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Lecture At Boğaziçi University Turkey
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My dear brothers, and sisters, and friends, and respected guests, I greet you the luminous Islamic greetings of peace and the greetings of paradise. Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
Brothers and sisters and friends, thank you very much for coming out in such large numbers may have lost a pound of water Allah bless every single one of you. I am very grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala for being here today. And I think it is a sign of the Russian mob of law, because only Islam could take a Greek and bring him to Turkey and have so much love.
So this is a wonderful mercy on Islam as evil to unite different hearts and mind together throughout history. And this is an amazing thing about Islam. Because when you travel the Muslim world, and I've traveled to Malaysia, to Qatar, to Saudi, to Africa, all around the world, and you see different colors, different shapes, different sizes, different types of thinking, even within the Muslim world, but you have this bond this,
this love amongst the people, which I think you can't find anywhere else. And yes, there's a lot of problems in the Muslim world. And yes, we have colonized minds and corporate tops, and we have forced political methods and force ideologies permeating themselves in the Muslim world. And we have war and deceit and injustice. And we have so many problems. But we're lucky to still have the law. And I think this is very important. Because it's a sign it's a light, at the end of the very dark tunnel, to maybe in a very humble way. Because Muslims should not have Kippur, we should not have arrogance, but maybe in a humble way that may be
we may be the people that deserve what Allah said about us that we are rejecting us that we are here leanness for the people, not millionaires, not from them. And this is not arrogance is to show that we have something to offer. We believe as Muslims, we believe that Islamic intellectual, compassionate tradition has something to offer the entire world. And that essentially is peace, justice and harmony.
And maybe this love that we have amongst each other. Whether you're from Greece, or from Turkey, or from Afghanistan, or from Africa, we still have that bond. And maybe that is the sign that we need to come a nation again,
to be able to solve human problems because there are so many common problems, brothers and sisters and friends, so many, even in America, the land of the brave and the home of the free
25% of America, they live underneath the poverty ladder 50% of Americans have to get resources and money from the government just to live.
Go to Philadelphia, I'm going to go to Philadelphia at the end of the year insha Allah
and you see that people are still looking for food on the streets.
But this wasn't the case in your nation.
Under the manufacturer, this was not the case. Go to the mosques, the old Ottoman buildings, talk to the historians, and you would see baskets for subaqua.
And they say that if you are poor, you didn't have much money today. You could put your hand in the basket. Take as much gold coins as you want
the history and say it was always full. For the first time in history brothers and sisters, the first time in history in postmodern history. You have food, shelter and clothing for everybody. You don't even have this in America. You don't even have this in Britain where
in Europe, the so called enlightenment, the sources of progressive The so called people of
whatever the point is, we have here as a Muslim
this was our tradition. And yes, I consider myself as well.
You did have Greece for more than 400 years. So maybe I have some Ottoman blood. Maybe.
Brothers and sisters, I'm saying this beautiful to power but for you to understand, look where you were and look at you now. Yes, things are changing now with
May Allah bless him and preservative. But the fight is a way to realize that we were in a position, but we have something to offer to humanity. Even when we were described as the sick man of Europe, at the homies the second, when I am next to my country, Britain was starving. They had the potato famine. It was after Henry the second he sent them food and resources. And he didn't want to embarrass the queen, because she didn't give much. Because even then we were often the judgment nurse will fool the people, not for them, but for the people.
And this is something that we have to understand that we have an amazing tradition brothers and sisters. Don't think your history is only 1819 years old. Your history did not start.
History started with
this mirror because
we wish recite proclaim in the name of your Lord. This is your history. This is your heritage, Tommy juice and diluted by the full academic, the thick academics in this nation who think you already progression is when you move away from the Quran and soon along the way. The more you run away from Islam, the more you run away from Allah, the more you run away from the Quran and Sunnah is the more you're going to be digressed, the more you be anti progress. Now, many people who don't believe in Islam think how is this the case? Look at the Muslim mode. Por injustice. There is no accountability, no tolerance. We agree. But this is because they have run away from the timeless
principles of Islam. She know that. And I have a very small piece of advice from the leadership for the leadership of this country in a humble way. If turkey were to adopt Islamic economics in a proper way, with the real values in a comprehensive way. 10 years, give it 10 years, there's no more poverty in Africa.
if this great nation, this amazing nation, Allah bless this nation was to adopt the values of Islamic economics, just economics. comprehensively, there will be no poverty in Africa. Do you know as a European until I was born in Britain, Europe to this day has unjust trade rules with Africa. Africa can't do proper trade with Europe, because Europe wants all the money. As a European. I feel ashame is injustice.
But Islam doesn't preach this type of justice, or injustice. It preaches justice for everybody. And it's not an economic model brothers and sisters is based on Yes. Something divine by based on reality. We have the right geopolitical framework. Capitalism says too many means not enough resources. Too many miles. Not enough. yemek
not enough food.
But this is not true. There's the Hades in pyramid de with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, the son of Adam, meaning the human being. All he needs is some bread and water, some shelter, and a cloth to hide his nakedness. The purpose of a lot of war it was so that was defining our essential limited needs to survive. You just need food, shelter and clothing.
So this creature
Philosophy of distribution to ensure that every single person under our authority has food, shelter and clothing. And this is in line with geopolitical studies, the food Agricultural Organization, live to the UN, do you know what it said? It said, there is enough food on this planet to feed everybody 2700 calories, which is equivalent, if you take away the children of two planets, and the food Agricultural Organization said, provided distribution is equal. So the number one problem of economy brothers or sisters is not making more money. Human beings are greedy by nature.
It is distributing it. And Islam came to solve the number one problem in in economics, which was the distribution of wealth. This is Islam. And if you don't know this, that we have solutions for the entire humanity, genome 10 point 6 million children died in Africa in 2003. That is the equivalent of the population of children in Germany, France, Greece, and Italy. Imagine tomorrow you hear the news headlines. All the children in Greece, France, Germany and Italy die, then we chaos every callosity. But this happens on a yearly basis because we adopted the number one terrorism which is capitalism. Don't get me wrong. Brothers and sisters, we as a woman, we don't like terrorism.
We don't kill innocent people. This is not our tradition. Yes, we're not pacifists. We don't turn the other cheek. You could you have no cheeks Left. Right. We want to defend humanity. But we reject terrorism. We don't kill innocent human beings. But the real terrorism is capitalism because more millions die because of a system that is unjust.
So this is some of the ideas in Islamic economy.
Now, take for instance, another idea in Islamic economy which is the natural resources belong to us belong to the people. The minerals belong to the people.
There's a heavy with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, people are partners in three things, water, pastures and fire. The other scholars have derived this means the natural resources, oil, gas, coal
and also the minerals is another hubby's referring to the minerals. So the government only has the delegated authority to use those resources and to inject the money back into your society.
Imagine the population of Saudi Arabia were to know this headache will be revolution. Because the kings, the greedy kings, take all the money or they give it to some of the Americans.
And where is the money from the owner
of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said it belongs to the people. The Natural Resources belonged to the people, not just to the global or corporate elites.
Another point in Islamic economics is a stable economy. Our money is not based on nothing.
It's not based on nothing is based on wealth, like the gold and the silver standard.
And that creates more stability because when there's more money in society, it means there's more work. So businesses are not undervalued by the printing of more money. In order in the Ottoman period in 1507. In the Ottoman period, there was only eight, seven or 8% inflation in 80 years. You say that to Greece with an 8% inflation maybe in six months. There is no price stability, more stable economy based on our economic principles. Now, just mentioning this as an idea, there's much more to say about Islamic economy. Just to give you an idea that we have the solutions for humanity. We have an amazing balance model, ensure that everyone has food, shelter and clothing. And we need
to realize this brothers and sisters, and we need to humble ourselves and we need to realize how grateful every single one of you all the minute that you have honey on the table. And you have running water is the minute you are a king, you all kings and queens and you don't even realize it. When you're a kid and you're a king, you're a king, you're a queen.
We are kings and queens, you know at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam you were defined as kingly if you have honey
On the table, and if you have access to running water
and this should give us a sense of gratefulness. Others always look above. I want my Lamborghini. Right. Our, my father, right we don't look below, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us to look below. So we can be grateful to online realize that we have everything in our life. Like when I turned Muslim.
