Channel: Ahmed Deedat
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. May the peace and blessings of God be upon you all.
Also be Lima. shaytani r rajim Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem.
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surana chapter 16 verse one to five, in this Quranic verse,
gives us a method of sharing of propagating his Deen. He says all the room, invite all.
illa cebelia Rebecca bill Hekmati to the ways of dialogue with wisdom,
while Mao is at elhassan, at the end with beautiful preaching
awesome and reason with them in the ways that our best and most gracious
What a beautiful method, what a beautiful approach. But where are those teachers with these qualifications?
We hardly see them anywhere in the world, with these qualifications, that who will go out to go and invite people to the way of Allah without making people feel?
Low, foolish that we are trying to push things down people's throats. They're trying to get willful cooperation from people.
Now this method this wisdom Allah tala speaking about Bill Hekmati, where can this hikma be found?
I say it can be only found in the Kitab al hikmah. In the Book of Wisdom, which is the Holy Quran,
hikma by the Al Hakim, the Wise the all wise, Al Hakim, Allah tala one of his attributes in his Kitab hikmah. The Book of Wisdom, we will find this wisdom how Allah subhanho wa Taala himself how he approaches his creation.
And I give you example,
that will elaborate Allah. In the first instance, when he was making a wannabe Kareem Salah to reason with the pagan Missionaries of Makkah.
The Missionaries of Makkah, they were saying that God Almighty had alpana he had daughters, Allah alumina Luiza that he had daughters, these were the moon goddesses.
They for themselves, they would like to have daughters, a daughter born in the house was a calamity is a misfortune. And we know the practice was a
lot of them they buried the daughters alive before Islam in the jehoiada it was a disgrace for somebody to marry the daughters.
So to a people to whom daughters were something worthless occurs
among such a people, they are now believing that Allah tala has gotten daughters. So Allah reasons with that mentality is afara A tabula rasa. He said have you seen a lot and monotonous
Have you seen them after a tabula rasa laminata Sally satele O'Hara and Almanack the third beside Allah como de Carvalho says what shines for you and daughters for me?
it's a very unfair division you for yourself, you would like to have daughters, but you are attributing daughters to me, Allah says and sons for you is very unfair, even according to your pagan standards, your chivalry
This is very unfair that what you don't like yourself for yourself, you are now giving it to me.
Now on the face of it, it seems that if sons for me stands for you know, it doesn't mean that this is actually a law reasoning with the pagan mentality because when the Christians they say that Allah has been caught my son, Allah speaks differently.
It's unlike uno de la Taku Sahaba said how can you have a son when he's got no concert when he's got no wife has he got a mate has a wife.
Now this is quite different to the way he was reasoning with the pagans with the Christians now their mentality is of a different kind or experience of a different variety said has Allah got a wife? So this alone, then how can you ever son, Amma cannoli wanna do lm Taku Siva, how can you say
And he's got no console. No, I have no companion no mate.
So to each elaborate, Allah speaks according to his own background and experience. When he speaks to the Jews and the Christians, the Jews and the Christians were boasting that they were a learned people as against the Arabs, the Arabs were barbarians, illiterate, ignorant people. They didn't have a prophet to the credit before the Holy Prophet Muhammad sallahu wa salam, they didn't have a book to the credit before the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam.
So, they will look down upon by the Jews and by the Christians being an ignorant illiterate people and an illiterate only people and to them comes in a profit
this was a big joke to them. So Allah Allah tala, he placate the Jews and the Christians in the Holy Quran again and again. And he approaches them according to their own background and experience their subjective feelings is your Hello kita who people love the book? Yeah, lol kita again and again. Yeah, lol kita Oh People of the Book. Come illa kalimat in Sabah in vain Anna verbena calm that we come to common terms as between us and you. See ya Hello, Al Kitab Lata roofie Deena calm. Yeah, hello, kita. Again and again. He's speaking to them in the most respectful manner, the manner in which they would love to be addressed as people of the book, people with a scripture and learn with
people, that you learn it people come, come, let us come to a common platform as between us and you and He gives us the standards on which we can get together.
