How The Bible Led Me To Islam

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Yah,

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yah,

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yah,

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yah.

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First let me take some real quick stock, do we have anyone in the room with us that is not

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at the moment

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we have one, perfect, perfect.

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I begin by saying Bismillah, in the name of the one true Creator of all that exists, we begin to everything in his name. And we say what happened during that All praise belongs to the one true prayer of all that exists we praise and praise Malone. What stood out to us

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and made the Peace and blessings of the creativity upon his Most Noble Messenger, Muhammad

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Sallallahu Sallam spamming his companions? Why should the

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law and I bear witness that nothing has the right to be given to worship, except the one true Creator of the heavens and the earth? Why should he care, and he is one alone with no partners, he shares his authority and dominion with no wash

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at Google,

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and I also bear witness that Mohammed bin

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Salman

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is his slave and messenger in the end of a long line with messengers.

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Now,

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my story is something that, to me is not really

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that amazing, except for the end, when I came to Islam, the rest of the issues, you know, part of my life, I don't know how many of us look at our life and see this, you know, worth telling again, and again and again and again and again.

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But I will try to do my best, because realistically, I've

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told this probably

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countless numbers of times, and probably better than I could have today, because I've been going for a month non stop, and only two days of rest. So at the end of my rope, so I don't know how great I'm going to be today. But I will try to give some points of benefits somewhere along the line. But you will also have to forgive me that I'm not going to be able to pay everything that happened in my life in the scope of 45 minutes to an hour, because I don't want to leave some room for some questions, I'm going to have to leave a lot of things up. And I'm probably going to have to get myself stretched out at one point and then skip a whole lot a lot to get to the very end. It's just

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a way it usually happens. But anything that I have left out, there's plenty of it on YouTube, the old story, like a full length cinema, if you feel like you know, wasting an hour and a half of the time, you can go and watch it or two hours of your time you want to watch the full length feature.

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I was born and raised in the south of the United States of America. I don't know how many of you are familiar anybody here ever been to this things are from the States actually want to invite from the States.

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We're having by from the States. Now. If you've been to the state, you know, the South is a little bit different than everywhere else South tells a little bit different. And South Carolina is as typical Southern as it gets. It's the beginning of the Bible. So the Bible goes dark. And I was raised by my grandmother and grandfather. For various reasons. My grandfather was a Native American. He was from a maturity tribe in magnetic north carolina, they had mixed in with some wells at some point. And that's how I ended up with a world class name.

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But my grandmother was full blooded Irish, Irish.

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And my mom's side of the family is a little bit of German good enough mix with some memories. So I don't, I don't know where I fit. I'm full blooded, Native American, if you want to be proper, my grandma My Father, Father, Father knows, as Americans American can get. So it's kind of funny to me when we dressed in the traditional Islamic law. And it's I'm going to go back where it came from.

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You know, I'm saying why don't you go back?

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Anyway,

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I was raised in the Methodist Church, the United Methodist Church, which I don't have the time to go into particulars of the Methodist priests or the Methodist set of Christianity.

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But one thing I will tell you is that were raised in a very conservative home. My grandfather was a patriarchy disciplinary. I don't know

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If that means anything to any of you, but I was taught manners, way before I ever heard about

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manners was the most important thing I grew up knowing you did not talk back to anyone older than you. If I spoke back to my grandfather or grandmother, I would lose my teeth, literally probably because of it.

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There's a few occasions if I didn't look quick enough, that probably won't happen. But you said Yes, sir. No, sir. Yes, ma'am. No, ma'am, please Thank you. And that's about it. You didn't show up late for dinner, you didn't miss a meal. You didn't miss being at home on time. You didn't miss church and things of this nature. You didn't do it. And my grandfather was the type of person

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that he said things once. And that was it. He said, once after that, you got that look that, you know, if he didn't stop, whatever the heck it was you were doing, you were going to be in some big trouble. So I was raised with manners being embedded into my brain. My grandfather really was a proponent of going to church regularly. My grandmother was a proponent of prayer. She taught us to pray for everything. We say let's pray about it. If the wind moved to Archie said, Let's pray about you know, and that was just the way she was. I grew up in the church, going to Sunday school, Sunday, Wednesday evening Bible study. And every religious holiday, we were in church, which wasn't

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too difficult because the church was to two houses away from me. There was a church on both ends of my street. And in South Carolina, there are about as many churches as our petrol stations. I mean, it's just the way it is.

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Churches on my street, there were two, there was a mission administer missionary church, which was kind of nondenominational, just training missionaries to send them off. And the other one was the United Methodist Church that I attended.

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So dragging me to Sunday school wasn't very hard.

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Now, growing up, all I knew about religion was what I learned in Sunday school, basically, you know, about Jesus, or excuse me about Noah and the ark about Adam and Eve about Moses and the children of Israel and Pharaoh and the bondage of visa, you know, with a whole bunch of songs and we draw a bunch of pictures. And I learned about David and Goliath from Jesus feeding the multitude with efficient loaves of bread, the Sermon on the mountain view and tides, the trial, death, crucifixion, crucifixion, death, and resurrection story, etc. This is what I knew about my religion. The Bible wasn't something that we really got into as much as I would have wished we would have, because maybe

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all kinds of things out earlier, the Bible was in my home, and we didn't really touch it because as a genealogy, the family anything of that nature of the family Bible had been passed down, you know, handed down from from generation to generation.

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When I became 14, everything changed. As far as that goes. I started to attend Youth Services and youth services were held in the gym, at my church, and youth services were a little bit different. We played basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, everything kind of ballgame. You can imagine that we eat pizza, cake and candy. And then, at the end, the youth minister who lived across the street from me would give us a 30 minute sermon on something that were that was relating to youth topics, something that I could understand. And the youth minister really affected me. Because he was able to speak in lingo that I understood, he was able to speak in a way that I understood you speaking to

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you. He was a young man. So when he spoke to me, I understood it. My pastor sometime was way over my head, you know, I didn't understand half of what he was talking about. But this young man was able to bring the Bible into my life. And he used the Bible very heavily to relate to us. And that's something I really respected.

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When I

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graduated, what you guys want to consider, I think, primary school, I started going to high school, I started at age of 15. I didn't have a license yet. So the youth minister took me to school, and we became very good friends. And he started to take me to something called young life. Young Life is a nondenomination nondenominational youth oriented organization that is more or less like the evangelical preaching that you hear about on TV, you know, music blaring light shows, people crying, people getting saved, people speaking in tongues, you know, the old, the old show, and this more or less engulfed me into the religion of Christianity. And it was at this point that I willfully

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accepted Christianity did the whole salvation, you know, gave my life to Jesus accepted the Holy Spirit, things of this nature.

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One thing that I really respected about these young men and women who organized young life is that they had a dedication for helping people, education for helping people, and this is something that I really had a passion for was people who helped other people. So I decided I wanted to become like them. I wanted to be a youth minister. I wanted to follow in my friend Benjamin's footsteps. I wanted to be a youth minister. I wanted to go and be a missionary. I wanted to enter into young life and become a pastor.

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And then live things of that nature. And that's something also have to correct on a lot of advertisements about myself, including this one. Unfortunately, I was never a fully ordained minister. I was a youth minister in training. And that's as far as, as far as I went, you know, the record needs to be there. I started filling in for the the youth pastor when he was visiting school and things of that nature, but I was never one day. So it needs to be shown. But nevertheless, I decided what I wanted to do with my life at the age of 15, or 16, I knew it, I had what I wanted to do. I wanted to go forward and preach the gospel. I wanted to help people, become a missionary. I

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wanted to get ordained going to become a pastor, I wanted to make my life about preaching the gospel of Christ to humanity.

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Now all of that changed in the summer of 1996. In 1996, the youth minister came to me and he asked me a question that changed my life. I don't think he really realized how deep this question would affect me. But he came and asked me, Joshua, and I didn't change my name, by the way, you means Joshua was the Arabic version of the name, just like the Hebrew virgin is Yeshua, the same name as Jesus, Jesus and Joshua, the same name? Yeshua, Yeshua. So I saved a significant fact. He said, Joshua,

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have you ever read the Bible?

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And I asked him, What kind of ridiculous question is that? We read the Bible together, we go to Bible study together, you and I have sat and thumbed over the Gospels time and time again. He said, know, what I mean, is have you read the Bible? Like you would read any other book? How do you read the book?

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What is the method by which you read the book,

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page by page cover to cover, you start at the beginning.

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You don't pick up a novel and started chapter 14, and then go to chapter 12. And then come back to chapter one, and then go to chapter three, because the story would make no sense. And you might actually misconstrue a lot of things that happened. You read the chapter 12, you might think something different between chapter one you might get another piece of story into Jones. So although it's a very odd way of reading, and you wouldn't really benefit that way, kind of probably driving next. He said, Have you ever read the Bible cover to cover?

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I said, No, because it's a very big book. I mean, it's really a big book is actually more than one book, the word Bible come from the Latin demonios means a collection of books contained in one manual. So it's a number of books.

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I said, I've never read the Bible is No. He said, How can it be that we want to preach the Word of God? Big are the basic instructions before leaving Earth? And we've never even you've never even read it from cover to cover. You've never read a Genesis to Revelation. You've never even read the book. You've only thumbed around. And

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it's a good Good point. What do you want to do? He said, Let's take the summer of 96. Seven was read, read the entirety of the Bible was read from Genesis to Revelation. And let's see what God says to us. Because, you know, at that point in my life, I did believe that the Holy Spirit lives inside of me, the third part of the Trinity, and that, therefore God's Word to be able to speak directly to me, directly to me. And it may be that I got something that my friend didn't get. But that's all part of the experience that God speaks to us differently. So I began to read the Bible. Now, if I sat here and told you everything that I've seen, or everything that I saw in that summer,

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that led me to make a life changing decision will then I will keep you here for the rest of the semester.

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But what I want to do is only give you some of the highlights. So what happens? You guys know, when you watch the football game, you watch the whole game. But then you can also just go in and see the highlights on the nose. You see, the goal is you can see what happened. And that's pretty much how I watch the games anyway, as I see the highlights.