I couldn't make a law. I couldn't ask him for something. I was ashamed. Because I thought he gave me everything they made. I have food and water and family and health. For us. Allah gave it to me.
Obviously, I know that was wrong because
he is bountiful. He wants you to ask, but I feel ashamed because the minute of health I have water, I have food.
I'm in the top 5% of the world you are all in the top 5% of the world brothers and sisters.
Look how amazing and pious your prophet our Prophet my prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was take this heavy thing tivity share my economy with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Oh, what a beautiful curry vinegar is.
He used to take bread and dip it in vinegar.
And he was pleased.
Which reminds me of a techie saying that Allah says k Baba.
Which means which means sweeter than honey.
So brothers and sisters, I mentioned this to you understand that our tradition, our intellectual tradition needs to be revised, in eastern revised not only for your sake, but for the sake of humanity, because we have a solution for the entire globe, to give them stable economics to give them an economic model, which ensures everyone has food, shelter and clothing. And we have a resume, we have a CV of at least 1000 years, capitalism has a CV of 200 years and they failed. If you are a businessman, you have two people to come to you the CV, and you have so much experience so many positive things on one side, but on the other side of destruction, only a few rich and many
important many dying, who ain't going to choose.
But the reason the world is not choosing us because we're not giving them our CV of Islam. We give them we're giving them nationalism. I'm Pakistani are proud, right? We're too proud sometimes Yes, it's good to be loved your nation. You have to love your nation, your phone, all the prophets love their people, but never make it to the point where it becomes over your deen. So Panama, I came on the brothers yesterday. Do you know what I said to them? I said we
we the Ottomans.
We must really invade
the country of my father.
Not to kill anybody.
To show them the peace and justice and harmony of Islam and our ethics to give them food. Because you're in Germany
took a lot of resources away from Greece, capitalism destroyed Greece to the point where mothers mothers were giving the children to the church because they couldn't feed their children anymore. In a European country, the cradle of democracy from the likes of Plato, Aristotle,
there was salvini nation.
And that's why we should reinvade Greece to help them. I use the word we
because we're big global family. We don't have lines of nationalism. We are looking into history in 1890. There was a map written by the Ottoman administrators.
And he looked at the map.
Half of Europe, some of Africa, the whole of Arabia, needed going to China, India,
we have one third of the world giving people relative peace, justice and harmony. And now we're just happy with
Right? How many of you realize how many brothers and sisters
some people who didn't like you who killed your forefathers, some people who hate it a lot.
And heated your messenger and some people who raped your women and killed your men.
They took him out. And they drew lines on a map.
And you define yourself by those lines.
See that when I think of Turkey, I don't think of boundaries. When I think of Turkey, I think of the Ottoman spirits. When I think of Turkey, I think of an old man that loves a lot. When I think of Turkey, I think of the greatest administrators to have walked this planet. This is taking a look at the error less than you expected, the horrible it was the techs.
They were the greatest administrators.
And they were the ones that had unprecedented justice, intolerance. Learn about your history, even the Jews say good things about you the test the Jews,
and Jews, the academics, take our medical home, a contemporary academic, he wrote a book called A world within his two volumes. He conducted 1000 records of the judiciary under the body under the Islamic Judge 1000 Records. And he analyzed them and he said, Oh my god, I'm saying this, but I'm just you know,
some spice, some subset.
although the Jews have the freedom to go to the rabbis,
the majority of them, they decided to go to the party because they knew justice lived in a small town, then you justice
and peace and harmony
was represented by the Islamic model.
This is the dude on the go. And we advocate home bias we serve a world within another book written by the historian. Fifth Maxim is called Constantinople. He produces a primary source, a letter from a Jewish rabbi in 1453, in the 15th century, and he writes a letter to his Jewish brothers in Europe. He says, all my brothers come to the land of the tax rates are the fruits of the
press with heavy taxes. And we live in peace and freedom. This was taking
this will live people, this is your heritage,
or even an oppressed minority throughout history, like the Jews can full peace, can feel harmony, and can feel economically liberated and emancipated. This is your history.
Take for instance, brothers and sisters and friends. As another Jewish historian from the 19th century, I read blacks, he said, the Jews, they live favorably under the mohammedans under the Muslims. And this was the Ottoman period.
Brothers and sisters, there is so much more to say about what turkey symbolizes. You know, my father, he's Greek.
United star. Yeah.
And that is very open minded. And he knows this, but when he was growing up in Greece, do you know what Greeks think of Turks? It's not the best news.
We used to think barbarians.
They used to burn books.
They treat the women very badly.
And my dad will put up like this, and they oppress the Greeks for 400 years.
But when you go into academia, and you learn the history, and I show this to my father, he's like, you know, I have to follow the truth. And now he appreciates a Greek man who was in the Marines. He was in marine school and the anti aircraft guns, as my father used to pay for Greek football team.
But my father opened his mind so much, where he now loves the Ottoman history.
And when he goes to Greece for six months, every year, he teaches his Greek friends, how the Ottoman were more tolerant than the Greeks.
This is my father, and he's not even Muslim yet.
So the point is, we have a lot to offer. And we have to show people what this beautiful tradition is about. Because it's no good you just studying doing an economics degree or political philosophy.
To degree, you have to have global aspirations. You have to have a global vision for human beings. You know, I don't watch movies, right? Because sometimes it's a waste of time. Number two,
too many women on there, sometimes too much music. And it's not good for the heart sometimes. But I was on a plane on Turkish Airlines, very nice thing about the way
the food is talkies and
I was on the plane and I said, let me watch a movie. And I was the VP could john key.
And I was crying for how many hours kind of plays I don't know, I get very emotional.
Because john key was about a father, who loved his son. And this is a story that is represented in many people's lives in America and around the world. And this guy, his son, has a heart problem. And, you know, in America, you have to have medical insurance to get good cover. And he has to pay like $250,000 in order for his son to have a heart transplant operation. And he's miskeen poor, he just has a low level insurance policy. He can't afford this. To cut a long story short, he goes through many struggles and picks up a gun. And he holds the accident and emergency department hostage.
And he says, you guys make so much money just for once don't care about money, half humanity, and giving my son his operation.
And it was such a sad story. Because you know what I was thinking to myself, you know, Islam,
its ethics and its values was running America and the whole world. I really, truly believe there'll be free health care for anyone, everyone, without any insurance. And that for me, drives me to talk about Islam more. Because I love human beings. I'm a people person. And I cry when people cry. And I love seeing people cry raw, right? And I enjoy I have empathy. You know, my dad taught me this when I was young.
And when I saw the film, although it wasn't a true story, I know it's true for many people in the world. And just imagine a world where everyone has free healthcare, regardless of costs. Imagine a world where everyone has food. Everyone has shelter. Everyone has clothing
in this world.
This this is the world that Islam wants for people. And that's why Islam is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was described as the Optima for the whole worlds in the end. But we can only show people this if we talk to people, and we talk about history, and we talk about our values, and we show it to others.
This is why Islam is not a fairy tale.
So let me go back to the original topic today. The original topic today brothers and sisters is Islam.
something brothers and sisters.
This is the Islamic epistemology. What does that mean? It means the study of knowledge. Every single one of you, whether you're Muslim, or non Muslim makes no difference. You have something within you that has been created by God by a law. We call this an Islamic spiritual tradition, the fifth law. The fifth law comes from the Arabic trying to stem that law, which you have words like photron, and Fatah, which means something has been created within us to acknowledge God Allah, to worship Him and to love him. And to acknowledge goodness and good morals. Every single human being has this pitfall. So the epistemology of Islam is this
that you already know, it's the truth. I truly believe whether you're Muslim or non Muslim makes no difference. Inside naturally, if someone is given opportunity to discuss Islam with you, I know you're going to believe it's the truth.
Because it's inside you already. Because Islam is based on fundamental realities.
And we can understand these realities through reflection, contemplation, thinking,
and just observing reality. And when we use these waves of that nature to understand our ultimate purpose in life and who we are, and is based, not on a fairy, fairy tale, but on the truth and I want to discuss why I believe
It is the truth. There are three things I want to talk to you about. Number one,
I believe we can show good reasons to believe Allah is our heart. He is the truth, he is the reality he exists. I think we have good reasons to believe not only does he exists, but he is one.