Then when he speaks to the Jews, the Jews were boasting that we are a chosen people, Allah, Allah chose us. And he liberated us from the Egyptian bondage. He gave us shelter of of clouds in the desert in the Sinai, he gave us money and Salah in the desert. He gave us 12 Springs gushing out in the desert, each one for each tribe.
This was the most elaborate Allah address system. Look, this is the psychology he addresses them. Yaba, Nisa, LS guru Mattila de la calm the very thing that they were boasting about the children of Israel. Remember the special favors which I didn't do? One if adulto Malala mean that I appreciate you about all the peoples of the former special favors. What was that? It was to guide mankind for a special favors to guide mankind into the knowledge of God. You see, so that I choose you for that, not because of your race, not because of your genetics, not because of your blood, but I chose you for a mission.
And he addresses them that did not save you from Pharaohs people did not give you clouds in the desert to shelter you did not say Fiji with mainland Salva and with the springs that gushed out in the desert for your benefit. So this is Ella's way. This is his method of dealing with people according to the different backgrounds and experience appealing to the subjective reason and inviting them to his way. Can we do anything better?
So we in South Africa Alhamdulillah, we have stumbled across this discovery, that there is no better way to speak to the Jews and the Christians than according to their own background and experience, which is this book. Because whenever any type of confrontation is
with regards to our beliefs, or with regards to our rights, the Christian and the Jew keeps on going back to the book. He says my Bible says this and my Bible says that we in Islam we say that sin is not inherited. He says my Bible says that sin is inherited. We say that Jesus is not what is my Bible says this, we say Christ was not Christians, my Bible says this. So
the environment from which I come, the people are like one book professors they know this book only. So if we say my Quran says this and my Quran says that I say my Quran says this, and my Quran says that so they start attacking the Quran. They start attacking the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, they start attacking Islam. I say rather, let us deal with the claim. Exactly as Allah tala tells us to deal with with hikma and with hikma he says
this is when they make the claim collinear Hola, genda de la Mancha. houden Allah Syrah and they say that you Muslims will never never endogenous Illa except Mancha, houden Asana unless you become a Jew, or unless you become a Christian. Allah says they will come on you. This is their wishful thinking. This is a vain desires. This is the hallucination
Tell them how to
produce your evidence in quantum sadiki. If you are speaking the truth, let us have a look at your proof
that entitles you to Jana. And that Destin says to hell Johanna, let us have a look at your proof Johann, and they produced it. They have produced their Gohan the Bible in over 2000 different languages as at the present moment, more than 2000 different languages.
Among these 2000 languages, there are 11 different Bibles for the Arabs alone in Arabic 11 different dialects of Arabic.
Ah, I was imagining as a non Arab, coming from Southern Africa, I was imagining that there was only one Arabic and the Arabic of the Quran, I didn't know that there was an Egyptian Arabic there is an Iraqi Arabic, there is a Palestinian Arabic and there is a moral conscript. And there is another script Algerian script and this script the 11 different Bibles they produced, they went out of their way to make it easy for the Arab,
the Muslim Arab to respond to hearken to the message that is bringing. So Allah tells us how to produce your evidence. And if
proof evidence is produced, it is the duty of the Muslim to analyze it, because otherwise it makes no sense. Proof is produced a book of 2000 pages, are we going to follow it? No. So let us see. What does it say. And voila, you will find you will discover that when you analyze the book, a lot of things that they are claiming it is not there. So it is your privilege. To take up this challenge given by Allah tala is to learn how to bronycon tell them produce your evidence. And when evidence is produced, you analyze it and deal with them have a dialogue with them.
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
I bring to you
peace and salutations from the deepest south of Africa. If you look at the map of the continent of Africa, right down at the bottom in is a country called the Republic of South Africa, where some 400,000 Muslims live.
Now, in that country, we Muslims number less than 2%
we Muslims happen to be a minority of a minority
in two different groups. a minority of a minority we are in an ocean of Christianity
is the Libyans boast
that the country has the highest percentage of Muslims on the continent of Africa, then South Africa boasts the biggest percentage of Christians on the continent of Africa. Now in that country,
we have evolved certain systems and methods of delivering the message of Islam by means of lectures and by literature.
