My Journey To Islam – Yvonne Ridley Q&A

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the first question

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my first question, since

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this is what

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have you thought

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stories as a movie, or TV show,

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or a short story, you know,

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people know exactly some of the

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of it.

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Any slump, the one thing that is taught me

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is to be tolerance.

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by being more tolerant, I've become much more thoughtful and less reactionary, to,

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to things that have happened in a certain distance of becoming an officer.

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Some non Muslims out there think that they've got every right to come up, interviews me, Berkeley,

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and be quite insulting.

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This, this has been quite an eye opener for me, because

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all my life has been able to move around quite anonymously. And when I was a practicing Christian, as I said to some friends, I got away with it for years without knowing that I was a Christian.

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I remember the day that I took my Shahada, after I said, My declaration of faith, I,

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a friend said to me, now, your troubles are really going to start, you will be challenged. And I certainly have and

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quite surprised at how tolerant

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I have to

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say random strangers coming up.

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And being quite

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rude at times. But I try and use that to turn around and

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and talk to them about Islam just in the way the brother mentioned. Mark my story

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about the Taliban was in a book and it was published

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and sold 20,000 copies when I started to move towards Islam and the publisher started getting orders

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for the 1000s of copies from Islamic bookshop. So you think that the most often publishers will be delighted in such large orders. And when they realize that was moving towards Islam freight, the print runs stopped.

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So I'm looking for a new publisher.

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If anybody wants to

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send me the purpose of

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having a vision, having a

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purpose, to be creative,

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and to do something.

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But as far as my story

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I don't believe

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What happened to you?

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reaction when you work on? What was the reaction that you were there for seven days?

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And what was your reaction of your family relatives and friends?

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I really don't know what

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what what is the Foreign Office we're doing about my detention. I know that my mother was giving press conferences every morning on the night and

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and when I was captured, it was right at the beginning of the Labor Party conference which Alastair Campbell Tony Blair spin doctor has been

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carefully preparing for four months. And suddenly this angry grandmother from County Durham was taking all the headlines and they were trying to shut her up, jack straw called her and said, You've got to stop doing these broadcasts. You're endangering your daughter's life when in fact, she was humanizing my case. And,

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her daily press conferences were were quite amazing. When I was handed over.

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The Taliban were told that they could only I wish that was written. I was not quite sure what language it was sorry, or pashtoon. But it is a written note, from Mullah Omar saying that I had to be handed over only to the British, and the British didn't turn up for the handover. And so after many delays when I got over No, cross, no mouth. There was nobody there from the British Embassy. They did catch up that evening. And

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I stayed in,

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in the high commission in Islam about

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that, that evening and woke up the next morning to listen to Donald Rumsfeld on television saying we now have air superiority over Afghanistan. And I just thought when did the Taliban have an Air

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As for the reaction of my family and friends, my family were delighted that I stopped drinking, stop smoking and have stopped clubbing and been a party girl and they were really delighted for diapered embraced Islam. And this was the new reform until I put on a hijab. And it was like, What have you put that on for and you're going to become a fanatic and

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and the reaction was really negative once I put on the pit job, but it's

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you know, it's, I got used to the idea of wearing it, it took more than a year for me to to do that. And

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and I just said to them, you know, it's an obligation Take it or leave it. I know what my obligation is. And you know why it should have pieces of material alter the way that you think about me, and it was it's quite interesting.

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And for anybody who doesn't wear the job, whether you're a Muslim or not, it's interesting to put one on for a day and see the challenges that that Muslims face. And it is quite quite an experience.

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And make us feel that we are really very bad.

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We all know

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we need to

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we like to do things

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like to ask you

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to do?

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Yes, they do. I've been back to Afghanistan many times. And

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the last time I was there, I still work as a journalist and I don't go and buy this with the military. And I usually find the easiest ways is just to get a local driver and

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just put the burqa back on again and move around Afghanistan. And

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on the last trip, we got caught in Crossfire between the Taliban and the

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the local police, and this is on the road to Gardez. And the drivers stopped the car. And I've been on one of these the see hostile training courses. And they say that the first thing you do is get out of the car and run away from the gunfire. And what I did, I got out of the car and heard the machine gun fire and it was actually coming from the Afghan police. And I run away from one set of machine gun fire that must have been while the Taliban reloading in a way that is a bit behind his ability, only to bump straight into some Taliban soldiers. And they started shouting at me, I didn't know what they were saying. And then my cameraman running round following me. And they got even more

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agitated when they saw him. And then my guide came running around. And he shouted, it's okay. The The, the filming, and she was captured by the Taliban and she converted to Islam martial law either seen this in costume, and they'd heard of me and then they got quite excited and then got on the phone to somewhere else and finally had the Taliban press officers and limitied is called

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phoned my guide on his mill violence said is that really evolved really with you? And he said yes. And he said, Well, you won't have any problems from us and Have a safe journey and

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telling you the truth about us. So, that was quite a nice experience, but always have somebody with you who speaks a language.