Number two, I think we have good reasons to believe in the program, that this book is not a fairy tale. This not this book is not the words of just an Ancient Tribe, or ancient stories and fables, but it is the words of the creator of law. And number three, I think we can show good reasons to believe that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is indeed the final prophet. And I want to share some of these ideas with you to plant seeds in your heart and your mind so they can grow in Sharma to the fruits of demand.
So let's start with the first one. Allah subhanho wa Taala. God being a reality, that this is an age old question, but I'm gonna give you some introductory thoughts and ideas, she completed in your mind. So you understand that yes, maybe 100 said he has a point. Let me give you a few reasons why I believe a lie is a reality.
The first reason is,
you and you, and you and me and he and she, and everyone.
The minute brothers and sisters, you say I am there are many brothers and sisters, you say me, the minute brothers and sisters you say you, the ministers, brothers and sisters, you say your own name,
or your nationality, my name is Hamza, I am British, the minute you say these things, it automatically means Allah exists. Why? Why am I saying this? Because who is this you? Who is this?
Who is this? I am the center of consciousness?
Who is that consciousness? What is that consciousness?
Do you have a consciousness? Who has this unified
To explain that is only best explained by the existence of Allah the existence of God. Let me give you some examples.
This is water right? So yeah.
And I'm drinking this water smeller.
Now this water brothers and sisters
I've just taken from and there is an experience a conscious experience of me drinking some water. Correct.
I want you to try and describe what is it like for Hamza to drink water on the stage in front of everybody.
What is it like?
It is guesswork.
Maybe, but what is it like when we need to quench my thirst?
But the point is, is that there is a personal subjective experience of me taking some water. It's subjective to me, you will never be able to find out what it is like out of that to have some water in front of this crowd. Just like if I gave Ayesha assuming as an icebreaker, okay.
Even if I should strawberry and she eats a strawberry, you would never know what it is like for a chef to eat a strawberry. This is what you call the subjective conscious experience. Now the subjective conscious experience what it is like for Hamza to be Hamza, what is like for Abdullah? Abdullah what it is like for Ayesha to be Ayesha, what it is like for us to have a chocolate which is like for Mohammed to have a banana what is like for pharma.
Right, it's a unique experience. She has her own subjective experience. It is called what it is like.
We can never explain what these experiences are. And we can never explain how these experiences appear based upon biological mechanisms and processes. What I've just described brothers and sisters is called the hard problem of consciousness.
Professor David Chalmers, Professor Nagel, and many others have understood that, yes, biology and science, they can give you some idea of consciousness. But they can never give you a answer to the hard problem of consciousness. Biology can never tell you why you must have subjective experience, and what those subjective experiences are. Because when I'm drinking some water brothers and sisters, there are some chemicals and electrochemical activity in my brain. And the scientists can tell me that I'm drinking water. Maybe the sciences can tell me I'm quenching my thirst. Maybe the sciences can tell me that I'm using my right hand. But they can never ever tell you what it is like
for Hamza to drink some water. And they can never ever tell you why you have subjective conscious experience as a result of this biological activity. This is called the hard problem of consciousness. And philosophers of the mind the neuroscientists have found out that you will never be able to answer using biology. Because if you were to know everything about the brain, you can still never tell me what it is like 400 to have some water, and why hums that has the subjective experience
that he has as a result of biological activity. It's outside the scope of biology and science.
So we need an alternative explanation. So how can we have subjective conscious awareness is only best explained brothers and sisters.
by an eternal conscious being that created the universe, because if before the universe, all you had was matter, and you rearrange the matter, all you get is matter. But if in the beginning of the universe, you have conscious being and hold away being like Allah, as Allah says, In the Quran, he's all the way all knowing
that it follows, he can create matter and within that he can create consciousness. This is why consciousness has baffled the minds of neuroscientists and philosophers of the mind.
And the best explanation is that there's always been, that's the first introduction to God's existence. Let me give you the second introduction. The second introduction, brothers and sisters, this whole universe began.
We don't have to justify how it began. And we could talk about mathematics infinity, the second law of thermodynamics, we can talk about physics, cosmology, different models to explain that the universe emerged into existence. We don't have to go into that. Do your research yourself.
But if the universe began, brothers and sisters, I believe we can have a very powerful Quranic argument. Because in the Quran, and this is amazing about the Quran, its values and principles and logic can be applied to all kinds of places in chapter 52 of the Quran, verse 35, to 36, Allah, in his wisdom,
he talks about creation, he talks about your creation, the human being, and he says, Do you think you were created from nothing? Did you create yourself? Or did you create the cosmos, the heavens and the body there, you know, indeed, you have no firm belief.
Now this refers to the creature of the human being. But they said it can apply to anything that began anything if the human beings because this logic applies to the human being, if also applies to anything else that began and what is this logic from the Quran, the Quran is telling us, there are only four logical explanations to how the universe began for logical explanations. If you find another one, let me know. These are the four logical explanations believe
the universe came from nothing.
A key number two,
the universe created itself. It's number three.
The universe was created by something else created.
That number four, the universe was created by something uncreated, the four logical explanations to explain something that began Islamic force. This is when something is math law, it was created or that it came into being and you can read the works of
Being kamya and Ella Rosati and many other elements in the past the classical intellectual tradition. So we have this whole lot of explanations, I want to discuss this with you. If the universe began into existence, could it come from nothing?
This is supposed to be the number one university in Turkey, give me an answer.
and I add some more nothing. And I have a little bit more Nothing.
Nothing? What am I gonna get?
Nothing. This is why the universe has to come from something like a power or less power, or via something like a power that Bradley University brought the universe into existence. So when I couldn't come from nothing, however, we do have our beloved atheist friends, usually communists in this country.
May Allah help everybody. And basically, they would say, but you know,
in physics, you have the quantum vacuum. Now, you may not know what the quantum vacuum is, let me discuss with the quantum mechanics. I do this in a simple way. Imagine you had a big Hoover vacuum cleaner. Yeah, you know, you clean the carpets with your mother, who does it for you.
Imagine it sucked away all the particles in the universe, what you have left is a quantum vacuum
and etc, in this quantum vacuum is nothing but you have some particles emerging from this quantum vacuum. So, something can come from nothing
Because this is nothing, what we mean by nothing is the absence of something. The vacuum is something if you go to physics, very basic level physics, you understand the vacuum the quantum vacuum is a rich structure to see a fluctuating energy it is something so this argument is gone. But they have another argument. We have our beloved friend, Professor Lawrence Krauss
and Professor Lawrence Krauss, he wrote the book, a universe from nothing.
What else does in his book, he says something. He says nothing is something
he plays around the English language.
It's like me saying, you know, yesterday, I had, we went to a restaurant with the brothers. And we had an amazing dinner. And he was nothing
to say for example, you know,
nothing tastes really great with a bit of whipped cream.
He's fiddling around with the English language, because his nothing is actually something.
It's like this quantum field.
So that's not an argument either. So therefore, we have a strong argument the universe can come from nothing.
Next option, what's the second option? Anyone remember?
Could the universe
even forget the creative language same could the universe bring itself into being?
Because it's a logical contradiction? Because it would mean something exists and doesn't exist at the same time? Can I exist?
books have become
the point of view Yes, that's impossible. It's absolutely impossible. Because for something to bring itself into being what you create itself, it means that it once wasn't there in order for it to be there but free to create so it means it was there before it was there in order for it to be there.
You know, you speak like this. It sounds like that too much luck or something.
Just thinking so the fight is brothers asst couldn't create yourself.
An easy way to understand this is by asking the following question. Could your mother give birth and so?
Right? It doesn't make sense.
However, there is another argument against this, again, from atheists. I had a discussion with the head, the chairman of the British Humanist Association at the University of Birmingham in England. And I gave him this argument, you know, he was agreeing with it, but then he said, Look, you're saying
The point is wrong. Because in biology, we studied biology.
In biology has something called asexual reproduction. You know what this is, when you have a single celled organism, it can replicate itself. And we call this asexual reproduction. And look, you have self creation, oneself can become two cells that you go,
I started to love. Nobody has a virus, because as your example is supporting my idea for two points, number one, in order for the cell to replicate, it needs energy from outside of itself. So you need a power and energy outside of itself in order for it to come into being able to replicate itself. Also, in his analogy, you have to assume that the first cell is always there, but the universe began it once was in there. So again, the argument is rubbish. So the second way is gone. What was the third point?
