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Bilal Philips

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Have you ever wondered how Dr. Bilal Philips accepted Islam and became a Muslim? Listen to this inspiring video, which will refresh your faith and inspire you to be an amazing Muslim inshaAllah.

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Salam Alaikum

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warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

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so now what a cool Morocco to work at.

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First, let me say

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that the whole story about my conversion to Islam is available on YouTube

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recorded in Malaysia in around 2001 and a half hour lecture.

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And last year from the University of Nottingham in Malaysia also, the story was retold. So this is like the third retelling of the story.

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Well, this will be the first time that it's translated into Bahasa so.

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So the story begins with my birth in Jamaica, Central America, known to you for Bob Marley.

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And we're saying both

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Okay, well Alhamdulillah

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Jamaica is also known for bailout Phillips,

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Muslim.

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My parents took me to Canada, and I grew up in Canada.

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From the time I was about seven years old, so I grew up in Toronto,

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one of the largest cities in Canada.

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And after graduating,

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I migrated with my family to Sabah to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. There I was preparing for entering university in Canada.

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I lived there for often on about two years.

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And while I was there,

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my mother adopted an Indonesian boy

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who entered our family. My mother in law adopted this young man because of the fact that in Indonesia that in Malaysia at that time, Indonesians who were born there didn't have the opportunity for university studies. He was one of her students. My both my parents were teachers.

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So this young man,

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we knew him as Westman.

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Later, I came to find out that the origin of his name was Sulaiman became Westman. As I think you contract names this way. Anyway, he grew up with us. And myself, my brother, my sister, we observe that he did different things, and we did when I had grown up as a Christian. And Christianity, of course, was just going on Sundays to the church. But we did observe that sometimes we'd go in his room and we would find him prostrating.

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You know, and we didn't know what he was doing, because we had no idea what Islam was. My mother and father had an idea about Islam. My mother had studied about Islam in university in Canada. So she was very careful to make sure that our adopted brother would not be compromised, his religion wouldn't be compromised. So she, during Ramadan, when He fasted, she would get up early in the morning and prepare so who are for him.

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And if we had dinner, eating pork, she would prepare fish for him.

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And on Sundays with the Sunday dinner, they would we normally used to drink a small glass of wine, so he would have grape juice you know?

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So my, my mother was very careful.

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But we didn't know what was going on. We didn't know we just knew he did different things. Otherwise, he was the same as us. During this period of time also,

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I, along with a couple other

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sons of expatriates formed a rock group.

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And

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I used to play guitar and sing

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on stage there in Sabah style styled myself after Jimi Hendrix, maybe this before most of your time, but I was known as the Jimi Hendrix. So I played

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there.

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And the significance of this, I will tell you later on, but we had a three man group. And this was another side of my life, which I continued for some time. I moved to Canada when I was accepted into Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and began my studies there and biochemistry.

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And I became a student activist, because I became conscious of problems in the world.

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And that led me to want to change the world to make the world a better place. And the only system that was offering this change at the time was communism. Some of the professors lean towards communism. So they

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made our to our students to become communists. And I

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converted to communism from Christianity. That's why I remain I went to the United States from Canada. Before completing my degree in biochemistry, I went to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and I was engaged with other student activists, you know, as a communist, and supporting communist causes in the US for a couple of years.

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However, I soon became disillusioned to

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what communism claimed, and what was the reality on the ground.

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Communism spoke about brotherhood and fraternity. But Stalin and Mao massacred millions of their citizens.

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There was no system of morality, whatever would forward the revolution was justified. And having grown up in a practicing Christian home, I had a sense of right and wrong of morality, which communism rejected as being

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outdated and not effective in promoting the revolution.

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I returned to Canada to Toronto, after those couple of years in the states

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joined another Communist Party Movement in Toronto. But still in my mind, now I was starting to look elsewhere to find some other system which could replace and provide what communism claimed to provide.

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And it was at this time that Allah subhanaw taala opened a window to me on Islam.

