Islam – Is It From God
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So now we're gonna have the law here, but it could have been a little bit earlier mean or salatu salam or LBNL Mohammed or on early he will sorry, big marina my bad Hamdulillah I want to apologize first and foremost, we had some connection issues. But Please do forgive us for that. At least we're here and have the love with this live talk. And the title for this talk is Islam is it from God. And the speaker we have today at hamdulillah Sheikh Mohammed Gato who we've already introduced on our Instagram page, so we pretty much know who he is even from the previous live talks he's had on our university and we know the chef can deliver Inshallah, an amazing point of view regarding this talk
Islam is it from God, so I won't take much of the chef's time or the audience's time and I'll just pass it over to you chef.
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Handily lately I've been I've been I've gotten solid sleep. And I say Do you know what I mean? Or have you been middle class in Muhammad Ali Abdullah Wilder early wasafi. He was from Entebbe MBSA Elomi the interplanetary
Hakeem is suddenly WASC determined, descending upon holy I pray about mighty and I send prayers and blessings upon Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam is not with family righteous companions, and all those that follow them the right guidance until the day of judgment. I mean, glory be to you Oh Allah, no knowledge have we accept that what you have taught us in the two are the All Knowing the all wise, my dear brothers and sisters Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. I also apologize for the technical issues. And they were from my side, and not from the organizer side. But without further ado, and because of the delay, let me jump immediately into the topic, which is Islam, is it
And in order to
talk about this topic properly,
we need to mention a few things. Now.
We're going to try to be as scientific as possible, we're going to try to look at it maybe in a somewhat academic fashion, we're going to talk about some of the things that
confirm is proof that Islam must be from Allah subhanahu wa taala.
And the first thing I would say, with regards to this
is the importance of miracles.
And some may say, Well, if that's the case, then what miracles do we have today in the 21st century.
But in reality, when we talk about religion, when we talk about the idea of sending the prophets for the guidance of humanity, Allah subhanho wa taala, in his wisdom, sent all of his prophets and gave them miracles. Why?
precisely for that purpose, because if there's going to be anything that is absolute, unequivocal uncontestable proof that this person is a bonafide messenger from Allah, then necessarily, he shouldn't be able to do something supernatural, that people cannot explain.
Whether in their time or until the end of time, something that is a complete miracle, right? And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala gave all of the prophets these miracles in order to assist them in the Dawa, to prove to their peoples that they are genuine messengers from Allah subhanho wa taala.
And this is why the Prophet sallallahu wasallam said of the authentic hadith that is narrated by
Allah one minute MBA may now begin in category three, I mean, you know
what in America levy od to Washington, oh hello eladia 31 Hakuna Matata Home tab and Hillman piano. So the prophets are similar to saying that
signs and these signs are these miracles that they were given for the purpose of leading people to believe and the Prophet Sal obsess and that which I was given that which was revealed to me was the revelation essentially the Quran and thus I hope that I will have them
Most followers on the Day of Judgment. So here the Prophet sallallahu is very clearly mentioning that the miracle that he was given was the Quran.
However, is that the only miracle that he was given? Of course not. There were many miracles that happened at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
But when we talk about the miracles that were given to the prophets, prophets, let us differentiate between them. The many of the signs and miracles that happened in the times of the prophets, were specific to that time, and were witnessed by the people who were contemporaries,
of that Prophet peace be upon them all,
such as the miracle of Musa alayhis salam, with the staff becoming a snake and parting the ocean, such as with Raisa Alehissalaam and all of the miracles that he performed from healing the blind and the sick, and resurrecting the dead all by the permission of Allah subhanaw taala miracles, amazing miracles. But once that were only witnessed by that generation, the Prophet SAW Selim had plenty of miracles like that, such as the splitting of the moon. That happened during his time, something that was witnessed globally worldwide. So many of the miracles that were witnessed by the companions on on a more local level, where they saw the water springing forth from his hand some Allah Azza wa
blessing, food and drink, hearing the test beer, the glorification of the foods, hearing the food making the spear, the inanimate objects speaking to the Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, and
similar miracles, all of these are tangible miracles that occurred during his time that people witnessed, okay, the prophets, I'll send them talking about things in the future.
And that coming through,
even being told by Allah subhanaw taala, about a very private conversation happening between two people, hundreds of miles away. So there are so many of these tangible miracles that occurred during the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And this is the ultimate proof that that person is a messenger, and that the religion is from God, whether that was during the time of Ibrahim alayhis salam, or Musa or ISA, and finally, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. This is the ultimate proof.
And the prophets are Salah is telling us that the miracle that he was given some meaning the ultimate miracle that he was given is the miracle of the Quran, the revelation.
