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Part 3 (last part) of powerful lecture series “Classified” held at Fanar, Qatar.
in Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah.
To proceed if one and a watt brothers and sisters respected elders respected early on,
I agree to the woman's Islamic greetings of peace. Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
is the final session from the four sessions that we're having.
On classified, we spoke about many things in the first three sessions today.
I believe it's called codename unity
strategic alliance rather.
And I think this is very key. And it's very good that we're going to be finishing on this topic, because what I want to focus on is what do we have to do now as Muslims in in order to change the narrative? What do we have to do to change the current social structures that are permeating throughout every society on the globe? What do we now have to do to try and establish the vision of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, which essentially was peace, justice and mercy via the manifestation of Islam globally and individually?
What do we have to do? And really, to be very frank, it's all about the hour.
This is where we need to form strategic alliances, and it's quite apt. We're talking in finance, that is a beacon of light, if you like, for the rest of Qatar, to show that Tao is the way forward now what do we mean by the hour now we know linguistically, it means to call or to invite, but from a Sharia perspective, it means to call people to the way of Allah subhana wa to Allah, and the way of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. This is the narrative of Tao is very simple, is very clear. Hence, Allah azza wa jal says, Elizabeth Arabic, although there's a Hummer, there's a command form, call to the way of your Lord this Abele, the path, the way of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala is telling us to call towards this.
But for me, significantly, Tao itself is about a self image psychology.
Because as Muslims as myself as yourself, we all want to aspire to come closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that can only be achieved. If we give our Why am I saying this? Because in the sooner we see the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam saying, let me know, I had to come help you have belief in Him and you have been enough so he you won't truly believe unless you love for your brother, what you love for yourself. And this Brotherhood is not Islamic brotherhood here. And now we said and here's an explanation. This is insanity. Yeah, this is humanity. And we have Mr. Rob mm Raja, but humbly in his Compendium, he discusses Hadees at length, and he quotes other Ahadi in
Muslim Ahmed and other places to indicate that this is for humanity at large for people at large. So Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is telling us that you won't truly believe unless you love for others, we love for yourself. And if from our Akita, our credo framework that we love the most, and we love Rasulullah sallallahu, I'll even send them the most, that we have to give these things, these, this love to other people.
So we have to try to instill that same love that we have for Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
in other people, and that can only happen by giving that power. Because that can you love alone, but also the loss of love, or it will send them without being a Muslim. So it shows that giving Dawa it defines who you are. Because if you want to be men, as we discussed, then this hadith comes into play. You know, I had to come after you hit me up enough. See, you won't truly believe unless you love others, wouldn't you love for yourself? Even some Elena have said that this hat is specific to religious matters only.
So it's self image psychology. This should create a cognitive dissonance amongst each other. What does that mean? It means that you have this kind of clash between your behavior and your ideas. You either change your behavior, you change your ideas, we're not going to change the sooner so we have to change our behavior. So we'd have this conflict saying why would it be a min but I have to give the thing I love to others therefore
I have to start giving down. So para la.
So this is self image psychology thing.
Also we know is the thing that facilitates our gender,
Allah which just says, well, well well
when you had your own a little
more una bella roofie and Helena Elliman Karbala, he can
lead the rise amongst a band of people and people from the Ummah that will call here the owner they will call to the hail the good evening in his Tafseer You know, he said he said this good doesn't mean any type of good what you think good is, is the good of Islam comprehensive Islam.
Not just the prayer but everything.
The command the good, the forbid the wrong, what will eco homophone occur to be said, When Allah azza wa jal uses the statement, and they will attain success and Felicity it means those people are attaining gender.
So if you want to come closer to Allah, if you want to truly believe you're going to go to Jenna, command, the good forbid the wrong give Tao call to the good, which is Islam.
This should be enough for us to be motivated.
But let's even talk about the rewards of the DAO itself. I think one of the most amazing rewards that I think is fascinating is that Allah subhanho wa Taala praises the one who engages in them, and commands the good of forbidding evil. Think about this, Allah is the only being worthy of praise. But Allah praises us the speck of dust in this vast universe, because you engaged in the dour and we know this from the evidence of the story of the Sabbath. Forgot to even Cathy will read the narrative as well the more explanation of the story. Now the story of the Sabbath, as you already know, is Allah subhanho wa Taala wanted to test the people of the Sabbath the people of the town who
used to fish and Allah azza wa jal to give a command that they can't fish on the day of the Sabbath Friday, Margaret into Saturday, Margaret. And there was three types of responses. There was a group of people who do say disobey the law on a technicality. they disobeyed a law on a technicality because they put the fishnets out on the Friday morning on the Thursday, and they picked them up after the Saturday on McGriff. So technically, they went fishing. And when they connected the nets, oh, it happened to be caught. So we'll eat it anyway, we sell it.
