Channel: Yusha Evans
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Okay, first question and right before we started, I want to a bit of house rules for the questions because we want to get there's a there's a huge stack and we want to get through them.
If the question for you, if you want some clarification on the question, then you can see me afterwards. I'll try to stay around as long as I can. I'm having
level 10 migraine. So I don't know how long I'm gonna be able to stay around. But I will try to stay around. If you have some question about the question, then I'll talk to you afterwards. Or if you have something you want to say about the question, please wait till afterwards so that we can get through all of them. God willing, and I'm not going to make the most perfect answer on every question. Because I'm not a scholar. I don't have much knowledge. We have two knowledgeable people sitting up here on the table that will pick up the slack though.
When it comes to why when a Muslim takes Shahada do they only say Muhammad is the Messenger
of Allah what that means it is accepting Islam. When you say I bear witness, there's only one God with the worship two is a law in the halo law, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. Muhammad Rasul Allah. Because if you say that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, you're going to default believe in all prophets. If you say that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, you will as a default, believe in all the other prophets because this is what Islam teaches. Therefore, if you believe in the last one, then you will believe in all the ones that came beforehand. So that's why we say Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah. There's nothing wrong with saying Muhammad is
the Messenger of Allah and he says, The Messenger of Allah and Moses is the messenger, but that's not there's not a problem with that, but it's not required. That's That's the point.
The next question, what sources or documents Do you rely upon and regard as accurate accounts about the life of Jesus? What documents or sources do we rely upon of the Muslims? What resources Look what on Quran and the Sunnah? That's it. what the Quran says what the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said when it comes to what we hold is true about the life of Jesus. That's That's it. That's what we hold it as facts, because those are things we know to be verified.
as witnesses that that's it.
Did Mohammed step out of Islam when he took his army and attacked Mecca? And as the second one to win that one? Did he stepped out of Islam when he killed those who did not convert to Islam? Okay, usually we're gonna ask only one question from the court. So we'll get through but this one, they go together, did Muhammad peace be upon him step out of line when he conquered Mecca? Absolutely not. Because number one,
Mecca is the home of the original place for worship of one God on earth. That black box you see on TV a lot, actually was a house of worship built by Abraham, peace be upon him which the foundations were laid by Adam, please be upon him. And it was built for the worship of one true God. And that house is still a worship of one true God at the time of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, it became filled with idols, it was filled with over 360 idols, when the Prophet peace be upon him, brought the religion of one true God to the world, the center of that of that oneness was in Mecca, and when he left Mecca to Medina, he entered back into Mecca, in the most peaceful of ways. And the
history is there to verify that fact that when he entered into Mecca, it was a peaceful entering into Mecca. He didn't kill, slaughter people and take revenge. He forgave those who had wronged him, there was a certain list. There was different but he gave forgive everyone. And eventually the entire city accepted Islam. They came under the banner of Islam and it wasn't at the threat of the sword. They accepted the religion. The Prophet peace be upon him, conquered Mecca to free the house of worship for one true God from idealism, from paganism, from idol worship. And that was the whole context of that. And when it says that he grew out of the religion when he killed all of those who
didn't accept Islam, I would have to ask the question or to see me afterwards and tell me where they got that information. Because there is no factual information to put this basis across. This religion of Islam was not spread by the sword. There is no facts beyond this. And one very interesting fact they try to put behind the fact that the Quran spread by the sword. What is the word for sword and editing? Safe was another word.
Or either one of these words in the kodansha No, neither one of these words are mentioned in the Quran. The word sword does not come up in the Quran at one single place. But there is a verse that says, like Rafi D, there is no compulsion in religion you cannot compel somebody in Islam teaches that you cannot compel somebody because belief is a matter of the heart. And hearts are not controlled by human beings. hearts are controlled by the Creator therefore
I cannot force someone's heart to believe in something. So to say that Islam was spread by the sword goes against his very teachings. The correct answer is that Islam cannot be spread by force cannot be friend by force. Therefore it was not spread by force, and no history that proves this fact. And I've always challenged that bring me the book, the reference, the title, the page number, and I will show you where it's false.
The return of Jesus is not in the end. So where was that story given to the Muslims? It's not in the Quran. So it's in the other source, the sudden, there's two sources remember, so if it's not in the Quran, it's found in the sun, in the sun that there is replenish, it is replete with evidence of Jesus's return from authentic narrations from the Prophet, peace upon him. Allah knows best.
How can a believer Muslim be granted or know for absolute certainty that they will spend their eternal eternity with Allah according to the Quran?
Okay, this is a very good question because it goes into the issue of salvation in Islam. How does one become saved? And is there an assurity of salvation in Islam?