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One of the members of the organization, a female, converted to Islam. So this caused me to wonder why. So I asked her. Why, when we had been taught that religion was the opium of the masses, right? It is a means of drugging the masses and exploiting them. So how could you then become a Muslim? So she tried to explain to me that no, Islam was different. It's not like the other religions. Those ideas came from looking at Christianity and how it operated. So I asked for some books to read.

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And I discussed with some others who had converted to Islam, from the States, as well as some Canadians there in Toronto at that time.

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And after some period of discussion, and reading, I came to the conclusion that Islam was, in fact, the summary of all that was good in communism and capitalism and Christianity, socialism, all of the good that was identified there was in Islam, and all of the evils found in these systems were not present in Islam. So I became convinced that at least intellectually, I was convinced that Islam was the answer, for changing the situation of human beings for human society, to be adjust a fair society. But I had lived

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now, for years in communism,

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years in which I denied the existence of God,

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and had accepted that there is no God.

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So though, I realized that Islam, intellectually, was the true way for human society, spiritually, I wasn't able to accept, because

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I didn't believe in God.

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So it took another event, or experience, to bring my soul, my heart

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to Islam. What happened was that I was living in a commune. This is a house in which

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different people had rooms, and we shared the rent and shared the cooking and the different things together, but we're all individuals, students at university and others.

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And

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in my room, I used to read a lot. So I had a lot of books there. And

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people used to come into my room from time to time, even when I wasn't there to use the books read from the books.

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And one day, when I had laying down on the bed just to rest,

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I

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went into a state between

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being awake and being asleep, meaning I started to dream. But I was aware that I was in the room and I could see some people who had come in and were sitting at the desk, my desk, and were reading some of my books. And I started to have this dream.

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So I saw myself in this dream,

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entering a huge warehouse entering into this huge building, there was a door, I came in, I had a bicycle with me, I used to ride a bicycle for exercise. I was walking in this structure, with my bike walking in, it's dark inside, but I'm walking in. And as I go deeper and deeper into the building, I would turn and look to see make sure that the doorway I came through was still there, right.

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But somehow, I was driven to keep going deeper and deeper. And of course, as I went deeper and deeper, the doorway became smaller and smaller. Right. And I started to develop fear of what might happen, but still, I was driven to keep going in. And, of course, eventually, I reached the point where I turned around, and I couldn't see the door anymore. So I was in complete darkness. And at that point,

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I was overcome by fear. Fear that

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If I didn't get out of this situation, I would never

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escape, I would, in fact, die. It was fear of death struck me. So I

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began to scream. Those people who I could still somehow see sitting at the desk, though I was in this state of complete darkness, I was aware that they were sitting there and I started to scream, help me, help me, you know, to get me out of the situation. But no sound would come out of my mouth, I was screaming in my head, but no sounds would come out of my throat. So of course, they didn't hear me, I'm screaming, I can't reach them. And I reached the point of submission in the sense of giving up, I just reached a point after screaming, screaming, they couldn't help me, I couldn't help myself, I was reached a point where I said, I'm lost, I'm finished.

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And at that point, when I let go, believing that I was finished, I woke up.

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I came out of it.

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So later, I came to know that, you know, many people have this experience, where you feel yourself in a dream, you want to get out and you're just stuck there, you can't, you know, most people have experiences some time or the other. For me, that was the first time I've never experienced that before. So, in my mind, I interpreted it as proof, spiritual proof that there is a God, because I couldn't help myself. The people in the room couldn't get me out of that situation. So then how did I get out? The only other explanation that remained was God, God brought me out to that. So that was the spiritual leap that I needed to make to accept Islam in its totality.

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So at this point, I was ready to accept the Islam.

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I declared my Shahada

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and that was 1972. I declared my Shahada. And then, I was taught Salah,

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right, same day, when I was taught Salah,

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and I was taught sujood, then it clicked in my mind that my adopted brother was a Muslim.

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Because he had never said anything about Islam to myself, or my brothers and sisters, he never said anything. We were too shy to ask him. And he was a guest too shy to say anything. So it was at that point, I realized that he was a Muslim. And by then he had gone to, to Ottawa with my parents, he was studying in the University of Ottawa. And immediately I decided to go to Ottawa to see him share with him that I'd become a Muslim. But also,

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I wanted to share my anger, because that I had been all those years with him. And he never said anything about Islam.