So they disobeyed Allah. The second group of people, all they did was fine. We're not going to fish. But that's all they did. They just obeyed the command. The third group of people not only did they obey the command, but they commanded the maruf and four be the monk or commanded the good and forbade the wrong. And they did this by telling the first group to be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala to be mindful of his commands to be mindful of him.
What was the result? We know going to be Catherine Apparently, this is the strongest view. Number one, the first group were destroyed, absolutely punished and destroyed. The second group of people, Allah subhanho wa Taala did not even mention them.
He kept silent on them.
The third group of people a lot praise the
just by engaging in the doubt.
Also, we know according to verse, a Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said if you call someone to a good you get the reward of that good.
Now think about the Dow itself, you facilitate someone's eemaan you increase his Eman or even bring someone into the fold of Islam. Just one person will lay on the Day of Judgment. If you did this with the class, you will see deeds on your Amazon that you've never done before. I pray this many prayers and it used to wake up at 100 I didn't do this thicker. I didn't read this Quran. I didn't go to Hajj like this. And even Amara, I didn't do 1000 Hutch, I didn't have this many children. I didn't teach them all this Quran. I didn't do this. I didn't do that. But it's all belong to you this reward because you called one person because that person got married. And then they had two
children. And their two children also got married. And they had two children each 11 just within one generation. Imagine a couple of generations. You been getting the reward for 1000s or hundreds of prayers, fasting that you didn't even commit because you facilitate that by facilitating by the mercy of Allah one person coming to the dean will lie to you find something more rewardable in Islam Tell me and I'll do it.
This is it.
This is it.
And ally even says that those
Engage in the dour or the rest of people, woman and who is better in speech than the one who calls to Orlando's righteous deeds and says I'm one of the Muslims. Allah is asking you a question. It's a rhetorical question is balagia it means the one who is better in speech is the one
who gives our who calls to Allah who does righteous deeds and says I'm one of the Muslims.
So this is the amazing reward. And we know another Hadith I believe is in Bukhari, correct me if I'm wrong, that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that, by Allah to call someone to Islam is better than the best type of camels, the red cameras. Now those type of camels at that time, it was the equivalent of the best type of wealth.
Which means 50,000 oil fields, owning a country, having own island, Lamborghinis, Bugatti, veyrons, whatever the case may be, is all yours. That's what it means. And the purpose of the law who I live with some saying giving down facilitating someone's emaan is greater than that is the best type of wealth.
I mean, after this information will be only bit stupid not to get you moving down.
So the right question follows Now, how do we do our
what is the strategy? What is the method? What do we do? What do we say?
It's very simple. There are many ways, but I like this particular way.
I refuse to answer all the questions.
Why do you?
Why do you have a beard? Why do you wear those funny clothes? Why do you guys believe in Jihad? Why do you guys do this? Why do you guys do that? Why do you pray five times a day? Why do you starve yourself in the month of Ramadan? Why can you touch a woman's hand? Why can you shake hands with the boss? Why can you do with interest? Why can't you back by? Why can't you do this? Why can't you do that? Why do you stone the Dodger why'd you cut the hand of the thief? Why is the Quran in Arabic? It could go on and on and on.
I refuse to answer all the questions Why? And listen very carefully. Because no matter what answers you give, our answers are dependent contingent they come from where Tao heed the Quran and the Sunnah. And we give people the answers without giving them the filter, or the lenses from which we got those answers. That's why sometimes answers are never satisfying, no matter how irrational you can be. It's like we were glasses. The Muslims have lenses on we have a worldview. And all we see for example, is green, the non Muslims, their glasses are tinted red, and we're looking at the wall and we're saying, Look, man, can you see his green? He says no, it's red. Don't be so stupid as
green. And you argue in order to understand each other truly, what do you have to do? Take the glasses off swap classes. So he could see things the way you see things. And the only way to do that is to bring him straight to tell him.
Now, how would you do this? How do you take any question, and you bring it to tell heat? It's actually quite easy. It's easy when you know, as they say.