The issue of salvation in Islam is an issue that relies with the creator alone. Salvation Islam comes from the one who created us whether we're saved or not saved, when it comes to that assurity. No one is ever 100% assured, there is no assurance. But the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him did say that anyone who dies with the grain of a mustard seed of faith that there is only one God worthy of worship would eventually enter into paradise.
In Islam, we don't hold an assurance, because in Islam, and assurance is a bit of arrogance, to say that God owes you something. Because in Islam, Paradise is a gift. It is a gift, it is not something that we deserve. God created us to worship Him alone. And we fail in that so many times, we fail in that so many times. So if God is able to just even overlook those failings, and forgive us, that for in Islam, for me, that's more than enough, that would be more than enough for God to not punish me for the sliding that I've made numerous times in my life, I would be happy for that. And God has every right to just take it into account that we have sinned against him, let it go and cause us to
cease to exist, he could very easily do that. But God has gone above and beyond that showing his unique mercy, his uniqueness and his attribute of mercy that he has granted human beings the gift of Paradise, and that Paradise is granted as a gift to whomever God wills. And in Islam, we don't
necessarily work for forgiveness, because I mean work for paradise because it can be earned. The Prophet peace be upon him said, Let none of you think that by doing good deeds, you will go to heaven. Let none of you think that by doing good deeds, you will go to heaven. And the companions said, Not even your messenger of Allah. He said, not even me unless God forgives me, unless God forgives me. Therefore what we work for in Islam is God forgive us because we all make mistakes. We all are going to commit sins, we are all going to be derelict in our duties in front of God. Therefore, we work and strive to do good to gain some forgiveness for those shortcomings. So the
Muslim is always in a place between two points. We're in a place between having fear of God's punishment, because without that fear of being there, then things can get out of control, because fear is a very motivating factor. Fear is a factor that will motivate people. So that fear factor is there, that we're always afraid of God's punishment. But on the other side, we're always hopeful of God's mercy, because we know God's mercy is so expensive and so extensive. So we stay in between those two places. We're fearing God's punishment, therefore we avoid sin. But we hope in God's mercy, therefore, we never become despondent that we cannot be forgiven. So we work towards that in
Islam, and we stay in between those two places. So well, salvation in Islam comes from worshiping God obeying God, and He therefore can forgive the shortcomings.
Ryan Sharia Allah allow such crime to go such as cutting off one's hands to the criminal Shetty and jihad is about bringing justice doesn't hurting someone equal and injustice act?
Well, that goes on to the point that would ask the person what is your concept of justice? Because justice is not in the eyes of the beholder because justice then would be very different from place to place from time to time.
Justice in Islam is dictated by the Creator is dictated by the Creator of the heavens and the earth. And when it comes to laws of Crimes and Punishments, origin Islam is not a simple Genie yet, laws of Crime and Punishment Islam is legislated by the Creator. There's only certain rules where there's the ruling of what is known as the where it's up to the judge to make a ruling on an issue that is not clear. But when it comes to things such as cutting off the hands of the
The thief who meets all of the requirements, it is put by the Creator is that utterance, because now, when it comes to things that we sin against God, he can forgive there is that barrier between me and my Creator, where he can forgive me without even having to withhold any punishment. But when I steal something from someone else, I have taken that person's right, I have wronged another human being. Therefore there has to be some equitable justice, or else you would have a chaotic society.
And it's very unfortunate to see. And this is where I'm going to be very clear that we as an as Americans would look at Sharia law when it comes to crime and punishment, and throw some
frowning upon it, when our criminal justice system doesn't work. our criminal justice system in America is is one of the most broke criminal justice systems, it does no reformation, it does no deterrent. It is broken how many people are in in jail in America and they keep coming back the recidivism rate is so high, you know, the amount of our fathers in the amount of men and women that are in prisons is staggering. So there's something wrong with this system, it needs to be fixed. So you know, before looking at the Islamic criminal justice system, where if you find places where it's implemented, which I will tell you there's no place in the world was implemented purely. But if you
find places where a good bit of it is implemented, you find security and tranquility, you find a very low recidivism rate of crime, you only got a certain number of hands to give up.
You find a very low recidivism rate when it comes to these types of crimes, you find a very low rate when it comes to women being abused, you find a very low rate of rape and you find a very low rate of homicide you're very in a very low rate of you don't find banks being robbed in these places. So you see that it works. And when it works, even if the deterrent is harsh. If you see that it works, then the harshness should be there. And America's harshness and when it comes to its its its criminal justice system is uneven. It's It's It's It's not justly handed, American Criminal Justice Society, if you have enough money, you can get away with anything. And that's that's just shameful.