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Because this was wrong, he should have said something. So when I went to Ottawa, and I met him, and I told him, I had become Muslim is very happy. I hugged him and everything, but then afterwards, I pushed him back and said, Why didn't you say anything about Islam? You know, all those years I had to go through, you could have saved me all of that, you know, the communist and stuff, you know, to have told me about Islam. So he tried to explain it said, you know, your parents were so kind to me to help me. I didn't want to introduce anything which would create confusion in the family, maybe make them upset. And so I wanted to, you know, avoid that they were good to me, I wanted to remain

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good to them. But I said, this is not acceptable. Not acceptable. And no, that's your excuse, but it's not an excuse before Allah, you have a duty You should have told me, You know, I was quite upset. But humble afterwards.

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Then, you know, we embraced each other again, and I was able to get over it.

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So at this point, of course, after accepting Islam, I started to give Dawa to both my parents tried to encourage them to become Muslims. My brother and sisters.

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You know, by the same father and mother, I tried to encourage them to become Muslims. And I tried to learn as much as I could about Islam there in Canada.

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But in my efforts to try to learn Islam in Canada, because there were no real scholars there, there were just migrants, people that come from different parts of the Muslim world, from India, Pakistan, from Egypt, Morocco, and they're different places. So I would just try to get as much as I can from each person, they would tell me something, and I would take note of it, etc.

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And

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I reached a point of confusion there in Canada, that though I'd accepted Islam, when I was trying to learn from all these different people, I started to hear different stories, different explanations.

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So, I had to make a decision, what am I going to do with this? So, you know, I had gone when I first became Muslim, with a group of brothers from from Pakistan and India,

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who were part of a movement called Jamaat oblique. So I traveled with them. And they convinced me that I should be a hanafy.

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So I decided to become more hanafy.

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Then, after studying with them and getting as much information as I could, I moved with my wife close to the masjid. And the mom of this mustard I moved next to he was from Egypt. So he started to teach me from critical sunlight, basically, Shafi mahtab.

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So I started to see contradictions and issues. And then I befriended some brothers from Morocco, who are explaining to me about how life was the Muslim life in Morocco. And they started to show me the Maliki method.

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So this is where I reached a point, I said, I had to decide I thought Islam was one.

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No, I know Christianity had all of these different sects and things with Islam was supposed to be just one. So what was going on here?

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They tried to convince me that all the mud hubs were correct. But you just have to follow one.

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Doesn't matter which one you follow, but just follow one. They're all correct. So, though, they were telling me they were all right, I saw problems. That couldn't be explained with that explanation. I saw very clearly, that the shaft a school was saying that if a man accidentally touches a woman, his will do is gone, and her will do is gone.

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And the Hanafi madhhab was saying, if a man accidentally touches a woman, his will do is find it's not gone, her will do is not gone. So if both of them was right, if both hanafy and Shafi were right, then it means it is possible for you to have to do and not have to do at the same time.

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So I couldn't accept this. Just like I couldn't accept in Christianity, that God was three in one.

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They said he was one but then there's God the Father, God, the Son, God, the Holy Spirit's three gods in one. So he was one and he was three, that to accept that you have to shut off your brain.

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So in the same way to accept that you could have to do and not have to do at the same time, you have to shut off your brain.

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So at that point, I decided I needed to leave Canada. I needed to go back to where Islam started.

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And Allah opened the door. scholarship was available to go and study in Medina. At that time, nobody wanted the scholarships. There. We said this is a waste of time to go study in Medina, you know, they're teaching from old yellow books that are covered in dust. You know, it's ancient stuff not applicable to your daily life. You won't be able to look after your home your family, you know if you studied there, but I said I need to know Islam. I need to get to the sources and understand this way of life, which I believe is correct. There is an explanation for what was confused to me. So I decided to go there anyway. So after studying the Al Hamdulillah, it became clear to

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To me what the problem was that the problem was really, people. It's not really the dean. Right?

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I came to realize that Imam Abu hanifa wasn't the Hanafi

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and Imam Shafi wasn't a sharpie,

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the Sharpie school, and Imam Shafi are two different things.