And the beautiful thing about this, this miracle is that it is an never ending miracle. It's the eternal miracle as opposed to miracles that were only witnessed by those generations. It is the eternal miracle that will continue
to inspire all in generations all the way up until the Day of Judgment, as Allah subhanaw taala has told us and notice the province of Selma saying, and thus I hope that I will have the most followers on the Day of Judgment. So we have to understand that the ultimate miracle today
is the miracle of the Quran. And this is
the best way to prove that Islam and the Quran is from Allah subhanho wa Taala because it is through those miracles. A lot of the other things we will mention,
may also be proofs, but not as powerful and unarguable as the proof of a miracle. And the Quran is known as a miracle. And the second point to make here and it is intimately connected with the miracle is the point of inevitability. The fact that this is a miracle, and thus supernatural and therefore is inevitable, you can not imitate it, you cannot come up with something like it. And thus we see in the Quran, the eternal challenge, the eternal challenge that was
put to humanity
Over 14 Centuries ago, that until now has not been met. And we know
through the Quran that it will not be met until the Day of Judgment, the eternal challenge to come up with something like knock on man.
This is the ultimate proof. So the Quran challenged,
challenge the people of the time, come up with 10 sources like it. If you claim that this Quran is not from Allah subhanaw taala, then come up
with just 10 sutras like it, not the 114. And those sutras can be small sutras for all practical purposes. So in one day, Allah subhanaw taala talks about 10 sutras just come up with 10 soldiers, and he says
that I was having a Shabbat,
afternoon after the fact to be actually sweating.
Usually interacting with a woman is the only lie.
Or do they say he invented it, say, then bring 10 sutras like that have been invented, and call upon for assistance, whoever you will, besides Allah, if you should be truthful, and if they do not respond to you then know that it was revealed with the knowledge of Allah notice. And if they do not respond to you.
The we'll get into this when we talk about further proofs, the style of the Quran, in speaking to the depths of the human psyche, and the human heart is unparalleled. So he says, if they do not respond, then no and
the challenge is unmet until today, over 14 Centuries later, and if they do not respond to you then know that it was revealed with the knowledge of Allah, and that there is no deity except Him, then would you not be Muslim?
Notice the question at the end as well. It's not even a threat. Would you not be Muslims, now that you realize that this challenge has not been met? Now? Allah is telling you now you realize that this Quran is genuinely from Allah and the words of Allah? Will you not be Muslims then Subhana Allah, we are Muslims and we have submitted to you. So,
of course tends to us is is,
is quite staggering, right? That that's too difficult. So Allah subhanaw taala made it easier for them. And he said, one surah, not Tetsuro has come up with just one surah produces surah the light there, all right, but if you do not know, here's the threat, Allah subhanaw taala says, but if you do not, and you will never be able to then fear the Fire whose fuel is people and stones prepared for the disbelievers. Right. So here we have this eternal challenge. This is the ultimate proof brothers and sisters, a lot of the other proofs will come into beautiful proofs nonetheless, right? But
what you want to do is you want to start with your strongest proof. Because if you start talking about other things that may
be arguable, or someone may argue with it,
this may weaken the ultimate proof that you have and this is the proof of the Quran, the living miracle of the final prophet muhammad sallallahu Sallam and also the inevitability of the Quran, which I will get into a little bit more as well.
So Allah has challenged in them come up with something like the Quran, if you indeed are truthful. Of course, this was first revealed to the generation that prided themselves justifiably on their linguistic eliquids
the Arabs of the time, were truly connoisseurs of the Arabic language. Right? And
that was one of the the, the, the zeitgeist of their generation and their location. Everything was about language, poetry, right? There wasn't that much literacy, but there was a lot of
richness in the language, but not necessarily through reading and writing right literacy and
As They prided themselves on this, and when the Quran came down,
they were just in awe, they couldn't believe that this would be the product of any human effort. It simply cannot be right. And this is why they
they were stubborn enough to deny the Quran to deny the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but they could not resist their temptation to listen to more of this speech that they've never heard the like, there are no poet can ever come up with this. If the, you know, the, all of the poets of Arabia were to come together, they wouldn't be able to come up with something like this. So they were flummoxed, justifiably, and they could not come up with anything like it. And they understood deep down in their hearts if it wasn't for their arrogance, that this is from Allah. And then the Prophet SAW said Love is the Messenger of Allah subhanho wa taala.
One may say, well, and of course this continues until today, anybody who knows anything about Arabic will realize that Arabs themselves do not understand the Quran, the way it should be understood because of what happened to our Arabic, okay, it's become so much weaker, and we have become so much less eloquent.
In one way, you may say, it's even more inspiring, but it's usually the connoisseur of any field that will understand the extent to which this is unparalleled. And that's why they understood that.
Of course, this is one aspect of the inevitability of the Quran, which is the linguistic inevitability be the eloquence they are jazz, when I say inevitability, I'm talking about damages. Okay, allow justice Malarkey, but we're talking about the grandiloquence of the Quran, write something that is completely unparalleled. But if someone says, Well, nowadays, Arabic is not where it used to be. And
people may not appreciate the level of eloquence the style of the pariah if you cannot someone who doesn't know Arabic, and you say, the Quran is a living miracle. And he says, How can you tell him? Well, it's was revealed in an Arabic that is unparalleled, he doesn't know he can appreciate that, right. So this is why we have to understand that the jazz the inevitability of the Quran, goes beyond just the language of the Quran, and it's time, okay. The origins of the Quran, is actually comprehensive.
It's in the fact that you can have
an incredible book,
everything that has to do
with our life here on Earth.
interspersing many different aspects of our life that include
the importance of the Creed, the description of Allah, it's a book, ultimately about Allah subhanaw taala, and who he has a relationship with his creatures.