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So the highlights to me, were a couple of things. First and foremost,

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when it comes to linguistics, my friend Benjamin, who was going to Bob Jones University, and Bob Jones University is a very well renowned College of Christian academia. You can say whatever you want about its politics, or its meanings or its beliefs. So what have you it's it's theology. But when it comes to academia, it is well respected, even when I'm actually Cambridge and have a chance to meet some of our renowned Cambridge biblical scholars. They respected academia from Bob Jones University, and he was studying about Joseph. He was majoring in not only theology, but textual criticism, meaning that he wanted to study the biblical documents, you want to study political

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documents, and basically what a textual critic is, and this is also what I minded in. I majored in psychology and minor in Christian theology and textual criticism, even after becoming Muslim because this is what I came out with and I wanted to be able to have it

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for understanding of what I left. Nevertheless, to understand textual criticism, we'll take another election, just to kind of film it through. But for the sake of our brothers, and our non Muslim guests may understand this as well. And this is kind of the best way I can explain it. Because if not, is going to get confusing. A textual critic of the Bible is the synonym of a muhaddith. In Islam, the synonym, I didn't say that they're the same, they're just synonymous, they're similar. They're similar, because of Mohammed in Islam specializes in what

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what particularly

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authentication or authentication, just

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because you might know a whole bunch of them that are nonsense. In your head. This is someone who specializes in authenticating statements of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. And there are over 50 different sciences, to verify

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whether or not the Prophet peace be upon him truly said this, for instance, the first and foremost of those is the chain of narration that we have, who heard it from Google bought it from Who is this chain of broken is or unknown people, all of these different categories? But what this does is they use these different sciences to determine did the Prophet peace be upon him, say this statement or not? Did he say it or did he not say, Now, in the textual criticism, they deal with the biblical doctrines the same way, there are over 6000 different fragments of what now make up the Bible. And these textual critics go through various sciences, to try to verify the closest form of authenticity

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of an original. And the reason I use that terminology is because there is no change of narration for any document so that science is not there, they only change the narration from when the document was found. So when it was deposited, wherever it is, but going back to the author, there is none for no existing document of the Bible, there is no chain of narration for one single minute. So there are different sciences. But what the textual critic attempts to do is to find out out of the various fragments and documents of the Bible, which one is closest to the author's original thoughts, the author's original thoughts, not as original words, because you can't check it, but the original

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thoughts of the author, and that's done by various ways, and there are differences, schools within even textual criticism, so we'll go on without that.

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But he was showing me some things in linguistics and the Mohandas only has to learn one language for classical Arabic, the textual critic has to learn koine, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, a number of languages, very difficult language, as a matter of fact, the textual critic, or what he was showing me linguistically, and after I had a chance to explore Hebrew for a while,

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is that within the Bible, especially the Old Testament, there are

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verses that linguistically, are miraculous, even within the Old Testament, now, there are verses written in the Hebrew language that you can tell this is not the language of men, you know, fragments and pieces that you can tell this is not the language of men. There is no other type of language we've ever found recorded in the Hebrew, this close to the pristineness of this, of this language. But then you'll find in very other various other places, and many other places, language that is the language of men, and even the language of not so educated man, it's almost rudimentary in its very,

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very least so you can tell throughout the Bible that there are a number of people who are offering these documents, it is not from one source, it is from a number of people, because they don't even match in the language. In many places. The grammar is even different. Some places, you'll find one, one part of the book in one dialect and another part of the book in a completely other dialect, and even even Jewish rabbis argue about which is the proper dialect, or anyone knows. But what I found that really changed my opinion, on Christianity, in the Bible, in general, was the stories of the prophets. This is the turning point from the stories of the prophets and the stories of the great

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men of the Bible. For instance, the story of Noah is a very beautiful story in the Bible that he preached for 1000 years very people listen to flood happens and God destroy humanity and begin again with with people only believed in the one true God and this was very early on in humans, humanity's history, but there's another story about what happens after the flood. It's really not as pristine.

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Do we have you ever do have children and you have come to me because of the fact we have children? I can't tell you the story. Got it. Okay, according to you because it's not fit for children's ears. It's not really fit for adult use either, but

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For children, it's just definitely not fit for these. And this is something that I have challenged a number of pastors to take these stories that I'm going to relate to you and just tell them in your pulpit on Sunday, don't interpret them Don't, don't try to, you know, tell them in a different way, just tell them is quoted from the Bible and just see what your congregation has to say. The first one is about Noah and alcohol, Noah apparently realized that if you take grapes or whatever type of fruit it is, and you put it in a container, and you make some other little thing or you let it ferment, it becomes a very tangy, tingly, delicious drink. That makes you feel very funny, and very

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good for a while for a while.

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And apparently, and this is in Genesis nine, that Noah became so intoxicated at one point, and it only was only this one incident. But this shows a could be a pattern of behavior, that at one point, Noah got so intoxicated that his sons found in completely passed out on the floor, completely enclosed, and completely unglued, just laying on the floor. He had had a wild night, basically, it was really well, for you to end up in that condition on the floor, and his sons came and they covered him with their drama, and they ran away so that nobody else would see their father in this condition. Now I understand at this point that all human beings are inherently sinful, this is my

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concept is my belief, All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, that we will never be perfect, and God uses even bad people for good things. But when it comes to the prophets of God, there has to be an issue of credibility. That's the main issue of credibility.

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Because if a man is getting intoxicated enough to be in past on the floor like this, I don't think if he comes tomorrow, and tells you that God is speaking to him, that credibility might not be there. For some people. Some people might say, you know, if you get that intoxicated, I'm sure there are a number of things that might speak to you.

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Not saying that God can use bad people for good things, but this issue of credibility, if some people would look at no more with this credit, because of this incident, then this is something that would not be befitting of him.

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But I just let that sink in the back of my head for a moment, I'm just thinking, you know, I'm not going to let this bother me at the moment. I'm here to read the book. So I continue to read. And in Genesis,

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Briggs 19th, comes the story of lot, the story of a lot, one of the most famous stories in the entire Old Testament, the story of luck, and the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. Now biblical scholars don't count lies a prophet, most of them. Nevertheless, we as Muslims affirm him as a prophet, his name is looked in the Quran, and he said, and he preached to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, against the sin of homosexuality, because it was an abomination before God. And when they did not listen to him, God destroyed the city. He turned it flipped it upside down when fire and brimstone upon it, and it would destroy it on the earth. And even today, that place where suddenly the war was

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existing, nothing can grow. It's dead. It's literally dead.

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But there's another story about a lot that I really have to be careful how I say it.

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Because it is really bad. It's the story of lightnings two daughters. The story goes that lot was an old man, and he had no sons. No sons means two things for his daughters. Number one, their father has no lineage. And number two, they have no caretaker, meaning after their father dies, they almost become public property, for man wants to come and just abuse them, they have no one to resort to. It's not like there's, you know, established, you know, judicial systems and pulleys running around. Now, if you don't have someone that's going to stand up and defend you, you're pretty much at the whims of whoever comes along. So they were quite worried about this fat. So they decided to fix it

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before their father got too old. And the way they did it was the

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oldest daughter or the youngest daughter, I can't remember what it was one of them get their father intoxicated one evening, and she laid with him so that she can become pregnant and the other daughter did the same The next night, consists in hopes that one of them would have a son. That would be I don't know, Father, Son, and brother, son.

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But

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this caused me a moment for pause. Because, okay, maybe Love is not considered a prophet. But he's important enough for him to be one of the most famous stories in the Bible. And

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the only lesson I can derive from this, because I'm trying to find the lesson for this, there has to be a reason for this to be in the inerrant Word of God because at that point, I thought the Bible was an error. It had no error. It was perfect. It was God's word, written by the hands of human beings. The only lesson I'm saying is I'm finding from these two stories is that alcohol and men don't mix. That's really the lesson I'm learning from this alcohol and men don't mix. Bad things happen when men get drunk. That's just a realistic fact. So I go and ask Benjamin

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You know, this is a bit perplexing. He said, The point is to read, not to interpret yet. The point is just to read and see what God is saying to you. I said, Well, I'm getting mixed signals, mixed signals. He said, Look, just keep reading.

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So I kept reading. And I saw too many things. I mean,

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honestly, I've been offering DVDs on this material for 10 years now. And I haven't scratched the surface.

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But the two stories that really sent me overboard, as far as I'm starting to have a crisis of faith and re looking at my faith in a brand new way, was the story of Solomon. And the story of dating the story of Solomon, you find that in First Kings, you find that in the book of First Kings, the story of Solomon is that he was one of the great kings of Israel. Even some people may say, Maybe he wasn't a prophet. Okay? He was the one of the great kings of Israel, and

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he was the legislator, of God's law honor, he was the legislator.

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Therefore, he was supposed to be enacted the law sent by Moses on Earth. Now, Solomon had many wives.

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I'm talking about many wives, many, many, many, many wives, it's sent into the house. You know, it's, it's a bit hard to imagine. But this is the understanding that we have a lot of wives and concubines, meaning,

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meaning servants, that he was able to be with. One of them was an idolatrous, she was she lives. And Solomon had such a dear affection for her that she convinced him to worship idols. Not only did Solomon begin to worship Bibles, but the erected temples of worship, so that other people can go and worship these apples, because Solomon was a great builder, was a great builder. So he works, he erected temples for people that go and worship other gods. Now, for me, this was not only a perplexity but a conundrum. Because the children of Israel are under the command of Solomon, they're there to listen and to obey, and whether you want to call him a prophet or a king, still, obedience

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to Him was mandatory, because he was the legislature of God's law. Now Solomon is breaking the cardinal law, which is the cardinal law. Here, O Israel, the Lord your God is one and the first commandment given to Moses was, you shall have no other God along with me, meaning don't make anything equal to make if you read the Hebrew that is there. What it says is, don't make anything equal to me, worshiping alone. And it was the one thing that God punished you, for Fred, rightly and severely, severely, God did not play with you worshiping other things than him.

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So now he was Solomon, God's great king and legislature of his will on Earth, worshipping Gods other than him. He's breaking the cardinal rule. Now, what do the children of Israel do? Do they obey God? And this obey the one that is supposed to be legislating the God's Will on earth? Or do they disobey God and follow the person whom God has sent to them as the legislative team, whether it's really a conundrum? Now, my question was, if someone followed Solomon in worshipping idols, and they died like that, would God hold them accountable? Because they're only doing what the person who was given authority and power over them to legislate the law of Moses was doing? I mean, how could they have

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known that maybe something changed, ignorance is is is something that they could be held not accountable for, because he's doing it. Nevertheless.