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Meaning that the rulings that are in the Shafi school some of them were the opinion of Abu hanifa of Imam Shafi, but many of them were not.

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Same thing in the Hanafi school. So then the question became, so what was the mud hub of the mama Shafi?

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What was the main hub of Imam Abu hanifa?

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Then from my study, it became clear that they both had the same mother.

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They along with the mom, Malik, and Ahmed, even the humble, all of them followed one madhhab.

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That one month hub was the main hub of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

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It was the main hub of Abu Bakar of Omar Osman and Ali that was their mother. Because really, if we are to follow a madhhab, meaning a ruling,

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the rulings of one particular

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scholar of the past

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wasn't abubaker, the best of the oma.

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So isn't his madhab the best to follow.

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That is logical, but is the logical conclusion. So the madhhab, which he followed is the madhhab followed by all of the early scholars of Islam, whether they're in the well known mud hubs or outside the well known methods, they were all seeking to follow the mud hub of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam. And this is what is obligatory on every Muslim.

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So both Abu hanifa and Mama Shafi said it Sahil Hadith for Hua Madhavi if the Hadith is correct, then that is my true madhhab. That was their statement clarifying that they were striving to follow the way of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam. So when we come back to that issue, when you touch a woman is your widow broken and hers broken or not? We have to go back to the Hadith. And there is authentic hadith that Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam kissed his wives and led the Salah.

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So if a man touching a woman breaks his will do then what are we saying about Rasulullah sallallahu sallam. So this is the point. It was right and wrong. In this case, the Hanafi school ruling of Abu hanifa was the correct ruling your will do is not broken. So you don't have to do what many people do from the shelf it might have been different parts of the world, that when you're going for Hajj, your local molana or shares or whatever will tell you listen, you make the Nia, the special duar you make that you are going for Hajj as a Hanafi.

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And when you come back from Haji make another da da that turns you back into a xiaofei. We don't have to do this.

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So I've hunted in Medina when I was there in the mid 70s. I studied there under chef and also Dena lalvani. He was one of the teachers whose classes I sat in regularly.

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I also studied under chef bin bars later became a translator for shipment bars in Riyadh. I studied under shirehampton Arsenal Ubud as well as share Qmobile I studied krige Hadith, in the home of shell mill. And hamdulillah. You know, that was a wonderful period of time, in which there was so much knowledge available from leading scholars of that time have included of course is checkable, bacara, desirae, and others.

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having graduated from Medina, I went to Riyadh, I did my masters, as you heard in Riyadh, Riyadh University, became a teacher at the same time teaching in high school

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My parents came to Riyadh actually before me as teachers there, and I taught Islamic Studies at the same school in which they managed, called menarik Riyadh schools. And I continued to try to give them power in no time now have passed some six years since I accepted Islam. So during the next

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10 years, I continue to try to give them down in Riyadh. But they didn't convert.

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During this period in the 80s, I became involved in giving Dawa, to people in Riyadh, foreigners were there, mostly Filipinos, and found hamdulillah that the Filipinos are very receptive to Islam, many of them converted, I started to translate the hubbub Juma into English for them is the first translations of quick buzz which are done in Saudi Arabia. And from that, eventually, we set up the first data center in Bogota,

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which later became hundreds of data centers all across Saudi Arabia.

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In 1991.

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After the Gulf War, first Gulf War with Saddam Hussein, and half a million American troops were brought into Saudi Arabia, supposedly to fight them. After the Gulf War, they had to be processed back out of the country. And I led a team of duat

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where we set up in their camp, their main camp in Hobart, Khobar Towers in eastern Arabia,

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a dour tent, which was called the Saudi Arabian cultural information tent, and Alhamdulillah. In the next five months, from the time we started five and a half months, we had over 3000 American troops accepted Islam hamdulillah. After that, in

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93, I completed my PhD

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from the University of Wales, and I went to Canada to visit my parents because by the end of the 19th, they went back to Canada, I went to visit them.

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And Alhamdulillah

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when I stayed with them about the second night after I had gotten there, my mother and then my father came to me, and both said they wanted to become Muslims.