It's a book of creedal arguments and Hajaj stories, history of the past profits, past generations and civilizations, a book about what is going to happen in the future in the Day of Judgment, a book of legislation, you name it, all of this in the most eloquent of terms and styles and phrases, and all in a way that truly
extort the intellectual submission
of all that read it.
This is the Quran.
When you think about that,
and then you say, Well, if you try to achieve such a monumental feat, most probably your book is going to be full of errors. Interestingly, the Quran
began from the very beginning challenging all of humanity and say, Well, you can keep tabula rasa Buffy this book, in which there is no doubt, no author, my brothers and sisters in the world, unless they are the world's greatest narcissist will begin their book by saying that this is a perfect book, which there are no mistakes. This can only be of divine origin.
If it starts out by saying this is a book in which there is no doubt, no human being can have that kind of confidence, no matter what kind of genius they are, and therefore you have geniuses writing books. And the first thing they start off their books is by saying that any mistakes in this book are mine and mine alone.
again, we'll get to the infallibility as well. But let's stay now on imitability part of the adjustment and the inevitability is the fact that the Quran, other than style and language and so on, when we look at the content, the Quran, told of past tidings, history, Stories of the Prophets, peace be upon them all, corrected the mistakes in some of the stories in the way they reached us through other sources. So here you have
a book which is rectifying that history, talking about a past, the prophets are seldom and his generation did not witness how could even be speaking about these these minut details of what happened to say in the use of allergy Salam centuries ago. It's impossible, right? This is a miracle, a miracle of past tidings, talking about that history.
Miracle of future tidings talking about things that are going to happen in the future, which happened, we're not talking only about the judgment. So we have these different aspects of the images in the Quran.
And I think I'm running out of time. So let me quickly
move on to another very important and more recent aspects of this urges this inevitability, which we call an energizing enemy, the scientific immutability of the Quran. And this is something that we only truly begun to understand and fathom. In the last few decades before that there were hints of it, but nothing like what we're seeing today, to the extent that some of the scientific developments, the scientists, and the experts in the field, say something along the lines of, we've only known this for like 30 years, you're telling me that I mentioned it 14 centuries
ago? Yes, precisely. So you have these incredible scientific advances in astronomy and cosmology and earth sciences, and oceanography, biology and medicine, you name it, okay. And we find that the Quran has something to say, in each of these fields. Okay. There are so many aspects of this, and I highly encourage you to learn more about it. Because the language of the day, for all practical purposes the size of the 21st century, is science, not
not. So we thought about this, for good.
Of the human population, this will be extremely interesting, and eye opening. There might be some people who, you know, don't care that much about that. And we'll get into some of the other things. It is a very, very powerful tool
to be able to speak about some of these scientific facts that I've discovered recently. That mentioned
on YouTube regarding this. And so I won't go into all the details, but we just mentioned an example to when we look at astronomy, one of the
facts of biology today, which for all practical purposes, is being accepted as fact, nowadays in the scientific community, is the expansion of the universe.
something that for many different reasons, they don't have time to play now, something that is highly, highly unintuitive something that you cannot arrive at, by pure logic or intuition. In fact, logic leads us exactly the opposite direction, which is to say that the universe is not expanding, my friend, but rather it is static, right? This is what intuition and logic seems to indicate. But
nowadays, we find that all of the discoveries, all of the information, all of the data, and the observation leads us to believe that the universe is indeed expanding, as we speak, at an alarming accelerating rate.
And we are
shocked to find that this is something that is mentioned in the Quran
over 14 Centuries ago, where Allah subhanaw taala said,
and the heavens, we constructed it with power, and we are expanding it was in Ireland.
And we are expanding it, no one could have believed, definitely not at the time of the province of Santa Fe, you said this 100 years ago, they would have said, you're an idiot, if you think the universe is expanding, okay. But this is what the Quran says right now.
And this is what science has proved. Now.
The power of these aspects of scientific ideas
is such that a lot of the experts in their respective fields, when they saw this, when they read some of these verses, some of them
accepted Islam immediately and said the Shahada. Okay, that's how that's what a powerful proof it was. Because here you have this highly intellectual professor, writing these articles about things that he thought no one had heard of, and then all of a sudden you find it in a book that was written, quote, unquote, if,
if they don't believe that it was repealed,
read it written by an unlettered man living in the deserts of Arabia?
No, it's definitely fine. This is, if this is in Iran, the Quran origin is definitely gone mighty.
Those proofs were powerful enough to compel some scholars and scientists to accept Islam, some of them not to take
a leap of faith to actually accept Islam to make an unequivocal statement, that this cannot be of human nature. A human being cannot predict this. This is something we've been working on and we discovered decades ago, you're telling me it was good, was 14 Centuries ago, it's impossible. If it wasn't understood by the people of its time, they would not be able to send the message that was being mentioned here where the universe is being is funding.
The other very important example I give is the embryology the gradual
development of the embryo in the mother's womb.
Another highly unintuitive
idea, and this is why it wasn't a subject of fierce debate, all the way up until the 17th century myths.