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There was a bit of complexity to me. Let's fast forward to the story of David which these are father and son, father and son.

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The story of David and Goliath in the

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Bible is beautiful, is beautiful. The story of David and Goliath, the way that David was basically, so

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brave in front of this man who was, you know, like nine to 11 feet tall is huge. And David was a young boy and barely can fit into the armor that was given him. And when Goliath saw him, he laughed and mocked, it seems I'm asking you for your your, your, your great warriors, and you said it was a little boy right here. And David basically

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said to him,

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that look, I'm gonna make up words, because I'm not here on my behalf. I'm not here on behalf of the army of Israel. I'm not here on behalf of Israel itself. I'm here on behalf of the living God, and I will make you eat your words. And he made him use words, he killed him.

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It's a beautiful story. And then David again becomes the king of Israel, the legislature of God's Will on Earth. There's another story about David that's that's not only not as pristine but it's a bit treacherous, if not horribly treacherous, is the story of David and Bathsheba. The best she was a very beautiful beauty. I mean, she she was a guy's we'll call it diamond piece nowadays, you know, I mean, she was it.

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She was the 12 out of 10. And they even saw her one day and decided to have her called. And when he did, he decided that this woman was so gorgeous he had to have and he didn't. The problem is that she's married to Amanda Uriah, who was in this you'll find in Second Samuel, by the way, in the book of seconds, and I'm gonna give you the

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second thing

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it was

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her husband was the commander of one of the commanders and one of the battalions of his army. His name is Uriah. So David is just committed the sin of what?

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Now according to the very law that David is supposed to be enacting on earth and being the legislator of on earth or the distributor of it, do you know what this crime of adultery was punished by?

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stoning, stoning. And it is actually a harsher rule than the one we find in the Quran. Because it says, Let you be the first to throw the stone. Basically, if they are found guilty, just smash, it's just the way it goes. Now, Damon was guilty of a crime that if he was found out about would be punished by death, he is supposed to be the man in legislating God's Will on earth. And he will be punished by this. Now to resolve this issue, because he realized he has an issue to get about later on in the Psalms, where it appears that he prevented this and he lost his kingdom. Nevertheless, at this point is it David decides to fix the problem by calling Uriah back from the frontlines. And the

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first thing he tells her right to do is to go be with your wife. Why if this woman is pregnant, now, it can be attributed to her husband can be attributed to her husband, if he gets pregnant, she gets pregnant, we can say that it was her husband's baby. Now, what David does next is he writes a letter to the commanders of his army, saying that when the battle becomes fierce, I want all of you to abandon your eye on the frontline Leave him alone by himself, something dies. So David decides to cover up the sin of adultery by murder, by murder, conspiracy to commit murder and murder. And the same thing in God's law, the law of the Torah as well as the Quran, the same committed conspiracy to

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commit murder is murder, you initiated the fact

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what is even more treacherous than the murder is to whom David gives the letter to, you know, we give the letter to be delivered.

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He gives it to you, right himself, tells him Don't open this letter, deliver it to you commanders. I mean, that's treachery on a level that is just, it's just unrealistic. He makes the men deliver his own, he sleeps with the man's wife, and then writes a letter to have him killed and makes him deliver hate. I mean, I'm sitting back for a second and saying, hold on. Wait, let's just take a quick pause for a second, because this is getting a little bit out of hands. Just Just a little bit. I understand the sin nature thing. Yeah, I get that. No problem. But these men should have a little bit more, you know, a little bit more stature than this, you would not vote, a man like this as

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mayor

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of the town of Aberdeen, would you know, he would not be voted in his mate. I don't know, the world's getting into crazy these days. So I'd be careful what I say. But most of us would not give this man a position of prominence in the community. Correct. It wouldn't give him that you wouldn't hold him as the as the police chief, and he's guilty of the most heinous crimes, he would be in jail, he would be on that show cops on campus, you know, they will be looking for this man.

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I cannot trust if Noah was in this condition. Let's say he did it just once. Okay, but this is, you know, a pattern. A person just does not get drunk like this. And this is not, you know, something they used to if Noah's found in this condition. I don't think I will ever trust my seven year old son alone with him. To be honest with you, because mine is gonna be like that, you guys guys, you know, lit up and rolling around the floor in his birthday suit. This is not not behavior becoming my put my children around a lot. I wouldn't let him anywhere near my dog. I'm kidding myself.

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David, I can't let him around my wife. Because if he decides that he likes her, my own life might be in jeopardy for so you know what?

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I can understand if someone was like, Okay, look, you stay over there last week. You know, this is almost beyond the point of credibility. These people would if people know of their actions and people had to have known of their actions, because it's written in the Bible. So someone knew somebody knew. And now everybody knows, these are people that I would not trust with God's message. How could you trust their credibility anymore? How could you trust their credibility anymore? So I go and I ask Benjamin, look, this is this has been No, I mean, this is I understand the signature thing and God can use bad people, but does he have to use the worst people? I mean, is it mean to be

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that the people

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He puts in charge over us has to be the worst of us. I mean, is that how bad we are as humanity, that it needs to be proven by putting the most guilty and ridiculous individuals as rules over us? I mean, where what are we supposed to do? If they're that bad? Then how should I ever expect to be any good? whatsoever? I mean, these are people who are almost at a community communion with God, and they're doing these heinous things. Why is there even crime and punishment? In a society that follows? The God's law? I said, Why does America even have a crime and punishment system? If they say in God, we trust, if they trust in God, that they should know that we're corrupt human

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individuals?

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You know, the people in the Bible are much different. He said, Look, you're not supposed to try to understand this right now. Turn, your logic is not going to bring you to what you need. Forget the logic and forget the reason. My pastor even told me not on that one understanding according to the Proverbs chapter two, look in his face, he said number two, sometimes a story does not make sense until you get to the end.

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Have you any of you ever watched a crime show? CSI? Come on? No. I mean, really, I mean, this is this time to be real. CSI, CSI Miami, NCIS, LA, and all those American Crime shows that you guys like, or read, or read a novel or mystery. Now, throughout this show, or throughout this book, How many times do you think you know who did it a couple times, if it's good, if it's good, then some horrible ones out there, you figure it out from the beginning. But if it's good, you don't know who did it until the very end, right? At the end, you realize, sometimes it's no one that you ever expected. So he says sometimes a story does not make sense, until you get to the end. So read the

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book to the end, and then tell me if it doesn't make sense, you know, because I understood what he was alluding to. That is the life of Jesus Christ, it makes sense of this maddening story of humanity, that this maddening story of humanity does not make sense until you put the life of Christ into it.

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I told him, I'm having a crisis of faith. You know, this is really a problem. Because my logic and my faith are at odds. My logic and my faith are at odds, I have a challenge number one, between my reason that God gave me because God gave us all logic, logic is not something that we inherited from monkeys, you know, that kind of idea came from logic is something that is innate, from inside the individual, even children have logic. Psychology is my major. And I did I did a lot of child psychology courses. two year olds have logic, they have their logic might be rudimentary, but they have logic, they do have logic. So this is something instilled from a very early age.

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But nevertheless, I decided to keep reading. So I kept reading. And I got to the end of the Old Testament. And even though there were some crazy things I found throughout the Old Testament, not not to include a plethora of Burlington contradictions, because you know what all of these people who wrote these fragments of the but fragments of the Bible never expected that they would all be collected in one book, never expected in your collectible book, because there are so many contradictions, that it's basically unreal. And I have written on my website, and entire, in poziom, of at least a few 100. As a overview of all of them, there are a few 1000 nevertheless,

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but some of them are very minor, about numbers and dates and times, but we'll get to something.

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One thing I didn't realize about the Old Testament was, there were a few clear facts, that was unambiguous.

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Number one, the most clear fact of the Old Testament is who God is.

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The nature of God, an ambiguous the nature of God is that he is number one, the creator of all things, He is the Creator. And number two, he is one is one God, there is only one God in the, in the Torah, the very famous statement that is recited in the synagogues over and over and over again, here, O Israel, the Lord your God is one. Now if you want to do some research, go and get you a Hebrew Study Bible, whatever it is, go Google this and look it up, go ask Google.

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Or if you're boycotting Google, you can go to Sheffield, or more lobbying, to find the essence of this. But go look at the Hebrew word that is used in that statement. And then go find the Hebrew word for one. Like the number one you'll find it's not the same word. It's a different word. The word that is in heroes are the Lord our God is One is a unique oneness. It's a type of oneness that is by itself. And it is a oneness that is only used for the Creator of the heavens of the earth we don't see this type of one is used for anything else.

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And the Quran says the same thing. Bla bla bla

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so here's the one I have is not the number one.

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Why is the number one in Arabic language.

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means a oneness that cannot be added to it cannot be subtracted from cannot be divided. It is unique alone and is only used for the creator Amanda

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There is a head alone, if you say,

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it means you can even be considered a Muslim just by saying that this was known amongst the companions of the Prophet peace be upon him, that only saying the word I had will make you a Muslim, you could enter into Islam in one statement. Nevertheless, God was one. And there was a few things he wanted from humanity. The first thing he wanted from the people that he created is to be worshipped. He wanted to be worshipped, and he wanted to be worshipped alone. He didn't want you to worship anything else. That's part of the law. have no other gods before he make thyself no graven images, don't worship anything that you can create a fashion with your own hands, nothing that is

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created can be worshipped. Only the Create or can be worshipped. God punish the children of Israel time and time again, for creating something with their own hands, that then they would then worship. He directed all worship towards himself, the creator, who was unseen, unseen. The God of the Old Testament is unseen, you don't see him.

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You don't see him at god I've seen or a man at no time has seen God. This is stated in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Man has never seen God. Even Moses asked to see God can't see me. You can't see me. This is what God said you cannot see me. He said, okay, when they're doing you're gonna tell them I sent me. You sent me the Pharaoh, Adam seen you. So who do you mean to tell Pharaoh they sent me? He said, Tell Pharaoh, that I am. That is a beautiful statement, if you understand what it means, basically, meaning that the reason everything that exists is because of me. And one beautiful, and I'm going to pull out a few points for the benefit of our brothers and

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sisters as well.