And some of the simplest method we have found in lecture form is to invite the non Muslim
to attract the non Muslim
to our masjids
we have opened our Masjid for visitors or tourists. This Masjid that you see here,
happens to be in Durban. It is called the Juma Masjid Durban and on Fridays we have a congregation of 4000 Muslims
4000 Muslims congregate every Friday in this Masjid. We have more than 300 Muslims in the country. We have more than 300 madrasahs in the country. And we have hundreds of roofers for a population of 400,000.
Now we say here, which we distribute, we say visit the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere.
Largest south of the equator, we are boasting that this machine happens to be the largest and visit the mosque. And for a free guided tour. We say phone, our telephone number. And these are one of few things that you can do.
You can do one of these few things. Number one,
that you phone, the offices and make an appointment. Number two, you join a tour organised by a municipality or you write for free Islamic literature
The Durban Corporation of a municipality has put the masjid on his tours, visitors
and they have certain tours and among them, one is called the Oriental tour. And in this oriental tour, the first port of call is the mosque.
From there, they go to the Indian market and they buy some curios and spices. And they take them to a hotel, some five miles out of town and give them teas and refreshments. And they show them the Indian University. But of course, in South Africa, Indian University means the Indian Muslim, the Indian Christian, the Indian Hindu, they all congregate in the same university, the Indian University, and they show them the elite Indian homes. And eventually they are out of the tour by visiting the largest temple, the Hindu temple in South Africa, which is in Durban, the city where I come from, has the largest mosque must it south of the equator. And it also has the largest temple
south of the equator, I'm sorry, in South Africa.
Now, before they leave for the mosque, they give us a ring telephone call. They said, Look, there are 50 people on the bus. So we go and welcome them. ahlan wa sahlan. We say please take off your shoes. And while they're taking off the shoes, we start a conversation said Do you know why you're taking off your shoes? The answer is always No. Would you like to know, nobody ever says he doesn't want to know. You see, it's the nature of men. He wants to know why. So he says you remember
when Moses was at Mount Sinai, God spoke to him. And he said, so saying we quote from the Bible,
which is common to both the Jews and the Christians, because most of these visitors are Jews and Christians. So we quote them from their own Holy Scripture, their own holy book,
saying that God Almighty, He told to Moses, grown out nyheder
put off the shoes from off thy feet, for the place where understand as his holy ground. We say in respect that or that commandment, we Muslims, we take off our shoes, because too as Moses has a new Salat Salam is as much our Prophet as Jesus and Muhammad are, we respect them all. We review them all. So we are fulfilling a commandment as given by God Almighty to the Holy Prophet Moses.
Said secondly, before we go in for salaat we have an arraignment in the masjid.
Our arrangement is quite different from what is in most modern day mosques. We have a pool,
a pool of water.
And this pool has seats with taps around it.
And here is an example of some visitors tourists that these visitors and tourists, when they come along, we take one of the seats stand on top of it. And we begin, we say allow me, the guide will say allow me to welcome you all to the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere. This is a Muslim House of Prayer, and it is called a mosque on your last port of call on the tour. So you will be ending off at a Hindu House of Prayer, which is called a temple, the Jewish House of Prayer a church in a Christian House of Prayer as a synagogue and a Christian House of Prayer church. This is a Muslim House of Prayer, and it is called a mosque. And allow me to welcome you all
with the Islamic salutation of wishing you all assalamu Aleikum, which means peace be unto you all. And we can feel that the non Muslim, the Jew and the Christian and the atheist and agnostic in the group, how their hearts respond to the salutation. And we explain about the shoes. And we explain about
that before we go into prey we make ablution all the exposed parts of the body are being washed the hands, the feet, the nostrils, the nape of the neck garden in the mouth, brushing the teeth. This the Muslim does five times a day, every day of the year, the one who's particular with his prayers.