So the universe maybe was created by something else that was created was brought into being, ultimately by something else that was brought into being Could this be the case? Or maybe this universe was as a result of another universe?
The question is, well, how does this community be, by another universe?
is coming to be by another universe?
was coming to me?
Wait a minute.
Are we coming to be the universe? Is that
the universe today? it possible
a soldier for
argument in the Ottoman Empire was a shoot, I don't know, let's see what she came back to be hungry to shoot.
And before I shoot the bird, I have to ask permission from the other person behind me. But he has to do the same as well. In fact, am I ever going to shoot the bird exactly this way. He said, You can't have this infinite regress of causes. Otherwise, you would never have the universe in the first place.
So this means the fourth option is the best option that the universe was created by something I created. And interestingly, even philosophers agree with this professor, philosopher Abraham Varghese, he says, atheists and people who believe in God theists, they knew if we are one thing, that anything exists, it must have always existed. Take your pick the universe or God, but the universe began,
then it must be God that always existed.
And once we understand there's an uncreated creator, he must be powerful. There are 10 to the power of 80 atoms in the universe. Take one atom, Hello, Mr atom, you split the atom what happens?
Not very nice things happen right?
So you make sense that this creator uncreated creator is powerful too, if I drop this water, but why does it drop because the law of gravity does go. So the creators establish these laws is the law giver. A law giver means has knowledge intelligence, powerful, knowledgeable? Number three, this creator must be different from the universe. Unless is this in the crab, Lisa committed, he shaved, there is nothing like onto him. The crate is outside and distinct and unique from the universe. Because if I need this table, I don't become the table. I am distinct from the table. So if the creator created the whole universe, he is distinct from the universe. But yes, he's closer to us in
a juggler vein, because he knows everything.
So he's powerful, he's knowledgeable, he's unique.
But also brothers and sisters, he must be a channel.
Why? Because he's uncreated if he never began, he's always been there, which means he is a channel
number five. He must be wondering
wants to work.
Outside all creation is Allah? Is this creative? And this creek is all powerful, all knowing, okay, powerful knowing and different. If someone says there are three or two, or five, all powerful all knowing in different creators, does that make sense?
There's a interesting philosophy here interesting logic, listen to the budget.
In order for us to understand something is different, there are two things.
There's something called a conceptual differentiator. Sorry for the big English basically means we must have an idea, a concept that makes us understand two things are different. For example, imagine next to me I have a twin, my twin brother, ever have a twin brother, just imagine
what makes me my twin different. Imagine with the same house, same DNA, same speech, same clothes, they look same everything same intelligence, thoughts, ideas, consciousness, everything is the same. What would make us different?
So say we have the same phone.
Location, we're located in different place. So there is an idea that makes us different. If we didn't have any idea that made us different. You never told you there's another human being there. Right? So if you're saying, yes, there must be an uncreated creator. That's all powerful all knowing you're unique. But there's another uncreated creator all powerful owning a unique what's making them different if you say that?
Because if they're always the same, is this cradle powerful? Yes. Is this cradle powerful? Yes. Is this a 209? Yes. Is this cradle annoying? Yes. Is this crazy different? Yes. Is this created different? Yes. Is this creator This is Chris created, that they all have the same attributes? You just defining one thing? Where is the idea that's making them different?
And the thing is, if you say one is different from the other,
then maybe one must be lower than the other, then there must be one creator, anyway. Makes sense? This is why polytheism is irrational. It doesn't make sense. So we have five points here, which is based on what the
last good who was
on last. Let me read them you let me
say God, Allah is uniquely one.
He's a channel self subsisting.
He began to not know what he got. And there is nothing like come to him, you see, without often would come to the conclusion. There's an uncreated creator as powerful knowing you need a term. And what I'm telling you, brothers and sisters, this is all I use for the biggest professors in the world, and they don't have a good answer. It's not because I'm clever. Nor is because these ideas are so simple, but so true. So this is God's existence. This goes to the second topic.
So I think you've got good reasons to believe in Allah and His oneness. Now, I'm going to show you why we have good reasons to believe in the
brothers and sisters, the crowd is an amazing book. Not because I was born with this book, I wasn't born with this book, I had to fire this book.
The Quran is an amazing book, because it was to engage with your, with your intellect, and you want to engage with your Nexia with your psychology. And the way the Quran achieves this is by asking you questions about my life in the universe. These are called the existential questions. What does it mean for me to exist? The Quran says fine.
And where are you going in your life where you
will feel much better soon? And in themselves do they know see? So, sometimes we want to explore the earth but we haven't even explored our own souls, ourselves. Just take the concept of love. Love is so powerful, so powerful. Even Rumi, he wrote about love and he said when the pen writes of love, it breaks into
because you can't express it when you
and take the concept of love. such an amazing powerful concept of why you love and how you love and who you love.
And when you reflect just on a small emotion you measure forget the emotions that you have, and your psychology. You are a universe within this universe. So am I saying Wolfie on Fukunaga, Sharon and it themselves do they know See also says in the crowd, what can they do? You can also look at the community
effect alone. And thus, to explain our is our signs in detail for those who reflect, get affected alone. get affected on council the Arabic language for cat wrong words to mean, think deeply. Don't be shallow. Don't just scratch the surface go deep, deep, deep think is the Christ telling you to be deep thinker. Think about the implications of the thing that you're reflecting upon. Don't be a desert romantic, sitting on the sand on the beach, looking at the stars, writing poetry to your loved one. No, I think deeply about
the craft engaging the human being as the human being is not like other religions. Oh, just believe Just have faith blind faith.
You know God is three and one in three you don't understand why but is to believe
God is like an arms you don't know why because believe
Islam is based on nature based on based on faith or based on reality.
So the craft comes to engage the heart and mind.
Let me talk about the mind first.
The Quran appreciate the people are gonna adopt this book, The Quran appreciate that human beings are going to doubt and the Quran says
three, we're in control theory.
He was the last Shahada from Indonesia.
And if you're in doubt, alive, talking to human beings, the skeptics, the communists, the Secretary,
the socialists, the liberals, everyone, me, us, us, they, those it
everybody. I was talking to everything. If you doubt this book, then bring one chapter like it and call your witnesses and your supporters besides Allah and quantum saw that mean if you're truthful in your claim, if you're truthful in your claim, that this opens the door for many miracles in the Quran, that
the miraculous nature of the Dhamma talk about a few briefly to introduce them so you can investigate further. Miracle number one, the Quran is the linguistic miracle is language. We have to understand that at the time of Arabian seventh century, the Arabs celebrate only two things. This is according to the historian in Russia. The album's celebrate when a boy was born, because they were very sexist, very chauvinist, okay.
And they will celebrate when a poet rose amongst, because the use of language was like being the prime minister was like being a sugar
being the best program
the society that we praised the use of language. And they used to have debates in the caucus fair, who was the best at expressing themselves of the Arabic tongue, even Western academics like Margaret, and give an Albury and many others they knew that in the seventh century was the peak of eloquence. And the crowd came and destroyed everything you knew about language. The Quest came and it developed a new structure in the Arabic language. And these people who are best to challenge the planet couldn't find it. They failed to change.
So from this perspective, we could draw logical conclusions. If it is true, that the best people place to change the crab couldn't change the crap. Then we have four logical explanations. Number one,
it came from an Arabic number two, it came from a non Arab. Number three, it came from the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu, alayhi wasallam. Number four, it came from God came from Allah. let's address these together. Number one, could it come from an Arab? Well, this is impossible. When you go to the historical documents, and you go into the political situation of the time, you know, they failed, because Allah is saying, if you want to destroy Islam, just bring three lines like it. You don't have to fight us anymore. You don't have to spend all your wealth and resources to fight. Just bring free lives, but they fail
Even the best linguist of the time, his name was violet, even Oliveira, he said biologists cannot come from a human being.
So it could have come from the best Arabs of the time.
What about today's era? Well, today's art comes from a heterogeneous linguistic environment, meaning different languages and effective modern Arabic go to Egypt. And you want to say where is the telephone you say aina to the form to the phone is non Arabic word, tell him to do.
quizzes linguistic key generation, so how can such a people have been brought up with the purity of language, even try and challenge the Quran? It's impossible. So you can't come from an era now but you couldn't come from another era? Well, this is impossible because even Allah says, they think that this crown is from a man whose tongue is foreign, or this crown is RBU, movie clear, pure Arabic. And even keeping confused the classical commentator of the Quran, he says this is against common sense, because the
number three could have come from the Prophet Mohammed sobre la.