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So that was, you could say, one of the happiest days of my life. Both of my parents took Shahada on the same day. So this was after 21 years of Dawa, I had given them Tao for 21 years, they both accepted Islam Actually, I had already given up.

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earlier than the 21 years, I had tried everything that I thought I could.

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I had written a book, based on a lecture, which I gave in Riyadh, called the true religion of God. This book I had written, I given it as a lecture, and I'd asked my parents to edit for me. From the English perspective, my dad was a English expert. My mom's very strong in English also, but she was a science teacher. But anyway, both of them went over the book. And I asked them, if there was anything they found wrong to let me

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correct it. You know, if there are any mistakes with a grammatical or even conceptually, even ideas, if it wasn't well presented, let me know so I could correct it, and give me their suggestions. So they went through the whole book, and made some suggestions changes, I made the changes, etc. And after they said, yeah, it's fine. Now I said, So then why don't you become Muslims?

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But

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they said, Okay, give us a call, and we'll start to read it. So that was a step. But they didn't accept Islam. And I this is after trying, as I said, virtually everything. So when they came to me and said they want to become Muslims. Afterwards, I spoke with my mother and asked her Okay, why did you guys decide now? Why not back then when I had you read the book, and I'd explained and so many things to you.

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And she said

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that there were main two main factors. One,

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that they could see my behavior to them, how I treated them, how I loved them, looked after them was all

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Always contacting them, my brother and sister who are now adults, etc. Oh, my brother was a PhD, also professor in university. But whatever problems they had in their lives, they would say, You're the reason pointing to my parents, you know, they blame my parents for everything that went wrong in their lives. Whereas I refuse to do that. I looked at them as having tried their best, and would not blame them. So they could see the difference what Islam made in my life in terms of how I treated them. So the other thing, which my mom explained to me, was that

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when they were in Jeddah was after they ran the school in Riyadh, then they went back to Canada, they came back to Judah to work for a few more years in Judah.

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I had gone to visit my mother. And she told me that

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she was seeing and feeling there was something in the house, you know, she would see something seeming to move very quickly, she couldn't see exactly where it was what it was.

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But she felt it was something like an evil spirit or something that was there. So she made with crochet, I don't know if you know, crochet, but this is kind of a knitting women knit. So she knitted a cross.

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And she put it over the door, right? And the thing still ran around, it was still moving around in the house, the cross did nothing, right. So she came and when I came to visit, she told me about the problem. So I took the Quran, and I recited read Surah Al Baqarah,

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in the living room in the house. So Rebecca.

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And

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I went back to Riyadh.

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And I didn't think about it after that. She said, you know, after you read through Al Baqarah, it stopped.

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So she said that was proved to me that there is something about Islam, which although she was looking at Islam and Christianity as being about the same, you know, she had a good idea about Islam, Christianity, but then she said that showed her that there is something Islam had that Christianity didn't have, that had to do with this belief in God, etc. So

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hamdulillah that was the other point for her, which made helped make her make that decision to become a Muslim. So inshallah, if you're having this in your home, use so Al Baqarah prophesize, Allah said, he reads to Al Baqarah, no shaytan will not come to your home for like three days and nights. So you use it. This is you see the power of it, Allah Akbar, you should use it yourself. This is what the Bible says Adam has given us and don't use the other things. I know there are other people who tell you you have spirits. You need to do this pour water in or you need to write things and burn things and wear things and all kinds of other No, that is not from Islam. So Al Baqarah is

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what Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam gave us a wild sigh.

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After accepted and sorry, after I completed my PhD, I became a university professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the UAE and moved to the UAE I was teaching in the university there.

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And I started the first dollar center in the UAE in Dubai and ran it.

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And

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towards the end of the 90s. I had many students who are studying in circles that I did in mustards and centers there.

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One student came to me and asked me a question, you know, whether

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I had lived in Sabah,

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he was a Malaysian. He asked me, so I said, Yeah, I did. I said, why I said, because my brother, he had taken one of my books back to Sabah and showed it to his brother, because he was younger. His brother was from my age group. Actually, his brother was a student in the school that I went to a close friend of my brother.