So someone asked me a question. Hamza?
You guys don't the adulterer. What's the matter with you guys, you bury so barbaric for?
What's your name, sir?
Good to see. You know, that's a very valid question. I really empathize with the question because, you know, we could be a product of the media sometimes put up to my environment, I converted to Islam. 10 years ago, I had the same type of question. But in order for you to understand the answer, you have to understand the concept of Islam. Do you have five minutes?
I blinked any question to tell Heath.
If he says I just want a yes or no answer. See, Tim, look, Islam doesn't give me yes or no answers. If I said to you, what is your name? Yes or no?
How many days in the week? Yes or no?
If I said you believe in abortion, you said yes. Does yes truly represent your views?
The answer is the concept. My friend. If you really want to sincerely engage with me. Let's have a conversation. Let's understand the concept then you understand the answer. And it is even the answer itself.
Ally you do this, from my experience. They always sit and stay even if they were insincere in the beginning to trick you out. They sit because the way you've done it and you've run them to you brought them to a correct answer.
To a quick perspective, you brought them to the concept and you say
This is the answer you want to engage as a human being, they become sincere and they want to listen.
We even did this with the English Defence League. And it worked. He hugged me at the end.
So empathize, have good o'clock.
empathize with the question, don't say the questions stupid. He has a question is valid is always valid. He's a product of his environment, smile, a flock of the empathize, but then bring it straight to the concept. In order for you to understand the answer, you have to understand the concept of the sound, you have some time. And then all you do now you talk about the concept of Islam.
And you could do this in many ways.
In a Western context, you could start talking about God's existence, his oneness, Revelation, and Prophethood. This is something we have called go wrap.
something easy to remember God's existence, his oneness, Revelation and Prophethood. Go rap. So I will engage with the brother over the human being and say, Look.
The first part of the concept of Asana is that we believe in the divine reality in the Creator. And we have good reasons for this. And let me talk to you some of these reasons and give him an argument. For example, the argument I use is the origins of the universe. I say to them, it is without a doubt that the universe began to exist, it popped into existence. It wasn't always here. According to philosophers, mathematicians, and cosmologists and scientists, whether you call the Big Bang or whatever the case may be, the universe began, it began even atheists like Professor Lawrence Krauss, and others who say t is equal to zero time is equal to zero the universe has a spatial
temporal boundary, like an apex of a cone.
It started it began his object like it was object like it has been created. So it began. So then we follow the principles of the Quran in chapter 52, verse 35, to 36. What is Allah azza wa jal say? If you go to the Mufasa room, those who explained the Quran we have four logical explanations for the origins of the universe. Yeah, they came from nothing. It created itself. It was created by something else created, or ultimately it was created by something uncreated, is what Allah says in the Quran. In chapter 52, verse 35, to 36, or did they come from nothing? Did they create themselves? Or did they create the heavens and the earth? The implicit, explicit and implied,
logical principles in these verses? Is, did the universe come from nothing? Did it create itself? was it created by somebody else created? Or was it created by something on created? So I discussed with him? Can you believe that if something popped into existence, it just came out of nothing? Of course not. Let's even take this mathematically. What's zero plus zero plus zero plus zero plus zero? It is 010 minus zero minus zero minus zero minus zero, it is zero no matter what you do is zero you get zero no matter what you do is nothing you get nothing. It's what they call a metaphysical principle. From you can't get being from non being you can't get something from
nothing. Even PJ's wat, in his publication about time says, if there is anything we can find inconceivable Is that something could arise from nothing.
So the universe can come from nothing.
Second option may be created itself. This again is absurdity. For something to self create would mean it was in existence and not in existence at the same time. Can I exist no exist at the same time? It's like saying your mother gave birth to herself.
This is impossible.
This is impossible.
Now, the only scientists who claim self creation this few, a popular one is Stephen Hawking in his book, The grand design. He said his book, self creation is possible. But we need to have an EBT even a Mian view on these things, if it to me was an amazing scholar, he said, Forget what they say, go straight to the roots. What are the assumptions, the presuppositions we tend to think like this because the teachers to go straight to the arcada of the matter, the foundations of the matter. So we look at the root, you won't get excited this because, look, a scientist said that certification is possible. My mind is no frona suppiler as many Muslims like this, because we don't need to cry in
a way that would allow us to invoke positive thinking unless I think it's effective. For those who reflect you know, do not use your brain. So go to this on what are Stephen Hawking's assumptions. You don't even need to be a scientist or physicists, just a normal human being. His assumptions are what that gravity has to be there. He says in his book, and something called the quantum vacuum. It's always been there.