Just three centuries ago, they they actually started confirming that, indeed the embryo develops in stages. And that's, that's what we're not talking about the details of each stage. Just the fact that yes, okay. It seems that the embryo develops in stages that itself was a discovery, okay, the Sunday century that be able to confirm that equivocally and the Quran talks about this gradual development of embryos are known as epigenesis, but rather, describes in
each of those stages, each of those stages, it's remarkable brothers and sisters, and, and that, of course, as I said, needs needs many lectures as well.
So all of these hours are incredible scientific truths that the Quran is from Allah and that therefore the religion of Islam is from Allah subhanahu wa taala
but maybe on a more secondary level, it's also one of the proofs, but I would say the highest proofs are the two that I just mentioned to you, which is the miracles and the imitability because this proves without a shadow of a doubt that this is supernatural, this is this cannot be done
through human efforts.
The other aspect which is also highly convincing is the perfection. Again, I'm talking about the Quran but I'm also talking about the religion as a whole and I will talk about some of the other aspects of the religion as a whole
in a few minutes Inshallah,
the perfection and the infallibility of the Quran
of the religion of Allah subhanho wa taala.
This perfection and infallibility manifests itself in the fact that there are no contradictions or errors in the Quran. This bite it's
enormously wide Ambit.
The Quran is talking about life. It is the Book of Life brothers and sisters. And yet Subhanallah
you cannot find errors or contradictions even in these scientific issues, these discoveries if you want to prove Islam wrong, prove the Quran wrong. The Quran is challenging you. Allah Subhana Allah said welcome to NDTV Lala waited 11 If it was from anyone other than Allah, they would have found there in many contradictions and errors.
Find one, not 10 Find one error just find one contradiction in the Quran. If you are truthful, if you want to try to prove this religion wrong, the challenge is there. It's eternal. proven wrong.
Prove some scientific theory wrong. Okay, or some AI? Right?
That should be easy enough, right? What kind of a book revealed 14 centuries ago we'll we'll get the science, the science on the nail every time and possible go for it. Dig deep into the Quran find a contradiction if you can, Allah is challenging you meet the challenge. If you cannot meet the challenge, you have to admit that it is from Allah subhanho wa taala.
The perfection, the infallibility is free of errors.
This is on the highest level. If we bring that down a notch, we might say that
maybe there are some human efforts that for all practical purposes
are not perfect. Perfection is Allah alone. But for all practical purposes seem to be free from error. Very nice language, okay, maybe a small booklet dealing with something very small, but the range that what is being discussed is very minor. It's very difficult to make a mistake because they're talking about something very, very specific. So, in that sense, you might say a human being might be able to write a booklet and for all practical purposes, it seems free from error therefore, this cannot be a proof. Well, when you talk about it with that with such a small Ambit, then yes, you might be able to argue with that proof. But now when we take all of these proofs that I will
mention all together.
They also necessarily serve as proof that the Quran is from Allah and in this religion is from Allah. So this infallibility
being free of errors in a book that's talking about literally everything
that is definitely impossible. Okay.
Because the Quran as we mentioned,
contains the foundations of all knowledge
of the creator
of what he created, the creation of History of the Future, all of these things,
there is no way that you can put all of that neatly into a book, and then claim that it is free of error, much less than it wouldn't be in any way enjoyable to recite, or have any kind of style that people can appreciate. Because a lot of the books that we write nowadays are very, they're very academic, right? It's just one point after another. It's trying to fit things into certain categories. That's not the way the Quran greets reads very differently. And we'll get to that, shall we talk about its effect. So the fact that you have infallibility and perfection,
coupled with its comprehensiveness, its comprehensive nature that we are talking about,
coupled with its rationality.
Very important point, that part of the proof that this is from Allah subhanaw taala is talking about the fact that it is rational, that it speaks to the human intellect all the time.
And even though it speaks to the human intellect, but simultaneously, it recognizes that deleterious human weakness called doubt, and doubts, and Allah speaks to those doubts. And this is why, even when a non Muslim hears the Quran, or reads the Quran,
he feels like it's speaking to him directly. It's talking about those deep seated doubts that they have
deep in their heart or in their, in their minds, and it starts to
rectify and guide them to that which can dispel those doubts. So and the Quran is full of rational arguments as well. And speaking to human beings in that way.
In some of the verses of Surah, to Neville, Allah subhanaw taala, after mentioning many of the signs, signs in the universe, that should be clear signs of the existence of Allah subhanaw taala. After that, Allah after each of those sites, Allah subhanaw taala poses that question that Allah Allah Allah,
is there another god with Allah? And
that repeats itself several times that 11 Allah every time on mat Allah Are you truly do you really think there is another god with Allah subhanho wa taala. Speaking to the intellect, the Quran is speaking to intellect. It's not it's not a matter of blind faith. This is very important. And especially in our age, okay, the age of science, the age of reason, right? When you talk about 18th century enlightenment and the Age of Reason, well, right for Europe, the Age of Reason meant that
religion for all practical purposes was completely illogical. Okay. Again, that's their history. They were talking about the history of Christianity. But that's not the case of Islam.