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This beautiful statement, I am that I am

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is an understanding that Moses understood, and he helped him in his argumentation with Pharaoh, because he understood that the Creator is the source of all things, including life and death. So he tried to use this argument with Pharaoh, that my Creator gives life he causes death, there was just a short conversation, but that that I am that I am really stuck in Moses mind, he understood with that meaning he understood that mean? So he said, my creator is the one who causes life and gives that when Pharaoh said, Yeah, I can cause life and death to find good life and cause death. He brought the two men up, killed one of them and let the other one live. So Moses thought a little bit

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more. And he got more pondering upon that I am that I am statement. He said, Well, my lord causes the sun to rise from the west from the east, why don't you make it rise from the west? You see, this was the thing that embarrassed Pharaoh, because more most understood that the Creator is I am that is the source of all things. So he was able to embarrass Pharaoh with that very clear understanding.

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God wanted to be worshipped by humanity, and he wanted to be obeyed. He wanted to obey, God sent a lot of humanity, the law was revealed to humanity through Moses. And that role was to be obeyed, there was no choice in the matter of you obeying God's law. Why? Because God created humanity, and gave them a choice to, to make a choice between right and wrong to do what they wanted to do. So it was part of God's justice, that he must send them a method by which to come back to him by which to obey Him by which to worship, there must be a method, but also God understood. And this is something that I have a huge problem with nowadays, when it comes to modern understandings of the Bible and

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God's way of dealing with humanity. God also understood when He created us, we were going to be sinful. He understood that, therefore, he said this a law No, that we would never fulfill it perfectly. I mean, that's just realistic understanding. we as human beings understand that. God is above us with his understanding, he understood that I'm going to give them a walker, they're never going to fulfill it completely. This is why within that law, there was a law of crime and punishment, that if you don't follow this is what will happen. And God will we will make mistakes in the world, we make mistakes. So what did God create also a system by which to reach him again, that

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when you committed a mistake, if that mistake was against God, then you repented from that mistake, you repented, you showed God our events and hearts and you gave them physical manifestations like the sacrificing the animals, and the burnt offerings in such a nature to show God that your heart and body were in accord with each other. But also it teaches the Bible teaches that if you were to give these physical manifestations of repentance, but the heart was not repentant, that the repentance wasn't accepted, it wasn't accepted. And if you've sinned against humanity, if you committed a crime against humanity, but then you either made amends for that crime, or you pay for

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it through the through the the the social and traditional law is just the way it was.

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Just the way it was, there was a balance between everything. Now to say that God says a lot to humanity that was flawed, that would never bring them to salvation is to say that God didn't know what he was doing. And that we find that very unbecoming of the old everliving. God, creative heavens and earth, knows what he's doing. He knows what he's doing. He doesn't do anything without having full knowledge of its perfection for God, since a lot of humanity was perfect. Why? To say the law was imperfect is to say that the perfect God was able capable of imperfection, and is beyond him. Anything that comes from the perfect God is perfect. So God says a lot to humanity, it was

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perfect. It was humanity that corrupted it, because they changed it. They changed it. And God had a central revision, and another revision, and another revision, until he said, the final Codex for humanity to the Quran, and the teaching.

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Now, there is a very beautiful thing that at the end of the Old Testament so that I can get to the crux of the story. It's in the book of Molokai malikai, is the last book in the Old Testament. And the statement is very beautiful.

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And it's a statement that we as Muslims confirm, we believe in this, it says, and it's supposedly from God directly, I do not change,

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I do not change. Therefore, the children of Jacob, the sons of Jacob, meaning the children of Israel, have not been destroyed. What God was saying was, I made a covenant with you, because God made an exclusive covenant with the children of Israel. And one of the part of that covenant was that he would never wipe them off the face of the earth, He would never wipe them off the face of the earth. But he also took a covenant upon them that they would worship Him. And God is reminding them that I don't change, I have upheld my end of the bargain. You have not, but because of my covenant with you, I don't change therefore I have not destroyed you. Beautiful statements. We find

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this statement in chapter two of the very beginning of the

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origin of Israel, remember the covenant I made with you. And that covenant is reminded numerous times, and we're on trying to remind the children of Israel that God's still upheld this covenant. The fact that you exist on earth is the reason why you can sell that covenant, all you need to do is to come back to my covenant, believe in me alone and accept the messengers that were sent to you, and you can enter back into grace.

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And also in the Quran, we find the same statement in the Sunnah of a law there is no,

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there's no way.

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There's no color, there's no change, there's no change, there's no change in the way that God operates. So we find the same statement of grant God's not change. So he doesn't change at all.

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Now, when reading the New Testament, when I got the New Testament, I really I really wanted to look at a new testament a fresh way. Because I have read the New Testament a few times over meaning the canon, and in the writings of Paul, the apostle and some of the other writings, few other books that you find.

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But I wanted to look at it quite differently. So I took an approach that is used in textual criticism, called

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witness,

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witness verification upon each other. What what happens is, if you read Matthew from chapter one to the end, Mark, chapter one, the in Luke chapter one, stay in john chapter one, you can get the illusions that there are four different people telling the same story in four different ways. But there's another way to find out the truth of this matter, you could simply do this yourself.

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Go, what you do is you take Matthew chapter one, and there's a story in Matthew, there's a couple of stories within chapter one. Now you go and look, I'm excuse me and mark and look for those same stories, they might or might not be there, because not all of them are synonymous. But if you find that read that story, then and you have now these two witnesses for the same story, they go to look and look for the same story. And they're going to john and try to find the same story, and then read them across with all four witnesses telling the same story. And to do that, for every single story that you find. What you come to realize, when you do this is called the linear method is that it's

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not four different people telling the same story in four different ways. It's for different people to unfold completely different stories and four completely different ways. And not all of them agree. There are many differences. There are many contradictions, and there are many different understandings. Like if you look at the Gospel of Luke, whoever wrote Luke, because there is no author to any of these documents is an illumination and a movement that scholars have put. And many of them disagree. The author of look, looks at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, not as a salvation for humanity, but for a means for the children of Israel to come back and repent to God. didn't even

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look down the water a little bit and see the crucifixion.

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Nevertheless, we're not going to get too deep into that right. But what I come to find out is that Jesus spoke in one of two methods and this is some homework done.

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Try to leave with you, I want you to add a marker of things for you to give you to understand. But there's no marker right around. Jesus spoke in one of two ways.

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Jesus spoke in one of two ways. He spoke implicitly, implicitly. And he spoke explicitly, implicitly and explicitly. Now, what does the word implicit mean? Anybody know?

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If I define for me implicit,

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nobody.

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interrupts implied, ambiguous, up to interpretation. For instance, if I say this table is medium colors, not dark, it's not light. Correct. That's implicit. If you weren't here, and you didn't see that this table was brown. And you told someone that you just said that the table was medium color. It wasn't like it wasn't dark. They can come up with many different ideas that it was brown, maybe it was, maybe it was

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what other colors can can be medium colors? It was, it was blue. It was like beige, or I mean, it was dark beige, it was green means a lot of things people could lose. And you could argue about it. No, no, no means not a microwave.

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You could go on and argue about what I meant by this table. Right? That's implicit. What is an explicit statement?

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an explicit statement is a clear statement.

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Direct and ambiguous without needing to be interpreted. Like for instance, say this tape was brown, brown. That's explicit. Now if you go and tell someone he said the tape was brown, but I don't think I meant anything other than Brown. Now, let's say I was here for two days, forget about snow, say I was here for two days. And today I said the table was medium colored. And tomorrow, I set the table is brown. Right now, which of those statements is more weighty, has more weight?

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The one I said was brown, correct? The explicit statement is more weighty true. Now, which would sound more reasonable? Now also, if let's say there was one group of people here today and completely other group of people tomorrow, and then you guys met each other afterwards? And you started to talk about my table? Now, some people would say that it was light colored or medium colored. And others would say he said it's brown, which one of the two would interpret the, with the statement that it was brown interpret the statement that it was medium color? Or with the statement that is medium color? interpret that it was brown, meaning that if I somebody said no, he said it

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was medium color, so it was actually he was actually green? Which one of those would interpret the the explicit statement would interpret the implicit statement? Correct? I don't know. And you guys, we gotta understand this. You don't understand this, because it's the greatest crime has been done to the Gospels. Seriously, if you want to know why people look at the life of Jesus, because they do this in a different way than you do. It's because they do this. Now. Jesus spoke explicitly, and he spoke implicitly their explicit statements about Jesus Christ. For instance, when Jesus speaks about God, he speaks explicitly on a number of occasions. Here, O Israel, the Lord, your God is one he

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copes This here is with the Lord, a man came and asked him, which is the greatest law. And it was actually a trick question. It was it was a mocking question. If you don't understand the koine Greek, it was a mock. He said, Oh, good master. We heard you a good teacher. You know, like you're making fun of an ignorant person. Yeah, she teaches, you know, I mean, what's the greatest law? He said, I can't tell you the greatest law without telling you the first law. The first law is here, Oh is he the Lord your God is one and use the same oneness that is unique and unique oneness, the God of the Old Testament, he said, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your

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mind with all your strength, and then you love your neighbor like you love yourself. These are what the law and the prophets Hang on. It's a clear explicit statement about what Jesus believed about God, and about how people should deal with each other.

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Also, apparently, in john 17, and three, Jesus is purported to have stated, and I have to say purported, because what we have existed in the Canon is written koine, Greek and Latin. And neither one of those languages was the language that Jesus spoke on a daily basis. He spoke the language of Aramaic, because he was from Galilee, and that is most of his mission was in Galilee. So he was speaking to other people who spoke Aramaic when he went to Jerusalem. Yes, he may have compensated in koine, Greek and maybe a language he understood, but Aramaic would have been his mother tongue, mother tongue.