That's shameful in its least. So we have to first say that Islam puts things in perspective based on what God has said. And we know that they're there for a reason.
What was the one main idea or concept
puts forgiveness on such a high level that God can forgive even the worst person like I was at my time, that Islam teaches that the door to forgiveness is a personal door is a personal door between you and your Creator, and that you can walk through it at any time, that I don't need anyone between me and my Creator, to be forgiven, I don't need any form of mediary I don't need any form of amount of certain rituals, I need to have a repentant heart towards my Creator. And my Creator can forgive me that there was one narration that I heard when I attended my first Friday sermon, and this will leave it at that. He said that there's a narration from the Prophet peace be upon him. And I'm
summarizing in English, that even if one sins were to amass the entire world and everything that is contained in it, that means if one person sins would fill up the entire earth and everything that is in it, that if that person meets their Creator, having worship them alone, and seeking forgiveness from them and, and having a good idea about the forgiveness from the greater than their Creator would meet them with a like amount of forgiveness. And this is what Islam teaches about forgiveness, that anyone can be forgiven, no matter what you've done, you can be forgiven, if you turn to your God with a repentant heart, and and and are sincere about reformation, then forgiveness, the door is
always open for you. So it was the forgiveness, the concept of forgiveness in Islam that really attracted me the most. What do you say to a Christian woman who says Islam is oppressive? If someone asked me or told me his name was oppressive, I would have to ask why. You know, that's a very blanketed statement that would have to be some some evidences upon why Islam is oppressive. And then we'd have to deal with them on a case by case basis. I couldn't just, you know, defend everything at once. Why is this name oppressive? because Islam is not oppressive. So it's, it's hard for me to answer that question. You would have to tell me why you thought Islam was oppressive, for me to be
able to respond to that fact? Because the correct statement is to correct that question that Islam is not oppressive. Therefore, if you think it's oppressive, you would need to tell me why so I can fix that problem. But yeah.
Do Muslims believe in evolution? Do Muslims believe in evolution? That's, the question would have to be clarified? Because if you're talking about evolution in form of Darwinism, absolutely not. Because Darwinism seeks to remove the creator out of the process of existence. And Islam is very adamant about the process of creation being from the Creator. But in forms of evolution, do Muslims believe in forms of evolution? Absolutely. Because of the simple fact that humanity has not
It always existed in the way it is right now. Humanity has evolved when it comes to knowledge when it comes to technology when it comes to civilizations, even we believe that human beings were different. 10,000 years ago, however long ago, we believe that Adam our first forefather was different than we are now. He was different in his makeup. How big was Adam?
60 cubits that's, that's big. He was a big gun. So we believe that humanity has changed in its in its physical makeup from time to time it has adapted it has adapted to its time and place. I mean, look, if I didn't believe in evolution, then I would be in the sense of humanity evolving, then I would be a fool because we were created from one man, but I'm not like you, you're not like me, we're not the same. So there had to be something that happened along the way that made us different. So we do believe it in that rational perspective. But when it comes to Darwinism that seeks to remove the creator of the process? Absolutely not. Islam is adamant, clearly that there is two
things within creation. There's the Creator, and there's the creation. And that's it and the Creator is the cause of the creation. That's simple. And it's not alumnos best.
Why doesn't the Muslim world condemn the terrorists, the terrorists and stop supporting them? Because Christians do condemn the Norwegian the skinheads as not Christian?
Why does the Muslim world not condemn terrorism? Who says that the Muslim world doesn't condemn terrorism? Islam condemns terrorism, Muslims condemned terrorism, absolutely. But maybe we don't have control of the media. That's why you might not see Muslims on TV all the time condemning terrorism. We don't control the media. So we can't, we can't, we're not responsible, but goes on and on. We need our own media. That's one thing. I've been working on Muslim data on medium. And we do have some of our own media. There's a channel right now on satellite called guidance TV, you can watch it, you can see what Muslims say, on oma TV is also running, you can watch it and see what
Muslims say. But I'm going to let you know something right now. When it comes to the media, we have to be very careful, because anyone who believes everything that the media says, then you're not the most bright individual.
Because the media, the media is not going to tell you the same thing at all times at all places. I mean, you turn on the news today, and you watch four different news channels, and you hear about the same subject, you're going to tell it from four different ways. And it's just the way it is. I mean, especially we should understand that now look at the political process. If you believe everything that media says about everybody, then I don't even know what's going on. So we have to understand that the truth always lies somewhere in between all of these stories. And we need to search the truth out the truth cannot is not just so readily available all the time, the truth has you that you
have to do a little bit of effort to find the truth. So we need to know what Islam says Islam condemned terrorism, Muslims condemned terrorism. But at the same time, we continue terrorism on every form, no matter who's doing it.
