Channel: Khalid Yasin
Dear brothers and sisters and respected guests,
we are very grateful for the opportunity to
be able to offer you
a window to Islam and to ask you the question.
What do you know about Islam?
And we mean, what do you?
What do you really know about this lab?
Not what you've heard
about Islam and not what you have read in the newspapers.
Not what you have seen on television, not what your teacher or your professor said about Islam.
Not what your neighbors or your friend said, or what the priests or the Minister of your church said.
what you have come to understand from basic facts, historical,
scriptural facts, about the system of life, which is called Islam.
Not even necessarily what you have witnessed through the behavior of some Muslims, because I don't think I have to tell an objective person
that a Christian is not necessarily
an example of the life of price. And a Muslim therefore, is not necessarily
an example of the face that he or she might claim to embrace.
To be fair and objective.
Such sources of information about
or any other faith
would not be an acceptable source for judging or understanding anything or anyone.
are so many people convinced?
And why are so many people standing in judgment about a subject
that they have very little information, if any,
and very few actual
the strangest thing is that
Islam is a system of life
a global faith
that one could know very easily
by going to the sources,
and the Quran has two sources.
One is a scriptural source, which is the Quran
and the other is a human source, which is the life of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him.
And the same way we could
make an objective investigation into the life
and message of Jesus Christ. And that would allow us to know
if we want to call ourselves Christians,
how we could follow the life and message of Jesus Christ,
look directly to his message called the
evangel of the good news, and not directly to his life and his behavior. This will tell us what it is to be a Christian if we want to use that terminology.
Now, I realize that some people came here this evening
with a pre conditioned mind
having done some preparation, which they may consider to be a critique of some sort.
And that's okay.
But my presentation this evening is not for those people.
There Welcome to Lesson.
And given the opportunity,
they're welcome to put forward their constructive criticisms. But my message this evening is for those people who came here with an open mind
and open heart because only an open heart, mind and an open heart can receive anything
you tried as an example, turn the glass upside down and see if you can pour something into it.
Additionally, I asked you.
Open your mind and open your heart for a moment, if you dare.
Set aside your preconditioning set aside your prejudices are those that were given to you by parents, by institutions, by your own set of faith or values. Set that aside for a moment.
I promise you, we won't take you hostage.
We won't make an attempt to brainwash you. Although some human beings could stand some brainwashing.
But what we will try to do is to provide you with a simple, open, candid
Now Islam as a faith system,
some may want to refer to it as a religion.
And it might be appropriate to do so.
But in my discussion with human beings,
religion as a word in the modern world has some negative connotations and restrictions.
So I don't prefer to use the word religion.
I prefer to use the word, faith or life system.
Now as a faith and life system, Islam is based upon basically five pillars.
Those five pillars are very simple.
We bear witness that there is nothing to be worshipped except the Creator, Almighty God.
The fact that we use the word Allah
doesn't mean that we believe in a different God than that of Christians or that of Hindus or Buddhists.
or that of Jews.
there's only one creator.
There's only one source of creation.
There's only one source in origin of existence.
And first we bear witness that
this is Almighty God, such a burden of witnesses. Such a declaration is the same declaration of Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, Isaac, Jacob
Zechariah, john the baptist, Jesus Christ, the son of Mary. And of course, the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon you.
Your God, my God, the Creator of the heavens and earth.
We use the word Allah, in the Arabic language, because the word, the letters al is a definite article. It means the only exclusive and law means God, object of worship. So when you put them together a law,
it makes it very clear, concise, and exclusive, that we're speaking about the only
Lord God, sovereign Creator of the heavens and earth, and everything that is in it
is not the God of the Muslims, not the God of Mohammed,
some special god of the adults,
it is the Creator of the heavens and earth, and everything which is in it.
We bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of God. And why do we say that because by saying that, we are admitting that there was a chain of profits.
Not one, not the final, but a chain of profits, some whose names that we would know, and some homes whose names we may not know. And these profits and these messengers were extraordinary human beings, they will not ordinary human beings, yet they were human beings.
None of them were gods.
Fathers of Gods sons of Gods Daughters of gods, relatives of gods, they were all human beings that ate, and slept, and drank, and lived and left this life.
from Adam, the first man, God, messenger, the first man
and God's Messenger, and Prophet Adam,
your common father, my common father,
the first man whom God created, whom God put upon this earth, whom God taught him some knowledge,
whom God tested,
and whom God caused through him, and his mate, our common mother, however, or Eve as is known
to procreate. And here we are,
to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, Isaac is vile, Jacob, Zachariah, john the baptist, Jesus Christ, up to Mohammed, peace and blessings be upon him, many more that we could name
but that it would not be necessary for us to do so. We believe in all of those prophets and their divine mission, that is, they did not come and some time in their life, they figured out they had something to do.
And therefore they wrote a book,
or they woke up one day they had this burning feeling to deliver a message to the human beings. No, it is our belief
that every prophet in messenger was sent by Almighty God selected by Almighty God
for His message, as a prophet, to deliver a message to a particular people and for those that doubted,
to prophesize and to demonstrate
that we may refer to as miracle for the doubters, for the challenges,
to exhibit miracles so that those doubters
those challenges would know that verily that human being is in fact a selected, chosen person of God.
We say Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah, because
it is our conviction that Mohammed, His Messenger ship, his prophethood is a natural progression and a finalization of prophethood.
And that he was prophesied by Jesus Christ, the son of Mary.
And then he confirmed through His revelation and his conduct, the life, the message, and the mission of Jesus Christ, the son of Mary,
we say Mohammed de la peace and blessings be upon him, because it is our conviction
that the Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him, his life, his mission, and his message is this the most profound for any human being whose life has been categorically recorded.
And I'll repeat that, whose life has been categorically documented, and recorded, and we'll come back to that statement.
Later on, we'll come back to that statement. I want you to remember that statement, because I'm sure there are those who came here with a pocket full of challenges. And I got a few for you to
Islam has five fundamental pillars, the first of which is to bear witness that there's none of your worship except Almighty God, consistent with
the first commandment given to Moses, consistent with
the first commandment that Jesus Christ also said, is the greatest of the commandments to Israel, the Lord thy God is one. Absolutely one, not the number one.
Not the number one that could be divided into 123.
Not the number one that could be multiplied.
But absolutely one, having no one Besides, no other God Besides, he or Israel, the Lord that God is one, and that shall love the Lord thy God with all the heart and all the mind and all thy soul, and thou shalt not worship anyone except the Lord thy God, no bow down to any graven images in the heavens or the earth or the see below.
Such said Moses, and said, confirm Jesus Christ, and such says the Quran.
This is what we bear witness. And this is the first pillar of Islam and the most important.
The second pillar of Islam is to adopt
the attitude and the habit of worship.
Not thinking about God, not reflecting upon God, not merely meditating upon God, not just talking about God or singing about God, but worshiping God with a liturgy with a formula with a ritual that God ordered the prophets Peace and blessings upon all of them. And this is very important for us to understand that in Islam,
we follow a prescribed liturgy, it would be referred to in some religions, a prescribed act of worship,
five times a day the Muslims wash,
and stand and bow and prostrate and call upon God with specific words, asking for mercy, asking for guidance.
Asking for strength, asking for forgiveness,
asking for knowledge, asking for sincerity.
But it is not an abstract bowing, standing
frustration is not something how I want to do it or how you would like to do it based upon my whim or my feeling or my abstract desire, no, it is a specific ritual of worship. For certainly those of you who who are educated,
you have a specific protocol attached to your profession.
And you proceed to execute your process your profession with a procedure ritualistically.
And you have guidelines and you have protocols, how when, what where that you do it
and from time to time, you also have to get training to upgrade.
How often do the human beings think that they are more intelligent, more demanding amongst themselves, that for their profession for the efficiency for the proficiency that they have established?
Rules, rituals, protocols to address their administrators, their presidents, their family, their parents, their teachers, their professors. There are protocols, but God doesn't deserve a direct protocol, we can just think of God meditate upon God.
We can just say about God, we can dance about God, we can whistle and clap.
Or each one of us individually adopts our own way of worshipping gods, as if the prophets of Almighty God who were sent as messengers and prophets and guides and examples, they were not given a specific ritual system by which to communicate. And to worship Almighty God, we reject that. We reject that completely.
For if we examine the scriptures,
we find that every prophet of God, every single prophet of God, had a specific ritual,
a man of a prayer, a time of prayer, a mode of prayer,
words, special words, in which they used to communicate with Almighty God.
And each one of those prophets also, they did not speak to people or choose to guide people with their own words, always the words they use to guide people and called people will words of Scripture, which means divine revelation,
divine revelation, it means whatsoever they heard from God, whatever God inspired them to say, that's what they said.
Such was the Torah of Moses.
Such was the commandments of Moses, such was the books of Abraham, such was the Psalms of David.
Such was the gospel of Jesus Christ. And such was the core end revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.
We Muslims are also ordered by Almighty God,
to take a portion of our wealth,
wealth, and in Islam wealth has a definition.
The definition of wealth is what is what remains
after you fulfill your needs.
So Islam has a
legislative definition of wealth.
So whatever wealth that a Muslim has in their house in their bank, which they which is owned by them,
that amount of wealth that is sustained over a period of year, whether it be 15 $100, or $15,000, or $150,000, whichever amount of excess property or wealth that a Muslim sustains for at least one year, within that year, the Muslim has to pay two and a half percent of that as a charity.
It's not much
it's a symbol. It's a gesture.
It's a contribution. It's a reminder, that you have been endowed by Almighty God with what you have, and there are others
that you owe a part of that endowment to is called zeca. So the Muslim has been ordered. This is not optional.
It's mandatory to pay this two and a half percent.
The fourth pillar is fasting during the month of Ramadan. Now the month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar calendar,
the lunar calendar.
In the case, you have a problem with that terminology, it means the calendar which is calculated by the movement of the moon as opposed to the movement of the earth around the sun.
So we have commonly in the world today, the Gregorian calendar, and we have the lunar calendar, and there is a difference between the two.
In the course of the year the lunar calendar is 10 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar. It's not just a matter of choice.
It's a determination that came to us from God and from Revelation.
And in the ninth month of the lunar calendar. The Muslim has been ordered by Almighty God to fast
For us means abstaining from food and drink and sexual relationships.
From the time of the light of the dawn
until the setting of the sun,
not a long period of time, but a significant enough amount of time for the human being to learn discipline, self control, and to develop a feeling,
a feeling of hunger and denial, similar, not the same, but similar to other individuals throughout the earth who are fasting in voluntarily.
Now, this ninth month of the lunar calendar also coincides
with the time that the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him 1400 24 years ago,
it was in the month of Ramadan, that the Quran was revealed that the angel Gabriel came to the Prophet, peace and blessing upon them, and said those words, read in the name of your Lord, recite in the name of your Lord.
Those five verses that came to us that began the revelation of the Quran, and then culminated over a period of 23 years. So when we fast in the month of Ramadan, we do so because we consider it to be an order, a mandate from God, and that it is also
a means by which to teach us
self discipline, self control, sacrifice, denial. And during that month, we are spending more time reading the Quran that was revealed during this month, memorizing the Quran that was revealed during that month reflecting upon the Quran, and standing in prayer while that Koran is recited is to list the significance.