And purely from the hygiene point of view, no one is going to find follow the person who washes himself five times a day. It's a good hygienic practice, and everyone who nods his head, it is a good hygienic practice. Secondly, it also says certain psychological purpose and meaning mentally is preparing the person for prayer. And thirdly, this is also another commandment given by God Almighty to the Holy Prophet Moses.
In the book of Exodus, that is the second book of the Bible.
The Christian Bible, the old in the New Testament put together the Christian Bible. In the second book called The Book of Exodus, it is written
and Moses and Aaron in the sun has it musala salam Haruna Salam and the sons wash their hands and the feet they're at when they went to
into the 10th of the congregation, they washed as the Lord commanded Moses. So Muslims are still fulfilling another biblical commandment, though we haven't got the label of a Jew,
nor yet that as a Christian, yet in all humility, we claim that we are more Jewish than the Jews and more Christians and the Christians in this, that we are trying to follow in the footsteps of the prophets.
We are not claiming to be an immaculate people in nation of angels, that we have no black sheep in our mitts, we also have our fair share of all the good and the bad to be found in every other religious group. But we say that you will find that the Muslim is more particular in the fulfillment of his religious obligations than any other religious group.
And in this regard, we tell our audience, our visitors, that I might as well coach you in American,
bodily by name, he has written a book on the life of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam called
the prophet of Islam, Muhammad.
And in that book, he says that there are more professing Christians in the world than professing Muslims. I mean, people who say that they are Christians, there are more who fill the census form in the world, saying that there are Christian than those that say that there are Muslims, that there are more professing Christians in the world than professing Muslims. But he says, but there are more practicing Muslims in the world than practicing Christians, I say, to the visitors.
that if I said this on my own account, blowing my own trumpet wouldn't have carried me too much weight. It makes me happy to quote an outsider, one of your own men.
And with this introduction, we say now we will go into the main house of prayer, and I will demonstrate to you all how we Muslims pray, and they come into the main mosque proper, and we have them seated against a wall for comfort, sitting down on the carpet on the ground, which is really an experience of a lifetime for the Westerner, on the carpet on the ground, while seated against the wall.
They would be facing the Kaaba
Makkah, and all the Muslims in South Africa, they are all facing north. So we pointed out that that every mosque in South Africa they face not because Mecca is to the north of South Africa. But if you go to the east wherever Muslims live, you will find that all the masjid the mosque are facing west and from the Western countries they're facing east and from the northern hemisphere, they're facing south.
the attention of the Muslim world converges on to one spot Mecca to symbolize the unity of the Muslim people that they have a common direction of prayer, not that God is there.
Because the Holy Quran tells us one in LA Hill Mashallah cool Maverick to Allah belongs the east and the west. Final motto for sama was hula and which return is the Presence of Allah. In other words, God Almighty is omnipresent. Whether we look up or whether we look down, over the we look sideways, sideways, He's everywhere. This only symbolizes a unity, facing in that direction.
We say a lot of our meaning allies the greatest
with folded arms, we read chapters and verses from the Holy Quran, celebrating the praises of God, and we go into different postures. And in every posture, we celebrate His praises in the ruku, which we demonstrate, we say Subhana Allah XIM Subhana dazeem Subhanallah vlse which means glory to God, the great glory to God the great glory to God the great from the from the ruku, the semi bent position, we arise, saying, some your lovely man Hamza, which means Allah listens to the one that praises him. We have the assurance that our Lord and cherish our Creator was closer to us than a juggler in vain.
As the Holy Quran testifies, it says, One
little worried that we are indeed closer to you than your very life means the very essence of your being, if our Lord and cherish our Creator, if he's that close to us, then we do not have to shout on the top of our voices when they get Deaf got to hear because he listens to our secret thoughts, our feelings, our emotions, and with that assurance we arise, some your lovely man hamidah and from that position with a law Akbar, Allah is the Greatest, we go into frustration, into sujood. And in that position, we say Subhana Allah, Allah Subhana Allah subhanho wa Taala, which means Glory to God in the highest Glory to God in the highest Glory to God in the highest. The highest part of men goes
down to the Lord
was before his maker, and we praise Him to the highest.
This is the form of our prayer. And this is also biblical means this is also according to your Bible.