Terrorism is not a monopoly of Islam. Islam did not monopolize terrorism, and anybody who has that idea in history, they apparently has not come across their their desk. terrorism has been in many, many various forms, by many various religions, by many various societies, by many various governments by many various civilizations. So Islam doesn't hold a monopoly on terrorism, Islam as against terrorism. And in any form whatsoever, the media is going to sell, what sales, they're going to put out, what is hyper, they're going to sell information. And right now, what sales is all of these crazy things that are going on in the world. If ever it came time to where Islam and Muslims
in the news don't sell anymore, you won't hear about Islam and Muslims in the news anymore. It's just the way it is. They're gonna sell what sells? And that's just the old process of media. But we do speak out against terrorism.
Or what is your belief of Jesus peace be upon him, as described in the doctrine of the Book of Mormon?
Well, what we believe and I can't answer, because then we can say, Well, what about the Book of Mormon? What about the Gospels? What about the Matthew, Mark, Luke, and john, what about the Catholic Bible? What Muslims believe only what I told you today, was found in the Quran and was found in the sun? If any of the books has something different than this, we don't believe in it. It's just that's just as simple as it gets. But I can't get into the specifics in the q&a process that we have now. But we believe what the Quran says, we believe what the psalmist says about Jesus and that's it.
Jesus in Christianity is God and Son of God in the same time, and God is one and three, Trinity in the same time, how did that make sense to you when you were a Christian? And what's the best way to approach these issues when talking with Christians? Okay, the first and foremost, I'm not going to try to get into whole concept it even I'm sure that
we have some Christians in the room with us, right? Absolutely. The Trinity is the great mystery not really understood.
In when it came to
How to deal with this concept that would take more time than we have in a q&a concept in the q&a discussion. When dealing with Trinity. God is very clear in the Quran. He's very clear in the Quran. And it actually this is one of the times where God takes a very severe, severe tone. When dealing with the Trinity God says, For those who say that God is one of three desists, stop, stop saying this, for God is far above having a son, and also in the place in the Quran. It says that, for those who say that God is one of three that both the heavens and the earth are ready to crumble on top of us, for the statements because of the gravity of the statement, we as Muslims should affirm, that
God is one alone he is one he has always been one uniquely one uniquely one and I will make a real quick side note.
When the Bible speaks about God being one as in the very famous saying, Here, O Israel, the Lord your God is one
in in the Hebrew language many of you know what type of one is used there it's it's not a it's not the number one it's not a singular number one it doesn't say here is employed your God has one like a one number, it said here is a little your God is one in a sense of a unified oneness, a unified oneness. And and and in Islam, we affirm that very same statement. The Quran actually repeats that statement heroes a little Good God is one in a beautiful chapter known as sort of a class or chapter 112 of the Quran. What is the Arabic word for one?
Why, right? You say well hit is one, I want something I was ahead of it one of it. Now if you take one head and you add it to a hint, what do you get? You get two you get name. Now when Allah speaks of himself is one he says, Who Allahu Ahad say Allah is one but the word comes as a head, I had also means one, but it's a different type of one. Because if you take a head and you try to add it to a head, what do you get?
Doesn't work, the very construct construct of I had means one that can't be subtracted from one that can't be added to it's a one that's all by itself. And this is the Oneness that we affirm for God. It is not a one of numbers because numbers can be extracted, subtract it from attitude divided, God is a singular oneness, oneness, all of his own uniquely, that can be divided into can't be parted, and it can be added or subtracted to one alone. So we say that God is one, very simple, this is the message that we should put forward.
The name of Allah is mentioned in the Arabic version of the gospel, why it is not mentioned in the English version.
I don't know. I mean, translate.
even in some of the translations of the Quran, you see a lot of refer to with God with a capital G. And that's kind of splitting hairs. Because even when you take a capital G God, you can still put an S on the end of it. So I don't really like to see that translated as God. Because if you can add an s to it, it's not referring to Allah.
So we should continue to use that word.
But you know, out of Christians, they use the word a lot. When I'm in Egypt, dealing with other Christians, they use the word Allah, this is the word they bring up when speaking about God, it's not a unique, it's not an unknown to use the word Allah. They use the word Allah.
How many years did Jesus fulfill his prophecy in Islam? How old was he when he was raised up and who was crucified if he wasn't as far as how old he was and how long his ministry took place? That one? I don't know. I don't think there's anything specific. One of the two brothers may correct me if I'm if I'm wrong. I don't think there's a specific age when he died. And you know, any of that had been phases specific age when Jesus was raised into the heavens.