There are many benefits of fasting.
Many benefits people in the medical community can tell us people in the psychological community can tell us but that's not the reason why we fast we're fasting because it's an order from God. And that fasting also is a discipline, that all the prophets of Almighty God.
They did, they exercised.
The fifth pillar of Islam is performing the pilgrimage to Mecca. Mecca, is a city in the Arabian Peninsula.
A city that
from time immemorial,
was known to be a sacred city, and other scriptures that was referred to as Becker or as referred to as poron. In the Old Testament,
a place where Abraham, the patriarch, our common father,
the patriarch, Abraham, a place where Abraham took his wife and his son,
by the order of Almighty God
and settled them there in a desolate Valley.
And after some time, Abraham returned back to that desolate Valley, where he was ordered by God to leave his wife and son. And there in that desolate Valley, Abraham built
a building which is called the Kaaba cabin. And Arabic means cube.
Kava means cube, because it was a square shaped building, a very simple building, a building, maybe
18 feet, 20 feet high.
And maybe 18 feet or 20 feet on each side.
A simple building, not a building that God lives in,
nor a sacred building itself, but something made of mud and stones, but a building that was ordered by Almighty God for Abraham to build
and then go around it, commemorating God, not worshiping the building, but worshiping God, but setting up that building so that human beings would come from all over the earth and do what circumambulate around that building, and praise Almighty God and call upon him with forgiveness and mercy, and repeat the oneness and the glory of Almighty God, this Kaaba, all Muslims, repeating this tradition of Abraham, reliving this tradition of Abraham, every Muslim from wherever they are, China or Russia or Africa or America or Australia or from South America or wherever Muslims are. They have been ordered once in their lives. If they
able to do so, to go to Mecca,
and to experience the universal fraternity,
and to experience the tradition of Abraham, these are the five pillars of Islam. And Islam is built upon these five pillars. And each of these five pillars form the basis for the Muslim discipline,
the Muslim ideology, the Muslims relationship with Almighty God, and the disciplines that begin to shape and form the spiritual structure of the human being.
Included in our faith system is the belief in angels, we believe in angels. We believe that the angel Gabriel
came to all the prophets of Almighty God, and that is the ark angel of God, we believe that
we believe in all the divine scriptures, we believe that Almighty God,
we believe that God would create human beings, and that he would not leave human beings without inspiration, guidance, a manual, no more so than any one of you would set up a company and create some machinery, and people that work on that machinery, and then market that machinery and not send along with that machinery, a manual.
And that also make available to those that purchase that machinery.
no one would buy an automobile or toaster,
or computer, or telephone, without asking for a manual, or having some kind of a service number to call a technician or a warranty. Everyone would ask for it, and everyone would expect it.
And we think that the Creator of the heavens on Earth, who is the designer
of everything, and has created man, as the ruler of this planet, the most sophisticated creature on this planet, would not communicate with man through man.
And give to him a manual by which to follow and send along with that manual prophets and messengers to act as technicians to explain to man that manual and relationship of the one who sent
so we believe in Divine scription.
We believe in all the prophets and messengers as extraordinary human beings sent by God,
we believe in a day of judgment, we do believe certainly, that life is very short.
60 years, 70 years, 100 years, or even chase of Noah 950 years,
there is no doubt that human beings will die, every single one of them will die.
And if there's anyone here that's outside of that reality, they certainly have no need to hear this lecture.
Because they're more exceptional, they're of a different species than we are.
And since we know that we will die, and we know that we came into life.
And we know that we will create it.
And this life was designed
and that this life is restricted. And that this life has a purpose that there is some accountability for this living.
how would any one of you not think that there was accountability for life, but think there is accountability.
in your workplace, you have a supervisor.
There's accountability there. You have children, and they are accountable. Teachers have students and they are accountable. So there is accountability in every area of life. How often we think as human beings, that we would be created and live. And given the gift of choice, volition, and there will be no accountability. There is accountability.
That accountability, according to Scripture is
that creator of life and death has the ability to bring the human beings back to judgment, even after that Dustin bones. Now those of you who are intelligent, sophisticated, who would think that to be an impossibility or just some kind of a theory well
I call your attention to take a look at the earth.
From time to time the seasons change.
And you see the earth, one time is full of life, blossoms, fruit,
greenery, then the season change, and the earth is barren, bury no fruit at all for some time.
And then rain comes from the sky.
And the earth is energized, brought back to life with new fruits and new grass. And a new season
is not the one who created the heavens in the earth. Who is able to do that is not the one that created the human beings from the very beginning able to do that is that is not the one who created everything from water, able to bring that water that human being or that Earth back to life after it was dead. We say yes, definitely. The one who is the creator of the beginning has the ability to create howsoever he pleases.
We believe that Almighty God and only Almighty God has the decree
to do whatsoever he pleases and gives to human beings a small amount of decree, that is you and I we do have the choice to accept or to reject.
We even have the choice to take our own lives. It is not our right. But it is our choice.
We have the choice to earn our living in a dignified way. Or we have our choice to earn our living
in an immoral way, we have a choice between right and wrong.
We have a choice to be decent,
dignified, and honest.
All we have the choice to be criminals. But the choices that we have so many that they are
they are limited, definitely limited. They're limited in time. They're limited in scope. They're limited in number.
Why? Because the human being is not a creature that is born with unlimited anything.
And finally, we believe as the Quran sets forward for us, that inevitably,
man has been created and put on this earth
only for a test or determination to give him or her the opportunity to perform,
to display to obey, to acknowledge, to submit,
to pass a test.
And after some time you will be taken out of this earth you will be judged and then you will be given a new life in a different place according to the actions that you did.
Now we understand this in earthly terms.
We understand that criminals when they are indicted and convicted, we understand that we accept that criminals are placed in jails, we understand that as a human being if they are diagnosed with some disease, we place them in a hospital.
Once they are diagnosed, they're put there for treatment. We understand that.
We understand also that we go to school to graduate and that we work to get paid.
We also understand that we are all striving for happiness.
Ultimately, every human being wants happiness.
Almighty God said ultimately happiness is not on the earth you will not achieve ultimate happiness on the earth. In the same way that a murderer a mass murderer will not receive ultimate punishment on the earth by his fellow human beings cannot.
There's no ultimate punishment, and there's an ultimate reward. Ultimate punishment is hellfire.
God is enough to create a Hellfire just like God is enough to create a paradise.
And if you can examine
the depths of the heavens that we have not seen. But you know it is there. Then you can imagine that God said there's a helpfile and that there's a paradise of God said that's what it is and that's what the ultimate rewards will be given
And the ultimate punishments will be given, we believe, and we believe upon God that we don't believe what we say we believe upon God. And we believe upon that because all the prophets and messengers who came from God, they said that.
Now, brothers and sisters, I'm sure that many of you in your preconditioned understanding of what Islam is.
Many of you have heard or you've been told.
Muslims are terrorists. Muslims are fanatics.
Muslims are heretics. Muslims are extremist. Muslims are murderers. Muslims are hostage takers.
This is what you've been told.
And I'll tell you
that in some cases, that is true.
There have been certainly some Muslims, not just recently, but even before newspapers and the media came about there have been some Muslims, who was a meaner element of the Muslims, who have done those kinds of things suddenly.
But then let's be objective.
Let us go to history and be objective.
Have not Jews and Christians also done those things? And are they not also doing those things?
Yes, they are. A criminal is a criminal. A sinner is a sinner.
But you would never see in the media.
A Christian pedophile, you will never see a pedophile called a Christian pedophile.
You will never see a murderer called a Christian murderer or a Jewish murderer. Timothy McVeigh wasn't called a Christian terrorists.
Charles Manson wasn't called a Christian mass murderer.
The IRA is not referred to as a Christian terrorist organization.
Yes, they are, in fact committing and they have committed some of the grievous
repugnant crimes. But they're not referred to as Christian terrorists, Christian fanatics.
When I ask, why,
why when a Muslim is accused, maybe not even indicted, maybe not even convicted. But if a Muslim is simply accused of something, he is called a Islamic fundamentalists,
Islamic fanatic, Islamic Muslim terrorists. Why? Because the media is controlled by people who want to malign
Muslims and Islam.
And I say that's unfair.
While Yes, that is true
that some Muslims themselves are responsible for some of the distortions about Islam. Some of the distortions about Islam. Some of the misconceptions about Islam is as a result of the misbehavior of some Muslims, and that is to be fair and objective.
But I think if you examine history, and you ask yourself the question, Who perpetuated
the international slave trade that resulted in 80 million people
being treated like hogs
over a five year period of time, this was Muslims. But they weren't called Christian fanatics, although, certainly those were, that was Portugal, Spain, America, Great Britain, France, all Christian countries and collaborated with the Catholic Church.
When the Conquistadores went into South America, and ravaged that country,
children slaughtered the people poisoned the North natural resources.
They were blessed by the church
and they still blessed by the church. And nobody called them Christian terrorists.
When the first settlers came to this country
There were people living here in case you don't know that.
Nobody discovered a country where people already living.
I can't come to your house and just set up a home in your house and say I discovered it and put you out.
There are people living here who are now called Aborigines, a very nice word.
It's like the native Indians in America, they call the native Indians. They're not called Americans are called native Indians. This is because Christopher Columbus, he sailed looking for India.
And he wound up in what is now called the Americas. But the audacity and the chauvinism see how chauvinist people are?
Even though they knew it wasn't India, still, how chauvinistic they are, they still called people Indians.
And today, they call them natural. They call them native Indians, but they call themselves Americans.
And today, you call the native people here Aborigines, and you call yourself Australians.
Now how this country was taken, you were not invited here. But it was taken with blood and slaughter.
Terrorists terrorism, in its purest form, but nobody called those people, Christian terrorists. And now that you have sophisticated civilization here, Sydney, Australia, Brisbane, Australia, Melbourne, Australia, I mean, you know, down under, you got this, you had Olympics here, it's all forgotten about now.
And still, terrorism by governments still going on.
And I don't say that terrorism by governments or individuals is right or moral, it is not. It is not.
But we chant on one hand,
call some people in Afghanistan, or some people in Chechnya, or some people in Kashmir, or some people in Palestine, or some people in Somalia, or some people in some other part of Africa, or some other people in Indonesia.
You can't call them terrorists, because they are seeking freedom from oppression. When you justify in your own history, that you did the same thing, but you glorify it, and you justify it now. It's not fair.
I say that a crime is a crime, whether it's done by some uneducated, unsophisticated people, or some very educated and sophisticated people, a crime of government is just as bad as a crime of the individual.
Yet the crimes of governments they go unchecked, because governments have power. And there's nobody that can check them. But individuals, governments can hunt them down and put them in check. So I say that this issue that Islam, or Muslims being fanatics, but this is unfair.
Islam as a system of faith, is the global system of faith. In fact, in case you don't know this,
one out of every five people in this world is a Muslim.
A person who submits and accepts the basis of the five pillars of Islam and this belief system.
And these Muslims are not in Arabia,
riding horses and swords and turbans and telling everybody to submit or die. Now,
all Arabs are not Muslims, and all Muslims are not Arabs. In fact, only 19% of the Muslim world Adams.