I have two reasons. There are eight reasons let me give you two
two reasons it could have come from Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam Reason number one.
Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam suffered so many trials in his 23 year prophetic career. He typed two stones to his talent because he was starving because the boycott of Mecca, his children passed away. Ibrahim for example, passed away his beloved wife deja passed away a Roger level and he was stoned by children and bye for now hours with a blood was running down his legs. His son was stuck to the center.
He was born with his with his beloved people, his Sahaba was tortured.
But all of these emotions are not in the Quran.
You know, if you study psychology, if you study psycholinguistics you know that some of the author's emotions and personality is in the Quran itself, or the book, like you know, Shakespeare, Shakespeare or chef Ansible
is because some of these characters in there, and you could do this psycho linguistic analysis. But if you use psycho linguistic analysis on the Quranic remains in the divine voice, that's one reason. The second reason, which is a more powerful reason is any human expression. Any human work, whether it's artwork or poetry, if you give me the map, the blueprint, and you give me the tools, I can replicate it, go to Picasso, famous artwork, you see the replicas of Picasso, they're identical, because they know the brushstrokes are they know the texture, use the paints, use the type of acrylic, or whatever the case may be. If you have the tools and the blueprint, and it was made by a
human, you can do it too. I mean, the Chinese are very good at this as well, when when the drones they fall in China, they do retrospective engineering. So they take the blueprint of what's happening and they retrospectively engineer and although it happened, but we have the blueprint today for 1400 years. We have the Arabic language, the 20 letters of the Arabic language, we have the grammatical rules, we have the finite words. And when we use our human agency acumen abilities, we can't exhaust all of the words and letters of grammar to produce something like a Quranic
this is why the best explanation is from God. It is no wonder Professor Bruce Lawrence in his book The biography on page number eight. He says Quranic verses the ayat of the Quran, are like tangible signs, expressive
of inexhaustible truth, they signify meaning laid within meaning like to provide miracle after miracle. Let me give you another aspect of the Quran. Last one, there's many more but just as an introduction, the Quran speaks to all people, all places, anytime, anywhere, even to aliens. If the alien came from Mars, we have to give him data. Honestly, if they say Take me to your leader, show them the book.
The Quran is such an amazing language brothers and sisters and friends. It is what I would describe as a multi layered text one word, many meanings.
And this is more apparent when you look at when the crime describes my life in the universe. When the Quran is
Describing the flock, the creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And I want to give you the result what how the grant addresses the seventh century, the 21st century and all centuries. For example, in Surah,
Chapter 23, verse 14, or 15, Allah uses a word for the embryo, the development of the human being, this word is Allah.
Allah in Arabic language has five meanings, meaning number one, a blood clots, meaning number two, but in a general sense, meaning and number three, something that clings meaning number four, clay that sticks to the hand, meaning number five, a leech or a worm, we have this multi layered meaning. So when we go to the seventh century, the understanding of the embryo was that the embryo was a blood clot, because if you go to the Greek words of Galen, I read the big ones myself in Greek, Galen says and his book on semen is called.
He says, the embryo is succow, idus and amadores. Meaning it's a fleshy subject, substance filled with blood, like a blood clot, amines,
a blood clot as well. So Ally's addressing the seventh century mentality, it tried to make you realize, look, you were like a blood clot and now look at you now. So therefore Allah deserves to be worshipped. He deserves to be loved. He deserves to be obeyed, because there's wisdom in the universe. But if you fast forward in the 15th century, brothers and sisters, when we discovered the microscope, and then we look around v 20 of the embryo to 25, we see that it looks like a worm or a leech.
This is why Dr. Dale layman in his book anatomy demystified, he says that the embryo moves like
brothers and sisters in might have no scientific meaning you can science changes.
You may have no science, meaning sizes are supposed to change based on future observations. Who cares if sometimes it goes against the crowd. That's the beauty of science is supposed to change.
But it could also have a spiritual meaning.
A life saying that you were a leech.
What is the leech, it's a parasite. It drains the resources of its host.
And alive saying you would like to eat in your mother's womb draining her resources. If you've been pregnant before. Sisters,
you will understand that the wife goes through a lot of trouble. The reason she has to eat is not only for the child, the child is going to take away once anyway, it's for the mother to keep her healthy.
Because the child takes and drains from her. So we're like a leech. So make them alive, saying you're like a leech in your mother's womb. So respect her and love her and honor her and realize the status of the mother, she sacrificed willingly for you. And you know, what's interesting? Professor load Winston, from Imperial College University, the University of London, he said the following words.
From the very beginning, the leech and the embryo are out for themselves. They take the resources of its host. And that's why the embryo is like beach in its behavior.
Do you see how profound it is? But you already understand this from the crown brothers and sisters and friends, even if you're not Muslim, if you reflect upon the Allah says in the Quran,
do, they don't reflect upon the Quran or the looks on the heart locks on the locks. So this means the more reflection you do,
the more your heart becomes unlocked, to receive guidance and mercy.
But the craft also tells us our purpose in life, that our purpose in life is to worship Allah, that simple that said, You're a slave of Allah.
And he may think, what kind of purpose is that? Me? I'm free. I'm a liberal.
He goes Whoa, you know, established liberalism everywhere. And I want to
you know, the pseudo intellectuals, right. That's why I call it intellectuals honestly, because they're the real slaves. Well, why
slaves, because if you know a saleable lie your slave to 1000 slave masters as Mohammed a bow, the famous poet what he saying? This one frustration you find very difficult frees you from 1000 frustrations, because brothers and sisters, you may think you're free but you're a slave. You didn't choose your gender. You didn't choose your name. You didn't choose your ethnicity. You didn't choose your parents. You didn't choose your siblings. You didn't choose your culture. You didn't choose your economic status. You chose you didn't choose your DNA.
You're enslaved to these things. You didn't choose capitalism over you, you were born into this ism.
And you think you're free. You're just the reaction to these things. And you think you're free. You may say I'm free. I could go to the shop and buy nice shoes. I could buy Flacco shoes, or cat food.
And I'm like, no, that's not freedom. That's a false sense of choice.
Because the irony is the reason you chose the Capitol shoot is not because you really liked it. It is because you think the other people think that looks good.
I remember working as a project manager, we used to have a personal assistant. And she used to wear these casual shoes. Green nice green.
I knew they were green.
So the green and I said to her Why?
Because she had plasters on her heels bleeding. It was like foot terrorism.
You for free? Oh, because it makes me feel good about myself.
Okay, hold on a second. Why do you think it makes you feel good about yourself? Because why do you think they look good? And I keep kept on asking the questions. You know what she said at the end?
Because people like to
secure a snake to society. So when she went to buy his shoes that she thought she had the freedom to choose between the fly Hill and the cat Hill. She chose the cat Hill because it was from slavery in her mind subconsciously. The point is when we're slaves whether we think we're free or not.
And the only way to free yourself brothers and sisters is by worship is the one that created you.
Better than Hamza knows Hamza, and ally saying, free yourself from all of these slave masters, your bus, your petition, your system, your culture, your ethnicity, your parents, your siblings, your society, you will enslave to these things. break the shackles, break this slavery and enslave yourself to your true Lord, you're up. And he
loves you more than your mother's love you as the
slave master allow you what's good for you. And now it was truly good for you. And this is true liberation. It is no wonder the Quran mentioned the word for the soul, which is a law. And the way the law shares the same word, the meaning the root as the word or raha in Arabic language means serenity, freedom, peace, Liberty. So the raw is searching for this freedom. And the only way to find it is slavery and the worship of Allah, not the worship of creation. This is Islam. It's that simple. Allah knows you better you know yourself. free yourself from the slavery and understand who your master is. This is why the Quranic opens with the following verse Alhamdulillah.
All grateful thanks and praise to the Lord, the master of everything that exists, alleged tried to say to us, if you want guidance from the crime, then acknowledge that you are the snake and he's the master. She understand that everything becomes peaceful, even if you're hungry, even if you have no money. Even if you've been tortured. You'd have Sakina tranquility
because tranquility doesn't come from money. Does it come from the hood? Remember,
campaigning to be your
brothers and sisters Now the final point to why Islam is true and not a fairy tale is the life of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is one and otherwise, brothers and sisters in Islam
Humanity, listen to me very carefully in the last few minutes.