But there's a big problem. The problem is what is gravity is the law of attraction between two masses. So you saying mass must exist before the rest of mass that we know to be the universe existed.
Also, he says the quantum vacuum must be there. But there's a big problem, because he believes that there are these fluctuations. These particles are covered from nowhere that enabled the whole universe to come into existence. Not only does it sound irrational, but it doesn't make sense theoretically, why? Because the quantum fluctuation model is very absurd, because it says the quantum vacuum is eternal. If it is eternal, it means it's been there for an infinite number of time. If it's been there for infinite number of time, it means that there should be other universes colliding, this universes must have collided by now. But since it hasn't been it can't be eternal.
So you know how they run away from this. They say okay, the quantum vacuum is expanding. Okay, it is expanding. Let's rewind the clock. It means began as well. If it began, then it needs a creator. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. You don't have to know anything about physics. Just use our brain if you don't know, what does the Quran say? Ask those who know.
So So creation is impossible. third option, the universe was created by something else that was created. But that's an impossibility is like saying this universe was created by another universe that will also create it. But if that universe was also created, then he was created by another universe. And if that universe was created, then it was created by another universe. And if that universe was created, was created by another universe, can this go on forever?
What if it did come forever, we'll never have the Universe Today.
This is what people say who created god, it's an absurdity. Because you are saying who created the creator that created God and you go on forever, you never have creation in the first place, is like saying I'm a Marine, I want to shoot something. In order for me to shoot, I have to ask permission behind me. If that goes on forever, am I ever going to shoot? No. Similarly, this universe cannot ultimately be created by something else that was created because if that goes on forever, you will never have the universe.
Just like even taymiyah he said,
he said that you will not you will not have existence, you will have non existence. This is something that Dr. Jaffa Idris talks about as well. You just have a state of non existence.
So it can't be created by something else created. So what's the best explanation? Number four, it was created by something that was uncreated. Because simple that is we've answered a 2000 year old question via the Quran in five minutes.
And you guys are worried about Richard Dawkins, or Sam Harris all these people who are to falsehood in reality.
But it doesn't mean God exists. It just means an uncreated creator. But continuing with this thinking, if there's an uncreated creator, then it must be eternal. Because it was uncreated. It was always there, so therefore it's eternal. If there's an uncreated creator for the universe, it means what it must be powerful. Of course, it must be powerful look at the sun, one sun, which is the star amongst billions of stars. One solar flare of the sun, is equivalent around 1000 nuclear bombs.
So this uncreated creator is going to be quite powerful, eternal, powerful, this uncritical, it must be intelligent or knowing why, because he created beings and conscious beings that have an intelligence. Also he created laws in the universe and a law giver implies an intelligence
eternal, powerful, intelligent,
it must be immaterial is not made up of the universe or is in the universe, LASIK me cliche. There is nothing like unto him Allah azza wa jal says, Even taymiyah in his works, he said, the creator must be distinct and distinct from the creation and he is so rational if I made this table do I become the table?
Well, I we have Muslims who believe allies like the table,
we have this, this pantheism is like Hinduism.
Not only is it irrational, but it goes into the Sunnah.
And this is why even taymiyah made a very good point. He said, there's no real contradiction between the occult and the knuckle. The condition is you must have an apple first. You must have an intellect first has to be sound Auckland saline a sound alcohol.
So you see material.
This uncritically must have a will, as an Islamic thought in Islamic philosophy. This could errata a will.
That's not just some mechanical being. How can we prove this is very simple. If the Creator is eternal, and you're brought into existence, the universe that began it means it chose the universe to come into existence and
Choice indicates it has a will. And a will indicates it can have a personal relationship with conscious beings in the universe. Last point number five, this creator, uncreated creator must be one.
Because it is so powerful.
And it must always manifest its power. If there was two or three all powerful beings, there'll be a clash, or they'll cancel each other out.