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Thank you,

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From the bottom, you know there

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wasn't the other edge.

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Can you particularly

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by Christian or that religion and second person you

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have analyzed this

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particular rate and why not?

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Islam and why not

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acting upon the teaching of Islam

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To listen for questions,

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a lot of different than

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I don't really like to group everyone together. So when we're talking about Christianity,

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Christianity Trinitarian Christianity,

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When it comes to Christianity, why Christianity is one of the problems is because of the very simple fact about Jesus Christ.

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Because for us, what they say about Jesus

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and his worship.

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And for them, what we say about Jesus is

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where he's at Jesus

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in media, and resources, the various weapons they use against you and things are not playing the

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things, to redirect them away from the truth is really

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A lot while he himself called towards us

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as a whole, all when I follow your resume, Sam, what they do better than I will be distributed.

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to everybody, no, multifaceted, but to the very outset of that all revolves around us.

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I mean, when a human being falls away from the truth is because of a lack of purpose. You know, unfortunately, anytime you see someone who has ever given this

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father, they really have lost sight of their purpose, which is to when they need a creator. Because of that purpose in mind, you can see the Most Gracious route to that destination, because every road needs their

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abs, all routes, they need to stand in front of the

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right way to make that journey. And that is

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that they have lost that vision. And

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then all of a sudden,

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the only question that will be asked,

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What role did you take to

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the province rise? I mean, you can't generalize 14 days into the Egyptian revolution. I want to talk to you a square and saw my own eyes, Christians and Muslims coming together. And

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this was This, to me was something wonderful. And, of course, the Egyptian revolution will go on and on to achieve many things. But to me, sectarianism died in tackiest square, the day that Christian stood around Muslims to protect them while they prayed. And then a few days later, on the Sunday, Muslims returned the compliment and stood around the Christians to protect them while they prayed. And

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that whole revolution I think, will be remembered for the the death of sectarianism in Egypt. And I just hope that

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that will spread right across the world. What has also emerged now,

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and this is quite shocking is that the interior minister in Egypt has now been arrested after it emerged that he was running a dirty tricks unit in Egypt, which caused the horrific bombing of the Coptic church. And, you know, the Minister of the Interior and

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Mubarak ran to the media and accused muslim fundamentalists of from from Palestine have been behind the bombing of the Coptic church on New Year's Eve. We now know that that was a big lie, and that that was actually carried out by the various governments

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So I don't think in Egypt, any way Christians and Muslims will ever allow anybody to create that fitna that mischeif between them. And they come together as one. And that's one element of the Arab revolution that I really hope spreads quickly across the world.

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To take questions from the audience,

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my parents, my grandmother passed away, I wasn't really in contact with my mother.

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Because I

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have a heart attack.

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So I kind of,

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you know, I really kind of

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the same time, I was coming from a perspective that I did not know how

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to argue proposition was impossible, I had no idea.

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And once that took place in a very,

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very soon, and he very, very honored some of the work that I do get

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loose, I'm never going to see him again. But I've

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just, I hope that you

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didn't have to ask.

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I have the best of

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We have a long way.

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To go course is

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a lot

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greatly encouraged in, in the UK, into Europe, about the future of Islam, because one of the things that I have noticed is the stronger that we the more that we are attacked, the more that we are squeezed, the more

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poison that is poured into our direction, the stronger we become as Muslims. And I think that it's we're entering

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almost a renaissance for Islam at the moment, and I think that it's

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that somehow even the worst things that have happened to Islam have actually turned around to the, to the benefits. I mean, from the horrors of 911. A lot of Westerners like may thought What the hell is going on in this religion and started reading the Holy Quran? To find out why does it promote violence, why dissidents, and they read it and it's been absolutely bowled over by it. And that is why today, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. And I think that what is happening in the Arab world,

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the people's revolution, it's not enough.