This is also biblical.
Because this is how all the prophets pray. Now when we say all the prophets prayed
to the Westerner, it sounds like a sweeping generalization.
But it is not. So I tell them, I remind them that it is not. So if you have been reading your own holy scriptures, the Bible, you will be able to confirm what I'm going to quote you now and a quote from the Old Testament. This is actually the Bible of the Jews, with the Christians have inherited. The Old Testament is the Bible of the Jews.
I said I quote from the Old Testament,
reading, and Abraham fell on his face and prayed to God.
And we read again, and Moses and Aaron fell on their faces and prayed to God, and again, and Joshua fell on his face and pray to God.
When we come to the New Testament,
we learn that pauses last days on Earth, Jesus Christ, he went to the garden of debt seminary with his disciples.
And he told them, wait and watch, meaning keep God, we can watch. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed to God,
and fell on his face and prayed to God, so Oh, my father. If it'd be possible, let this cup pass from me, meaning remove the difficulty for me, but not as I will. But as thou wilt. In then I leave it to you Oh, Lord,
but I want you to save me, Yaba, tala save me. But as a good Muslim, he submitted his will to the will of God, Muslim. He said, I submit, whatever you want to do, I'm prepared to go through with it. But I would like you to save me.
What did you What did he do? He said, Wait and watch. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed to God. So we asked our audience, how does a man fall on his face and pray? Except the way the Muslim bats?
Can a circus Acrobat do anything better than that? And the mind searches and there is no answer except this, the only way Abraham fell on his face and pray to God when he made the switch. And Moses and Aaron made the sujood. And Joshua made the sujood. And he Salah Salam made the sujood.
So we Muslims, we are not ashamed to humble ourselves, the manner in which the spiritual physicians of mankind,
Moses, David, Solomon, Jesus, Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of God be upon all these messengers, as they did it, we are not ashamed to do likewise.
Now, the direction of prayer in the house of prayer, no idols nor images.
The only thing really that is worthwhile seeing there is the simplicity of the master. But these visitors when they come at the back of the mind, when they come in South Africa, especially, because the majority of my people happen to be Hindus, the Indians in South Africa 80% of them are Hindus, the majority of the Indians, Hindus in India are Hindus. So, the impression that is created is that every Indian is a Hindu, every Hindi is a Hindu, a Hindi doesn't mean a Hindu, Hindi means a man from India. But every Hindu in India is not a Hindu, they don't know. So when they look at me,
in the South African context, this is this guy is an Indian. I can't claim I'm an Arab, I can say my took, though, in this environment, I might look like one of you. But in South Africa, they recognize me readily as one belonging to the race that is living there. So at the back of the mind, a mosque must be than a temple as synonymous term. They think these are two different words for the same thing. So when they come into the house of prayer, the Muslim House of Prayer the masjid, always in the group, there is somebody asking,
Where are your gods? meaning your ideas and images? Your Mahmoud's carved out? Where are they? Because at the back of the mind, they were expecting it in the masjid and they don't see.
So we said look, we have no idols and idols and images here. So some of them they still persist. So do you only take them out on Fridays? Because they know on Fridays we close our shops for Salah. between four to two we close our shops in the country towns all over. We every Muslim House of business is closed between 12 to two on Fridays. So it says do you only take out your guards for fresher on Fridays? He says no, not even on Fridays. We hate these things. We have them and yet they can't believe because of the backup
Mine, every Indian is a Hindu.
So we have to explain to these people that Islam is a universal religion it comes its followers is converted by the millions. The Arab countries, as a whole almost are Muslim. There are Christians, though no doubt among them are Arab Christians, but as a whole, there are Muslims. Pakistan is predominantly a Muslim country, Nigeria, the majority of them are Muslims. And the Nigerians are not Indians. The Arabs are not Indians. The Turks are not Indians, the Indonesians are not Indians. So in other words, it is a universal religion. And as such, we are able to use the master and we end off by giving these people free literature
Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. May the peace and blessings of God be upon one and all of you.
On the 17th of the month of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting,
the event of the Battle of butter.