Another point to keep taking into consideration why this creature must be one is because of a principle that belongs in Islamic thought, and in western thought, is called Occam's razor, which is the most simplest explanation. And most comprehensive is the best explanation the most rational. What we mean by the most comprehensive explanation is that his greater explanatory scope means explains more things, rather than creates questions. So when we say this one creator, it is simple, and he has greater comprehensive scope, explanatory scope, your answers more questions. If you say this to three or four, it's not simple anymore as an answer. And it's not comprehensive, because it
creates more questions like How did these two interact? How did these three interact? How can they coexist? So polytheism is irrational from this principle.
So there you go, why don't we just start using our account?
We've affirmed could go a long way. I had a lot of Samad, let me read William, you let me akula huka went ahead, say God is one he's unique is eternal, he begets not, nor was he begotten, there is nothing like one to him.
And then you get the agreement. God exists.
And then you move on. Because you've discussed the Oneness now as well, you go straight to Revelation. You say if God exists now, but surely, he announced himself to mankind. He's an absentee landlord, that gave you the keys and run away. So upon a law, when we even make something like an iPhone or Blackberry, in the books, would you find a manual?
Now, you may think you could do trial and error, but to use the facility to is up to them, you need to read the manual.
So if we can give a minute to things we make, what about the creator? Also, Revelation is necessary because every species has been given guidance.
Even animals have been given the instincts. If you study biology, or eco spheres, or biological cycles and rhythms you see that when animals obey their instincts as they do, there's a nice ecosystem going on. There's a biological cycle. If human beings, which rely just on the instincts, there'll be chaos.
What is about 100 people in this room 6080 to 100 people in this room.
If I said to you, oh, the windows and doors are closed, we're going to be here for 60 years.
And we have a basket of bread.
We have to now find out how much bread we're going to give to each person. Is it going to be different for each category? Male and female, children, the elderly? Doesn't matter how much you weigh, how tall you are, how heavy you are, we have to have mechanisms to prevent people from stealing the bread, must they still have the bread we need a system to ensure that we could find out that they really stole the bread, which have mechanisms to actually ensure that if we find out they stole it, now there is a punishment system, we need you process which find out if someone's sick, what do we do if someone dies? Who who takes the bread, the nearest to them or the nearest kin,
supplier, just a few people in a room and a loaf of bread? Look what we have to do create a model and a system.
And you're saying to me that we don't need guidance,
capitalism distribution, because one, one eighth of the world or one 20th of the world is fine, but look at the rest of the world. Capitalism lives on the blood of other people and the starvation of others. You may say, Well, we don't even need revelation fight.
But there is revelation and we can prove it. And there are three criteria to assess if something is from the divine, just three criteria. Number one, it must have a logical view on God. If the book says to me, gods, an elephant with green arms and tattoos and a ring, see you later book, I don't have to read it. You could judge it by its cover.
Because it goes directly against innate knowledge and actual basic uccle concepts. Remember, Chris is saying that God is within creation, he's an elephant, where it established that he can't be.
Number two, it must be consistent. If he says God is one on page number one, but then decides is equal to 300. On page 300. We have an issue. There's an inconsistency. It can't be from God. Number three
we must have miracles.
What do you mean by miracle we don't mean breaking of natural law, that's not a miracle. Because the way we know natural laws is by viewing patterns. And if something breaks, the pattern doesn't make it a miracle. It just means that maybe we haven't been looking hard enough. Maybe it's part of the pattern. The Islamic philosophical, Islamic thought Islamic aqidah perspective of miracles is an act of impossibility. What I mean by impossibility is not a formal logic, but rather that you can't explain it naturally. you've exhausted the naturalistic explanations and you can't find one. you've exhausted them. So it's assigned to the divine assigned to the supernatural. Take the example of
musala he said, he took his wooden staff he threw on the floor, what did it become a snake, and eight others the illusion snakes. This is an act of impossibility. Because no matter what you do with a wooden staff, even if you make you look like a snake painted like a snake, give it snake skin, he won't be a snake.
No matter what you do, the nature of the miraculous event, put some lemon in it, see some magic whispering whatever they whatever the case may be, it would never turn to a snake. It's an act of impossibility. you've exhausted the natural environment, the woods, and you know, you could never turn to a snake therefore it's a miracle it's assigned to the divine. This is what the Quran is. The Quran is assigned to the divine so many miracles in the Quran, by just for time sake, they speak about two. Let's start with an easy one that historical miracle.
Hello, Allah azza wa jal in the Quran, gives two titles for the leader of the Egyptians at two different places.