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So when he saw the name and that though my name had changed, right but still Phillips was still there. My family name I Bilbao Phillips. Born in Jamaica, he's saying I wonder whether the same person so he had his brother asked me and I confirmed it. So they

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invited me to come to Sabah I to visit Sabah. And when I went there, I met the former members of the group, the rock group from 20 years 3040 years before and Allahu Akbar, both of the other two band members had accepted Islam.

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One had gone to Australia accepted Islam in Australia. The other one accepted Islam there in Kota Kinabalu. And I accepted Islam in Canada. Allahu Akbar. So that was a beautiful ending. And that basically, you know, concludes my story. Of course, in the in 2000, year 2000, I set up University, you've heard about it Islamic online university. And this is where I'm mostly focused now. We have over 250,000 students around the world. And the goal is to spread the teachings of Islam to all who wish to find it, particularly to the Muslim world, to Muslims, and even to non Muslims who want to know what Islam is. So, although you might think

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that if I have a university with 250,000 students, I must be a millionaire.

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Because all it takes is for each one to pay $10 I'm a millionaire.

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However, just to let you know,

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of the 250,000 students, 245,000 of them study for free.

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There are no costs at all, it's absolutely free, no hidden costs. So I'm not a millionaire,

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the 5000 students who actually pay fees, which are very, very low fees, that is used to run the university, and hamdulillah this is what we're bringing here to Indonesia, and inshallah we hope to

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spread information about it. And those of you who want to understand English who want to study the deen in English, you can do it now from your home. You don't have to go into travel to Saudi Arabia or to Egypt or whatever you can do it right from your own home Alhamdulillah

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Okay, the last point I just like to raise is that if any of you

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know English and would like to contribute

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to the translation of my university course, from

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from English to Bahasa,

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please contact the organizers of this program are representatives from the Islamic online university here. We have Dotto we have another brother ID we had our from Joe jogjakarta.

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To participate

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with us in this effort to make that university available to the majority of people in Indonesia and Sharma. This is the goal to spread the knowledge and I know that most of you don't know English. So we are trying now to turn this program into Indonesia, Anand Sharma, what is the most appealing or what is most appealing from Islam that attracted you to it?

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Actually, I already explained in the

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presentation that it was the completeness of Islam

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in

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offering solutions to all aspects of life, its comprehensiveness that it covers.

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Personally, I would say that

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becoming a Muslim, the path in life became clear.

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Before being a Muslim, I was unsure of what was right what was wrong. trying this trying that.

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Once one accepts Islam then sirata mR came the straight path

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in all affairs becomes clear. life becomes much easier, because you don't have to be trying to figure out this and figure out that

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islamize made the clear way for you

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to answer or not okay, there's another part to the question.

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What would be my advice to

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doing dour in Indonesia

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where Muslims

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don't really know Islam properly.

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They're unfamiliar with the sun now.

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And the non Muslims are sick of Islam

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that

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the solution is to

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learn Islam spread knowledge of Islam.

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And

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that will be enough to bring people back to Islam.

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And when non Muslims know what the true teachings of Islam are, then inshallah they will accept Islam, as I experienced, where we had a chance to give Dawa, to the American troops, so many of them accepted Islam so easily. And I'm more than 20 people a day were accepting Islam. And that was just because they were able to hear Islam correctly.

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So I got what

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I would like to ask sir Bilal Philips, how are you sir? right at home rely on yourself? It's, it's glad to have you here. But I'm wondering like, do you have any down situation during your hegira period like, like what we have here, like, when we do hit Dre, and the bankruptcy is coming to us or our family avoiding us or or any difficulties that came to us during our period? Do we have such things like that? Thank you.

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By hedger, I'm understanding that you're talking about the transition into Islam.

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Alhamdulillah I really didn't have any problems because my parents who are positive they accepted my acceptance of Islam. And

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so my journey into Islam was quite simple. I have many friends who had many difficulties, some kicked out of their homes. I remember one Jewish friend even told me that

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his family told him not to call them anymore because they made salado janazah for him.

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So but hamdulillah I was blessed with an easy transition.