We don't miss there's nothing clearly specific. We don't know.
What was the last question again?
who was crucified? If he wasn't? We don't know. We can't say we know, because there's no clear evidence. Again, we can't say that we just don't know. People have theorized instead it could have been Judas, the Gospel of Barnabas says Judas, but the Gospel of Barnabas is more unsound than than a lot of the documents of the four gospels in the canon.
Could it have been Judas? It could have been Could it have been some other creation that a lot created just for that purpose? It could have been, we don't know how Judas died in the Gospels. He died three ways. He hung himself threw himself off a cliff and bloated to the point of explosion. So could have been Judas. We don't really know what happened to Judas. But we can't say for sure, we can just theorize in theorisation. We can just theorize and theorize and theorize and theorize but we're never going to come to any conclusion. We don't know.
What is the punishment for the witnesses who give false allegations? No, but I'm going to refer to this as someone who accuses someone of adultery but the false accusation and they've come to found out to be false lashes correct.
80 lashes. That's what I thought someone accuses someone of adultery wrongly. And they find out that it's wrong, that person gets punished with 80 lashes.
And his witnesses never accepted ever again for anything, nothing whatsoever. That's how severe Islam is about that you don't make a witness falsely.
Witnesses also have to be credible. Yeah, the witnesses that like witnesses when it comes to those four witnesses for adultery, they have to be credible witnesses, they have to be people who are known to be truthful. And it's not like four people can come and say I saw this person because that can be a conspiration. It can be a conspiracy. That will be that's why I said there's a month long process, sometimes the years long process that goes into that, because these witnesses will be checked, their credibility will be checked. And now these people known to be truthful. Are these people known to have given false witness before? How are they generally respected within the
community. So these witnesses will be checked, they'll be credit, credibility will be checked. That's the same in any criminal court today. In a criminal court today, witnesses will be you'll be checked, you'll be found out if your witnesses credibility if you are a credible witness or not. And that's what any witnesses the defense a good defense attorney will be able to destroy a witness if they're good at it. Correct. That's what it's what a good defense attorney they have. Supposedly, supposedly a good defense attorney should be able to tear down any witness. But the witnesses have checked in are credible in Islam, they have to be credible, can't just make up for people conspire
against the person doesn't work like that.
Please explain the laws more clearly, clearly towards the concept of jihad, like not killing the innocent.
There's so many rulings in jihad, we don't have the concept of the time to go forward with them. And jihad is not just
the concept of war, when the word Jihad comes up in the Quran, this is what I'm going to be clear about whenever you see the word you had mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah it does talk about a physical struggle does talk about a physical struggle, because there Revenant Hadees, that a lot of people try to use that the greatest jihad is Jihad of the soul, it is a great jihad, but a lot of those hobbies are weak in some of them are even fabricated. When jihad is mentioned, it is mentioned as a physical struggle is trying to overcome my own evil in your head. Absolutely. Because the word Jihad means a struggle against evil, a struggle against injustice, even if it's the struggle against
me. But in jihad, there are a lot of rulings you cannot kill innocent people in your head. And, and the the rule to go by in Islam, how many of you ever heard the ends justify the means? Hands up? How much evil has been done in the world because of the statements, how many innocent people have been killed because of the statements. It's a shame. collateral damage is not accepted in Islam. It's not accepted. The ends do not justify the means. In Islam, the means must be justified all the way to the end. You cannot take an innocent life in Islam even for a good cause. You cannot do it. There's no such thing as his weapons of mass destruction in Islam. That's absolutely against the idea of
jihad. weapons of mass destruction are prohibited in Islam, you cannot massively disrupt anything, cannot kill innocent people cannot kill non combatants can't kill women can kill children can't kill the elderly, you cannot take out infrastructure, cannot tear down the water treatment facilities. You cannot tear down power plants. You cannot tear down anything that brings basic function to society, you're only allowed to fight those who fight you. That's it. That's all there is to it in Islam. If someone breaks these rules, they become a criminal. And criminal courts would bring them to justice. And it's not. This is jihad. And there are rules for jihad. You can even cut down a tree
in college. It cannot kill an animal and call it jihad. We have to understand these things. These things need to be understood in their proper context. Because if you see a lot of what is called Jihad today, it's not jihad. It's war. And war is always ugly. As they say, jihad in Islam is not ugly. It is a struggle to bring about justice and you cannot commit an injustice to bring about injustice there is no end justify the means and Islam models best. Why God chose Jesus to be the Messiah than any other profit because he chose I can't I can't I can't even get in.
That's one in Islam we can even ask uh, how about God chose Jesus to be the Messiah? That's the way it was. That's like asking why did God choose this guy to be blue?