There are Muslims in every continent of the world. There are Muslims in over 53 countries of the world. And there are 23 countries of the world that have major populations of Muslims. As a matter of fact, the largest population of Muslims on Earth, they're not Arabs at all. It's Indonesia, your neighbor.
They are the largest population of Muslims in the world.
And what we all have in common as Muslims is that we believe we bear witness that there's none to do worship except Almighty God.
And that Muhammad is the Messenger of God. And we adopt these five pillars and we adopt and we reflect in our lives.
The faith system of Islam and Islam as a history
1424 years ago, the Quran was revealed.
The Prophet was born 570 ad that is, after Jesus Christ, the son of Mary.
In the year 16, the prophet and it is 623 the Prophet peace and blessings upon passed away
30 years after the death of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon them, those desert Arabs, those illiterate people, in an in consequential places of the earth, those people developed
a new civilization through this code and in through the behavior of that Prophet.
And the three powers of that age three great civilizations wrong. Persian
They were replaced 30 years after the Quran was revealed. And for 1000 years after the Quran was revealed, Muslim civilization dominated the earth and dominated how through science, through art, through culture, through government, through institutions, that are still intact today.
And it was through this code
that what the Western world refers to as the Renaissance, or the Age of Enlightenment, where did it come from? What it is Age of Enlightenment come from.
It came from the art, and the culture, and the language and the behavior and the scientific explorations of the Quran, and the Muslim civilizations.
So Islam is a global faith with a long history
and is based upon the Quran and the behavior of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. And what is our ambition as Muslims?
Our ambition as Muslims
is that we believe that the Quran is the book of God. And this should be the legislation of the earth. That's our belief.
We cannot force this upon anyone. But this is our belief. We believe
that the life of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon them is the most profound,
categorically documented life for all human beings. And we challenge any human being to produce the biography of a person whose life is documented. That's number one, and categorically more profound
than that of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.
We challenge anybody Did your father, your grandfather, your teachers, your professors, your your, your, your favorite cricket team, or whomever you want to choose?
Whoever your idol is, whoever your mentor is.
And I refer you
to one of the premier biographers of the world,
who among five biographers, within the same year, tackled the challenge of finding who are the 100 most profound human beings in history.
This is a recent project.
And Michael H. Hart.
You can write that name down.
Michael is one of the premier biographers of this age.
He compiled 100 names,
biographies, and he studied them
closely. And he set a criteria for them to determine which of them had the most profound impact upon humanity, in the documented history. And he admitted clearly
that his first choice would have been Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, no doubt because he's a Christian.
But what he had to examine categorically, Jesus Christ was not a father.
He was not a husband.
He was not a statesman. And he was not a ruler. He did not leave a government.
He did not leave a legislation.
Therefore, in six categories, he said I could not choose Jesus Christ, and that is being objective.
The only person he said he could choose that fit all of these categories, above all the other personality
That he examined was Mohammed bin Abdullah.
Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.
Now mind you, Michael J. Hart wasn't brainwashed.
No one stood over him while he wrote with a sword or pistol and told him choose Islam or choose Muhammad or die.
No, he wrote,
as a professional. He wrote as an intellectual. He wrote as a scholar, he wrote as a Christian, he wrote as a human being.
He wrote a biography, and he wrote as an objective person.
his findings were published in the New York Times in Reader's Digest, and you'll find it in the libraries all over the world. And he gave his own criteria for why he chose Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. I say, each one of you,
you should take the same criteria or another criteria, and do what Michael J. Hart did and what some others did. And by the way, Michael J. Hart was not refuted by his contemporaries.
his findings are clear. But we don't need as Muslims, we don't need Michael H. Hart, to say that for us, the Quran said, law can
demand can do.
So certainly there is for you of human beings
in the Messenger of God, Mohammed salatu salam, peace and blessings upon him.
The most profound pattern of human behavior for anyone
who feels Almighty God and who anticipates their meeting with Almighty God and remembers Almighty God much and often.
Our ambition, and our conviction
is that the Quran, the reveal,
of Almighty God revealed to the Prophet Mohammed is the final testimony from God, and not only a scripture to be read, for rituals, but a scripture that was given for legislation and regulation of the affairs of human beings in every area of the human drama.
It's our conviction.
It is our conviction, that the life of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him, covers every area of the human beings behavior, and offers a solution and etiquette, a principle of behavior that, if followed, will be found to be superior
to any other form of social behavior.
It is our conviction that Islam
as a system as a faith
is a system that offers the humanity a comprehensive
legislation, a comprehensive worship, a comprehensive means by which to bond human beings together, a platform for government, a platform for resolving the problems of humanity, a system of peace, if given the chance to be studied, and implemented.
This is our conviction. Of course, we don't have the right to force our convictions upon anyone.
There is no compulsion in religion or anything else God has given you and me the choice to think, to choose to determine to select
but we Muslims have the right to feel
that the Quran is the book of Almighty God, and then it offers or legislation and an inspiration to all human beings and to offer that
we Muslims have the right, like anyone else, to believe
that the Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon them is not a prophet sent to the Arabs.
But that he is as the Quran said, woman out of Southern Africa, in la rama aalameen Oh Mohammed you have been sent
as a mercy to the entire human beings nor the Prophet was sent to all the human beings that was sent to their own nation,
their own people.
We have the right to say to you and to invite you to look, examine
the life of Mohammed peace and blessings be upon them,
if you will.
And we have the right as Muslims to offer to the world what we consider to be an alternative
To the morality and the decadence,
to the religiousness in the Hedden ism, to the materialism and the godlessness that has been spread through the earth as the greatest amount of vermin and disease by those who call themselves the most sophisticated people in the world.
We have a right to offer Islam as an alternative. And this is what we do.
We don't say to you, non Muslims,
we don't say you shouldn't be Muslim, we don't say you ought to be Muslim, we don't say you must be Muslims, we put the proposition to you that if you've never considered Islam, you should.
And even if you never intend to consider Islam to be a choice for you, I think that it is reasonable for us to say,
if there are 1.61 point 4 billion people in the world that are Muslims,
all over the world, it should be a system of faith that I think you should be familiar with. And you should be familiar with it not from preconditioning or prejudice. But you should be familiar with it from interests, Inquisition, research, academia,
to know to be fair to be objective. So if you are asked about Islam, if you are asked about Muslims, if you're asked about the Quran, if you're asked about the Prophet, Muhammad, peace and blessing upon him, you will speak the truth and what is accurate and fair as you would about your mother.
Then as you would want to be spoken about your mother, because your mother is sacred to you. And mine is sacred to me. Your faith is sacred to you, and my faith is sacred to me, I would want and you would want the accurate information
to be related, if any information is related at all about our mothers
or about ourselves or about our faith.
This is what we want to say to you. Now.
Those people who came here with a pocket full of
or pocketful of vomit
about their precondition prejudices and condemnations about Islam, I say to you, I won't consider answering that here in this venue.
But what I will do is, if you are intellectual enough
and organized enough, write down your contentions about the Quran. Write down your contentions about Islam, and write down your contentions about the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. And then give those to me. If I have to stay in Sydney, Australia for another three days, I'll do that. If I'm in Melbourne, I'll stay here another day, I'll come back. And I will meet you on television, radio in a venue like this. And you can bring your professor, your minister or whomsoever and we will discuss your contentions nothing else. We won't discuss your religion and you don't have to discuss my religion. We only will discuss your contentions. That's it.
Now, is that fair enough?
Because if you have contentions, I don't have any contentions about Jesus Christ. I don't have any contention about Jesus Christ or his message, or his mission,
or who he was, I have a conviction about him.
And I love Jesus Christ.
And I contend with those who call themselves Christians, I contend with you I compete with you and and my love for Jesus Christ and my attachment to his message and his mission.
I don't say that blasphemy against God.
I don't put forward
that lie concerning Jesus Christ. He never said that he is God. And Jesus Christ never said worship me.
So I don't say Jesus is God nor do I say that we should worship Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ never asked anybody to call themselves Christians either just in case you don't know that.
He was the Christ in Arabic is called mercy, mercy or Messiah. It means anointed or appointed or selected or touched by God. Yes, he was. He was touched by God. He was appointed by God. He was anointed by God. He was selected by God and he said
I can have my own self, do nothing.
But whatsoever I'm ordered from the one on high. That is what I do. He said
in his prayer, call the Lord's Prayer.
our father, who are never mean in God, the Sustainer.
Who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. He didn't say, My name or our name.
Thy kingdom come, not my kingdom come or our kingdom come,
thy will be done. Not my will be done, or our will be done.
On Earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread give us this Jesus talking now, give us this daily bit that this day our daily bread, give, give me and my mother, and all of us, our daily bread.
And certainly if God gave him daily bread, which he asked for God also gave him daily drink.
Because you can't swallow bread without drinking.
And Jesus Christ and his mother, if they ate bread, and drank water,
their bodies use whatever pot was nutritious, and their bodies evacuated. What was waste? Now? Can you imagine God defecating and urinating?
This is what Jesus said, Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us. Our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Is Jesus prayer.
Don't be aggravated with me. I'm reminding you of the Lord's Prayer.
Because I was a Christian, born a Christian, and I memorize this prayer, and I know it very well. And it is consistent with a prophet and a messenger who made that prayer
and deliver us from evil.
Deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom not mine is the kingdom. not ours is the kingdom but dynasty kingdom.
forever and ever. Amen. This is the Lord's Prayer.
We have a love
for Noah, Abraham, Moses, Zachariah, David, Solomon, Isaac, his smile, Jacob, lat john, Jesus to Christ, and Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon all of them.
And they all were servants of God servants who submitted their wills to God. And the word Muslim means a servant, or one that submits themselves to God. By that definition.
Abraham was a Muslim.
Moses was a Muslim,
Solomon and David well, Muslims,
as a smile, and Jacob are Muslims, john the baptist, the son of Zechariah, Jesus, the son of Mary, and Mohammed, the son of Abdullah, all of them were servants of Almighty God, and all of them were Muslims.
And it wasn't until 354 years after Jesus Christ, at the Council of Nicea that the pagan idolaters, and Romans determined that Jesus Christ was the man God, and they were the ones that brought about the idea of Trinity. sonship and divinity of Jesus Christ.
354 years after Jesus Christ that's almost 400 years.
Jesus Christ himself had nothing to do with the Trinity. And Jesus Christ himself had nothing to do with divinity being placed upon him. And Jesus Christ had nothing to do with calling himself the Son of God, except that he used the generality.
that all of us are metaphorically allegorically the sons of God, sons and daughters, not that God had a son beget, God gave birth.
But if you remember, in the Old Testament, God said, Isaiah is my son. God said that Abraham even is my son. God said that David is my son. God mentioned this not because they were born of God, but it means son means
chosen, chosen by God, selected by God, a person dedicated to God whom God loves. And God blesses.
By that definition, God has sons by the tons.
As such, Jesus Christ was not the exclusive Son of God, if we want to use that terminology at all.
But Jesus called himself the Son of Man, that's what he called himself.
He was called that rabbi, that man from Nazareth, and his followers were called nazarenes. They never call themselves Christians. It was at the Council of Nicea that this word Christianity was determined. And so whoever adopted the new Nicene Creed became Christians and those who did not, were Nazareth, and they will kill.