The Battle of butter happened to be the first
military confrontation between Islam and Cofer
for 13 years, the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, he struggled in Makkah and the Quraysh.
The mucinex the policies of the time, they may think so difficult for him, they plan
to assassinate him, and he was forced to flee from Mecca to Medina,
which we call the hegira, from which the Muslim era date.
But in Medina,
they didn't give him peace.
They were prepared. And they were preparing to go out with an expedition the machines of Makkah to wipe out Islam and the Muslims.
And when they marched on to Medina, when the news reached the prophet of Islam, the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, he came out
to meet this opposition, some 313 ill equipped Muslims, young and old, they came out to meet
these mushriks who had coming along to attack Medina, instead of staying at home and allowing the Muslims to invade Medina and kill men, women and children, young and old. So they came out and at a place called bother the Muslims and camped and waited.
And a battle took place between 330 Muslims and 1000 Muslims.
And Allah, Allah. With his help, he gave the Muslims the first military success, which he decided almost for all times, the superiority of Islam the success of Islam, but from this event and the successive defensive battles that the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam fought at,
successive defensive battles, the
protagonists in the West, they have labeled Islam a religion of the sword. They have attacked the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam by saying that the spread is the religion at the point of the sword. In other words, he forced people to accept Islam.
Now, history gives a light to this. And this myth of Islam being spread at the point of the sword has been exploded
100 times over. But it's a type of sickness that has possessed the West, they can't seem to leave this. They can't seem to let go of the sword
and Islam doing synonymous things.
Now, the Holy Quran tells us
that like Rafi Dean, that there is no compulsion in religion, even if the Muslims were in a position
to force people to embrace Islam, either through physical force or economic force. This is disqualified because Allah says there is no compulsion in religion. And if you compel a person at the point of the gun, or the point of view of a sword or a dagger, to say the kalama, the creed of Islam, it is absolutely worthless.
Islam forbids. And the Muslim history also proves that they did no doubt spread themselves throughout the world,
with this Quran in one hand, and the sword in the other, but they did not offer the Quran as an alternative
to the sword. They went and conquered
the early history of Islam. They swept through North Africa, they went into Spain, and they ruled Spain for 800 years.
Now, history tells a lie to this charge of slamming spread at the point of the sword. Because after 800 years, the Muslims were thrown out of Spain.
To a man, after 800 years of Muslim rule, there was not a single Muslim left in that country to give the assan The reason is obvious, because the did not convert the Spanish people at the point of the sword had they done it 800 years, economically they were in power, they could have forced the Spaniards, economically, politically educational system, everything was in the hands of the Muslims, and 800 years as a mighty long time to convert a nation to change people, they could all have been converted, and the Muslims would have never left Spain. But they did not do any such thing. They did not force Islam down anybody's throat. Then we come to Cyprus,
in the Mediterranean, our Turkish brethren who that island for 400 years, and after 400 years of Turkish rule, we find that the Greeks are still in the majority.
Had they forced his palm down the throats of the Greeks, there would not be a single Greek on Cyprus today.
coming to India, my own Motherland Hynde, the Muslims rule that country for 1000 years. And after 1000 years of Muslim rule, eventually when partition takes place, the Muslim gets one quarter, the Hindu gets three quarter simply because the Muslims did not force Islam down people's throats at the point of the sword.
Then we have countries far in the Pacific,
one of the most populated Muslim nations in the world. We say Indonesia, in Indonesia, over a over 100 million Muslims.
But history tells us that not a single Muslim soldier landed in that country.
Malaysia almost as a whole Muslim, not a single Muslim soldier landed there.
West Africa look at Nigeria. The bulk of the people of Nigeria are Muslims. Not a single Muslim soldier landed there. On the east coast, Zanzibar which Muslim armies invaded Zanzibar, Tanganyika Tanzania, and further down to the south most the Muslims reached as far as Mozambique.
Mozambique some 500 years ago, was a Muslim possession. The Arab trader had been had gone there as far as Mozambique.
And there was a Muslim governor of this area some 500 years ago, whose name was Mousavian bake.