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And then in the English, we just totally lose. So you're in English, you have a translation of a translation of a language that doesn't exist in basically Aramaic is only spoken in a very small village in Syria. So it's very hard to understand if this is what Jesus said he didn't say, and there are no offers and there's no chain of narration when I went through. But Jesus reported to have said in john 17, and three, that this is like eternal that they know you the only true God and Jesus

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Christ when you sent the security statement, that live eternal Paradise is to know the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom was since not born since times of God, and about this person who has sent Jesus in quotes in Matthew, saying

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that the sermon isn't greater than the master, exclusive statement, right? The sermon isn't great in the master, neither is the one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. Meaning that the person who was sent is not greater than the one who sent him. For the father is greater than I, as explicit. The father is greater than I mean, the model are not the same, meaning God the Father of all creation, not the father, meaning my father, because he didn't use the word father, like you would talk about your own father, he was the father of creation, for the creation. And in Islam, we use the word wrong, which can be interpreted the origin, nature and sustainable creation, the father

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of simple, very simple word.

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Jesus also said explicitly, when someone asked him how to go to heaven, Lazarus came to him and said, Good Master, how do I go to how do I inherit eternal life? He said, obey the commandments. It's pretty explicit to me, obey the commandments of God. He said, I've done that. He said, instead, everything you have, pick up your burden and follow me even come to my work, helped me out, why not the man left, and he realized he was not that great. But Jesus didn't stop and say, you know, this crucifixion needs to happen in the laws gonna go away. And no, Jesus was very specific about the law. They accused him of breaking the law. And he said, I have not come to break the law, but to

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fulfill it. The Law of Moses will be fulfilled through me not want you to come up with a law to the dissolve by me. Jesus was very explicit about God's nature that God was wanting to be worshipped. When he taught the disciples of the brain, he taught them to pray Our Father, who art in heaven.

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I mean, that's explicit. Our Father who and he said, Our Father, he equated, he equated the father of all creation, as being synonymous between him and his disciples, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for that is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. So, when Jesus was asked about the Day of Judgment, a man came to because every single man from God has been asked the same question, when is the album to come?

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Jesus said of that day knows no man, not even me. Only the Father who is in heaven knows that day. So Jesus clearly distinguished himself from God, when a man came terms and good Master, he said, Why do you call me good? For there is none. That is good, what one and that is God. Now, he said that I'm not good. Only God is good. So this is a man that clearly distinguished himself from the creator that he worshipped. Also Jesus ate, he slept, he drank, God is not in need of anything witness creation, this is the God of the Old Testament, he doesn't need anything. Forgive this old Jacob wrestled with God and beat him up and all this nonsense, God does not need, he created everything.

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Therefore, if he is in need of that which he created, he is no longer God. He does not take it takes away from him being God.

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Jesus clearly distinguish himself from the Father explicitly. Now you can go back and said, Okay, well, Jesus said, if you've seen me, you've seen the Father.

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Is that an explicit statement? To me, it's not an explicit statement. Because to say you've, if you've seen me, you've seen the Father, either Jesus, if that's an explicit statement, and you want to tell me that that's explicit, meaning that he was God when Jesus contradicted himself, because he also said, no man has ever seen God, nor Have you ever heard his voice.

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So which of the two do we believe the one or the other? Or do we do the justice that shouldn't be done and take Jesus explicit statement that you've never seen God and interpret his statement that if you see me using the father, meaning that he was the manifestation of God's law on Earth, have God's message on Earth as well all the other prophets and messengers, and the only way we know God is as Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life no one comes into the father, etc, by me that you have to go through me to get to God. Meaning if you want to know God, and what he wants for you, you gotta come to me, because you guys have destroyed the religion involved, but you don't have it

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anymore. I am here to be legislated for you.

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Explicit statements against implicit statements. Because if we say that Jesus was God, well, then he contradicted himself for a number of occasions. And it's unbefitting of a man who clearly said that he was different than God. He even said that the things that I do, the power that I have is through him, meaning that my power is God's power. It is only me as used as a vessel that Jesus didn't give life to Lazarus back. God resurrected Lazarus from the dead, but Jesus was the vehicle

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God used, used him for this purpose, the miracles that he performed in such nature. He pointed to the many times that it was the power of God through him that did these miracles.

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Nevertheless, Jesus taught that God was one he needed to be worshipped. And I could go on and on. This is something I could really go on a tangent about four or five hours without stopping. Jesus taught that God is one, he needs to be worshipped, he needs to be obeyed. And by doing so, you would go ahead, by doing so you will go to heaven.

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To say that Jesus then turned around and said that the crucifixion was the means of salvation. Again, we have a contradiction or a conundrum.

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Or we have a we have a contradiction, a conundrum. Because Jesus told different stories to different stories. And if someone heard Jesus say, obey the law, God and they died, and they never heard about this whole crucifixion story with what happened to this, oh, he died and he went to hell increase the people. But to me, that's almost one of the most ridiculous ideas you can ever come up with. because let me tell you something about God. You can't kill.

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No human being can kill God, you can't kill the EverLiving. God, the God of the Old Testament is the everliving God meaning God that does not die. You're not going to kill him. You can't kill him.

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God doesn't die. Human beings die. So Jesus did die on the cross, which we as Muslims don't believe he was raised in heaven, then that very much proves he wasn't God. The crucifixion doesn't prove he was God, it disproves because God does not die. It's not God's nature. It's not God's nature today.

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What would I also found out is that

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Paul completely teaches something totally different contradict Jesus on many occasions, and I don't have the time to go through that I have

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only a few that will give you some information. But what I came to realize was that the Bible

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was not the inerrant Word of God. It is a book that was written by men and women, written by men and women. Sometimes

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it is written as a first hand account, that I saw this, and I saw that

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on many occasions, it is written as a hearsay account, a hearsay account, meaning something that someone heard from someone else, and now they're wanting to write it down so that it doesn't get lost.

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Actually, the author of Luke says this in the very beginning, I'm writing those things which are seemingly, I'm writing those things which are seemingly, and even the author of Luke, even after Luke worries, worries if you go into the end of Luke worries that those things which he said, may end up to be alive, may end up to be not true. Go read it, just read the book, seriously, just read it. The author of Luke even worries that what he is saying might not be true. And we all know from biblical scholars, we offer biblical scholars, we're gonna go live

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about 20 minutes out, nobody's gonna nobody's gonna rush to one the evening.

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And we'll do some q&a afterwards. But I have to get the point across

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even biblical scholars like the single Church Fathers like Josephus, and erroneous, etc, agreed upon the fact that the oldest, the oldest existing canon that we have is Mark, the mark. But that is roughly anybody know how long that was? Anybody has done any research. It's at least one generation. One generation after Jesus was gone from this earth was the document Mark written. But even liberal scholars say that mark is not an eyewitness eyewitness testimony, it is a copy from a document called the key documents that there was a document that existed before right Mark Reubens document called the cue documents, which is where Mark got his information from, and then Luke copied off of

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Mark, and then Matthew copied off Luke, and john is a synoptic gospel, the scholars debate about where it came from, and where its origination and information in this is just the reality that we have to understand.

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But one thing that I came to the assurance of was that God was perfect. And this is what I told my pastor and Benjamin and everybody else before marching out of Christianity.

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God is perfect. Yes, everybody agree. When anybody disagree, the God is perfect. There's no imperfections in the Creator. Therefore, anything that comes from God will be perfect, will be perfect by its interesting nature. Therefore, if the Bible is not perfect, then it is not from God. It might have good teachings. It has some very weird teachings, as well as some things that you wouldn't tell your children before putting them to bed, if you didn't want to give them the most horrific memories, but it is not perfect. Therefore, it's not directly from God. It's not directly from God, there's some breaking the chain in some way. So I left Christianity and search for God's

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perfect religion. Because if God had a religion to be perfect, if you had a book, it would be perfect. If he had a law, it will be perfect. If he said human beings to us, they would be the most perfect of us. There will be the best of us. They will be the best

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Tell us, so I studied the other religions of the world. Hinduism Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Wiccan, Bushido, New Age religions and all this other stuff.

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But I wanted something specific. I believed that, number one, God was perfect. And if you had a religion, it would be perfect, but also that God's evidence for his existence in this life is tangible. It's tangible. It's tangible. The sun, the moon, the stars, the trees, the planets. I'm a physicist. I am a physicist, my hobby, I love. I'm a physicist by hobby. I love physics. I've been studying physics since I was old enough to want to wonder why waters, wet, hot is hot and cold is cold. And ice is this I've been a physics mind. I didn't. I didn't study physics in school because I wanted to become a psychologist. I wanted to help people. And I really wanted to fix my own. So I

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was I was a very bad person for a while, and I wanted to be a psychologist to fix my own insights. But nevertheless, we have tangible evidence that there's a creator design of the heavens and earth and things of that nature, someone who's studying science and physics and use that to deny God, well, then they become the most intelligent idiot on the planet. Basically, this might have been you become the most intelligent idiot on the planet, your great knowledge has taken you to the point of being a true, ignorant person to deny these things. Nevertheless, I wanted God's tangible proof you needed to show it to me, don't talk about it. nearby. Let me see if your religion is what it says it

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is. Let me see. So I was given tangible proofs of the world's religions, you know, the total

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sum of the Vedas which the Vedas would take your lifetime to read but are doing that you know, arm excuse me, the Bhagavad Gita, and things of this nature and reading about how Krishna you know, had his brother who killed his sister who then took this and it was just, it's almost like a soap opera to me. Buddhism, I don't know how that was basically a religion for me it was more like a cult because they don't believe there's no belief in God within Buddhism. You know, this Buddha never even mentioned whether or not it was a Naga into it Hinduism, you know, taylorism at a very good teachings, but I had some very weird things. Bushido, which is the samurai Code of Conduct because

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I've been a martial artist since I was 14. I started with G kundo, Muay Thai Taekwondo, Krav Maga nonsense

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tables and was good, Bushido was good at the time, I'm not gonna fall on my sword, my honor. You know, things of that nature, not no longer our knives and daggers took up my people all over the place. But what, what came to the conclusion that the age of 17 was that I believe God existed, but I felt that he had written it off. Because I read a book about Islam is that Muslims worship Muslims worship, God is in a box of Arabia, and that they beat women as a sport, and that what the greatest deal Muslim could do is to kill anonymous women, he would get virgins when he went to heaven. So I really didn't care if you guys have any tangible evidence of me.