He chose it to be blue set.
Messiah means the anointed one. The the appointed one like Messiah in Arabic is to wipe over something to wipe over something. So when it says the Messiah he is God's Anointed One appointed one wiped over etc. That's all it really means. It's it's an it's an entitlement.
Since the Quran has been translated in English, knowing that it's not authentic, should we respect it as an author?
I never said it was not authentic.
It is just not the word of God. It is a translated meaning of the word of God is a translated meaning of the word of God. out of it is one of the most in depth languages. And when it comes to the classical Arabic which is known as first time, which is the language of the Quran, it has the deepest meanings of any languages, there are words that have a plethora of meanings. And those meanings have to be explained, if you wanted to do a proper translation of the Quran, how big would it be? It would be it would volumes would fill up this room volumes could fill up this room if you want to do a proper translation, actually, what is the translation of the meanings what the Quran
means, and that's always into the eyes of the translator into the interpreter. So when you look at a translation of the Quran using translation in the meaning, it's not the actual word of God, it's not the actual word of God, like for me to say that chapter 112 verse one says, say, he's got the one that's a translation. That's not the word of God. The Word of God is Kula who Allahu Ahad. That's the word of God. So we have to understand it.
That we have to understand it into into that concept didn't say it was not authentic. It's just a translation. And it's not treated the same as the Koran. Like you know, it's not held in that same esteem.
sects fell into disagreement name, today's sex.
I wanted to name the sex of Islam, we will be here for hours and hours, there's 70, there will be 73 sects of Islam. The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said that the children of Israel divided into 71 different groups, all of them will be in Hellfire except one. And those are the ones that followed Moses and put what he was upon. He said that Christianity will fall into 72 six all of them will be in Hellfire except one. And that is the one that follow what Jesus was upon. Islam have fallen to 73 six all in there'll be Hellfire except for one. And that one is what the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and his companions were upon 73 sects in Islam. Some of them we don't
even know about, you know, they just little sects that are just falling into oblivion. The two major sects of the Shia and the Sunni, as is known now, but we don't even have time within context to get into that she broke off as a political group is very simple. When you look at the history of Islam, it became a politicized group, they broke off and turned into something else. There's only one right way of Islam. That's the way that is according to the Quran and the Sunnah, as practiced by the prophet Mohammed his companions. That's it, there's no other way of right way of Islam.
Does the Bible translate the same about Jesus like the foot and translates?
No, the Quran and the Bible have some similarities. When it comes to stories of Jesus, you'll find similar stories of Jesus that you'll find synonymous between the Gospels and between the Quran and then there are stories that the Quran narrates that the Gospels don't narrate and their stories that the Gospels narrate that the Quran does, and so there's similarities and then there's differences,
says presently, around 150 individuals
are publicly executed within the boundaries of the United States per year.
So I believe these killings to have become a very arbitrary and constitute cruel and unusual punishment,
as is prohibited by our bill of rights, does Islam or our speaker, a man agree or disagree with the idea of cruel
punishments? There's no cruel and unusual punishment and it's not allowed. It's not allowed. and unusual punishment is forbidden in Islam,
even when it comes to taking a life and there are reasons that you can take a life in Islam in retribution for murder, a life can be taken or a
penalty can be paid for the stoning of the adulterer. There are certain crimes, that punishment for rape and things of that nature there are crimes that that the death penalty is allowed. But God says do not take a life without justice you can are forbidden from taking a life in Islam without justice. So cruel and unusual punishment is not allowed in Islam. You need to be sure before you take a life in Islam. cruel and unusual punishment is within Islam. Islam is a system that brings about justice and justice is not done by cruel and unusual punishment. There's there's no torture and Islam.
No right for torture and Islam. You cannot torture people, even even people who have tortured you, you don't torture them in retribution. You deal with that in the most kind and most beautiful way, according to the laws and legislations that were sent by God to his creation, simple in Islam,
prohibited to use fire, not allowed to burn people in Islam, cruel and unusual punishment. If you take a life, you take it swiftly. You take it swiftly. That's like beheading swiftly.
stoning for adultery is another another thing. It's not a very swift punishment. But again, Islam looks at adultery as breaking down the very construct of society. And and and when you see the divorce rate high in a society, you see that society crumbling in shambles, because that that bond between a husband and a wife and a family that's that's the compendium of society that is the nucleus of society. And if that construct breaks down, society breaks down. And that's what we see a lot in our societies.