The Quran, Islam
magnifies research magnifies the intellect always talks about the people of intellect in the Quran, the people of intellect, the people of understanding the people of reflection. Where are those people, the first verse that was revealed to the Prophet sallallahu Sallam read, the very first thing read in the Name of your Lord, to an unlettered prophet, and to an unlettered generation, for all practical purposes. Read the importance of knowledge, the importance of reason, we don't shun rationality, quite the opposite. So
in the idea that we mentioned after challenging them to come up with 10 surahs. Then he asks, will you not be Muslims then
if this challenge is not met?
and it will not be met. So we see that that
even some of the arguments, of course, a lot of the arguments in the Quran, you may say, Okay, well some of the arguments seem to be rational arguments concerning maybe aspects of legislation, I say no rational arguments, even in the most critical of topics, and that is the topic of theology of creed, the belief in Allah Himself.
Allah could just say, look at all of the signs, this is proof of Allah, period. You know what, I believe it's your problem? No, there are rational arguments in the Quran that say, if there were other gods, here is saying, is there another God? Can you really believe that, again, speaking to those doubts, dispelling those deep seated doubts, if there was another God besides Allah, they would recover, they would compete, you have some of these rational arguments, even about the most critical issue and that is the existence of God himself.
The fact that you have
these scientific facts mentioned in the Quran, another, more proof of the rationality contained in the Quran and the
importance of reason.
Another proof, and again, we put all of these together, right? Because with some of these later proofs, obviously some people will argue, right, especially if they're the argumentative type, it's not because it's a weak proof. But
there may be some room, okay for debate. But when you put them all together, right, the rationality and reason of the Quran, the comprehensiveness of the Quran, the infallibility of the product, all of those together are undoubtedly, some of the greatest is from Allah subhanho wa taala. Another important aspect that applies to the Quran and very much for the religion as a whole as well, is the fact that the religion
is very reasonable. And thus, very close to the fifth floor, what is the fifth law, the Federal brothers and sisters is that innate congenital state of purity that every human being was born in.
Whether you're a Buddhist or a Hindu, or a Jew, or a Christian or agnostic or atheist, you were born on the fitrah. What does that mean? It means for all practical purposes, if it wasn't for the fact that you were raised by a parent, according to some other tradition, if you were left
alone, and not raised and not having
such ideas placed into your head, you would grow up as a machine as a person upon the pure hate declaring of oneness.
And furthermore, overall, just being very close to that state of purity, where
everything that Allah subhanaw taala legislated, would not seem
This is the fifth round.
Now, what the prophets of salaam of course told us that
it is the parents that then
make their children Jewish or Christian, or Majan, or anything else. And we know that this is the power of the environment, but the that human beings when they were first born, they were born in that fifth round. Okay? And
the reason some may argue with this point, is because they're so far away from the fitrah already.
And we might even say, May Allah forgive us and protect us, that maybe even some Muslims in some aspects, have strayed from the Federal lie because of a lot of the misconceptions and the poisonous ideas that they have read about or heard or explored or whatever it may be, and thus slowly, may have deviated them from that purity of fitrah.
But if we were
on that side
Very pure state. Everything in Islam in the religion of Islam would be 100% reasonable and logical and for all practical purposes it is okay. And even for you will find for some non Muslims who are close to that fifth row, we have not been poisoned by such ideas and are sincerely searching for the truth. This is one of the first things that affects them.
Because they find that everything seems to make sense. It's reasonable, it's logical, okay.
The the religion of Islam is the religion of moderation. So that that moderation itself is something very reasonable if we don't go to extremes, even though
in general, human beings do go to extremes, but the religion is one of moderation
Okay. And you will find that it is usually the middle ground between two different extremes. And this is very important also as a proof of its authenticity. And
the fact that it is from Allah subhanaw taala. Now, Allah subhanaw taala said,
the action which occurred in de Hanifa, fifth, Allah, He called the deen of Allah, the fitrah of Allah Latif upon us.
Comptroller, he says, So direct your face, in other words, your your, your whole self, towards the religion inclining to truth adhere to the fitrah of Allah, upon which he has created all people. So if it wasn't for the fact that the environment is changing people, everything Islam is 100% acceptable and reasonable, and they will be able to
connect with it immediately. Then he says the Quran says no change there be the creation of Allah, that is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.
Now, let me say one more thing about the federal before I move to the next proof,
the fifth era,
especially when it comes to issues of creed,
issues of belief
is still very much
an effective way
to bring people to the religion and to convince them that this is truly from Allah subhanaw taala. Because there is nothing like the purity and the simplicity
of the Creed, that you must worship,
one accord to God and your relationships directly with him. There's nothing like it. And this is why a good proportion of people who accept Islam of non Muslims cite that as the number one reason
for coming to Islam, the purity of that crit immediately resonates with that creedal purity
that people are looking for. Okay.