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I wrote God off in the sense that he had written us off, I had the true opinion, that yes, God existed, but he's become so despised with this world, that he decided to just let us over and over in a handbasket that he was wasn't going to send us anything anymore, and that we were in the last days. That's it, when we've come to a point where that's it, we've been talking to that face. So I decided to make the streets my religion. My friends were out having parties and Biggie had just gotten shot to pocket just died and hip hop was flourishing in the south, that would just now new Southern rappers coming up like outcast and other things. That's nature. So hip hop was flourishing

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in my area of the country. So I decided to enter into the hip hop lifestyle, it's a lifestyle, for those of you think it's just music, you fooling yourself, it's a lifestyle, all of it comes with it, you know, the arrogance, the decadence the indulgence, and you know, the, the, you know, the language, the clothes, I mean, it's all part of it not, you can't just listen to the music without entering into it. It's just a trap that you fall into. And the funny thing that you come to realize is, I know much of these hip hop artists now because I know a few brothers who used to be hip hop artists, and they've come out of it, and a few that are accepted Islam have not come out yet. So

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I've met all these rappers that you went around emulating, you know, I've met NAS and I met 50 cent met Dre and I met little Wayne and all of these these guys and talk to him about us man. And they all actually are very intrigued by the religion. They just, you know, can't meet that lifestyle. But one thing I will tell you about is they don't mean the lifestyle that they don't live the lifestyle that

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they don't they present to you a third there were very few people who lived the third life and guess what they did? Some life doesn't last very long. That's been proven time and time again. And true gangsters. True gangsters. Unit. Number one, you never know them Do you cross them or they're in jail or in the ground? That's the newest effect. The loudest person in the room is the weakest person in the room. That's just a realistic fact. That's not the gangster.

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But I wanted to be I wanted to be a thug and I wanted to go out and prove

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You know, I can I can live with Herbalife and things of that nature. It lasted very, very short. Because I almost ended as a Philippines. The first thing that happened to me was, I was in a car accident. And coming back from a party in Clemson University where I was asleep in the passenger seat, my friend was intoxicated and fell asleep at the wheel going 80 miles an hour on the motorway, and we could throw in the car completely, he was thrown out of it, I actually had my seatbelt on. And we both walked away from it. Both with an accident, I had to cut them off to this day. The state trooper that came said that God has a purpose for you to your men, because nobody lives through this

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without God's hand having done it. I laughed in the back of my head and said, I don't think you understand me God.

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And I don't think he really cares about me. But I looked at my friend and said, Maybe God has a purpose for you. Maybe I was just collateral safe.

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A month later, I went to New York City, you know, with real Thug Life was happening. I wanted to go see Brooklyn, you know, obviously the Bronx, I wanted to go see what Wu Tang clan I want to see what being I want to see that you know, I mean, so I went to the HTM machine I turned around, and there was a guy with a gun in my face.

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And he didn't ask me for money, he pulled the trigger. So real funds do. You mean they don't got time via nonsense, he was gonna blow my face off, take the money run. The gun didn't go off, whether it jammed or you know, what have you. He just wanted to scare me so bad that I would drop the money and run who knows. But his eyes got bigger. His biggest, you know, plates and my eyes got bigger splints. And luckily, for the martial arts training that I realized, you know, I needed to move. And at that point, I had gained a black belt in G kundo, which was Bruce Lee's martial arts, loosely reincarnated

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Chinese connection all up in an ATM. And I got the gun away from him, shattered him through the glass door and took off running and drove back to South Carolina that night. Because that was that really, I mean, that really, really shocked me. And I kind of realized that this whole Thug Life thing wasn't going to integrate well, so I became a deist. an agnostic, who believed in God, I didn't believe in formal religion, but I did believe in God, and I wanted to be a better person. So one day, I got down on my hands and knees, and I said, God, look, we do have problems. But if you want me to know the truth, you're gonna have to help. I can't do this myself. I've tried my faith.

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I'm here, you know where to find me. You know, I'm gonna try to be a better person. It's not as easy as you think, when all of your friends are in the black and the hip hop world and things of that nature. So I was, you know, I was conflicted between the two worlds for a while until I met a Muslim and this is how we will finish now. Now in the 10 minute, this how finished

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I met a Muslim, whom I had known for a while never know is a Muslim actually thought he practice entity.

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But you don't know what entity is the West African and Caribbean religion did spells and witchcraft and a lot of, you know,

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nefarious people use this for spells and such things of that nature to protect. And he didn't know he was a Muslim, because number one, he was black. And the book said that all Muslims that I read, and number two, I didn't know that Muslims along with worshipping the moon got in the box in the desert, Saudi Arabia killing non Muslims and beating their wives that they could sell drugs, which is what he did his profession. He was a marijuana sales. He sold cannabis in my hometown. And we used to go to his house, in the afternoons after school and sit in Cyprus. And if you don't know what a cipher is, No, we'll try to find out.

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We just sit in the ciphers and do our own thing after school and get all esoteric, you know, with our ideas about life. We were sitting like this one day and I'd even seen this guy pull out a rug before and do some weird ritual thing on it. But again, I thought Santeria I thought he was practicing centering it to protect themselves from you know, being caught for drugging they do they go with there are certain spells to protect you from the beliefs, believe it or not the cut off a chicken's head, throw some bombs and sticks and rocks in a pot and you know, smoke it up and, you know, blow it on you. And next thing you know, you're not going to get a recipe, use it as a work.

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But it is there is some truth behind that black magic. So don't don't write it off as just a joke. Nevertheless, we were sitting around one day and the issue of religion came up and I said, You know, I don't think God hasn't been any more for humanity and things written off. So this guy, he was from New York, he was from Brooklyn, his name was Musa. That not that many, but we call him black.

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He said to me, yo, son, you know, you ever heard about Islam?

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Briefly, you know, he was I owe him a second.

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I'm a Muslim. And I like

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I said, Dude, I'm not talking about the disparate condemnation. I'm not talking about the Nation of Islam, or the five percenters, which is a group of people who call themselves Muslims call five centers, but they think they are. You know, they think the law stands for arm leg on

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right now. And they are the Hebrew Israelites who think they're Muslims, and they were like tinfoil hats and they stand on the streets in Brooklyn.

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I said I'm talking about those other Muslim

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Whenever I'm blowing up stuff, you know those guys. He's like, No, no, I'm a real Muslim, a Sunni Muslim.

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I heard the book, you know, there were Sunni and Shia Muslims and they killed each other too. You know? I said, you can't be a Sunni Muslim, you're black.

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You think I don't understand that I'm black.

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He said, What do you know? And I told him, you know, he was really offended.

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I said, Hold on a second. I read the book. He said that book was a complete, blank page, cover to cover. I said, it didn't tell me about his name. He said, I can't because I'm not a good Muslim.

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He said, I really do good to practice my religion. He said, he said, Look around you

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look like a man of God that you said, you do have fun. I said, How can I find out about his land? And he said, Come with me to the mosque on Friday for June. I said, Friday, that's pretty much the only thing I understood that sentence. He said a mosque is like a Muslim church. And Juma is like Sunday service. There's no chairs for the floor. So no worries, the chairs in church for some of the worst things. Those are Pewsey sit on give you back in 20 minutes.

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I said, How are we going to get to the mosque? Because there's not one in Greenville, where we're gonna go? He said, Yeah, there's one in Greenville. It's on my Boulevard.

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I said, Dude, At first, I thought you were being honest with me.

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And I'm like, and there's no mobs, you know, I mean, he said, yeah, it's on the corner of what you have to

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do everyone a corner. Well.

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I mean, first, I thought you were being you know, in a joking manner, insulting me. Now. Now, when

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I said there's nothing more we wrote in the corner of West Hampton, except the church. It's a missionary church. I know I used to go there to train to be a missionary until they tried to send it to starlink. I said, I'm out.

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Here said, you know, the church, it shares the port with with a building that's in the same parking lot. And this building had a dome on top, a little gold thing on top. I said he had the gym, he said, the church, that is the mosque. I said to me, there's a terrorist training facility across the street from mine. And I did not allow this, you will see as they do allow, this is after nine. So he told me meet him there at 130. So I said, Okay,

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we should be there. 115 starts at 130, something like that. So I went on Friday, and I sat outside the church, and this will finish we have five minutes to finish outside the church. I'm not running into a lost man, come on, seriously. thug life did teach me a little bit. And one of those things was that you don't want up inside a building that you don't know where the exits are with a bunch of people who are known for having guns and swords and killing non Muslims as a way of life. This is not smart. So I sat outside and I watched you went into the place, and I can only see the men's interest, mind you. And you know, who walked into that building, one after another after another

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after another after another after another. And it could have been some Pakistanis and Bengalis, but at that time, you all have the sanctity. To see in the south, there's two kinds of people. There's white people, Americans never like me. And it is everybody else. And they were like,

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there was a few black guys went in. And I thought honestly, either they were Africans, or they were servants.

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They probably were services. I knew that Muslims still kept slaves. slaves.

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You know, I said, Man, we

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don't know what's going on. So I said myself, it's probably not even going here. So I'm paging loose, and I've been paging. No, cell phones are really big. And yet they were around but just not everybody had, and especially drug dealers, they only had pages and two or three.

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So I'm paging him and he's not calling you back. Come to find out the reason he's not calling me back because he got arrested for drug me. And I've never seen him again.

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don't happen to him. I pray that if he dies upon the belief that there's only one God where the worship of Allah and that Muhammad is His messenger that maybe I can do enough good in my life or somebody that I've encouraged to do some good, we can do enough good to keep him from going to hope I can even go to a gentleman day job. Nevertheless, a man pulled up in front of me. And he got he was wearing a dress, you know, and I just laughed at first maybe this guy

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in the south, you don't wear dress men don't wear dresses, even priests who wore dresses, you know women always said about that. Men don't wear dresses, does men's when addressing he's got to be and that goes down to you know, his chest. And I'm looking at my life as a spectacle. And he comes up to me in the most soft spoken voice and says Can I help you? No.

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He said, Yeah, I said, Yeah, Moosa told me to meet him here for your Joomla thing when Friday said, Oh, yeah, we know. So just don't be surprised if he doesn't come.

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He's not very regular. But the first thing that tipped me off to there might be a problem here is the fact that he was too happy to see me. And he was too happy to give me an

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energetic bucket.

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I should have known.

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But I went in and they gave me a chair in the back. I thought maybe the floor was sacred.