You kept insisting to get information from the Quran in Arabic, I don't know Arabic. Do I have to learn it? Or do do you recommend some other way? You don't have to know Arabic you come and ask someone who knows. The Quran says if you don't know, ask those who know if you don't know ask those who know the Quran says if you don't know ask the people of the reminder the the scholars who know if you don't know so here in in in Bakersfield, you have people who know you have the Imams of the massage in here, the two mosques here, as people who know don't just try to go and soak up that information for yourself because it may be interpreted wrongly, you may not know what you're
grasping, you may not know what you're getting. And that would not be just for anyone it would not be just for a Muslim to come and read a book about Christianity and think that he knows Christianity know if he wants to know what Christianity is really about. And he would need to ask someone who knows and get that proper information.
If I shake a guy's hands do I have to make although again
First let me answer the question or girl First, let me fix the question.
It is not allowed in Islam for a man and a woman to shake hands if they are not related in a prohibitory manner, what that means related in a predatory manner is mean they cannot be married like a mother and a father and mother. You cannot marry a father and mother, your sister, your brother, your uncle's, your your you know things that is nature onsen, people whom you cannot marry in Islam, you can shake hands with them, and you can be a little bit more loose with them. But anyone whom you can marry, and would have the opportunity to marry, you're not allowed to touch them. And Islam, you're not allowed to be in a room alone with them. You're not allowed to go to
certain extent of relationships with them. Men and women are not allowed to shake hands and Islam if they are not related. With prohub.
There are a number of ways to answer this the first way that we as Muslims answer this is because God has made it permissible. Simply, God has made it permissible, we accept that. There is logic behind that as well. When it comes to the logic in Islam, we believe that marriage is only allowed between a man and a wife. That's very clear in Islam, marriage is only between a man and a wife in Islam are men and a woman in Islam.
One of the logics behind that is the number of men and women. If one man married one woman in the world, how many women would be left over?
A lot, a whole lot of women will be left over, what are those women going to do? They are going to be single, we're going to commit some weird acts which we see a lot of women committing. But there will be women who would have no family, they will lose their family, they would lose, they would lose the opportunity to have family to have children, things of that nature. And that's only increasing, women are increasing, men are decreasing some of the logic behind that God has allowed men to have more than one wife, for logic reasons. But but but there are rules within that in Islam, for a man to take another wife, he must do so justly. Meaning that the second wife that he takes the
third wife that he takes the fourth wife that he takes, he must treat them exactly the same, exactly the same, he must treat them exactly the same, they must be given the same love and affection. And for a man to be able to do that justly is
He must also be able to financially support them equally. He must also be able to maintain them equally, he must deal with them with justice equally, and he needs to be able to equally deal with the drum is going to come.
It's going to be drama. There's going to be drama, I'm telling you right now. So the man has to go to do that. And God says in the Quran, that you may take wives as you please, two, three or four. But if any of you fears injustice, that he will do to them. What does it say?
Take one, if you feel that you'll do injustice, just take one. Just take one. And so that comes up to the man being being honest with himself. Can I do justice between more than one woman? Most men are honestly gonna say no.
I barely do justice to one.
But there are those who can do that justice and they are allowed to take
More than one way, but it must be dealt with with equity and justice. And then when you see these types of relationships where the woman is okay with the man is okay, what do you see you see some beauty behind them, you see some cooperation between the families and the children and things of that nature. And it also builds a strong family union is a strong family union unit, if it's done properly, but it's allowed in Islam. That's it. And for our sisters, for our sisters, I want to encourage you to not let the modern ideas of the world give you a bad opinion about you. And to give you a bad opinion about a lot.
Because to think negatively about this idea, is to think negatively about a loss of handle with the IRA and avoid that, please, this is a trick of the shape on that is that it's taken a lot of our sisters beyond the bounds. If Allah has made something permissible, he made it permissible with beauty. And it's a beautiful thing. And it should be looked at as such, don't let men who have used in abuse this privilege, let you think negatively about your demeanor about a lot. Because there's nothing negative about it. If a man does it properly, that justice is there. Why can a woman have four husbands?
There's a lot of logic behind that. And I can't get into it. She has a child who's the Father.
She doesn't know who the father is Liz, okay, we have DNA testing. Still, that's gonna get tricky. Okay, what if? What if? What if the woman has 10 children from all these four husbands and those children have children and children have children, then the whole family structure of who's related to who, who's whose cousin who's whose brother, it becomes very mixed up. And nobody knows who's what's going on anymore, the whole structure of the family starts to break down. So you see where that can start to get into some some weirdness. And what of that man has four wives, the woman the woman has four husbands, every every husband has four wives, and you get into some real problems
here, when it comes to the family structure, so Islam has limited that family structure that the children are attributed to one Father, the family structure is well known and everything is is hunky dory, as they say.