And when the Portuguese when they conquered this territory, they could not pronounce Musab in bake. So they said Mozambique. They changed the name they perverted the name to Mozambique, maybe unintentionally, but they perverted the name like Gibraltar. It was w Tarik the amount of Tarik they couldn't say jibber jabber Tarik. So this is Gibraltar. So history tells us that the Muslims whether in Spain or in Cyprus, or in India,
or in the Far East, nowhere, I mean, an individual Muslim might have some ruler might have forced an individual here and an individual there are a dozen here or a dozen there. But as a people as a whole, the Muslims have been meticulously following the Quranic injunction, like Rafi Dean, there is no compulsion in religion. And in the history of early Islam, we find the same situation, the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, he did not force a single individual, whether you are Christian or pagan, to Islam by force.
So Islam is today even today, the history tells us that today
Islam is spreading.
There is a sword. But this sword is the sort of the intellect.
In the West, in England, in America, in my own country, South Africa, where I come from
Islam is spreading among the Indian. The other Indian, majority of them are Hindus. The Indian Hindu is coming towards Islam. The Christian colored a mixture between white and black is coming towards Islam. The white men, Christian and Jew is coming towards Islam and we are a minority of a minority
We are the Muslims of South Africa less than 2% of the population, what force can we exert except the force of the intellect, reason, logic and the the propagation that allows the Quran the argument from the Holy Quran.
the defense of Islam, the Muslims, no doubt they have to defend themselves by arms.
And this is something natural, given the master historian in his decline and fall of the Roman Empire. He says
that every individual, every human being has a right to defend himself and his person and his position
and to extend his hostilities to a reasonable amount of satisfaction and retaliation with the early Muslims are forced to do.
Then Thomas Carlyle, one of the greatest thinkers of the past century, he defends the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, and Islam and the Muslims, some in 18 140. This great thinker in England, he delivered a series of talks on heroes in hero worship. And among his hero as Prophet he chose the Holy Prophet Muhammad sallahu wa salam. And regarding this charge of forcing Islam down people's throats, he says, the sword Indeed, the sword, indeed, but where will you get your phone? He said, Every new opinion at its beginning is precisely in the minority of one. There's only one man it is one man against all men, that he takes a sword and try to propagate with that will do
little for him. At first, you must get your sword. In other words, no sword was ever used by the prophet of Islam or his successes to propagate the faith.
May this dispel this myth once more again?
waka Davina hamdulillahi Rabbil aalameen
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Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem
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My dear brother and
I have read to you the first verse of surah Bani Israel, which is the 17th chapter of the Holy Quran.
You may refer to this in the Holy Quran I mentioned once before
published by the Islamic
the Islamic Courts and affairs of your own city, Doha, Qatar, and this Quran is available from them is a translation and Encyclopedia of some 2000 pages
which has a very comprehensive index. Now in this index, you will find details of the Mirage and their aim. Or if somebody tells you that this is in the surah Bani Israel, you look under B Bani Israel and it will tell you that Bani Israel is chapter 17. And you can very, very readily very easily check up and read for yourselves with the commentary that is given in it.
Now in this verse, Allah subhanaw taala speaks about this event which took place in the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam Mirage, meaning the ascension
in which the Holy Prophet Muhammad was taken.
According to the majority of the commentators, with whom I agree that physically he was transported from the masjid al Haram, that is the mercy that Mecca
the holy Mosque, the sacred mosque in Makkah. From there, he was transported to the farthest mosque, which was in Bethel Makkah this, that is Jerusalem.
And from there, he was transported into the spiritual realms physically. Now, the difficulty with many Muslims, about Mirage is whether it was spiritual or whether it was physical. No doubt in Islamic tradition, we read of a number of experiences that our Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam he had in
what is called Astra or being taken up Isa Mirage, but this one in particular, recommended to say that it was physical.
Now what is the difficulty, the difficulties
for modern men, this is the How can anybody be taken out into outer space and into the great beyond. Because we know that as we go higher and higher, there is lack of oxygen and
freezing, one would freeze to death.