At the time of Musa alayhis salaam, he mentioned the title of the Egyptian leader as Pharaoh and Pharaoh at the time of use of Allah His Salam. It mentions as Malik King,
and we know Yusuf Alayhi Salam in Egypt, Egyptian history was the old Middle Kingdom, Musa alayhis salam was the new kingdom and the two distinct they don't change and swap names for those two periods. Interestingly, the Bible got it wrong just mentioned Pharaoh. The Torah got it wrong just mentioned Pharaoh. The hieroglyphs the pictorial language of the ancient Egyptians, was a dead language, no one knew it was a dead language at that time. The historians of the time never mentioned this. So we close the natural historical environment, we exhaust the possibilities. And we say How on earth did the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam get this knowledge? Because about 1000
years after we found the Rosetta Stone that allowed us to decode the hieroglyphs, and we find the time of the old Middle Kingdom, a time of use of a slum. It's Malik at the time of the new kingdom. musala Islam It is, it is frowned upon Allah.
A miracle a historical miracle. We exhaust the naturalistic explanations could have brought it from the Bible but it wrong. Not the Torah, not the historians hieroglyphs wasn't around. The best explanation was from the divine.
Another miracle is the linguistic miracle, very powerful miracle. Allah azza wa jal says some sort of Bukhara verse 23 we're in quantum theory the amendment is held up dinner, but to be sorted Timothy, he was the author Shahada acumen dooney, laying quantum for the pain. If you're in doubt about this book. We have sent down to our seven Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam being one chapter like it, colonial witnesses and your supporters. besides Allah, if you're truthful, and we know the Quran is a miracle. linguistically, even the best ABS failed to challenge the Qur'an. While it even Alamo hero What did he say the best in English of the time. He said he was at Biola This is
not from a human being.
We have Western scholars Steven agree with this and Eastern a Muslim scholars.
There's an academic consensus Professor Bruce Norris from Duke University. In his book The CRAN a biography on page number eight
reason laughing had been one of the brothers yesterday and he says don't listen to Brother Hamza these references he mix them up page number eight it sounds good. We're never going to check them.
Lastly, on page number eight, he says Quranic verses as tangible signs I expressive integrals to truth. They signify meaning later within meaning light upon light miracle after miracle. Professor multienzyme it from the Netherlands. He says notwithstanding pre Islamic poetry, the Quran is the most eminent written manifestation of the Arabic language. Professor Hamilton Gibbs said that let them bring one chapter like it and they could not it is obvious that they could not let them accept this as an outstanding evidential miracle. Reverend Arbus Will Smith in his book Mohammed de mohammedanism said the Quran is a miracle of purity of style of wisdom and of truth. It is one
miracle claimed by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and a miracle Indeed it is.
We have Professor Kenneth crag. He said
In his book, The event of the Quran, he said that multitudes of mankind must be persuaded chronically,
chronically poor Casanova, in the earliest 20th century in the College of France, said about the amazing eloquence of the Quran will go on and on and on concerning this.
And understand this argument, you don't even need to know the Arabic language, you don't need to know Alif Batei, nothing zero.
You could do it just by thinking because this argument is timeless would lie. It's not really based upon the fact that you should appreciate the language
is based upon authentic valid testimony. It's a valid source of knowledge. It's called authentic testimony. Professor Cohen, in his book testimony said that sometimes we don't even know we have ever seen the blood circulating but we believe to be circulating. Professor Keith Lehrer and epistemologists which means the study of belief. He said that authentic validated testimony is valid knowledge is what we have the Hardys science, that is not the mutton. Most of our knowledge, by the way is testimony, especially at primary and secondary level, because my teachers are so the book said so.
And that's valid knowledge because you validated it.
This is the same with the miracle. There is a universally accepted principle. Some people disagree with it, but the majority who no agree, and this principle is what no one has been able to challenge the Quran. Professor abouth No, a famous Orientalism British translator said, although several attempts have been made to challenge the Quran, none of it succeeded. So we take this universe excetera statement, this testimony, we don't need to know Arabic, and we draw logical conclusions. Number one, maybe came from an Arab. Number two, maybe came from a non Arab. Number three, maybe it came from the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu, alayhi wasallam. On number four came from God. We know it
couldn't come from an Arab because the best of the time failed. That's why even why even our movie era he gave up that even accused. Others rather didn't accuse others at the end, they accuse it of being from magic.
