policy? Okay.

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No, if the Okay, wait, wait, the law of the land, the law of the land states that you may prosper in this land, you may do business in this land, you may live as you like, but do not insult the prophet of Islam in this land. Just like here in Britain, in Britain, I don't agree with paint constantly. I don't pay council tax. I don't pick up 1000 pounds. What For what? For living in my house? Okay. What if I don't pay that? If I don't pay that tax? If I don't obey the law of the land? What happens to me? Thank you.

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Okay.

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No, not really, if you want to insult the prophet of Islam, and Islamic country is not the place to do that. It's not. Okay. Likewise, if I don't want to pay council tax, go back to Pakistan. Simple. Right. That's what I would do. What I want to pay Council Tax What am I doing here? That lady will please.

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What's standing haddix is

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a complimentary source to the offer and is the pure, uncorrupted Word of God. Okay, delivered verbatim from the Prophet peace be upon him. This is the word of the Prophet. Okay. This, for example,

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is the prophetic tradition, which explains, which explains the Koran being practiced. Right. So that's what the structure of

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Islam. I have a question about.

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What you're correct.

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Correct me if I misunderstood, but I did a bit of reading.

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I came up to a passage where it said that the Prophet Mohammed said that if you had a dream of a black woman, dangerous.

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Okay, where did you come up with

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This

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that's the question.

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Okay, online you will find

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a non machine who is not me.

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Okay, online you will find things about Islam which are not true. Online you online you will find things about the prophet of Islam which are not true. So this is a false attribution to the Prophet. In fact, the prophet of Islam, he stated in a report to the contrary are you? Are you paying attention? So I was trying to give you a report from a COVID of Islam said that an Arab had no superiority over a non Arab, okay, a white has no superiority or black. Okay. And in the sight of God, those who have Taqwa who have God consciousness are the best people. Okay to paraphrase the report, okay. And in fact, one of his companions was an amazing slave below the robot. And he

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considered him to be one of the best people among these companies. In fact, one of his adult companions, very proud. From the tribe of

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what's his name?

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From the tribal, the far the far Water Tribe in Arabia, they will consider to be the bad boys. Okay? They were the mafia of the Arabian Peninsula. You don't want to mess with this thought it was okay. You don't wanna mess with the people of Iraq, because they they had a very strong,

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you know,

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how can I put it very, very imposing very important impression, right. So before, we're very proud people, so this man, we thought he insulted Bella, by calling him a son of a black slave woman, right below, go straight to the Prophet, that this is what our mother said to me. And promise a lot of sort of problem. When he asked him to come, he came. He said, You are a man who still have ignorance inside your heart, you are a man who still have jalur ignorance is not the right word for jelly available jelly beans,

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that from the time of disbelief, you still have those beliefs inside you. And he said that I was so ashamed.

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I used him. Okay, I was so ashamed. I was so ashamed that I wish I wasn't born until that day, when the Prophet was hurt in this way. So this is one job he did the COVID of Islam, he got rid of racism. In fact, he stated in a very famous report, which is authentic, by the way that anyone mon da da ma ch en, les samina anyone who calls to racism, tribalism, or nationalism is not one of one of us. Anyone who fights for nationalism, racism, or tribalism is not one of us. Anyone who dies for nationalism, racism, and

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is not one of us. So I subbiah is a very comprehensive term, which covers tribalism, nationalism, and racism. All of that comes under Samia. So the COVID of Islam made it very clear. So this is a misconception that we have any anti In fact, the prophet of Islam, he stated in another report to give you a report, I do apologize. Yeah, it's a Muslim. It's our imara. He said, If a black slave has been appointed, or ruler over you, so long as he governed you will obey Him, obey Him. This was unbelievable and unimaginable for the earth to hear this when the owner was on. And this is all profit. He got rid of racism from the people, and they became brothers in one fit. I have to ask you

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a question.