We believe that Jesus Christ was born without the introduction of sperm, we believe that God creates what He wills.
that God created Adam, no father and mother, we believe that God created his mate Eve, we believe. And God says in the Quran, when they asked the about Jesus Christ, see, the likeness of Jesus is the likeness of Adam. God created both of them from dust and his word. And he said, Be and they became this our belief, that if God created Adam, and he had no mother and father and his mate, and she had no mother and father.
Then why is it difficult for us to believe and understand and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ with no father but had a mother?
This our belief, we believe that Jesus Christ spoke from the cradle and performed many miracles. Yes, he raised the dead. He calls the blind to see, he healed the lepers. He fed the multitudes.
10,000 people from seven loaves of bread and seven fish, yes, yes, he took a clay pigeon, and blew into it, and it flew away. But he said he did this by the leave and the power of God.
And when he was called good Master, by someone, he said, Why does Tao call me good master when there's none good except the one that is in heaven.
We believe that Jesus Christ was one of the most Great and Powerful prophets and messengers of Almighty God, but that did not make him a man God or a god, man.
is the elevated position of Jesus Christ, in the face of Islam.
Do Muslims you have an obligation
the correct posture and principles of Islam to your neighbors,
to your colleagues, to your co workers,
through your behavior moreso than through your dialect.
Because Islam after all, is not just an issue of talking.
There is a behavior attached to it.
There's a human example attached to it.
And we want people to understand Islam from the scriptural part, view and context. But we also want people to understand Islam from the human context of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. So, all Muslims, you have the obligation to convey this to your neighbors, your colleagues, your co workers,
and for the non Muslims.
I invite you
I invite you to reflect and to consider to research
objectively with an open heart with an open mind
the evidence which I have shared with you,
and since most of you have computers,
I dare you.
Go home and look up the word called n.
The references you will find is not written by Muslims.
look up the word Mohammed bin Abdullah.
Mohammed bin Abdullah, look it up. The reference you will find is not written by Muslims.
look up the word Islam.
The historical reference you will find in most cases is not written by Muslims.
But there are authoritative doctors
mented sources given to you 1000s that will lead you to the information that I have shared with you tonight although they are non Muslims, because the reference is the same.
The Quran is a scripture that can be read by anyone, and for your information to Quran is the only scripture
on the earth.
That is in tact as it was revealed. 6200 6626 verses revealed 1400 24 years ago, over a period of 23 years, in tact today, recited by all Muslims, memorized by millions of Muslims, there's probably at least one or two Muslims in this room, a child or an adult that has memorized the entire Quran, as it was memorizing the life of the Prophet before he passed away.
And the proof of that is that of the Christians.
The Christians all over the world wanted to prove this issue, we can do it easily.
All the Christians all over the world, choose a day and throw all the Bibles away, throw them on an ocean
and then see if you can reproduce the Bible.
You cannot because it's not agreed upon what the Bible is.
But if all the colons
all the Muslims everywhere in the world, chose a day and threw away all the commands
in the gathering, we could stand up
and recite the Quran from
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Surat Al la Vina and I'm Talia viral moto via a mobile in the first chapter. All the way up to the last the 114 chapter. Gone. Out of Europe, the nurse, mannequin nurse Eli nazmi, Sharon was was in finance and law the US we Sufi student, nurse mineralogy, Natty oneness, we could recite all 114 right here if you had the time
and bring the Quran right back, just like that.
There's no other scripture in the world where that could be done.
If there's no the miracle of Mohammed, peace and blessing upon is the miracle of the Quran.
We invite you to consider the validity of Islam, the proposition of Islam, the decency and the dignity of Islam. We don't ask you. We don't say to you, you should be Muslim, you must be Muslim, we say that Islam is a proposition for you to consider.
The question is in appreciate very much.
I won't say everything she said I thank you very much for your compliment. But her question is, she'd like to know what the Quran says regarding the treatment of women because of the fact that there's obviously in the world today.
Some mistreatment of women in Muslim countries. On one count, I say to you this is correct.
I have visited at about 23 countries that have major Muslim populations and in some of those countries I have found that to be the case, mistreatment of women based upon culture,
not based upon Islam.
Based upon the culture of people.
what the Quran says is that
Yeah, you heard NASA Takara Bakula, the Hala Kakuma, Nazi wahida and obviously the Arabic translator for you
wahaca Minnesota, what does that mean? Hola. Jalan kathira Melissa, what's up lovely lovely to be here in Nala can Allegra Kiba the Quran says and this is one verse, all mankind
give reverence to your guardian, Lord Almighty God who created you from one single soul. So the first position that God says to us is that he created male and female from what?
One single soul
and create its mate.
So created Adam and created his mate from what
one soul and from those two, a countless number of men and women, that he says
you should feel God or be mindful of God and His legislation.
As regards to the demands that you make of one another, this means the demands made between the husband and wife are the people who are together. That means the basis of their relationship should be the legislation of God, not the legislation of men.
And you should give reverence to the wounds that boy your life, who is that?
So in this verse, God is telling us two things, one, that relationship between male and female in terms of their essence, they are equal in the sight of God, that's number one, equal in the sight of God, we don't say the same, they're not evidently not the same. I mean, in the Western world, we are led to think that they are the same that some men and women are undergoing operations to become the same.
But they are not the same. The male and the female are not the same psychologically, they're not the same physiologically. And they don't have the same social
roles, but they are equal in the sight of God.
Then God, God goes on to say, Fear Allah by whom you demand from each other your rights. So God says, Be mindful of his legislation and His justice, but whom you demand your rights, right, what kind of rights, marital rights here it means.
My rights as a husband, doesn't originate from me. And my wife's rights as a woman, as a female, or as a wife doesn't originate from herself. I'm not the one that gives her her rights. She's not the one that gives me my rights, the one that gives both of us our rights is the legislation of God.
But then God says on top of that, for us men, to give reference to the wounds that gave you life, who is the wounds that gave us life, our mothers, and if we reference our mothers, we have to reference our sisters, if we reference our sisters, we have to reference our wives and our daughters, because all of them, inevitably, will be mothers.
The other thing is that Allah Peace and blessings Allah subhanho wa Taala has ordered for us. And outline for us all the rights, the rights of inheritance, the rights of treatment, the rights of worship,
the specific roles, God says in the Quran, original comunale men of the maintainers, the protectors of women. What this basically means is that in Islam, the woman doesn't have to work.
She doesn't have to earn a living for herself, she doesn't have to.
The husband cannot order her to wash the dishes,
wash the clothes, on his clothes, fix his food. He does he can order to do anything.
But God has ordered him on the contrary,
to maintain her that she doesn't have to work at all. Because God's Eldridge, Allah comunale Misha,
but God has given to the women,
one of the greatest tasks, one is one they cannot avoid,
unless they take the uterus out. And that is having children. That is the task that God has given to women to bow children.
Now, that doesn't mean that is their only task, but that is a task they cannot avoid.
And that task of having children, men certainly couldn't do it. Even if they wanted to. If a man tried to have a child, he would die.
And if he didn't have a child, psychologically, he would never be able to deal with children the way that women do.
But God has given the women the capacity to have children
to take care of those children, and in many cases, take care of their husband themselves and other people's children because they have the psychological capacity to do that. This is the gift that God gave to women to be what
to be the hands that rock the cradle of civilization, all prophets had mothers
and all prophets were children at one time and we were nurtured by their mothers. So in Islam, the position of a woman
is that of sensitivity.
One of sanctity. Now, if there are Muslims, who don't respect women, because of their culture, whether it's our culture, whether it is Asian culture, whether it is African culture, or there is American culture or any other culture that is not an indictment against itself.
I am doesn't a diagonal against those Arabs of those Africans of those Asians of those who disrespect women. But let's bring this issue up.
Let me bring up this issue
as a sociologist, because my academic background is that,
as a sociologist, there's a few statistics I want to share with you, relative to the treatment of women.
Now, you know, in the western civilization, you know, we're always talking about how sophisticated we are, how principle we are, how educated we are, how civilized that we are. And therefore, we want to go throughout the world, straightening out everybody else's human in justices. But let's talk about the injustice.
I'm gonna give you a few statistics
that might suggest that in western civilization, there's a few fires that need to be put out, before people start going other places putting out fires.
Between the US a and the UK, I don't have the statistics for Australia, but I'm sure they would also be interested to know
there are between the USA and UK
357,000 legal abortions every year.
This means individuals who chose
in most cases, of course, in some extraordinary cases that might have resulted a pregnancy might have came through rape.
Because that's another statistic I'm going to share with you. But in most cases, Pregnancy that occurred as a result of the choice of two individuals who afterwards decided, maybe one of them decided, but decided afterwards, they didn't want that child. So they aborted that child. And today,
unwanted children are aborted anywhere between the fourth week
and the eighth week of pregnancy.
And those are children those are human beings. We know now from an embryo illogical study that those are human beings,
yet they are killed and they are murdered.
Because the human beings who entered this relationship, decided that they don't want that responsibility. So they kill it so that they don't have to face that responsibility. That is a indecency. That is a morality. That is a great oppression not only against women, but against those children, and what kind of a psychology that's created for women who have in the West.
Most women before before they are 30 years old. In the Western Hemisphere, they said that three out of 10 women between the USA and UK, three out of 10 have at least two abortions before they're 30 years old.
The other thing is the Western countries that claim to be the champions of social justice and the freedom and liberation of women. They are the ones
who promote and license 24 million women who prostitute themselves.
Can you imagine that 24 million women between the USA and the UK who have licenses to prostitute
another 83 million that dance and nightclubs naked.
For men who just go there for the enjoyment.
Does that sound like a civilized place this sound like a civilized society. There's something like a society has in their hearts, the humanity for women.
Every 39 seconds in America and the UK every 39 seconds. A woman is raped, forcibly raped.
Seven out of 10 of those rates are never investigated.
Four out of 10 never even reported.
Now I ask when you think about the so called inhumanity towards women in Afghanistan and the inhumanity towards women in Saudi Arabia.
The inhumanity towards women in India or Africa or Somalia or wherever else that we want to liberate these women from?
Do the same statistics exist? Absolutely not.
prostitution in Iraq,
Yeah, I agree with you shoot me. I will agree with you when it comes to Morocco, but I didn't name Morocco. Just in this moment. I didn't name Morocco. No, no, it's not a Muslim country at all.
Okay, the countries that we are preoccupied today with liberating about the issue of oppression against women is not Morocco, the countries that we are engaged in trying to liberate and talk about oppression against women today, the countries that are spoken about Afghanistan,
a country that spoke about a Saudi Arabia, this whole country I spoke about is Pakistan and India. These are the countries that are commonly spoken about. Now, Morocco has long since been a haven for drugs, prostitution, but I remind you that Morocco was colonized by this by Portugal and Spain. And they brought prostitution and drugs into Morocco.
So I agree with you, I've been there. But that's not the preoccupation and countries that we're talking about. Now, let me use those few countries that are commonly pointed at
the Afghan women.
Did any Afghan women themselves ask America to come there and liberate them?