And it can't be today's era because today's Arab is from a heterogeneous linguistic culture. There's too much linguistic boring that hasn't been naturalized into the Arabic is borrowed and it stayed that way. Whereas the classical linguistic boring, that language is naturalized. For example, I A and jahannam are foreign words, in the Quran. But the Quran is to been Arabic, Arabic because these, let these words were naturalized into the Arabic language. But today we have words in Arabic language, if you go to Iraq, in a village,
this is awesome. Give me what you say. toggler in your archy they'll say nest.
Nest Allah, you know, to compete and so whether you call it
Nestle, whatever, yeah.
You go to Egypt. Oh, what's the phone? What do you say phone that Abood
And I'm giving you crude examples. But it's true, more or less and Arabic has been degenerated. This is why we have the classical tradition, the first three, three or four centuries that has been preserved.
So you can't come from today's or maybe came from an a non Muslim impossible. A non Arab non Arab rather because they have to know Arabic. So the other option is maybe came from Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but this is an impossibility. So because he was Arab too. He was alone to cultivate poetic and eloquent skills. He didn't go to the Oxford and debate with the poets.
Also, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
didn't produce a masterpiece instantaneously, because all masterpieces they need revision to become a masterpiece. But the Quran is a well known masterpieces. Professor multienzyme it said it's the most eminent written manifestation of the Arabic language. But it wasn't changed or added once it was revealed Colossus there.
These are known in masterpieces. Also when it comes to human expression. If you have the blueprint, you can copy it. This way. We have replicas of artwork. You can see the style the structure, the brushstrokes, the texture.
These are we have replicas even things like tables and vases. Because the blueprint is there, even Shakespeare he don't say he was unique. His form of the language was in the truck cake. This am big pentameter, blank verse. This was used by other scholars like Christopher Marlowe. Quran was unique structurally.
So it couldn't come from Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam so therefore it came from
Allah so easy, isn't it universally accepted. Stay
Arab, non Arab, Mohammed God
cross. So you previant Quran to them using two miracles. And then you say, this is the concept but there's another element, you don't even need to go about Prophethood. You could sit here and say now what does the Quran say? It answers the existential questions in life. Why am I, whose am I? For whom am I? Where am I? The Quran answers all these questions. You hear to worship Allah in worship is liberating and worship is your true purpose.
Because as the American writer once wrote, being born, is or being kidnapped and sold into slavery, the only way to escape the slavery of life, whether you do things for your ego, you do things for social pressure, or your parents, or you do things for anything.
The way to break that slavery to do for Allah subhanho wa Taala, this Wait a minute, he said, true Liberty comes with the fact that you do do you are seventh to the divine.
And worship means affirming his oneness, singling Allah out with regards to his worship,
not to actually be partners with him. So upon life, someone gives you 20 pounds, someone gives you 1000 hours every day.
After three years, are you going to be picking up the rails and say, Thank you rails.
But you'd be thinking Allah. Well, thank you, the one that gave it to you
should have is equivalent of not thinking the one that gave you $1,000 every day, but thinking the money itself. It's absurd, isn't it? It's irrational.
So you talk to him about how he'd and then then that could be the end of the concept. And then they now know they don't have to have an answer. Because you've established the truth of Islam, whoever comes from truth is true. But then you can talk about the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam as an external unique argument, because he made a claim, he said, I am the messenger of Allah, He is the Messenger of Allah. And there's four ways of assessing this. Number one, he was lying. Number two, he was diluted. Number three, he was both lying and duty lead. Or number four, he was speaking the truth.
We know he couldn't be a lie, because when you assess the reality of his history of his Sierra, you see
that his psychological profile does not fit Elia. He was brave. He was offered witches power and women and he reject all of that just for Larry Larry Lala.
There was no smoke coming out of his house for six months, sometimes, his companions were tortured and abused, he was phoned in by for hours, by children over La ilaha illAllah. to claim his allow will be the claim, no one has ever spoken the truth.
He can't be diluted, because there are very contexts in his life he could have used to justify his diluted delusion. He said, yes, that happened because I'm really a prophet. But he never did this. And one example is the eclipse of the moon. When Ibrahim his son passed away, there was an eclipse of the moon. And they thought Allah did this because of your son. And he said, the eclipse happens for no one's death. If he was diluted, he would use his context in his favor. He can't be both because we established he wasn't aligned. He wasn't diluted to full things doesn't make it right. Therefore, he was speaking the truth.