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Maybe only Muslims get to sit on the floor, you know, close to the floor is too good for me, basically. So I'm sitting in this chair, there's a curtain going from the water water rises wind behind the curtain. I wonder how they got there. I thought that maybe it was because this was the future watch the ones in Arabia, their tents in the desert where they go in they do certain things with women they take off. I thought that might be what this is. And I'm thinking to myself, What in the hell are you doing? You know, I mean, this is not a place for you. The whole bunch of guys in here they're blocking the door. This is women chattering behind the thing. You know what, you know,

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this is not for you, then why did not come? Why did he tell you become and

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this guy said,

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This guy said he sold you to

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a sacrificial lamb.

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You're the novelist and that they're going to use to get the virgins. So I said, No, I'm not what i like that i gotta get up. When I get up. Everybody gets quiet. So I sit back down. I realized the man had gotten up on the little status, and he was about to start a service. So I said when they start, I'm going to leave. I'm going to the bathroom and then

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I can see myself. I'm not going out like this. So he gets up on the minbar and he starts his sermon in metal haven't got a

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master

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because this guy that was so soft spoken outside. Now he's screaming

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he's banging on and he's pointing in my direction.

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I'm thinking to myself, man, this translation is this kill this dirty

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version.

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The only thing that was missing was the courage to come flying back and the woman that

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I knew that was on the way so what I did was I said you know what, I'm gonna get up and I'm gonna hit the oldest man and put him in the hospital and I'm gonna take off running You know, when they're trying to figure out why he's, you know, not not out. I'm not gonna leave people out as I can. My house is right there. I'm not getting killed in front of my own house. You know, I mean by a bunch of crazy out of Muslims. Seriously, this is America. This is Greenville, South Carolina for God's sakes. I said about right before I was about to hit someone who stopped screaming in Arabic, can you translate into English, I promise I'm done in two minutes, he started translating English.

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All praise belongs to the one true creator.

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We praise Him and we praise Him alone. We asked for his help and his help alone, we seek assistance and assistance alone, we seek refuge with the creator from the evil that lies within our own souls and our sinful actions. Whomsoever the creator guides into the truth cannot be misguided from it. And whomsoever the creator leads astray from the truth cannot be guided back unto an accept, but by the Creator. And I bear witness that nothing has the right to be worshipped except one true God that exists and he is alone and has no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His Messenger and slaves. Oh, you live in fear of God as He shouldn't be feared and do not die unless you are

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submitting to His will, or mankind for your guardian Lord who created you from one soul and from that soul mate, and from those to spread the rest of men and women, and fear God from whom you demand your mutual rights to ties of kinship, and give reverence to the womb that gave you birth. For it is sure that God is a watcher over everything that you do, oh, believe your God and always speak the truth. He will guide you to righteousness. If we give you the sentence, Whosoever obeys God and His last messenger has already achieved the greatest achievement.

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You have to understand that that was some of the most profound and prolific words I had ever heard, uttered in any house of worshipping God ever, never heard anything like that in the English language. Now that understanding out of it, I mean, doesn't even touch it. But I said, Let me listen to what this man has to say. During this sermon, I don't have time to give it to you like I want to, he taught that God opened the door to mercy, when he created mankind,

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that he opened a door that had never been opened when creating mankind and another creation called jinn, which we're not gonna we're gonna leave them alone for now. Because I think

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he opened the door called the door of mercy. That was never really opened before. Because before that God only created things that obeyed Him, the heavens, the earth, the month, the sun, the moon, the stars, the angels, they all obeyed God without without dereliction. They had no freewill. They did what God told them to do. But God opened the door God mercy when creating mankind. And he proved and showed his great mind and majesty when he created things that can disobeyed him. And some of them were returned to him and repent, and he would forgive them. He showed his greatest attribute of mercy. And he also said before creating anything, and had he not taken this oath upon himself, not a

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single single one of us walk upon the earth, that my mercy will always overcome my anger, and that that door was always open at any time at any place for any human being to walk through. And the only thing that could prevent that door from closing in front of you or the only thing that would close that door in front of you was if you worship something other than God knowingly, or if your soul has reached your throat, meaning you are dying on your deathbed, you're living this life, or if the day of judgment has started basically doing major songs. Other than that, no matter what you have done, God can for give it as a personal thing between you and him. If you have sinned against him, ask him

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forgive you and you will

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Find a Merciful Creator. And if you sinned against the human being, then fix that problem with that human being. This was the most prolific statement that I've heard. And it was the teaching of the God of the Old Testament. It was the teaching of Jesus Christ. So I said, Let me see what these Muslims have to say. After the sermon, I asked the

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Imam for edits, he told me what Islam is about. Your words aren't going to do anything. They sounded good, but that's as good as I'm going to take. Do you have something tangible you can prove to me that you what you said is true. He went and he pulled the book off the shelf and handed it to me and he said, The Noble Quran, I said, What is this? He says God's word. I said, I've heard that before. I've heard that before. This got me in trouble before.

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He tried to explain to me the Quran. You know what I told him? If your book is what you're saying is you don't need to tell me what it is. Why is it that every time somebody gives me a book, they try to, you know, butter it over for me? Is it that bad that you need to, you know, you need to kind of give me this little, you know, song and that's before hands? No, no, no, if your book is what you say it is, it'll speak for itself. So let me have it. So I took it home and started reading the Quran in the English language, which does no justification to what it really says. But even in the English language, what I found was, the beginning was just like when Jesus taught his disciples to

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pray and never realized that that was part of the Muslim prayer, divided into two parts, worship God and ask me for deliverance. The thing that made me Muslim, the verse of the Quran that made me Muslim is chapter two, verse two, this is the book that has no doubt in it. And it is a guidance for whosoever fears God, it has no doubt, and it has no contradictions. It has no discrepancies. It has nothing except truth from this point on. That was a challenge that is not in any other religion book. It doesn't exist. There's no other religious book on earth that challenges humanity like that. It challenges me later on that if I was in doubt about this book, bring a chapter like it and call

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your helpers to help you. And when you fail, which you will fail miserably for the fire in the school, as many stones had this book bet from other than God, you would find that a contradiction. And what did this book teach that there was one god that was one of the unfortunate he needs to be worshipped along with oneness, that he needs to be obeyed, that is longing to be followed, that you need to repent to him and the paradise and Hellfire for those who obeyed or disobey. There was the story of luck. And he was the best of his people. There was a story of Noah, he was the best of his people. That was the story of David. He was the best of his people. There was a story of Abraham, he

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was the best of his people, there was a story of Jesus, he was the best of his people. And they taught mankind how to live a peaceful life before God. By the time I have finished one chapter, chapter 114, have occurred on Sunday. The only thing I can say was to repeat the second verse of the second chapter, this is the book that contains no doubt, and is a true guidance for those who feel God This was the tangible, perfect book I was looking for, even in the English language is perfect. And that's very hard to imagine. There are mistakes of the latest translations because it from a human being, but it is perfect. Now, what I did was I got down on my hands and knees and said, God,

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I never thought I would find you you really seriously. If you were to ask me in a million years that I'll find God in the religion of Islam, I would have never believed you until I read that book. But I went back to the game and the next day, and I said, I want to be able to reset why I said because your book is what it says it is. It is what it says it is. It is the book of God. He said to be able to you have to believe is only one God said, I've always believed that all my life, even though I had to assume for a while. He said you also have to believe that Mohammed is a prophet and messenger. So come in and let me tell you about him. I said, answer me one question about him, and

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you will have done all I need to hear. He said what I said, Did he give us this book? Did he give us this book? He said yes, I said and he is who He says He is because the book is perfect. And God is perfect. Therefore the medium between is perfect. And I took my Shahada in December of 1998, December 29, at the age of 18. And I didn't come here to tell you the story to entertain me. I'm not an entertainment. I would have stayed doing martial arts about entertainment, and broken everything.

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The reason I tell you the story is so that you can realize there are people just like me, right here in the city of Aberdeen. There are people just like me. Some of them might be in church right now. Some of them might be in the books. Some of them might be in the home. Some of them might be sleeping on park benches, but there are people who are lost and they want to know the truth. their soul is begging for it. The world is going to hell in a handbasket. How many of you have been put your hands up? The world is going to hell in a handbasket and I will go five minutes over and I'll come take the mic with me.

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Is the world going to hell in a handbasket? Raise your hand if you think the world is lost right now it's chaos.

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Do you know who's responsible for that?

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bus?

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us we are responsible for that? Because a lot commanders in the grand commander isn't the

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only look Hi, what's that?

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What's

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that you must have a group of you that is calling to do and enjoying what is right forbidding what is wrong and it is these people who will be successful a lot commanders

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a lot commanders for the heavy civilian profits. And you will see the animal monitor

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that I call

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A lot of control knowledge means those who follow me do that. So if the world has gone to hell in a handbasket, a lot called the Khurana for fun. The Deen of Islam is a form of fun. So if the world has gone to hell in a handbasket, it's our responsibility because we're the only ones who know the truth. We're the only ones that can tell humanity what is right and wrong. Because we have the perfect religion from Allah, we have the unchanged word of Allah, we have the correct Sona from the Prophet peace be upon him. So if humanity does not know right from wrong anymore, who is going to tell them the media, please come on for the media, who is going to tell them, it must be us. And if

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we're not doing it, you need to accept one thing that you are a major center in the eyes of your Creator, because he told you to worship him. And he gave you a favor by giving you a guide. By giving you guidance as a Muslim, what have you done to repay that finger? Have you told someone else about Islam, then you've done nothing to remain that failure, you've done nothing, Your Worship, Allah doesn't need it. Quit thinking that you are benefiting your Creator by worshiping Him. The only thing that benefits is you. And if you're not benefiting, by helping humanity come to that same worship that you have, then you are not obeying the statement, Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu said

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you're not obeying that statement. You've just said it in its live profession. Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah because he commanded you buddy.