And I wouldn't be, I'm going to give you my heart here. There you go.
On the table.
If you reject Mohammed Salah it was Sunday, I want you to take my phone, I want you to call your mother, if you're truthful to yourself. And I want you to call your mother and say, Mom,
you didn't give birth to me, I don't believe.
Because if you reject Muhammad Sallallahu, it was similar age is the same as rejecting that your mom gave birth to you? Because what happened is do you have that your mom gave birth to you? What is your evidence?
Your dad told you, your mom told you and your code you
video footage and pictures.
You know, the same
DNA testing. Because I think you go to your mom and say, Mom, I have a DNA certificate, I know that your mom she could get a big slap
The reason you believe she's your mother, because testimony is the testimonial of your mother and your father, and your midwife. That's it.
Salah who it was, and we have so much great evidence. So to reject Him, we like to reject your mother.
So when I say when you analyze the life of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, you can come to only one conclusion that he was speaking the truth. Because he had a very simple message, learn ilaha illallah wa, there is no deity where the to worship, but the date Allah because Allah from the Arabic tradition, they say comes from the word and Illa the date. So if you're a Christian, and you're Aramaic, and you read the Christian Bible, they say Allah, you know this, they say Allah is also a Christian term that they use with God.
So there is no deity worthy of worship.
The God of love.
That's what he said. And he said he was the final messenger. So let's assess based on the historical facts about his life, if he was speaking the truth, but we could do this in four ways. We could find out if he was lying. If he was diluted, if he was both lying or diluted, or if he was speaking the truth. Let's do this together. Number one, cuz the focus on the level I think was gonna be live. Of course not. To claim he was a liar is to claim no one has spoken the truth.
Because look at the psychological profile of his life. All he was calling for was very simple message, worship the one true God, don't worship your ego. don't worship yourself, don't worship society, which love the one that created you and nurtures you and loves you.
And he sacrificed from this.
He was stoned by children for hours and time. When the blood was winding down his legs, decided to stop.
His beloved wife passed away. His children passed away his Sahaba his companions were tortured and abused.
He was so ready, in the Battle of her name, when the arrows were flying in the Sahaba had to retreat the prophets of Allah while he was still much in fluid. And he's the guy on the messenger line with Elia
telling me something brothers and sisters,
he was offered gold, money, women, riches, land power, we rejected it. He just wanted people to say, Man, you know,
some people say he wanted glory. He didn't want any glory. When people used to go to a gathering, they used to ask
Where is Mohammed? But Mohammed was there.
But they couldn't distinguish who he was because he was like everybody else. When the man came to Muhammad, he was a bit scared. The promise of Allah who said, don't worry. I am the son of a desert Arab woman who used to eat dried meat, meaning I'm like you when the conquest of Mecca happened. The peaceful conquest By the way, he's had his head. He was a proud. His head was almost touching his riding animal. That's how humble he was.
When he did
Had a mistake, you would have made the mistake, when is June,
what you would have made upon all of the pieces and you delayed in your repayment that you took him by the neck and pulled him. Although, even though he was ready to take his head off with his sword, the first of all,
come down, you should advise me to be quicker in paying my debt.
And when the Jew heard this, he became Muslim because the Jew wanted a test.
I believe that's the story.
But the point here
is to have no brothers and sisters. You know, here's to take a date and split it into a few pieces and give it to people as food. And you say, What might you be accountable for this? A date.
He did his bread and vinegar and say how wonderful vinegar is as a curry.
There'll be no smoke coming from the house of Ayesha Omar de la.
For six months, there was no cooked food in his house.
He used to sleep on Palm fibers
rejected the idea
study psychology. If you Canadians a liar, no one ever has spoken.
So you couldn't be like, maybe he was deluded.
But this is not true either. For many reasons. Reason number one. There are many instances in his life. If he was deluded, he would have used them to support his delusion. For example, the solar eclipse happened
when his son Ibrahim passed away. All the Arab for the solar eclipse has happened and Allah has made it happen because your son passed away. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that you could find this hadith in Bukhari already.
the Sun Moon did not Eclipse for anybody's then these are the signs of a llama. These are the signs of God. If he was deluded, he would have said yes, this did happen, because I am truly a prophet.
He has many prophecies go to his prophetic tradition in the present authentic traditions. he prophesied the death of Amar Amar at a rebellious group will kill you.
He also prophesied the first time his family to join him after his death will be fought tomorrow.
He also prophesized the Mongol invasion when he said the time will not come the judge will not come into fights an army
who have flat faces, flat noses that they should be like shields, they'll be have fingerprints,
the Mongolian bagel
and many other prophecies.
Reason number three, look at his teachings. I mentioned some of his teachings about economics from the beginning. It is the product of the deluded man, where an economic theory transcends capitalism, socialism and all the years.
So he couldn't be doing option number three, maybe he was lying.
But he couldn't be and he couldn't be doing it. Then he called me both, because what the first thing, the first thing is a false thing.
So therefore you must be speaking their truth.
So brothers and sisters or friends, here we have good reasons to believe in our tradition, intellectual reasons to believe in God's existence based on consciousness, based on the beginning of the universe that it began.
good reason to believe is oneness and his power, good reason to believe because of the linguistic miracle, because the fact that he addresses all kinds of places, good reasons to believe in the purpose of a lot more adding them by analyzing his life, we know he must be speaking the truth. He couldn't be lying. He couldn't be deluded. He couldn't be both. He must have been speaking the truth.
This is brothers and sisters, the intellectual basis of Islam is hot. So whatever comes from hot is hot weather comes from truth is true. And this is how we should talk to the wider society and give them this amazing message. But also reminding them that Islam is not just based on intellectual gymnastics. It's based on spirituality.
We pray five times a day.
The most amazing beautiful action any human being can do. Like the prayer is not just asking for something. It's not just mechanics robot. It's very special. Sara comes from
way to connect we connect directly with Allah. We don't need his son. So cool. We don't need his book. We don't need a stone, a rabbi a priest is between you and Allah directly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You don't need no top up. It's free.
This is our direct connection relationship with Allah subhana wa insalata the way we humbly pray we submissively talk to Allah in such that in frustration with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said when you're in construction, you're closer to Allah speak to him. Why do brothers and sisters who change your prayer in your prayer when in such a spinto Allah say I love you, man. So show me mercy. Your by your forgiving So show me forgiveness? your loved one me a tranquil life. Y'all are healthy, be satisfied with your decree. Y'all come closer to you. Y'all are how many lovely things that you love, y'all I hope you be good for human beings because your prophet who you love says that
the best amongst you are the best service to humanity
to tala to change your prayers. Some of us were praying to Allah like the birds picking on me like chickens.
I guess gymnastics support I feel free to come up to you give her 20 hours. Right for the love who's beautiful people anything as the purpose of Allah.
Allah is beautiful. He loves beauty.
He is asking for your attention. Because it's good. Need your prayer. He's independent, he's free. He is independent. You need it because they want to find you.
So talk to Allah even if you're not Muslim go in frustration for tala before I can Muslim brothers and sisters. I don't have to pray in my Greek village.
Other sort of pottery class, the praying, asked to pray and I remember my friend telling me in prayer and such that frustration you're closer to God.
sighs to Shannon schema God was gonna help me to know what's going on. You know? This is the truth Show me.
Just Humble yourself. And just remember brothers and sisters of friends whether you're Muslim or non Muslim. The biggest barrier to guidance in the truth is
shaytaan the devil was not guided because of his Cuban arrogance.
arrogance becomes a barrier between you and Allah.
And that's why the crime when you read it, sometimes you're like, Whoa, quite harsh. This is the Quranic medicine. Before I read the Quran, when I was actually referred to the Muslim or whenever the Quranic I was like, Who the hell wrote this book? I was trying to assign because it was smacking my ego. It was reminding me that nothing everything. He was giving me the Quranic medicine, because I love reminds us who are you mister?
not make money in your drop off fluid from a semen from a despite moody have semen on your hand, wash away, right here.
Reminding us this while you were at despite good, this should be on your Facebook profile.
Ignoring the destruction of human hearts is the destruction of nations. And that's why Unfortunately, our empire Ottoman towards the end, there was arrogance. Look at the palaces, the toilets were made of gold.