Absolutely not. They didn't. Did any Saudi women? I'm not talking about the ones that escaped from Saudi Arabia, and maybe rightfully so. But did women in Saudi Arabia rally right? protests and ask?
Because I live there.
What shows me because I think I've said previously, and brothers and sisters, please, if a person makes a statement, first, if you get if you have a question, you have to ask me, if I'm a little long winded. That's my last my
last little bit of my priority, I think, my protocol or my preference, but just raise your hand, and I'll recognize you. The other thing is anyone that asks a question, I'm not a stand up comic here. So I'm not saying things as a comedian.
And we should be patient, tolerant.
And we should be respectful. The person asked a question, or makes a statement that we don't agree with, we shouldn't laugh.
The Prophet didn't teach us that.
We should be tolerant, and listen to what she has to say. And I'll answer to the best of my ability, and I don't have all the answers. I have the answers, from my experience, from my exposure to the best of my ability, and I'm trying to be fair and objective. That is where there's an indictment against Muslims. I'm going to say what I saw. And I'm going to agree, but that is not an indictment against Islam, because Islam doesn't accept that the punishment in Islam for a man prostitute and a woman is death.
Now, you may say that's inhuman, but that's why
there's a difference in Islam from Islamic constitution, Islamic civilization, and others, because in Islam is not tolerated. Now, Muslims who do it are criminals, Muslim countries that do it are criminal countries and deviant countries, and there are many of them, definitely. But that's not an indictment against Islam. What I'm speaking about is, what is the treatment in my sister, she asked, What is the treatment of women, according to the
women are mothers, their sisters, their daughters,
their wives, they are human beings. And they have the same rights in the sight of God as men have. And socially, their rights are even more than men in some cases, because they are the hands that prepare the future generations. That's what the Quran tells us. Now, if Muslims don't act that way, in some cases, that's not an indictment against Islam.
to was the suggestion that only Western countries have prostitution and have gotten and have all of these things with the treatment of humans as prostitutes in in gaming across all cultures and all civilizations, so singling out Western countries, while singled out only singled out because Western countries have the most glaring statistics of prostitution. Western civilization had the most glaring statistics of pedophilia. Western civilization have the most glaring statistics when it comes to
To the addiction of drugs, Western civilization has the most glaring statistics when it comes to the addiction of alcohol. Western civilization has the most glaring statistics when it comes to people addicted to cigarette smoking, and a cigarette production started in western civilization. Western civilization has the most glaring statistics when it comes to murders, homicides. Western civilization has the most glaring statistics when it comes to armed robbery. Western civilization has the most glaring statistics when it comes to children born out of wedlock. Children that don't know who their father is, Western civilization has the most glaring statistics when it comes to
people who are locked up in
industrial complex is called prison's Western civilization. And I only point out Western civilization because they claim to be the champions
human justice, social justice, they claim to be that and they go all over the world, policing the world, or polluting the world, whichever we want to say. Now, if they didn't make such claims, I wouldn't point them out. I would simply say that these are statistics that we find everywhere in the world. But these are statistics that found themselves most glary in the sophistication of Western civilization, and
in most cases,
begin, the industry of it began and then was transported into those countries.
And you only have to be a student of history to know that you only have to be a student of history to understand that.
So I'm being critical, where I think is necessary to be critical only to say that it is not fair for people who consider themselves to be educated, sophisticated, westernized, modern, or whatever the case might be. While it's evident that Western civilization, I give you another statistic that you need to know, suicide.
Suicide is it's in his highest highest rate.
In the Western civilization's that is anywhere in the world. This is people who should be
But they're not
disparagement, depression, anxiety.
is witnessed more in the western civilization's than anywhere in the world. Now, these are sociological statistics. I don't say that this these, this doesn't exist in other places. But why should it exist in the place where people are supposed to be the champions of human rights, social justice, who offered to the world, their new world order, and who say that women are mistreated in other places, yet?
The greatest disparagement when the world do you find naked women on a billboard which even children can see selling the candy bar?
I mean, it's just absurd. If we want to talk about oppression and the the indignity and indecency, and the oppression and exploitation of women from the time that they are young, nowhere is it personified greater than it is in the western civilization, when it comes to phenomenon
that God gave to prophets.
And we don't mean
feats that are performed sleight of hand feats or healing. That's allegedly performed by
events, evangelists and healers and people of that nature. We're talking about phenomenons that were given to prophets, raising the dead, causing the blind to see.
We don't find anybody today doing that, if that were the case, if there is a person who was able to do that, they should go to Africa and they should save the 46,000 people that are dying from the AIDS virus, put their hands on them.
And just oh, by the way, let you know another contribution of Western civilization. the AIDS virus was developed in America by five countries.
63,000 gallons of the AIDS virus was produced in America and graciously inoculated upon the people of Africa, along with vaccines of yellow fever and malaria.
Another gift of Western civilization.
So, basically, just to answer your question,
we say that we believe in the phenomenon is given to Jesus Christ that was given by God and not of his own power.
This is the point that I was trying to make. Yes.
has the last word has the last word is just a stone. It's all it is, is nothing more there is no phenomena. There's no spook ism, there's no spirituality is no mythology or anything attached to it. And I'll say it best in the end speech, in the words of one of the followers of the Prophet peace and blessing upon when he was going around the Kaaba. He stopped by the heads of the Blackstone, and he said, Oh, stone, oh, Blackstone, you are only a stone, and there's no benefit or no harm in you. And finally see the Prophet kissing you. I would not kiss it. So the kissing of the black stone is for what it's only symbolic doesn't mean anything. Nobody has received any benefit. Nobody is
causing any harm nobody is cured is nothing. It's only a symbol.
for us, even the cabinet itself. Somebody calls it a holy Kaaba. It is not the holy Kaaba. It is only the Kaaba, nothing holy about it.
Let me answer a couple of questions that came. And the person who wrote this, you asked three questions.
But they're pretty short. So I'll answer all three for you. How can you be so sure that the Quran has not been changed one test. The Quran was revealed over a period of 23 years 6626 verses in the life of the Prophet.
At least eight nine. And some, some historians said that 14 of the companions of the Prophet memorize we know at least eight of them under the supervision of the Prophet himself.
The Prophet himself, the angel Gabriel came to him at different periods of time had him to rehearse the Quran, the prophet set with his companions had them to reverse rehearse the Quran. So before the Prophet passed away, there were several people who memorized the entire Quran recited the entire Quran at separate times in the company of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him. After the Prophet passed away. This tradition was continued all the way up until today, that quote, and that was memorizing the time of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him more than 1400 years ago, is the same code that is recited today without any change whatsoever.
whatsoever, not a dot, not a letter.
cs hijab isn't that oppression? No, it's not oppression, it's covering.
The women covering their heads or covering their bodies is not an oppression. their husbands didn't tell them to do that.
Their fathers didn't tell them to do that.
their sons didn't tell them to do that. The mom didn't say to do that. God said for the Muslim ladies.
Draw your clothing across your bosoms
and do not allow your natural
ornaments to be shown except to those within your family circle. What are the natural ornaments of women in case you don't know what they are?
They are breasts.
They are shapes that happen to be different than that of men.
Their hair, those adornments should be covered.
Now, just in case, Christian people don't remember
just 40 years ago,
just 40 years ago, Christian women never went to church without covering their heads. It wasn't it isn't that true? As your grandmother's.
And just 50 or 60 years ago, 20 years before that.
A Christian woman would never come outside with a short skirt. Even.
Even the nuns themselves today have succumb to modernity.
Because the nuns who committed themselves to the church and a religious life, how did they dress, they're not Muslims, they covered themselves.
They covered themselves in an outer garment. And nothing on them was seen except the face and the hands. So if that was accepted by Christianity, it was accepted by religion. That wasn't something just that Muslim women were told, but Jewish women, Christian women, and Muslim women were ordered to do that in their scriptures. Now, the fact that the modern civilizations chose to tell women don't have to wear that they can wear bikinis doesn't mean that God is wrong and they are right.
Now for the Muslim lady, the wearing of the hijab
is a protection for her is a distinction for her. Yes, it is a uniform so that she will be known to be a Muslim, she would not be molested, she would not be insulted, and no need for a man to stay at home and look at her because there is nothing appearing of her. That would cause any unnatural attraction. Therefore, it is more than likely, she can come and go with decency and dignity, and that her natural ornaments will not create a an ordinate liability for her like so happens when you see women when jeans and clothing, they seem as if they painted it on themselves.
Now all you have to do is look at these two women.
And you can see the problems that exist.
Now, of course, it doesn't mean that every woman that doesn't cover herself completely, it doesn't mean that she's immoral doesn't mean that
but the Quran gives to the Muslim woman, what we consider to be
an ounce of prevention is worth what?
what's the what's the what's the, you know, the know, you know, the, what is it called an ounce of prevention is worth one pound of cure.
So just like, just like, any one of you if I asked you, what's your PIN number?
You wouldn't tell me.
If I came to visit you in your house, you wouldn't have your certificates of deposit in front of me, you wouldn't have your jewels in front of me, you wouldn't have your stack of money or your savings in front of me distributed just because I'm afraid and everything should be transparent. No, you have those valuables in a place that is safe.
Might be a bank might be a safety deposit box. Well, that's just money. That's just tangible things. So don't blame us. And don't blame God, if he tells us that our mothers and our wives and our daughters that they should be covered. And in a safe place. There's no such thing as the Koran in the English language. There's no such thing as a Koran in any language, there is the transliteration of the meanings. The Quran is in the perspective of perspicuous Arabic language, that is the formula of the Quran, that is how it was preserved. That is how it is recited. And that is the only correct However, what has been done for the sake of people understanding and getting an insight into the
Quran, transliteration of the meanings has been given. But that's not the correct.
Before I answer this other question and go to our very active system over here.
The person asked about segregation. Why do Muslim women's while they segregated? They're not segregated.
They're not segregated.
They're separated? There's a difference between segregation and separation. For instance, outside here you have toilets that say, male or female, don't you? Don't you? Why?
Why shouldn't it just be a toilet?
Because there are sensitivities that we as moral, decent, dignified, educated people accept that there are sensitivities and privacy that the female would like to have, as opposed to just walking into an open toilet. Now, maybe in Amsterdam, or some other places in Europe, where they just have open toilets.
It's different, but in most cases in the world, and most places in the world.
They select to have a male and a female toilet. Why? Because there's the inherent
inclination of human beings to provide sensitivity for women, for men, now in Islam, for us, it's not a matter of being inherent. It is something which is God given inspiration to do what? To separate
the sexes. That means the genders does it mean absolute separation? Like we can't see each other? We can't talk to each other. But generally, my wife just does it. I don't go to another man's house, and I just sit down with his wife and dance to his wife, and he sit down and dance with my wife. And this is this this matter of friendship. Bob just dropped over anytime you like, okay, we don't do that. No, I come to visit Bob, or abdulah Abdul's wife comes to visit my wife. I don't socialize with his wife. He doesn't socialize with my wife. Although there may be occasions where we eat together, our family socialize together, but generally
After boys and girls reached the age of seven, the prophet said, even if their brothers and sisters separate them from the bed.
And when they get to the age of menstruation, and they realize another level of consciousness, then give them separate rooms.