When it comes to other issues, socio religious aspects, it could be a lot more difficult to convince someone that this is very reasonable and logical. So, a simple example may be
a woman who has lived their whole life, seeing her mother without hijab,
dressing very scantily when she goes outside. This is the way she lived her whole life. This is her her socio religious environment. So when you come and you try to tell her it's very reasonable and logical that a woman cover herself when she goes outside. She won't be able to make that connection as as immediately because some of these social aspects
may be more difficult. And people are more easily drawn away from the fitrah because it's something that they are living day in and day out. But when it comes to the Creed, when you talk about the fifth one, we talked about that P the of Islam, the acleda Islam, I think very few people can argue with that. Unless
there's an arrogance in the heart which they will eventually be able to get over as a lot closer
Cindy, Quran, another highly potent
point, and proof, which I think is largely neglected, I think it's behooves us to understand it is the continuity the aspect of continuity, brothers and sisters, and this is the fact that the Quran and the religion
the religion does not contain
that it is something so unique
that there is absolutely nothing like it and there has never been anything like
quite the opposite.
In many verses in the Quran, Allah tells us that this revelation is a confirmation of what came before.
How could this be a proof that it is forgot to tell you how it could be approved? If some Joe Schmo
just decided to come now and invent his own religion?
Does it make sense? Is it logical? Is it suitable is unreasonable? There that
a bonafide religion something a divine revelation
is so unique, that it is completely different than everything that came before.
So he came up with something so radically different nobody's ever heard of it. Does that make sense? Or is it the opposite? Is it the fact that the Quran is confirming? Everything good, that came in past scriptures and everything correct? That came in past scriptures, but rectifying that which people then
changed, or corrupted?
That's all the Quran is doing. So when the Prophet I was selling them was performing his Dawa? Was he telling people No, no, no, don't talk about Jesus Jesus peace be upon him is fake or his false or
exactly the opposite.
Is Ali Salam on a pedestal of the Prophet peace be upon them all on a pedestal. This is what this religion does. It's not this continuing, it's a continuation in that chain, that chain of prophets peace be upon them all. When we are calling people to Allah subhanaw taala. We are telling them come to the religion, the religion of all of the prophets, they are all brothers, they all came to preach the same message.
Just because they looked so different today. That's because of what human hands have done this because of human corruption, otherwise, they are the same. And the Quran says over and over, this is a confirmation of what came before Allah subhanaw taala says and that will be revealed to you oh Muhammad, of the book is the truth, confirming what was before it. Indeed, Allah is of His servants aware and seeing in another idea, he says and recall, when Allah
covenant notice now, so Allah is all of the prophets peace be upon them all. Allah took a covenant of all of the prophets. Look at the the the logic of this how reasonable is
Letter I'll give you scripture and wisdom and then there comes to you and Messenger, confirming what is with you. You must believe in him and support him. So, messenger comes while you are
performing your Dawa. And he is confirming what is when you you must believe in him and support him he must be supported. The prophets peace be upon them are like brothers. We are the only religion my brothers and sisters that recognises the continuity of all of the prophets.
The Christians do not recognize Mohamed Salah Salem, and the Jews do not recognize Jesus. We are the only people who recognize them all and love them all. And not only that, make it an article of belief to believe in them.
Such that if someone were to say I disbelieve in one of the prophets or god forbid he insults them or maybe draws some insulting cartoons about them. Then
this will take them out before
you see the beauty of this continuity
he saw he says to the prophets, he took that covenant from them, you must believe in him and support him. Allah said, Have you acknowledged and taken upon that my commitment they sent him we have acknowledged it. He said, Then bear witness and I am with you among the witnesses.
Okay, brother, I see that I have to conclude just give me give me a few minutes
I'll conclude sha Allah,
all over the Quran, my brothers and sisters, Allah subhanaw taala talks about it being
in fact, Allah is mentioned in the Quran over 150 times, where it's talking about the fact that this is indeed the truth. Allah subhanaw taala speaks to those with doubts. See, have you considered if it's the Quran is from Allah, and you disbelieved in it, just, you know, think about that possibility, who will be more astray than one who is in extreme dissension? We will show them Our signs and the horizons and within themselves, until it becomes clear to them that it is the
Indeed, Allah subhanaw taala is showing signs and will continue to show
signs in the horizons and within ourselves the miracle that is, the human being and everything we are discovering about it. It is he was sent his messenger guidance and the religion of truth to manifested over all religion at sufficient is Allah's witness the truth as being the truth,
until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth. In another idea, he says, The truth has come in another he says, We have sent you with truth, We have sent down the book to you in truth, the truth from your Lord, for that is Allah, your Lord, the truth, and what can we be on truth etc. So how are you averted? Again, just mentioning over and over, that this is the truth, hammering that point home, and those who believe and do righteous deeds and believe in what has been sent down upon Muhammad, and it is the truth from their Lord. He will explain their sins and grant them mental comfort, and your people disbelieved in it. And it is the truth. We had certainly brought you the
truth, but most of you detested the truth.
Let me just conclude with this point brothers and sisters.
Everything that I was mentioning before, I would say our
important proofs, that this religion is from Allah subhanaw taala Allah azza wa jal sent him.
A link on account to Allah Codina calm will attempt to add equanimity worldly to the Qumran Islam Medina, today I've perfected your religion and made complete my blessing upon you my bounty upon you. And I am pleased with the religion of Islam as a religion for you.
The with all of these proofs, they are highly intellectual and academic fruits.