The toilets were made of gold. We became too much doing as arrogant. And this should be a lesson for us, assigned for us. So we remove civilizational arrogance and spiritual arrogance. Remind yourself you would despise food. Who the hell are you?
Remind yourself brothers and sisters, as a lot of us in the 22nd chapter that you are a baby.
I'll remind you to think you're a baby. And I think you're self sufficient. A baby can't even feed itself. It can't even clean his own backside. It can't lift his own neck up. You take a baby leave in a corner of a room for two days it will die a claim and hope itself. You will once that baby and now you're independent and free. Now you think you could take over the world
He reminds us of our limited nature must humble ourselves. And this will remind me even on my nature
and some of that really happened when people attacked me I get so much attacked on YouTube from atheism for Muslim life summarize some truth.
On my website, I've made all my mistakes. Honestly, I probably probably the only speaker has done that. And I recommend everyone who goes into public activity to mention their mistakes if you go to my website Hamza dojo comm go to fabrications. I said sorry to Professor Hoodbhoy. I told him,
I said, I hate the Muslim world. I said, Sorry to this guy, sorry to that guy have clarified this clarify that we're here man we can mistakes.
the only perfect beings Allah.
And also Allah remind us about arrogance.
Every soul that you teach them, is going to tell you that you're going to become world buffet.
The world's gonna eat you up.
You're going to face a love for the eternity. This life is very short brothers and sisters will live his life is I'm 33 years of age, the age of gentlemen. The age we're going to be just an inch off.
And I'm thinking my God, I was 18 years old just a few years ago.
Life goes quickly.
Like this, my son is seven years old Zachary and
I'm looking at my son thinking when was he said that? When was he seven weeks.
You're gonna blink and you're gonna finish university, you're gonna get married, you're gonna have kids and even
brothers and sisters, now is the time to have a vision for yourself, plant the seeds for your life. So they grow into the fruits of transformation for the world. I'm telling you,
these people in this room is enough to change the entire world. You just have to believe it. You just have to believe it. You have to believe in God, when the province will have no idea what some says that if you run walk to Allah, Allah hurries towards you. And this is with everything your life is have suffered. And you will see this have patience and you will see this. Just take the step. Don't plan. Plan your life in pencil, so you can rub it out after because a lot plans just take the step you want to be the feature is unlike intellectual the world trust me you can do it. Trust me, you can do it.
take lessons from my life. Not that special. I came from a very poor neighborhood will have to find coins just to buy cosmetics, the essential cosmetics my mother
our poor, we were all family. But I used to work in the factory ironing varicose veins because he just spent hours once he was in the factory for 72 hours, I think no sleeping, just Coffee and Cigarettes as big to hear. And some texts do as well. But the point is, I came from that background, not very educated. I don't have a Master's, I don't have a PhD.
But I've been discussing with the biggest thing is of atheism in the world.
And that's because I
just believe in what you have in your heart and the dunya in your hand. Nothing can touch you even if people hate you. But what you have to do in your heart and the love in your hand, then that's where the problems lie. Brothers This is your heart is like a boat.
And the JR is the sea.
The boat is only going to float nicely if there is no water in the boat. But the minute you have water in the boat sinks, the mid the junior gets into your heart, your heart and sink. Brothers and sisters it's as if Allah has created every single one of you with a hole in your heart. And you think you can fill that hole with money. You think you can fill the hole with status and you think you can fill that hole with nationalist pride. You think you can fill that hole with fake ideologies like socialism and communism and neoliberalism and neoconservative ism. You think you can fill the old with a wife or with children? You think you can fill the hole with education, but I'm telling
you the minute you're filling with those things, there'll be another hole and another hole. But what why he The minute you fill that hole with Allah.
You complete because then we teach and brothers and sisters and at end of this
Who are you?
We don't even know who we are. We leave ourselves with all of this linguistic wrapping
I'm a businessman. I'm a student. I'm an accountant and attorney. I made this I made that these are the labels, remove the labels, what's left? There is there. What is there?
What are we?
The only thing that will really define who we are, is if we go back to our true nature, which is to worship Allah.
And that gives us the true happiness. Trust me. Just try it. Take it from a guy who converted to Islam.
Who was a bit of a gangster in his old school days. New to the women, no till the man
you know. And then the only happiness I find is when I move closer to Allah, the more sometimes I'm away from Allah is the more depressed I am.
simple fact. I've seen this. The minute is a bit of arrogance coming. I get depressed because I'm moving away from a lot. The minute I forget the vicar, then I get more depressed.
Just try it. Islam is not meant to be punishment.
Yes, Islam is about doing the action.
Do the vicar, do the prayer. Even if you're not Muslim? Do they? Remember God?
Pray that Muslims pray, talk to God and tell him if you sincere Allah is not unjust, He will guide you.
So brothers and sisters and friends, absolutely blessed to be in Turkey.
As at the end of the day,
for especially me as a Greek. I'm an optimist, because we see being run by the water. And what's very interesting, I come from a village which is next to ultimate relics.
too many demands.
So brothers and sisters, what I wanted to do is I wanted to pick a law that He has given you enough money, resources, education, lifestyle, safety, you have many problems in Syria and Iraq, Afghanistan around the world, pray for your brothers and sisters and your brothers and sisters in humanity. The World Cup is happening in Brazil, and Brazil supposed to be this new progressive nation, but the majority of his population is in get old and starving. But the World Cup is going to be there which expose this capitalism ethic, pray for your brothers and sisters in the families of sama. What happens the miners, which is by the sounds of it as a result of a capitalist ethic, that
profit is more important than values. Profit is more important than humanity. And we need to expose this we need to change this.
We need to solve this crisis. And don't wait for Florida and Florida to solve the problem for you. You have to solve the problem you have to wake up people. And they've told me to say well, let me wake up.
And sisters, may Allah subhanho wa Taala rescue you got everyone here guidance and Toby and his love. And let me end on this. facade is one of my favorite scholars that don't even heard of him, which is Islam, the truth of Islam, he wrote a book on love, and intimacy with love.
And in this book is a very amazing book.
And in this book, he says,
If you love yourself,
you have to love a lot. And he explained it rationally.
And he said everyone should love themselves because we don't want to die and we want to prolong our lives want to be healthy, we want to be fixed, we want to have a good life, to happy so you have self love.
But this self love has to make you realize that you must love Allah, because who created that self, who maintains the soul, who created the ASVAB the causes in the universe, to make yourself happy. Allah is the source of love. As we do that his name is the loving. So you have to love of love. And if you love yourself and love of Allah, then you just love your ego.
So let's be the people that love love. Not our egos. Let's be the change for the whole of society because you can do it. You know, this is a great nation. This is a powerful nation. You don't know how powerful this nation is, is very powerful. Because it has powerful people with purple hearts. It's not just about your leadership. It's about your people. And then people have a lot of love, you know, love, love texts.
loving people, you know, this
is almost, you know, it's almost criminal.
text not express the love because and one of the reasons I think you love like one of my videos
is because this passion and text love passion.
you're passionate and you know it's hard to find a passionate people. You know, the Greeks have become capitalists, the Europeans have become a little bit cold. But the text I'm still good at, you know, they still have that roaring energy and use it for the good use it for humanity, be brave and say yes.
I think you could do with a little bit of Islam if
you want to have an economic crisis anymore.
But humbly, but assertively with compassion. So I end by thinking a lot and saying to every single one of you said he said you.
We have 10 minutes on backup.
And I'm gonna take questions, the best way to do is to raise your hand. I'll pick you squeamish as you can.
So let's take some questions in Charlotte.
Obviously, we have good adopters, ladies, if they will.
ask the questions. Any questions?
Any questions of the ladies?
No. Question. You're
more question that way? Yes.
Your friends, and they
arrive, and they say,
according to the historians,
period, around 13 people that read and write in Arabia at that time.
And the prophets, Allah was not known to have been one of those people, even the academics, Western academics, Richard Bell, he says that there is no evidence that the prophets of Allah could read or write. But I answered the question with another question. I say, okay, the prophet could read and write. So how does that this proved?
To be a linguistic miracle? Is this to be an amazing book is his life's amazing, they have to be speaking the truth. So he said, it's a question, even if you could read it, right?