What to do what to preserve and protect them from tendencies that human beings have tendencies that has manifested itself in civilizations where they don't do that protection. So we are obeying Almighty God, that's what we're doing.
And sometimes, we just have to believe what God orders us to do, and benefit from the medicine. Sometimes when we don't follow what God tells us to do, then we see later on the reasons why.
So we don't apologize for that we say that it brings us dignity, it brings us distinction, whether it be the hijab of the woman or the separation of the men and the women, it brings us distinction. It brings us dignity and protection and morality, additional morality, that's why we do it.
Let me answer this question here. If there is a God, wouldn't he then have to ask himself What is the meaning of his existence? Therefore the meaning of his existence would be from a superior it seems to infinite.
I'll be available after this session here to respond to that. It is not my position to say what God is. But I'll tell you in the Quran, what Almighty God says.
And I'll give you the transliteration of the meaning
There is no other deity except Him the EverLiving, the self subsisting the eternal and the absolute.
He requires no sleep,
nor does he need any rest, as a result of work.
Through Him, to that God Almighty belongs to heavens and earth.
And he has experiences no fatigue, in preserving them and maintaining them.
extends above the heavens and earth.
This is a description that is given in the Quran concerning the Almighty, we follow the prescription, and we follow the meaning what God says by themselves, we say, Now those who want the liability on themselves to ask question, but what if God created who created God?
Well, if that's the question that bothers you, you ponder on that. It's not a question upon is this.
He is the first
without any beginning.
And he is the final without in the end.
And he created without the need to think about it.
And he created from nothing.
So all the diversity that we see, and that we don't see the macro and the micro realities, is a result of what God has created. And what we call existence is part of his creation. Now God is the Creator, or whatever is in existence is part of creation. Now, if you can understand the difference between
the benefactor and the beneficiaries, you will have to ask that question.
The Creator is not subject to the rules and the procedure of creation.
That's still a little bit too difficult for you. I say that what you need to do is, you need to mentor
the person who asked this question, you need a mentor? You need to continue to ask that question. But you need to sit with some people who can help you in talking about that, because as a human being with your limited mind, your limited brain, I could ask you a simple question that you couldn't figure out his way beneath the issue. The question you asked, just take the number two
and multiply it by itself
just the number two, I'd say the number
3000. Just number two multiplied by 20 times by itself. It would come to a figure that you could not figure out right here sitting here. How could your brain if you couldn't figure that out?
How could you talk about
who created God
or whatever it is that if God brought about existence, something had to be
bring about God into existence. This is not a question for you. And it's not a question for me, nor is it a mystery.
The one who is the creator is not like the creation. Creation is subject to rules and procedures, laws that can be researched and studied, to create a creates from nothing. That is how the creator described himself to Abraham and Moses and all those prophets. And they didn't ask that question.
Therefore, I don't ask that question. For those who choose to disbelieve in God, as an atheist, as an agnostic, or whatever you want to call yourself for you to choose that, that's okay. But you are still subject to the same laws, whether you be an atheist or not, when you get tired, you will sleep.
And when you get thirsty, you will drink.
And when your life is over, you will die.
Whether you understood the reason about it or not, so you are still subject to those laws, and the one who created and put you in that position of those laws. And we say, you should think about why you are living, and what job you need to have while you're living and what is the purpose of life? This is the real question for you. Why are you living? Where are you going? And what is the purpose of life? When you discover and answer that question? I think
you'll find that that question then becomes obsolete.
And what we see there is, there was a strong influence of Sharia law that held that all together. And you had the choice
to Allah, Islam, or suffer the consequences. Many, many Christians and Jews are slaughtered
and reduced to a life where they had no legal representation or anything of this nature. Is this true? Or? It's not true?
It's certainly not true. I mean, that's, that's, that's a that's a myth. that's a that's a historical aberration. That is not true whatsoever. And it's very nice that you that you seem to memorize that but you didn't memorize any accuracy about Islamic history.
If you look to the word Sharia and what it means, you see what the Sharia and you see there's a category Just a minute, my friend.
You mentioned the word Sharia. Do you know what Sharia is?
Okay, you see, what, when you use terminologies, at least minimally, you need to know what it means. Now, Sharia
is the name for the wide range of Islamic jurisprudence, of which there is a category in Islamic jurisprudence, that sets aside and specifies the rights
of the non Muslims. They're called non Muslims who live in a non Muslim state called vim me.
Not vim, vim, vim me. Now alvim me it means specifically, those who have the obligation to pay attacks.
This is a response to
those who have to pay a tax because
they are living under the safety of the Islamic.
For instance, I'll make I'll make it easy for you. So you don't think that that Judas You won't? You won't laugh and think this is foolish?
Are you Australian?
Do you agree that people who live here should pay taxes? Okay, then why should they pay taxes? Because they are enjoying the institutions, the safety, the benefits of this country, isn't it? Okay. Similarly, the Islamic law provides that non Muslims who live under the Islamic government, they should also pay a special tax. Why? Because they don't have to be conscripted. One. They don't have to fight in a war. Secondly, they are offered all the same rights as the Muslims.
They offered all the same rights. Now I gave you the decency of listening to what you said, although it was inaccurate. I'm giving you a definition that I would ask you to go home.
look up the word Sharia, punch it into your computer. And objectively now look at what Sharia is. And I tried to say to you, if some Muslims didn't apply Sharia correctly, they are no they are no worse than Christians who didn't apply Christianity correctly. So but that's not an indictment against the Sharia. Nor is it an indictment against the mission.
Jesus Christ. That's what I said recently. And I thought I was quite open and fair about that I said that Muslims have been guilty of excessive behavior against Christians, or Buddhists or Hindus or Jews. In some cases, that's not a product of the Quran. It's not a product of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Nor is it the characteristic of Islamic civilization. And I think I made a distinction between Islamic civilization and Muslim Did I say that? So I would say that what you need to do, go home and punch in the word Sharia.
And then look at it real well, and then take my card, call me back, and then modify your judgment. But you have to be objective to do so. Just as if I made some statements about Australia.
Because I heard something, I read something, I thought something, whatever. And then somebody corrected me said, No, that's not correct. What would it be good for me to do? Once I found out the facts, I should say, Well, I was wrong about that. I apologize. And I should modify it, I think you'll do that. Once you find out. The city of Mecca is called Hello. Why? Because it's a sanctuary to place that is designated in the home where the women have can take off their clothes and relax. That area is called heroin.
So it comes from a root word. Now, Yes, for sure. There have been excesses and Muslim civilizations, like excesses and other civilizations, but the basis of it is not Islam.
And I repeated over and over. I came, excuse me, I came to talk about Islam, as a system as a law was God revealed as a legislation, not the people who deviated from that. And now those people that deviated from that they are the extraordinary, they are not the rule. Now, I would only ask a Christian, a non Muslim To be fair,
that don't just snatch things out of the out of the air as examples who say, well, didn't this happen? Did Muslim do this? Did Muslim do that? No, take not you take a comprehensive look at Islam.
And objective look at Islam, what the Quran actually said, what the prophet Mohammed actually did?
What is their evidence about Islamic civilization? Not the deviations that some Muslims did. Because if I want to be objective and fair about Christianity, I should first look to the sources, what the Jesus Christ say, How did Jesus Christ live? And how did his companions live? And what were their principles? And if I agree, as I do, that, they will honorable and decent and dignified principles, then I don't blame the people who call themselves Christians for all the crimes that they performed against Muslims and others and still performing. I don't blame them, ongoing Christians, Charles Manson, or Timothy McVeigh of the IRA, or Jim Jones. I don't blame Christians for that. So why do we
continue to harp on deviations that were done at different times in ages over a period of 1500 years by some Muslims, and not give the credit, or even read into the Quran itself? Well, I've read
I'm puzzled by something that
says after that, if I'm correct, correct me if I'm wrong, but it says
it says it
is not correctly that this is sort of roughly what says,
That's not your jumping all around. It's not what it says. Doesn't say that DVD should be beaten. That's not what it says there. There is a verse in the Quran that speaks about Yoruba hoonah. This is the Arabic terminology. That means admonished him, and the other appear could mean beat. It could mean that just to me, it could mean beat. But let's take the example of the Prophet himself. Because it was revealed to him right. Did the Prophet did you ever read anything where the Prophet said to beat a woman?
Did you ever read anything where the Prophet himself said, or he did himself beat a woman?
Okay, Enough said.
Um, the point is, the point is, any woman that I hear, there's no woman here with black eyes.
There's not there's nothing I mean, it's absurd to think that in Islam, that we're the kind of that Islam tells us that if a woman makes a mistake,
Or she's devious is that bitter?
No, Yoruba is a word that's in the Quran. And it could be meant to beat but means here to admonish them. That's what it means. Now why men have the right to do this. It's another issue that we maybe we can't reconcile right here. But beating women beating up women, abusing women, or torturing women, throwing women in dungeons, and all those kind of things that are given as depictions about Muslims is incorrect. That is wrong. It's unfair. That's not the case. And I ask, I mean, let's be fair, I asked how many Muslim women are here?
How many Muslim woman in this room? How many? Can you stand up for me, please?
Now what I would ask any woman to do fairly and justly, go and ask any one of these Muslim women?
Does the Quran oppress them?
Does the Quran provide them their rights? Is the Quran unjust towards them? Has the Quran made them second class citizens? Do they feel undignified? Do they feel abused? Do they feel exploited? Are these depictions accurate? If they are the ones? They are the women, how we make the pictures and we don't make reference to them?
That's that would be the fair thing to do.
no, I understand I
understand that and, and and anytime that you're trying to understand something that you don't speak the language of, nor are you speaking to somebody who is an authority of and you're coming at it with preconditioning. Obviously, there's going to be some kind of distortion involved. I just say to you from the very beginning, try to remove those distortions for a moment and not you not not you. Yeah.
What you thought was written.
Okay, and just like I answered that gentleman over here. Did you hear what I asked when he said about the translation? I mean, let's face it, let's face it, if you told this lady, something in her ear, and she told him in his ear, by the time it just got down to the end of this row, what would it be just five words,
it would be distorted. It would be misconstrued, it would not be what you intended. What about a sacred book that was revealed 1024 years ago, in a language that you're not even reading it?
I say, I asked you and anybody else, just
be objective and be fair, if you want to read the Quran, don't go into a library and read something that you think is a translation. And because you're a woman read about women? No.
I don't care who was by I'm just giving you I'm giving, I'm offering you something that I think you have an obligation to do that if you take a book that has 6626 verses.
Just because you're a woman, don't look at the verses applying the women and misconstrue that, but no, read the whole book. And then secondly,
and the second and that's beautiful, as beautiful, but what I advise you to do your name is
It's okay. Well, sister, let me advise you this. If you are considering to be a Muslim, or not, I still advise you the same thing.
Before look before you leap. And because Islam because the Quran is not something that you can just open up and just arbitrarily read. I mean, you you're an intelligent person. But can you just open up a book of pharmacology and just read it?
that that book is by?
No dude is not our authority and our religion?