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Do you have any particular advice for us to stand in the in the right path that we choose right now that

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for us that he drug can could make us down? You know, like, like I said before, like economic problems like family problems, like even some of us have, have a really bad situation with the with our wives, when we do eat or when we grew our beard, like something like that? Do you have any tips for that?

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Well, I would just say that whatever tests that you face, are set by a law

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to develop your faith that you become stronger. A law told us like you can live long enough son in law was Aha, that nobody is burdened with a test to great for him or her to handle. So just keep in mind that whatever you face is within your ability to handle and when you handle it, you'll become a better person. So it Allah has chosen these tests to bring out the best in you.

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Thank you hamdulillah.

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Our

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guest here is asking about

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the correct understanding of the Trinity

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since

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from her perspective, it is correct

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islamically

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Allah is a God is one. And this is what all of the prophets of God taught.

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Jesus, even in the gospels, does not refer to three gods.

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When he was asked, What is the first commandment here is he repeated the same commandment, which Moses

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taught, here, O Israel, the Lord, your God is one God. So, the whole idea of Trinity is something which was added to the religion which Jesus brought,

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and turned it into another religion.

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Jesus taught one God and he worshiped that one God.

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The Trinitarian concept say that Jesus was God.

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He was the Son of God, and at the same time, he was also God. So, if he was God, then the question is, who did he pray to?

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If he was God, it means he was praying to himself, which is futility, his confusion,

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God, Jesus, in all of the text of the New Testament,

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the Gospels

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considers God to be other than himself. There are many statements that he is supposed to have made Father, for example, the father is greater than I saw, he's saying that, obviously, he and God are not one in the same. So

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the idea of Trinity My advice to

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those Christians who believe in it, it is best for you to research the origin of the concept of Trinity, because the early followers of Christ did not teach it.

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It came about in the fourth century, prior to that, people believed

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God was one. And Jesus was a prophet of God,

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and the famous Bishop of Alexandria, who upheld that concept.

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In the Council of Nicea, where the Trinitarian idea was established, his name is areas, read about areas, and understand that the Christians have, or the followers of Jesus in the East believed that he was a prophet of God, and God was one. It was the Romans and the Greeks, who promoted the idea that Jesus was God. And your common sense, should tell you that if Jesus and God were one in the same, God's attributes are infinite, and eternal. Jesus's attributes were those of a human being. God is not born, he was born. God does not die. According to their teachings, he died, Jesus died, we don't believe he died as Muslims, but according to their teachings, he died.

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So these are not the attributes of God. God is without beginning and without, and

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my basic advice

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for yourselves and for myself

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is to seek to understand

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the teachings of Islam.

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Not merely

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to learn

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information about Islam, but to actually understand it.

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As we read Quran in Ramadan, for example,

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We read Quran with the intention of trying to complete the reading of the whole Quran in Ramadan.

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But that wasn't the goal of the reading of

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the goal of reading the Quran in Ramadan is to hear and understand the words of a law and to try to put it in our lives. So better for you, if all you can do is to read Surah Al Baqarah.

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And read it along with the tafsir

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Translation tafsir and you have understood that in Ramadan, that is better for you than to have read the whole Quran and understood nothing.

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So we have to make priorities in our application of Islam, the key is understanding so whether it is Salah,

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reflecting on the purpose of Salah,

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not just the ritual of Salah.

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But what is the law supposed to do? It is supposed to change our character in the fallout tanha and in fact Shai will Moncure

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Salah prevents us from evil speech and evil deeds.

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If it's not preventing us from evil speech and evil deeds, then the Salah that we're doing is not the Salah, which Allah prescribed.

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Were doing rituals, and the Salah is a system for change. It's different from what we're doing. So we need to treat all of our Islam that way to understand what the goals of the pillars and the principles of Islam are and to seek to achieve those goals.

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I pray that Allah gives us the understanding of the deen. As the prophet SAW Selim had said, My URI de la will be here Hi, Ron. If a dean whoever a law wishes good. He gives them the deep understanding of the dean

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Subhana Coloma ambica, Masha Allah Allah Allah and not stop Foucault and a tuber Lake, Manitoba Lake, Manitoba Lake, Manitoba Lake, Manitoba.