But just as important,
are some more emotional, and
actually anecdotal proofs. People may regard some of this as anecdotal. But
we know that a great scholar like Bobby considers it hard to judge, which is its incredible effect on people. And we can extrapolate that to the religion itself. The incredible effect of the religion
and the command and even the seal of the prophets are seldom upon people. So, yes, this is somewhat anecdotal, but
we can include it as part of the empirical proof. What does it do to people, people hear the Quran
they don't understand a word that's being said. And when you ask them afterwards, in many social experiments, when you ask them afterwards, how do you feel they tell you I feel a sense of tranquillity
didn't understand a word that was that was being said Imagine if they understood
and they appreciated the language and style and they felt that this is from Allah subhanaw taala at this hearing it
gave them a certain feeling of tranquility. So this is this these are empirical proofs.
The aquifer at the time of the Prophet SAW Selim yes that
happened to them? In what sense? What the the the golfer at the time and debate I mean look at before he became Muslim, when he heard the saying of Allah subhanaw taala coming in and who will highly goon or were they created from nothing, or were they the creators, he says I felt my heart was about to take flight. Han Allah and His believer, he felt the Quran speaking directly in his heart and to his brain to his intellect. Okay, other kufr they said similar things. When the Prophet SAW Selim stated at the end of Nigel and
everyone present, made sujood Muslim and non Muslims and humanity and jinn, they all made some good except a few people, at least one that was mentioned in the hadith of Evan was rude, who took some sand and put it on his forehead because he himself did not go into prostitution. Otherwise, everyone else that he saw, practically went into prostitution and incredible effect. We see this today. People talk about the incredible effects of the Quran on them. People who were coming to disprove the Quran, after reading it, accepted Islam, incredible effect, just reading the Quran, and reading something that they they never expected, they never thought this is. This is what the book of Allah
subhanaw taala would be. Why because of the environment because of the media, because of the Devils of, of human beings, and then who are trying to dissuade people from the region. But once they actually read,
they're all inspired. And they immediately feel that connection. And they say this is this must be fine. So this incredible effect, Islam itself, and its incredible effect upon people. People talk about how their lives have changed. People people's lives have changed in aspects that maybe you'd think is that doesn't really touch upon. But it changed that it shaped their personality after they became Muslim. To the extent they became different people in one.
One instance that
I witnessed, the wife came and said, What did you do to my husband?
What happened to him? You know, she thought we, we did something to form the Islam transformed him. When he accepted Islam, we became a different person. And she said, This is what the religion does, then, this is divine, she accepted Islam as well. So the incredible effect of the religion upon people who, you know, so many writers, and film producers in Europe, we're doing every selecting all the materials in order back
to back to the front of the slab, and all of a sudden, they start opening the bastion and move it and the opposite happens. They fall in love with the fall of
the religion. They you mentary documentary is now
this incredible effect must also be
this this empirical evidence must also be included in the proofs. This Bridget is genuinely
Salam Salam wa barakato
a good intro. So hamdulillah we'll begin the question answer session. And the first question we have is as non Arabic speakers How can one better appreciate the miracle of the Quran?
Jeff, can you hear me?
Can you hear me now?
It's lagging a bit but yeah, I can hear you.
Can you hear me?
I can hear you. I can hear you.
So the first question says, Arabic speakers How can one better appreciate? Shall I answer the question in writing you can answer the question in writing.
So, so two
to two aspects
in answering this question number one,
it would be very helpful for you and I highly encouraged in all of my talks of always encouraging our
Muslim brothers and sisters who are non Arabs, to learn the Arabic language it is not impossible, and it will truly change your life and it will change the way you understand and you look at the Quran because you are learning the original language of the Quran. And you are a Muslim,
non Muslims who dedicated their lives to trying to disprove the Quran and disprove Islam, learn the language for that purpose and maybe learn it better than some Arabs. Is it so difficult for you believers, you lovers of the Quran, to learn Arabic for such a noble goal? To better appreciate, as the questioner mentioned, the miracle of the Quran. So this is the first thing I would say, learn it's one lie is not difficult. And when you do it with that intention, $100 will help you.
The other aspect of it is that you can appreciate all of the other elements that and aspects of jazz and inevitability that I mentioned, that do not have to do with excuse me, the style and the language of the Quran. And its eloquence, but rather that have to do with
it's the way it rectified history,
the end, all of the tales of the Prophets, peace be upon them all talking about future tidings, the scientific miracles, all of this will help you appreciate the miraculousness of the Quran, especially for me, as a man of science, I would say that this was one of the In addition, of course to the linguistic miracles, and everything else. But the the the images and only the scientific inevitability
had an amazing effect on my Eman. Just learning about the things that the Quran mentions. And the extent to which it is scientifically accurate, helps me appreciate. It's just that it's miraculousness so much more and I think
it behooves people to learn about that as well.
Right, that's a good question. So with regards to stories in the prophets in the Quran, what do we say we're not Muslims as well, how do you know they weren't copied? Well, they're not identical or they're identical. They're not identical right. In some cases, they may be very close, right. But in many instances, you will find that they are not identical. There's a change and all the time you will find the bat chain
rectification of the mistake that was introduced through human corruption to that story. Okay. So
this is one very important aspect. They're not identical to say that they were copied
And if you're going to just blindly copy,
okay, you might say, Oh, let me just tweak a few things here and there just to convince them that I didn't copy or in plagiarize, it never works that way, because when you try to tweak that small thing,
the whole story may not be completely plausible anymore. And you definitely will not see that it is rectifying something, usually you will find where the Quran rectifies that error, it is the that thing, that aspect of the story, which is contradictory or erroneous, say in the New Testament or the Old Testament or any other scriptures. So this is number one, number two,
copied from who, so we said the Prophet sallallahu sallam was unlettered.