No, he isn't. He's just another Muslim. And again, I'm saying to you that you can easily misconstrue something that you are not familiar with. This is the issue I'm trying to say to you. And I'm not castigating you. I'm not admonishing you, I'm not singling you out, I'm only trying to tell you that if you want to understand something, you can't understand it on the basis of yourself. You're a novelist. I mean, there are people who have been Muslim all their lives and they're not qualified to interpret the Quran. I say you should go to someone who's an authority in the language and the religion and ask them, could you explain this verse for me, and they can do that for you. And if you
did that step by step, you will have that these questions answered, but if you don't do that, you're going to get under
that are unique to yourself your own subjectivity. This is what happens. Because I asked you the question, Could anyone here who is a novice about pharmacology, just simply open up a book of pharmacology reference and prescribe for themselves medicines for particular ailment? Could they do that?
Although it's an illness in English, you couldn't. That's why you go to a doctor, and the doctor does a diagnosis. And after that diagnosis or prognosis or treatment plan, and then he writes in Latin, a prescription, he tells you to go next door or down the street to a pharmacist, that pharmacist fills that prescription from that Latin language that he reads in that pharmacology reference. And then he explains to you on the bottle, take this
three times day after meal, and we accept that we're talking about the revelation from God Almighty, a divine revelation that we consider it to be, how can someone who's a novice, simply just open it up and understand what it means? It has a context. And I would ask every Christian or non Muslim to consider the context of it. This is the issue and your questions and your the inquiries that you have, they are genuine,
absolutely genuine. But if you want benefit from your pursuit of knowledge, I say that knowledge has a procedure. You don't jump to college straight from grade school.
You have to follow some system. Okay. I'll take a couple more questions here because we do have a constraint of time Yes, system.
Holy War, no such thing.
Absolutely no such thing as a holy war.
No such thing as a holy war, there is the word Jihad and out of it does not mean holy war. Jihad comes from the word Jihad that it means to exert oneself, to struggle to establish what God has ordered for you in the earth. Now, first and yourself,
then after that, to defend or to protect, or to enjoin the right or to forbid the wrong because God says, had not Almighty God, check one nation by another nation, certainly, there would have been the desecration of churches, monasteries, synagogues, messages and other places in western where the god the name of God has mentioned, what does this mean? It means the same as if there was no agency in the earth, to regulate human beings to adjudicate for human beings. And in some cases, to prevent human beings from transgression. The whole Earth would be open for the transgression of whoever wanted to do so. So the word jihad in the context of war means
when a nation ordained by God, is given the responsibility to check the transgression, or the morality of another nation, that's called jihad, not a holy war.
Now, I think that if any country in the world has the sovereign right to protect its interests, then God has the sovereign right to order His creatures to defend his faith.
We don't make an excuse about that. But it's not an issue of taking hostages or fanaticism, or holy war, or a bin Laden or the Afghan or the or the Taliban, or the Iranians or anybody else. And all these other associations as given about holy war. There's nothing in the Quran about holy war,
score jihad. And yes, she had a sacred because otherwise, why would somebody commit themselves to fight for justice? In the name of God? And inevitably, maybe they will be killed or wounded or imprisoned? Why would they do that? Unless they consider it to be a sacred duty? Why would a fireman put himself on the line? Unless you consider it to be a duty? Why would a policeman put himself on the line unless you consider it to be a duty? Why would a soldier have any army put themselves in harm's way unless you consider it to be a duty we Muslims, we feel inevitably, in some cases, that we have to put ourselves in harm's way to do what enjoined the right and forbid the wrong and to
check tyranny and aggression in the earth. Both the Jews and the Christians received prophets, messengers and scripture.
But after those prophets and messengers came to them, they corrupted their scripture, and in some cases, murdered the Prophet.
A prophet was sent after that to create
write those corruptions and to represent and to make it progression of the message and the sanctity of that profit that came before.
So it's the latter part, that it is not the issue is the issue that they corrupted the message.
So I mean, I think that's why
I mean, bang, bang with limited knowledge, or a given lead astray or corrupted
God in game.
what in the case of that verse that you're reading, God is the final arbiter here. What it means is that God is the final arbiter, but his word is the is the means by which we do that arbitration is not abstract God is a final opposite. So therefore, it doesn't matter will not be arbitrate until we meet God. No, there is justice by God's word. This is why revelation, why the Quran is not just a spiritual revelation, it is also a book of adjudication and legislation. So when we say the God is the final arbiter, when you and I have a difference, we go to the book of God to arbitrate that issue. And it's not left up to you and I and we just say, well, in the end, God will decide between
us no God's word can decide between us now, this what that means.
Well, let me start from, from the context of Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ said to his companions in the garden of just Sunday, that they asked him, or rabbi, what will happen when you leave us? He said,
if I leave you, God will send you a comforter, or we can translate it into a counselor.
But I have to leave. Because if I don't leave, he will not come.
You will know him because and again, for reasons you will know him.
Because your hearts and your ears, your hearts, and your minds are not prepared for me to tell you all things now. But when he comes that come for that, Counselor, he will relate to you all things in detail. There's one thing
that means whatever Jesus Christ didn't speak about, whatever he didn't explain, that council that comfortable, he came, he will explain all those things. Second thing, He will not speak from himself, but whatsoever he hears from God, that will he speak. That means that second condition is that He will not speak from his own impulse. But whatever is revealed to him from God, that will he speak, it's a second condition. Third thing he said is that
what he hears from God will explain all things in detail. So it means the book of specification.
Whatever he is revealed from God, that should be.
The fourth thing is
that which he hears from God will remain with you forever.
The fourth condition
now after Jesus Christ,
what person claimed to receive revelation from Almighty God that did those three things, one,
categorically speaks about every condition of the human drama
and set the law for it. Number two,
he did not speak for himself whatsoever he related that's in the Quran does not Mohammed's words, said he heard that from God, that that can be tested or that can be determined. Number four, it remained with you forever. Number I'm sorry. Number three, explains all things in detail. The Quran has a verse in it that says
verse This is a book that explains all things in detail
excuse me, number four.
The Quran is a revelation that was memorized in the time of the one that received it and has been retained until now. And by the virtue in which it has been retained, it can be progressed and retained for the rest of the world. Stay with us forever. Also, one
One other thing he said, when he comes, he will mention me.
Now in the Quran, there's a chapter called millennium.
the mother of Jesus, isn't it?
Why wouldn't God who revealed the put onto Mohammed? Why won't he name a chapter after his Mohammed's mother, his mother was his mother's name was Amina.
We would think that if even if the chapter was named after Jesus mother, there should be a chapter named at the Mohammed's mother, there isn't. But there is a chapter named after Jesus mother. Why? Because in that chapter,
Jesus, Jesus grandfather, whose name a grandmother's name was Anna,
how she gave birth to Mary is in that chapter.
How Mary conceived the Jesus Christ and gave birth to him is in that chapter, the birth of Jesus Christ is in that chapter, all the miracles of Jesus Christ is in that chapter.
So therefore, a chapter was sent to that Prophet, to confirm what Jesus Christ prophesied.
And if in fact, the Quran is what it is, the prophet said, wehrli. This is the final revelation from Almighty God, and I am the final prophet, to mankind, not to the atoms, not to the people of my time, but for all human beings for all times in all places, therefore eliminating the need for another profit to come after one of the book to come after, or for any additions to be made upon the system of God afterwards. This is the position of the Quran.
Brothers and sisters, honestly, I'd like to take as many questions as possible. But I think we do have some constraints of time. I'm going to take one more question. And don't be angry if I don't choose you.
I'm going to take this lady right here.
Taking the scripture out of context. And you've just quoted from the book of john, where Jesus said that I will send the Comforter to you. And in that same piece of Scripture, Jesus also said the Comforter was the Holy Spirit who would live in you and be with you and reveal truth to you. So Jesus, in that same piece of Scripture actually reveal the comfort of the counselor was only Islam.
Okay, good. I gave you you correct. I gave you an explanation and justification, that that, in fact, I wasn't quoting verbatim, just just meant.
I wasn't quoting verbatim because I'm not an authority on the Bible.
I was giving it to you in context. Assuming just just, I don't want to argue with you, I listen to you, as I'm going to answer you. But while I'm talking, you shouldn't talk.
Is that Is it was that fair? Okay. Now, I asked you.
You said it was the it was the Holy Spirit.
Okay, if you say john said,
If you say God said, If you say God said that it will be the Holy Spirit, then Okay, what book? What prophet?
What revelation came after Jesus Christ did fulfill that prophecy.
The day of what?
The day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit King
and fulfill that prophecy. Okay, if that's your position, that's your interpretation of that.
What if it's God's interpretation based upon your relating it we won't argue that I gave, and I'll give another reference just in case. There's a five books what you call the Apocrypha. Have you heard of that? There's five books that were expunged. by the Roman Catholic Church. They didn't like these five books, just they call the Apocrypha. One of those books is called the Gospel of Barnabas, who was Barnabas.
I believe he was a disciple. Okay, good. You believe it or you know that? Okay. We know historically, that Barnabas was the blind disciple of Jesus Christ.
Now, because his book was expunged by the Roman Catholic Church, doesn't mean that we can't even use that because it is a document a historical document. Now the john, you're speaking about
Looking john, just in case you don't know this, let me give you a little piece of information, a little Bible conflation.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and john, what was John's last name?
Where were we now? Just Okay, then all right, then, what I want you to do is once what I want you to do is, if you were forthright, and information you gave to us about the Pentecost, you were very clear, definite. Whatever I want you to answer is definitely as you can, if you don't know, shimmy, if you don't know, just say, I don't know. Do you know john was a
disciple of Jesus? Okay, good. Well, let me tell you this. And what I'll refer you to is not a Muslim sauce, and bear with me. Since you put yourself out there. You bear with me now? I want you. And I want everybody here to go to the Encyclopedia Britannica tonight.
And then or go to the Christian encyclopedia or the Catholic Encyclopedia and ask for the question of the four gospels for gospel writers. What you're going to find is that the first gospel writer wrote 40 years after Jesus Christ, that's number one, just just just
all right, when I talk with the Holy Spirit anymore, I want to give you some
context. Now you're giving me a great big lecture, I'm gonna give it to you what you have to understand. What's your name, ma'am?
Vicki, Vicki, what you have to understand is that when you ask a question, and I answer I'm answering to the audience. Now, if you ask a question, you have to understand that when I answer, I'm going to answer the audience.
Whatever I go back to, that's my right.
No, excuse me, whatever I go back to, that's my right to go back to it to explain. Now, if you don't want to hear the explanation, that's one thing. But now since you made a statement about john, I want to explain to you that the Matthew, Mark, Luke, and john, the first of them who wrote wrote 40 years after Jesus, the latest of them that wrote wrote eight years after Jesus, now the Matthew, Mark, Luke, no, john, saw Jesus Christ, what would Jesus Christ, April, Jesus Christ, prayed with Jesus Christ ever knew Jesus Christ at all? Now that Excuse me?