How does that affect the truth of Islam? How does it mean God doesn't exist? How does it mean that the person is not from above? It doesn't mean that. So it's a red herring. A red herring in English is like a smelly fish that you put on the path of dogs running dogs. It was smelly fish to change the
fish this question. So it is many fish. And basically, even if he can feed, it doesn't really affect the message of his farm. And it doesn't affect
the miracle. And it's as simple as that. Just the easiest way to answer that question. But what I would say is there's only 13 people that could read and write in Arabia. Mohammed was one of them, according to the historians, and also Richard Bell, an academic he said that there was no evidence that Mohammed Salaam could read
of the many of the medics said that he has a friend who is a dazed and dangerous to someone who believes the Creator, but that created didn't send down a religion or message. There's two things I would say to him, say to him fine. Maybe you don't believe in Revelation. But let me prove to you why video religions does explain to you why you need to practice. That's the first point. The second point, maybe you don't believe in messengers, but tell him I spoke to you about today, he couldn't be lying. So give me an explanation about his Why was he a messenger or not? Right, give him the argument from properly. And on your final point. He says there are too many different groups in
Islam. Why is the differences if this is the truth, say to him, that's irrelevant. You know, sometimes Christians can be whisperings of shaytaan. Because these questions they may be valid, but they're not relevant. Even if there are 1000 groups in Islam. How does that mean Islam is not true?
It just might mean that 999 groups are wrong. You understand? So you have to make them understand what that question means. This is the power of understanding other people and says, okay, maybe I can answer the question behind the effect of the crimes from Allah. How does it affect that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is not is a prophet, he doesn't change that. So I would say to him, even if you think there are many groups in Islam, the point is, it's still the truth. And one of those groups is true. So you have to find out, do you see my point. But I would also say, that's also false. There's not that many groups in Islam, in Sunni Islam.
We have mega hit different schools of thought, but the whole valley, the old adage is based on difference of opinion, there's no big problem for my hands here, or hands here. If I do this, or that it's to power the fit of Islam. Online, we shouldn't be worrying about this. We fight and squabble over things that we have no authority over.
You guys are miskeen when we scan, we don't
outweigh evidence, we're not a judge. Just worship alive according to your framework of one to one, you're gonna say it according to Martha, forget anything else, you can't really put your hands pray, as we don't have to praise a three. Although I agree on the fundamental, there's some differences, but the differences of children and this unites us, even the Sahaba, the best people, the companions of the Prophet Mohammed from a love of
being different on divorce.
he wouldn't give his son, his son was a puppy, his son was a scholar, he wouldn't give his son power, because he said, My son doesn't know how to divorce his wife. They had a disagreement. And he disagreed with all of our issues. But these disagreement never separated them. They brought them closer, because they understood that we're human beings, we're going to see things differently.
Do you see my point is so extended, the song has differences of views, but there is a scope of interpretation.
And anything within this box is fine. Yeah, we have some differences on how to travel. Do you shorten your prayer when you travel, if you join, or if you do both of those differences, difference is the fine except these differences, and they should never dis unite us. So I would explain how tolerant the Islamic tradition is from that perspective. And so to the Islam, understand that human beings who see things in different ways, and that's what it sounds to have a different menu or a different, different set of issues. On the fundamentals is no difference. The belief in Allah, the books, the messengers, the day of judgment, the Divine Decree, the prophets, the six pillars of the
mind, is no different. The fact that Allah deserves to be worshipped, and that we have to worship him to pray five times a day, the five pillars of Islam, that we declare that there is no deity worthy of worship, but Allah and Mohammed upon repeated to find the messenger, we pray five times a day, we give zeca right? We do Ramadan, Ramadan, for those who are able to harvest For those who are able This is Islam is easy. It's supposed to be easy for people next mentioned this type of ease. It is human being complicated. Sometimes we make a big to make make a disaster, but sometimes unfortunately, and we have to fix the internal issues that are online as well. You know, sometimes
known amongst each other backbiting slander, gossip, you know routine, reviving a spiritual tradition, forgiving others easily not having any ego saying sorry before someone else's sorry, giving Salaam for someone else gives. You know the famous Hades we can sell out first. You're free of arrogance, slavery come
to the question.
Yeah, there's the question.
As I, as I listen, I grew up in Greece. So there were my
you, especially Muslims that were not reading Islam.
So how can you represent Islam there? or How?
That's a good point, that the other thing he was brought up in Greece,
and his non Muslim Greek friends, were asking questions like many Muslims in Greece, are we living a good lifestyle, and that's true, unfortunately, is about 1 million Muslims in Greece. And a lot of them they imprison and overtake drive, that is a big problem. We have to make them understand that Muslims are human beings, we're going to do mistakes. And we have to show them that when a Muslim is like this is because he is away from Islam, not close to Islam. Because the closer you are to Islam, the better you must become. That's the simple point
for you, and when you talk to him by some you have to be humble, and say, Yes, I know we have some issues in our community. But this what Islam says, and at the same time, trying to change yourself, and trying to change your community. The last isn't an issue in melodic review, indeed, a lot of change the situation of the people, unless they change unforeseen events within themselves. Okay, so that's my first pillar.
This is a very good question. The brother was saying that 98% of techie, they are Muslims, according to the statistics by because you see many Muslims, they drink
and rocker, and they don't pray and they do gambling. Yeah, Kumar will come up, Julia. So don't be silly things. We have to understand something I want to give advice to the conservative Muslims in Turkey. This is my advice.
Because I have friends in England who are very secular tax, and very conservative, and I see that there is a problem. And I want to give you advice as an outsider.
You're both right, and you're both wrong.
Like the wife of one of my good friends, she's Turkish. She comes from a practicing family, but she's not practicing. She doesn't wear hijab, and she says, Why should I wear hijab?
They think they're better than me. They advocate on the job. And I feel sorry for her because this is so true. We have misunderstood Islam, we think a beard or a cloth means you're better. No, it should humble you more. Because take the concept of higher higher means modesty. Now modesty is not just putting a coffin in your head. This is ridiculous. If that's the case, then mother threes is more modest, then I don't know.
Anything that covers itself is modeled like a slug. Because a snail isn't as a show of confidence. So the point is HIA is a concept in Islam, we have the external, what you look like, and the internal. So say you have a system with no hijab. But she's very engaged. He speaks and he has a dream and very soft, very nice and she's got a lot of good.
Java, she has no higher.
They are both right. And they're both wrong. In this example that he jabbed me is right because she covers but she's wrong because hahaha. But the sister who doesn't cover she's right because she has high here. So Islam is based on both not just one or the other. Don't fall for the trap just because you see someone praying has a BA even gods have beards.
It's it's have to be the connection is Bob. And the other point is you have to understand where the secular Turks are coming from. Remember, there was a huge campaign. I'm not going to mention the names
that wanted to destroy Islam in this country.
It's simple as that.
If you read your own history, this person and others wanted to destroy Islam in your country. And I don't care how many features you have of women in this country. It's irrelevant. Hockey is hard.
At the end of the day there was a campaign to destroy you been taken away the jazz band avant changed the Arabic language destroys it education. Is this a friend of a lover friends of shape? If you make your mind up, I'm going to give you the answer. If someone
tells people they must be more secular, takes through the loss of Hannah Montana teach them in this video to teach her Arabic language throws the mom is
there is he?
I didn't say.
So we have to deal with propaganda. And we have to realize that these secularism is part of people's emotions. So don't condemn them. You have to appreciate why they're like this be a human being walk in the shoes have empathy. So understand where they're coming from. They're scared. They're scared, they need to go back to what happened in the decline of the Ottomans. They're scared because they find religion very scary, because they have this whole job and sometimes doesn't know much. Just keep on hitting him when he's really very harsh. It's supposed to be so supposed to be for with love and rock man, they haven't seen this before. So before we talk about Islam, show your Islam that's
the point. Because the secular people, they don't see that they just see a woman with big bad and he's a very arrogant, it could mean I'm walking paradise. Yeah.
But be careful because that could make you be working in tandem, because of arrogance, because spiritual arrogance is the worst type of arrogance. So my advice is this two pieces of advice when you talk to secular people, listen to the neck, two pieces of advice and the end of this. When you speak to someone who has a second tendency, speak to them as if you're speaking to your mother and speak to them as if they are better than you and believe it
will likely brothers and sisters, may Allah bless you. I love you so much. I want to see you again.
Thank you for