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Islamic Revolution. But people can only face down bullets, and can only look down the barrel of a gun if they believe in God. And I think that

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there's a lot of Muslims in the Arab world that have been able to rise

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because of the faith

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in God, and when you get people who are mightier than armies, and mightier than the weapons that have been pointed out that it makes you realize just how strong we all can be when we are united. And I'm hoping that when all the

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the revolutions when the people come together to draw up their new constitutions and their new charters, that there will be an Islamic flavor in in there. But as I say, I think we're entering a very, very exciting period for Islam, and we all have to hold on tight to the rule. And then at the end of the day, you know, it is what we do in this life, this is very, very short life. It's the blink of an eye, when you look at things in context and history, what we do in this life will count for the most important phase, which is our next life. And so, you know, I think we've got everything to look forward to, and the great challenges to prove,

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you know, that our worth for the next slide

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comes to the US.

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I'm a, I'm an enduring optimist, at the same time, and for sure, I know that the future holds the sample.

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But at the same time,

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I know that the more pressure that is put on the Muslims, that they are beginning to slowly come back to the organization that we need something

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system, not gonna work.

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Today, not working. And one thing that we have learned from history, unfortunately, at this point, is that we are navigating learn about history, that is very important. And the main thing we learn

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very much. And it's my real sincere hope, that with all of this turmoil taking place, all over

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America very well.

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In California, in Santa Clara, in Southern California, with protests, from children and families,

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I hope with all this pressure that we return back, because the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon very

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satisfied with the transactions in the gaming industry

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and chasing cows and gain only what you can

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then a lot were placed upon you humiliation, and it will not be removed from

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the team. So this is my heart open reality is that all these revolutions that are taking place, my opinion, is that if what comes in light of that is not teaching.

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You're ruining rolling a lot longer than this guy did is incorrect, because to place and pull people in harm's way to not establish the truth.

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will not be pleased unless we submit

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and implement as I was

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talking to you

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that he did not send his message.

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to excel. It looks to me in front of an older way of life.

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That I really hope I'm

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in control of everything.

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But it's my six year old

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to show the world the beauty of STEM and the pure teachings of this religion to the world and

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we're failing

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to introduce the original exam with complete integrity

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as a result,

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not be afraid to

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connotation that you have

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a just society that upholds the rights of all human beings

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on the border that we

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establish that

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protects the orphans and the children, and

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everyone has it Do

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I have an edge over another pig? What's wrong with you? Right?

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That way of life would be wrong to each

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other. I mean, just almost insanity. And this is

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just our society. And I don't mean to say that comes from any other way of life is a very, very dangerous.

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And I

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have to say that any other way of life is acceptable to live under other than a very, very dangerous,

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very dangerous or violent

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And final question

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from the audience.

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Probably the, for me is one of the first lessons that I learned as a new Muslim and others to fear no one and nothing but a lot. And how many nuts total belief and a total trust in God will protect you?

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In so many ways? And a lot of you might think, Well, yes, you know, I figured out and

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it's just that ability to, to know that.

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To put your faith wholly into Allah, and,

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and that has,

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has given me personally,

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the courage to be able to stand up and say things and do things and

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and just know that, that I will be protected. I'm not reckless enough to put on a blindfold and walk down a motorway the wrong way, I wouldn't do something like that, but

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not having fear. And this is something I guess that I learned as well on this journey to Islam. And I said right at the beginning, that the biggest weapon of the oppressor is the oppressed mind. And if you have

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no fear for anything, or any one of us are well, then you are a free person, you are truly free and nobody can intimidate or make your life and misery because you know, you've got the big fellas there for you and

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and so that that's that's the one thing that I would say go home tonight and fear nothing and no one but oh

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yeah, asking for short, concise advice.

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That I have to refer to a statement

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and he asked him to give me an advice that I will not need to ask you

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It's and it won't be sufficient enough to

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give me something that will not

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be there.

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Say I believe in Allah and

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say even even a law firm that

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say you believe in a law firm upon that, this is

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not only this combat

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but to remain firm.

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And you know the beauty already surpassed the beauty of remain steadfast is

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those who say

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Vie remain steadfast that will descend upon them at their death.

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Every single human being and death is the worst time that is the most frightening experience that will ever face.

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But Allah says about those who say

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that those animals who come today will say to them, Do not be afraid and do not have any fear loss nor grief, but option for

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that he could

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have led Payne's agenda.

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So this is going to

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be shading.

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worries because we know the

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last time

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is perfect. His decisions are just