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conveyed to me even if there's one verse. So one thing I want to implore upon all of you,

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if you're not involved in doubt, right now, get involved. Get involved, I don't care how you do it. If you have the time and effort to get involved, use your time and effort. If all you have is money, because you've been working, you got two doctorates, and you're a physician and you got two professionals and you've got all this going on, and you have no time you have plenty of money, then spend some of your money for this. Because that's what a lot of wants, would want to get he doing a feasibility study and why they come to see come about once your time and your money, both of it, spend it for the sake of this effort. If you have the time to give the time. If you don't have the

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time doesn't mean you're a sinner, you are doing something, there's a service to humanity, but give some money, because the people who have time don't have money trusting the people at the time don't got the money, the people got the money, they don't got the time. So get involved in this effort of sharing the message to the world. Because if not, you will be a sinner and you will answer to alarm the day. Your neighbor will become a burden on you on the Day of Judgment if you have not told them about Islam. And if you think not that you are who your neighbor will be a burden upon you didn't even question the prophets of Allah. It says that every Muslim is responsible for his neighbors 40

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houses in the front 40 houses in the back when he houses to the right 40 houses to the left. The prophets almost send them said you're not a true believer if you would have been a night fool and your neighbor is hungry, Muslim, non Muslim, doesn't matter. The purpose of our sentence another country believes until he wants for his brother when he wants to himself. Mm hmm. Now we

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said that, that speaking about humanity, in brotherhood that you don't truly believe until you want for another human being what you want for yourself, and what is the greatest thing we want to finish? What is the greatest thing that we want?

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What do you want? Gentlemen, gentlemen, there's nothing we can get rid of the agenda. If you don't want for those people out there agenda the way you want it, you're not a Muslim, you're not a true Muslim. Just forget about it, just accept it, your deen is wiped out, your name is wiped out if you don't want them to have as much as you do. Because they deserve it just as much as you allow them to worship Him. He created them with the intent for them to go to agenda, just like you created you to go to agenda, he created some beautiful nopparat going on that road. Now we don't have the right to say which ones are going to heaven and which ones are going to hell. So we try to save everybody. We

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try to save everybody. And lastly, I want to make an apology to our non Muslim guests. We as Muslims have been derelict in our duty of showing humanity the truth for a very long time. We are supposed to be the most upright people on the planet. We're supposed to be the most socially active people on the planet. We're supposed to be the greatest humanitarians on the planet, we're supposed to be the greatest philanthropist on the planet. And for a very long time, we have failed to do so. And that's why we're so hated and despised in the world right now. Because it is a is a punishment that God has placed upon us. But we will try to do better. We'll try to do that. If it's not this old generation

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us old hands, we were stuck in our ways we might not ever come around. But maybe the next generation will come around and try to change things. And I hope that they do. And lastly, I want to

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make available to all of you. Unfortunately, I did not plan well enough. And a lot of them disappeared. If I can get them

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all wrapped up

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from being so cautious.

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And broken. I used to have about 100 of these yesterday, yesterday and reading them they cleaned me out because they understood the volume that getting into our people tell me that they don't get involved in doubt because they don't know how. And this is the number one excuse when I ask you why you're not getting down. If you don't know how. If I told you I was missing for 15 years and I didn't pray because I didn't know how would you think good

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and you would tell

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Am I free from brain? No, what's required upon me to learn how to pray, if there's an obligation that has given us we need to have as well the knowledge of how to fill it. So just because you don't know how to get it down, it's not going to free you from that obligation. No, you must learn, you must learn it is obligation upon you. But in lieu of knowing how to get down right now, just like if you don't know how to get up, you must go to the gym up, you must be in gym and you will not appear on your own in your normal skin, you need to go to the gym and pray with someone that I'm going to try to help you out with what I have left. Unfortunately, I have been offering DVDs about us now,

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for a very long time, 10 years now 10 years of my effort and to try to do to the best quality, I try to make them look nice, as you can see and things of that nature. So what you can do is you can just take one of these DVDs and hand it to someone, if you can't do that, then you're just really just a fool. You can't even take a piece of paper or pamphlet or a Quran or something and hand it to someone and say, Look, maybe I can tell you about Islam right now. But look, here's something, here's something so you can stand in front of a lawn set. I tried my best I did. What was my capacity? Let me do the talking. Because I'm a professional mouth runner. And if they have

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questions, they can come to me about it because my contact information is on here. The only things that have left that one about the product or service. And then what about Jesus? I think he said them. And I have one

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Oh, I have ones about four argues about the strangers in slack who are the true strangers, because a lot of right you think that just because they're whacked out the door, but

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not works just because you don't mean you're part of the strangers and the Prophet peace be upon him said

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you're not just being let's get you into that there's a certain quality these people have. So if you want to, you can get these DVDs from me, the only thing I ask you is that you give me 10 pounds for and yes, 10 pounds a lot of money. But at the same time, there's no copyrights on it, I tell you to copy of the purpose is for you to take this and copy and copy and copy and copying and copying, copy and give it away and give it away. So it's a small investment that allows me to keep doing this work that allows me to keep making these DVDs of this high quality capacity that allows me to keep going around the world and doing this job of doing my best to share it with as many people as I can.

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Because I lived across the street from a Masjid my whole life. And I had to go force myself into that building to find out about Islam. That's a travesty upon humanity that we need to not look into. So please come and take one, I literally only have 22 of them left. So when we first come first serve, and if you want to give 10 pound for them. Yes, if you want to get more, I'll appreciate that. Because that helps me to go in and do creative work. And so I look forward to having some time with you. If there's a time for q&a, I don't know what might have gone my time. But thank you very much for your patience. If I said anything that's good praise Allah for it, because

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he's the only one deserves to be praised. If I made a mistake, it's because I'm an ignorant individual with no knowledge blank before and coming correct me when you find faults in me.

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Okay, we're about to break off. We have binary q&a, but I will first preference for q&a is for our guests for the guest. And since we don't have time for written questions you can ask, you can ask me something I don't usually do because it turns into a speech in itself. But do our guests have any questions?

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Or not yet? Have any questions?

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Going once going twice. Your question perfect.

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You mentioned that

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you didn't mention the flora.

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You read our moods and other things.

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Your take on them was that they? They were one they have good teachings, but they are they have some corruption in them as well. The Torah contradiction is often applied a number of occasions. It's not a perfect book. For me, for me, even if there's a contradiction on numbers, like numbers that were sent out for about a contradiction in that this book is not from God anymore. It's written by the hands of men and women. Therefore all of it is skeptical to me, I don't know what parts of it I can take. Because

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because it will, it will.

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It goes to credibility. If there's one even the Quran says if you find one contradiction, and this is not from God, if there's one single problem, it's not from God, even if the Torah statement of how God created the heavens on earth is scientifically untrue. This is scientific.

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So things like that really caused me problems. I don't know the timeline

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many

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children so

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one could say that

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Okay, these books have been written. There are mistakes and time has passed.

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It is

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It is an idea that's not logical, because it's to take a imperfect book, okay? And to make it perfect from a man who did not know how to read and write, he could barely even write his own name. He was unlettered, he was unlettered, if you even look at how he wrote his name, and even even better, the script is only for a man that was in the middle of the desert of Arabia, who had never left the desert of Arabia, to come up with a perfect, flawless book that is full of not only everything that we considered perfect about God, but scientific miracles,

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embryological miracles, miracles of nature, miracles of language, for it to be a completely perfect book that is a miracle in and of itself. Is is proof of fact that he was who He said He was a prophet and messenger of God.

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It is time to get it right. That was the whole point was that it had been corrupted so long, God said, Let's, let's put the right thing out there. As a final note for humanity, the final book, I guess, there's some room for misinterpretation there as well. Because today we have a lot of I mean, some of the major issues in the world with Islam.

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Islam, a lot of these terrorists and suicide bombers

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have absolutely no education, yet it is taken by people brainwashed and

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killed innocent people. That's exactly what's happening today. So this happened to every world religions where exactly

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I'm used

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to. And the last question, I guess,

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as well as with the Quran at the time that we read the Quran Oh, no, no, I read afterwards. But to me now that the two are inseparable, they're the same.

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They're exactly the same one interprets the, the I didn't interpret the Quran, because the Quran is the literal Word of God, the human mind can't even understand it. Really, basically, it is the brand of the product he's interpreting. He said that he said, I would say the Quran and that which is really, just because even someone has an Arabic tongue in when he had one in the race being interviewed. Raise your hand.

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Please stop telling people that we because we know how to make we know the cry. It's a problem. Because if I were to ask you, what does what the idea is gonna happen. Maria? Maria de Silva, what does that mean? doesn't mean anything, even to the people who spoke with your language, this was a miracle in and of themselves. So you can't even get to it linguistically. You have to get to it to the interpretation of the Prophet peace be upon him is revealed. His life reveals to us what the Quran is. Because when he was asked when his wife was asked, What was his character, she said, Canada, hello from his character with Iran, meaning that he was the living embodiment of the

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messages man. So following him was mandatory. And it says in the groundwater, bhavati obey Allah and the messenger. So we follow him to understand why. And the idea there is there It sounds, they've been proven to change the narration in many different sentences. That means factual information.

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Not if there's some, not if they've been proven to themselves. So there are

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there are things that we that we can't take on issues of belief and things of that nature, there are fabricated, and things of that nature. Absolutely. But once it has been proven by the scholars that this is an authentic statement of Prophet peace be upon him, we accept that.

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Oh, I was just given a note. To make it easy for you guys, that if you want to get the DVDs that you can take them for five pounds, and the organizers will make up the other five pounds. So we'll do that. If you want to take it for five pounds, we'll leave the rest of the organizers. There's 12345 there's 24. So

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any other questions? Last question? One last question.

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I blended both of them together. Because

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there are some.

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Yes.

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Okay.

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So I've just made

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the Quran is the one that talks about the sun rising from the west, so I will make a guess.

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The Bible's a little bit more. It's not as a flashy story about Moses. It's not as flashy. The bride actually has a much better story about Moses and Pharaoh, etc. So I blended the book together and find a mistake. I've been traveling for too long in my brain.

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Okay, okay.

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My brother has paid for. So tell him to come get us whoever's paying for our guests to have seen us because I would have given to him for free anyway.

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So wherever that brother is, you come and get them straight away as soon as we're done and you'd give them to our guests.

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Unfortunately, we're out of time. But if you have a question for me, I'll stay around for about 510 minutes after the sell off. After that, I gotta go because we have an election tomorrow and I'm still here today and I haven't slept in days and weeks, something like that. Time is living together for me. But also my website is my name.com I have a Facebook page. I don't run it but I will answer the questions will be forwarded to me and I have a Twitter feed. So if you want to follow me, follow me on Twitter, follow me on Facebook, email your website and you'll get personal contact with me

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