The interaction? Yes, there was some inaction. But
again, you have to prove I don't have to prove, and Muslims do not have to prove that they were copied, if you want to prove that they're copied, you have to prove that they were copied and how they were copied, who was the province of Salem secretly dealing with from the Jews are the Christians who are giving them who are giving him are transcribing the stories for him, you come up with that? Okay, genuine proof and then we can discuss it. So the onus of proof is not on us as Muslims, the onus of proof is on the who are claiming that they were copied and the Quran said the Quran talks about the fact
that they will accuse you of such and ultimately, the the Quran also gave a response. And he said the sound will lead to me
moving the tongue the language that they are talking about his atom, it's not Arab. And this is a very clear Arabic language, Arabic style. So if that is the case of you're gonna claim, he got it from the Jews and the Christians. Are you telling me they're the ones who wrote these incredible passages of the Quran and they're the ones who transcribed from the Bible.
It is enough to see
an Arabic copy of the Bible
to compare the Arabic
there in the Quran, you know, just give it to any Arab and it will become crystal clear.
word the difference, the huge gap between the style and the language there and the style and the language of the Quran.
Yeah, I think this is a continuation of the same question. Yeah. You can hear me.
Wait, can you wait? Okay.
Yeah, next next.
Right. This is also a good question, which is, sometimes in many of the stories of the prophets peace be upon them all, we will find
maybe a slightly different account of the event in one surah as opposed to another. And when we say slightly different account, we're not talking about a completely different story. We're talking about a detail mentioned here that wasn't mentioned there, okay. So, usually those differences in the account
will just be slightly more detail in one
and slightly more general account and the other
when it comes to utterances, sometimes those utterances in those stories in those accounts again you have to consider this is real life and real life can be quite complex. So sometimes one thing is said more than once, or it is said in a slightly different context or at a different time. So
when you talk about
certain utterances, like for the outset, this or both sides and absent this or whatever it is,
this is how to understand it. Okay, that the account of the story is actually quite complex and taking all of the accounts in the Quran inductively together to paint the total picture of what actually happened. But a lot of times, the differences will be and again, what differences are we talking about? This is not
one account saying he had 1000 soldiers and another one saying he had 200 Okay, these are you don't have these outright?
ostensible contradictions that simply cannot be explained or rectified? No,
we are talking about
usually one account being a little bit more detailed than the other. Or maybe the utterance being slightly different so slight that sometimes it's an issue of presentation, more than a difference in meaning. So this is not really an issue, but it's a good question, Monica Luffy.
And bar glovepie chefs, I think that concludes the questions. Hamdulillah we don't have any more questions coming up. So do you have any final words you'd like to say?
As adherence of this remarkable faith
as proponents of this complete religion,
we need to
Jeff, can you hear me?
Can you hear me brother? Yeah, we can hear you.
So I was saying that, as believers,
we need to be,
we need to put into practice. That which we hold most dear in our faith, in our own lives, as Muslims, in our own individual lives with our families, but also in terms of the Dawa, you should never shy away because ultimately, you and I
will be the vehicle by which we can transmit this light to the world by which we can let people know by which you can
help people to realize that for which they were created, which is to submit to Allah subhanaw taala, because it is only by submission to Allah subhanaw taala that they will find inner peace.
And I think we
our appreciation, or it's not enough to have that pride a lot of times, you know, on social media
and on different
media, different outlets, you see people talking about how proud they are, that they are Muslims, I wonder, is that person who's talking about how pride how proud they are that they are Muslims? Are they really practicing their own lives? If they are practicing, are they calling others? Are they just complacent and
just satisfied that, you know, they have Islam for themselves and they're practicing and hamdulillah and their faith is so strong,
they're not calling others to it.
These these amazing proofs, this living miracle of the Quran, this needs to be taken to people you knew you need to take it to that people are busy people have a million other things to do. People think they found
Happiness, people think that
maybe they think they're on the right track. Or maybe they don't maybe they didn't find the right track, you have plenty of people, brothers and sisters, who just gave up on other organized religion because of because it's full of contradiction and full of errors. And, you know, obviously our fitrah tells us that the words of God and the religion of God cannot be riddled with errors, right? So
so they gave up
many of them became atheists, they stopped believing in God altogether because they didn't find the alternative because they didn't find the truth. So and there are people searching so we need to do the best that we can in order to bring the light and the guidance of Islam to people that allows us to do that
the guidance and accept from us
I mean, I think that concludes the live talk is like all Ohio and to everyone who attended. I hope it was beneficial for all of us, Michael Fisher, and I hope everyone enjoyed this LifeLock with that being said, I'll conclude it here Subhanak alone will be handing shadow lie live and stuff gonna go to be like I said, I'm already gonna have the wall here but I get