Okay. disciples, and Luke was a historian. Absolutely not? Well, you'll find. The other thing is what I want to point out for you, Vicki, is that ironically,
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and john, all of them wrote in the beginning of their book, according to according to, according to according to,
according to according to according to according to now, no one writing in the first person ever writes, according to
sex, certainly not four different people would write, according to all four also chose not to write their last names. So for writers, for writers, and according to history, not my history, but the church fathers, and the authorities of the Bible. all agree that Matthew, Mark and Matthew, Mark, Luke, and john
40 years was the earliest of those writers. They never walked, no talk, no afraid, no lived, no saw Jesus Christ. And also, in addition to that, the man called Paul, who wrote the rest of the New Testament,
the man called Paul, neither did he, walk, talk, pray, live, or no Jesus Christ at all, but on his own account, said that while he was on the road to Damascus, on the way to capture some more Christians, because he was a bounty hunter, he saw a vision, he fell off a horse, he heard a voice that appointed him as an apostle of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles. What makes him different from Mohammed? Oh, that's a different question, Vicki. Oh, you haven't answered my first one he was it was you as the second one day.
See, so no, no, no, no, Vicki, all I want to do is now is give you some wisdom. Obviously, we're not going to reconcile this here. Because you've got shoes me you've got years of conditioning and so do I. Now you give me some information, but I've given you some back. Now what I think we could probably do is not reconcile at all, but all of us can not just Vicky and COVID. All of us now can go back to either say go back to the Koran or some some some Muslim writers. I said go back to
the Catholic Encyclopedia. Go back to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Go back to the church fathers and writers and you will find that Matthew, Mark, Luke and john never saw talk, walk or knew
Jesus Christ at all.
Okay, we won't argue that point no more. I'm just trying to say to you that the other reference I want to give to you if we don't want to consider Matthew, Mark, Luke and john or whatever is that there is the Gospel of Barnabas. Now in the Gospel of Barnabas, who you may not want to accept at all, in the Gospel of Barnabas, I want you to go to the encyclopedia like I asked you to, if you did, and punch up the word St. Barnabas, or punch the word apocrypha, and then read in St. Barnabas where the comforters name was mentioned, specifically, Mohammed, the admirable. That was, that's Barnabas, of course, you don't need to accept that. So we have references historically that we can
compare, although I will admit to you, I'm not using that as an authority, nor am I using john as an authority, I just use it against me as a reference. That's all that as an authority, you can accept it or you can reject it. And so can we, that's not the proof for us about who Mohammed was. The proof for us is that the Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him that he confirmed the life of Jesus Christ, and that his birth, and his mother, and his miracles, and his prophecy, and his message is mentioned in the Quran, of which there is no doubt that was the issue. Not about john, Matthew, Mark, Luke or Barnabas, but just that Jesus Christ is confirmed in the Quran. Now, if
you're open minded enough, I would recommend you to go to the encyclopedia and verify some of what I said. And also go to the Quran and see what the Quran is said in the third chapter of the Quran called lm Ron and see what the Quran says also about Jesus Christ and see if it's accurate, in your estimation, because this is the issue.
And here, we don't want to be like trying to make Muslims or convert anybody for what they truly believe, but only to give you some insight to see perhaps, if you are objective enough to do some further research. Never give yourself a 10 because you can't grow
on a scale of one to 10, give yourself a nine.
leave a little bit of room there, leave a window open, you may find out that there's something in that window that can add on to your knowledge.
Brothers and sisters.
You know, I want to thank you very much. I would appreciate your honor, I truly appreciate your tolerance.
The non Muslims especially that came here and set for the amount of time that you have. And that respected what I had to say, while you may have not accepted it, that's fine. We surely appreciate your indulgence in your patience and your tolerance. We hope that we've said some things that that are thought provoking, interesting, that will lead you to make some further investigation.
We hope that some of you may continue your investigation objectively about Islam, and you may find it to be a revelation that is acceptable to you that it is an inspiration that will benefit and compliment your life, that you will look into the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon them. And maybe you will find him to be a personality or behavior worthy of your adapting. And that you would consider Islam as a proposition that perhaps you may want to yourself, embrace, however remote that that possibility may be that is a proposition that we came here to offer to you. And whether it be Vicki, or this young lady that's right here, or the gentleman he or anyone else
that asked the question we never intended to cast any aspersions upon the name of Jesus Christ, or the religion of Christianity or anybody else's beliefs, but merely to point out what in our estimation, to be a proposition of Islam, and to open up a window of that to you. And we asked the last panel delta to accept this from us. Anybody that is here, who would like to further this conversation, because something burning that you'd like to say to me that you didn't say you didn't get a chance to say? I think that may be a room set aside upstairs here someplace, I will sit in that room for the next 20 minutes, 30 minutes and entertain some further questions. If there's
somebody here that that wants to ask me something that you don't want to say here,
pro or con about Islam, I'll be sitting in that won't be an upper room. But I'll be sitting in that room, and I'll be available to receive you. Thank you very much.
What is the purpose of life life?
Why is it that when we ask the simple question,
what is the purpose of our lives?
Why do we get so many different answers?
Is because people haven't really thought about it.
It's too frightening.
Not the question itself is frightening. But what's frightening is that if we answer it, clearly, it may change our lives. indelibly and we are afraid of change.
And now we have discovered that every part of creation that has been discovered is inside of a drop of water.
Or the Quran already said that to us 1500 years ago, that we created everything and every single thing from water to Koran said that
we want to talk this evening about
Jesus, the son of Mary,
and his phenomenal birth.
that very few human beings, whether Muslims or Christians have any argument about
we believe, and our Koran makes it clear for us and confirms for us that Jesus Christ in fact, he was born without the intervention of sperm.
that his mother Mary, that blessing woman, she became pregnant by the word of God.
No man touched her.
or homicides are committed every 19 minutes.
And two rapes are committed every seven minutes.
And there are three robberies
every 59 seconds.
There are 257,000 children that are legally or illegally aborted. That is 257,000 children are killed in the womb.
21 million children
are born every year out of wedlock, who do not know their mothers and fathers
or who do not know whom they are fathered by
2.8 million suicides every year of human beings who find no reason to live with these kinds of social problems inside of their own boundaries inside of their own governments and their own institutions. How can they
bring peace to the world?
It doesn't make sense.
Allah subhanho wa Taala reminds you and me that whatever good happens, it is from Allah subhanaw taala. And if something else happens, this is from our own hands.
Allah subhanho wa Taala he has ordered you and I to enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong.
And when we cease to do that, we don't enjoy the right. We don't enjoy enjoying it. We don't enjoy the right we don't forbid the wrong then Allah subhanho wa Taala promise that he will visit us a calamity from himself.
when the calamity happens, or you are punished and the receiver comes upon you and you call upon Allah, He will not answer
what do the Muslims of today expect?
The character of the Muslim is the most
important part of the Muslim
not what he or she says, not only what he or she waves,
not where they come from or who their mother or father is or grandfather, not the country they live in, or for that matter if they live next to the Kava is not important at all.
It is the character because the character is the actual fruit.
And we can remember, on the occasion, when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, invited his companions to make a sacrifice in the way of Allah subhana wa Tada.
And their own model called Bob.
He brought half of his wealth.
And he considered this to have been
a major sacrifice.
And he was very proud of that.
But when Abu Bakr wrote the law, and came abubaker
he brought all of his wealth.
And when the prophet SAW the long lines and asked Abu Bakar
what he had left for his family, what was the response of abubaker odilon he said, Allahu Allah solo.
A line is messengers a lot of sin. And it was by the suggestion or the order of the prophets allows them that Abu Bakr took back some of his wealth for his family.
And this is why the Prophet sallallahu Sallam
that there was no one from among the Muslims,
who displayed his loyalty to a lot of his messengers civilize him similar to that of Abu Bakar.
So Allah subhana wa Tada. He said, yes, definitely, who, who is better, who is more excellent.
Then the one that calls towards the loss of power dialer, not just calling, not just shouting, not just arguing,
well, I'm sorry. But they are acting upon what they are calling, they are setting a precedent for what they are calling to.
They have established a behavior, a paradigm and example to what they are calling to. And they openly say, announce a Muslim.
We're oceans and rivers meet, does the ocean take over the river, it doesn't, although the ocean might be five times six times, eight times 10 times larger than a river.
And, you know, if you took two bodies of water,
and you put a funnel in between them,
what would happen, the larger body would absorb the smaller body but today,
but in the case of the ocean, in the river, it doesn't happen because a LA City put a bus up so they do not overcome each other. And one of our
Jacques Cousteau who passed away now he was a marine biologist.
He was able to film
under the ocean, where the rivers meet the ocean. And the river meets the ocean and the ocean meets the river and they go back.
They meet and they go back. So therefore the river is returned back to itself and the ocean returns back to itself and they do not overcome each other. How did the Prophet know that?
Islam has five fundamental pillars, the first of witches to bear witness that there's none of your worship except Almighty God, consistent with
the first commandment given to Moses, consistent with
the first commandment that Jesus Christ also said, is the greatest of the commandments. He Israel the Lord thy God is one. Absolutely one, not the number one.
Not the number one that could be divided into 123
not the number one that could be multiplied.
But absolutely born, having no one Besides, no other God Besides, he, O Israel, the Lord thy God is one. And that's your love the Lord thy God with all that heart and all that mind and all thy soul, and thou shalt not worship anyone except the Lord thy God, no bow down to any graven images in the heavens or the earth or the see below.
Such said Moses, and such said confirmed Jesus Christ and such says the Quran.
This is what we bear witness
This is the first pillar of Islam and the most important
if war erupts in Iraq, more than 3000 missiles will be rained upon Iraq in the course of 66 hours, and more than a half a million people will be killed.
Can you tell me
how the lives of a half a million people
are equal to a leader Saddam Hussein if America was able to go into South America and pull out what was the guy's name general
America was selling drugs with Noriega, but then Noriega flipped on them.
So they went in and took this man from his country, brought them out and put them in jail for life in their country. So why didn't you just go into Iraq and pull out saddam? No, they need to go into Iraq.
Why? Because you will find that in a matter of six months after the war, the prices in the oil will go down. And as we speak, right now, there are 27 mega companies, mega companies who are bidding for contracts for the reconstruction of Iraq. What does it have to do with Saddam Hussein, and democracy.
If a man
had to get pregnant and have a baby, he would die.
And then on top of that, if he had to look forward to taking care of that child for the next
10 1520 years, and sometime the mother, she's taking care of a grown child,
men who still live with their mothers,
you couldn't do it.
And still, she's taking care of herself. And she's taking care of her husband.
Mere loss upon the reward those sisters
and male law cover their false
male law cause the husbands and brothers and sons to appreciate them, because they are the goodly trees that bear the goodly fruit, Allah subhanaw taala mentioned in the Quran,
the Messenger of Allah sallallahu Sallam he made brotherhood, very sacred, very important is the whole basis of the Muslim society brotherhood. And when there's no brotherhood, believe it, there is no substance among the Muslims.
The first principle and characteristics of dow is that the die has to have knowledge.
Not just ambition,
not just emotional drive, and not just a reaction to some insult that somebody has said, and not just a feeling to want to give down because you know, it's an obligation. All those things are good, and it's all necessary. But without knowledge, what are you gonna do, but always show your composure and your willingness to talk to anybody? Because why?
You put your trust in the last panel data from the very beginning. The Messenger of Allah is awesome. He didn't have all the answers, but he put his trust upon law a law says to him for turaco Allah in kuntum