If we go to a place like let's say the moon, they say on the sunny side of the moon, where we see the bright brightness, where the sun is shining, it is so hot that the human kind his body, his blood will boil in two minutes on the shaded side, he will freeze in the same amount of time. So, how can anybody be taken out of this environment into another environment and be brought back safe and sound?
Well, giving some little thought to this,
I find that there are so many things which to the layman is impossible to comprehend. For example, of our own movement, on Earth, we are told by learned men sign men of science geographers, astronomers, that we are at the present moment. I myself included while seated here, so comfortably, and being rotated that this earth is rotating. And we all of us on it are rotating at a speed of 1000 miles an hour, the circumference of the Earth being 24,000. And once in 24 hours, we make one complete revolution. So we are traveling while seated comfortably at 1000 miles an hour in one direction, rotation 1000 miles an hour, everything is being taken for a ride 1000 miles an hour.
But this is one movement. There is another secondary movement, that while the earth is rotating, the Earth is going around the sun.
And we are told that the speed at which it is moving around the sun in an elliptical orbit is 66,000 miles an hour,
which goes round and round while rotating going round and round The sun in 365 and a quarter day 365 and a quarter
66,000 miles an hour in a forward direction and 1000 miles an hour in a rotary motion.
Now if we tell this to the layman that he is making two movements, one of 1000 miles an hour and another at 66,000 miles an hour. He will laugh at you he will laugh at us. What are you talking about? I can see I'm on terra firma solid Earth.
How come that you are telling me that we are moving at such a stupendous speed at 60 miles an hour in a motor car at 100 miles an hour in the motorcar we know how uncomfortable we feel. And how is it that that that stupendous speed movement is perceptible even. So the answer is in this, that for God Almighty, He has protected us through this atmosphere,
forces of gravity and we are being taken around in comfort and in ease without even perceiving any movement, leave out 1000 miles or 66,000 no movement at all, we feel as if we are remaining fixed in space somewhere. And it is a son that is going round and round and round. Whereas in actual fact it is we are going round and round and round.
So if God Almighty can protect us
in so easily, so comfortably, if he wants to transport his servant from place to place in a capsule of his making, what is impossible for him, he has the power to do what He wills.
we are having science fiction. And in science fiction, they are showing us in my own country there is a series of programs they call them Star Trek inventor they were programmed in America Star Trek, in which they show us that how spaceships are going around in the universe. And that man is being
transported, he is being changed from one form into another from one one from the spaceship onto some planet and from the planet back to the spaceship. And as if he's being disintegrated in front of your eyes and taken from place to place. Now, this idea
that men can be transported,
it is possible maybe in 100 years time in 1000 years time, whatever the mind of men. He has been able to conceive and perceive so far, he has been able to do 10 years before the first man landed on the moon. Kennedy, he proclaimed to the American public that within the next 10 years, we will land on the moon and he did it
Then we have been talking about Mars and Jupiter probes, and they're making probes. They're going, they're sending the spaceships, they're sending the satellites, and they're coming back with information. So, if men can do that today, by knowing about what is in the heavens, if it is easy for him, we say, the Muslim, the man of faith, he says, if my Lord says that he can do something for his prophet, his chosen messenger, it is nothing difficult for him. So we believe the Muslims as a whole, we believe in the assumptions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam that Allah tala took him out, and the experience which he had, he gave us those experiences, he narrated them to us.
And in this experience, one of the greatest gifts he brought for the Muslim was salatu salam became far upon the Muslim. And we hear in Islamic tradition, that from 50 times a day, gradually, it was reduced to five times a day. And Salah has been described alternatively, as a Salatu, Mirage, meaning that Salah is the Mirage, the ascension of the moment. So here is a blessing for us in this marriage, this event, which we can remind ourselves in five times a day, every day of the year, we can communicate with the Lord and created that nearness, that awareness that when we stand in his presence, we can stand, as the Prophet said, Can Nakata who, as if they'll see us him that though
you see him not he sees you and this is the marriage of the Muslim. May Allah, Allah make you and all all of us, you know, benefit from this spiritual experience at the purpose Allah salam, wa 100 Larabee lalani