Look how easy that is. Just to prove the Prophet sallallahu. It wasn't from his life. The main contention is though, well, maybe it's legend. I don't believe in your history, the narratives that you're using to prove this with they reject Islamic history. They reject Aristotle, they reject 1066, the Battle of Hastings, because our history is very robust. It came with the isnaad with a chain of narration and we have a science called inmode original, we have biographical data of 10,000 Sahaba narrating Hades.
So we're to reject this amazing authentic valid testimony is like rejecting the existence of Aristotle, because he came via peyten Plato of the tune,
as you guys say.
So there's the concept of Islam.
That's easy right now.
instead of answering all the questions knowing about social science, justifying about the current mechanism, liberal philosophy, looking at the epistemic value of this, and the epistemic value of that, and you know, saying always hijab because it's modesty, that's all rubbish. To be honest, you wear hijab because Allah told you, bus harass.
You don't give a false impression. Islam is about rationalization. It's about the submission to the will of Allah. And we can rationalize the foundation. The foundation is true, that what emanates from the foundation is true, because whether it comes from truth is truth. Whether it comes from Huck is Huck
online, we do this method in England and we get average what 50 shot is a month
We were in the Olympics we go up 30 Shahada is 74 Shahada is 74 shots during the Olympics.
The whole period
it happens because you really show them the unique foundations of Islam. You know what this is more powerful? Because you may answer a question so may become Muslim because they love the beard and I love the prayer.
But when they go on the internet, they get super hot, or they see things happen, they get super hot, they no one that doesn't really resonate with them.
They may leave the dean, do you know 150,000 Muslims leave the religion in Europe every year, according to the London Times
in Bradford University in London, 3000 leave the religion every year
75% of converts according to a doctor in America, go back to their religion or they become atheist.
We don't give them the truth how he'd
become a Muslim because it will give you a life peace. Yes, it would.
But that's not the reason.
The reason is because it's true until it is true and Islam is true. And we could prove the basis in a very simple way.
So what you do now you give them the glasses not to see the world the way you see the world.
So when they when Allah says do this, they here on the obey, because they've understood the perspective as Ayesha rajala said, if we were to begin that, like modesty, stuff, we will never listen to Allah offers the virtues of the hereafter the existential questions man Life, the Universe, God, Allah accountability, foundational, and then when I come comes easy to follow, because they know it's come from Allah. I always say to people like Christians sometimes. I said, Look, if God told you in your Bible, if God told you in your Bible, to wear leather jacket, on Fridays, to roller skate on Tuesdays and play pool on Wednesdays, would you do it? Of course God
said it, because God knows me better than I know myself. Exactly. So stop talking to me about what the Bible says. just told me it's from God and prove to me Oh, you can't? Can you? Let me show you how Quran is from Allah?
It's simple, isn't it?
Now, if someone comes to and says, you guys kill babies, you know what to say? Now, in order for you to understand the answer, you have to understand the concept of Islam. No, because you are affirming that maybe we kill babies. When it comes to these health issues. You say? Of course we don't. But in order for you to understand anything about Islam, you have to understand the concept of Islam.
Always thinking it without heat. You, you.
You direct the discussion, you lead the discussion, you know, your objective, and you interact with them in a profound way, because you know, where the path of conversation is going. But if you're like, giving Dawa, and these first talk about hijab, well, light West is not stupid. You know, when they've asked you about hijab, they have 100 questions to waiting, they will never ask you because they're polite.
And remember, now these days, and I know this from experience of going traveling all around the world, and non Muslim, West, no, become Muslim.
If he does have muscles around, he does have the right literature understanding. And if he's just like, for example, he jabo because of, you know, whatever.
They prove they probably most likely to leave,
because you haven't given the foundation. Because what they do they inquisitive. They go on the internet, they see rubbish on Google. They go on YouTube to see rubbish on YouTube, they see all these other narratives. And he said, Okay, well, this is not for me. But if you give person the seed of tawheed, and the seed of the foundations of Islam, then they have the glasses out to see to view these things really have the concept and you know what, you'll be in an injustice if you don't do that.
Don't think the Shahada is dour as part of the DAO lifecycle? The end is generally not the Shahada. It's just the beginning. will lie is just the beginning.
So this is project Alliance. We come together to give Dawa, we mentioned subrogation. We mentioned this reward. And we mentioned one of its method that we believe to be true. It's probably had a whole Dao course in about 40 minutes.
It's about how like a llama would be handicapped
with a lie