Oh, yeah, even even Yeah, in it for a long time. There was no restriction. Even in the Bible. There was in the Old Testament, there was no restriction, there was no restriction. Yeah, 1000. Solomon is recorded in the Bible, half 1000 wives, I mean, that's where it would get out of hands. I don't know how that's possible. But there was no restriction even up into the time of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, there was no restriction. Women were treated as property. Women were treated as property. This is a an Unfortunately, this is also part of what is taken over into the European aspect of marriage, the woman taking the man's last night.
Muslim women are not allowed to take the last name of the husbands. The reason a woman took the last name of her husband because she was his property. Therefore, he owned her. That's why she took his last name, and its name we are the property of no one except our Creator. So the woman keeps her name, she keeps her identity, and its name restricted at the fore with justice.
Is it true that Islam teaches the only way
eternal life is guaranteed with Allah is by the life of the by taking the life of an infidel? Islam teaches the only way of life in the Hereafter is to take the life of a non believer, you answer that question. answer that question for yourself, after all, what you've heard today? Absolutely not.
after, I guess, the
For example, somebody was said to have his hand cut off, do they even get a chance to change or redeem themselves and try to be a better person despite how bad the crime was? Okay. Do they have the right like, for instance, someone commits a crime that is worthy of having their hand cut off. All the rulings are applicable? Do they have the right to say I'm sorry, I won't do it again.
No, they have there is a right for reforming. But if they are, meet all the requirements, their hand will be taken off, and then they have the right to reform.
Then they have the right to reform but the punishment is going to be there because if you had that type of punishment, I won't do it again. That is a system that we see will not work. We've seen that system played out here in America. If you have enough money, I don't want to do it again here, pay a good lawyer, then keep doing it and doing it and doing it. This is why the recidivism rate is so high in America, because the punishment is so lacks in many cases, some of our even some of our prisons here in America are better than then then 30% of people live. Some people people in prison live better than most people at the poverty rate. Some people go to prison just to get out of the
life they were living. You living on the streets in a cardboard box prison is a step up
to step up.
So we see this or fetishism rate found living on the streets, look, I go rob a bank, one of two things gonna happen, I'm gonna get a lot of money, or I'm gonna go to a better place.
That's it taraba Bank, I'm gonna go to a federal prison, that's even better club fed. So we see that system doesn't work, doesn't work. If that person is going to rob a bank knows that, I mean, they're gonna get away with a lot of money, or I'm gonna lose a hand, that money doesn't seem so enticing anymore.
And if you do it once, that really is not going to tempt you again, I have one where you wouldn't lose the second hand, you lose a foot from the opposite arm. So you're gonna lose a hand and then a foot, you're going to be lopsided, and then you steel again, gonna lose another foot. So it becomes a very big deterrent. You know, and it's, it's funny, but it's real. It's not a joke, you lose a hand, you start to think twice about taking something else. So
what should I do if a Christian tells me that he or she, on the right is on the right way, and he or she doesn't want to talk about religion and get engaged, if I if I spoke to, to him or her about any
and say that he or she is against Islam, because of many false that have been said about Islam?
Okay, I'm gonna get you to repeat the question. But before I do, the shaker reminded me that the word infidel is not a word that you'll find anywhere in the Quran and the Sunnah. The word infidel is not mentioned infidels a very derogatory word. The word used in the Quran or something for someone who doesn't believe is what
cafe, cafe, and coming from cafe, cafe, meaning someone who covers up or hides the truth. So that is, even though it's a negative word, it is still set in a respectable way. Still set in a respectable way. Just as someone who doesn't believe someone that denies the truth or covers up the truth, the word infidel, comes from a very different place comes from a very different place. So Islam does not properly translate Kaffir does not translate the infidel.
Yeah, the Crusaders Really? Did. They taught that the Muslims were infidels, and that came off that that whole
Roman European type of infidel came into and unfortunately, that has been translated some Islamic books, but it's improper. It is not proper to call someone who does not believe in infidel. There are classes of people in Islam you have a catheter, someone doesn't believe you have a Muslim, someone who worships another god, things of this nature. So we leave it like that. What was the question again? What should I do if a Christian tells me that he or she is on the right way and he or she doesn't want to talk about religion and gets engaged if I angry and get if I spoke to he or she about it and says that he or she is against Islam? Because of many false that have been said
about Islam? If someone says I believe in a certain faith, I don't want to hear what you have to say. I believe my way is right and your way is wrong. Then you leave that person Okay, what can you do? You can try to tell them the truth and then that's it they don't want to hear it they don't want to hear it cannot force it upon anyone and Islam cannot be forced. So we walk away okay, we're gonna take one more and we're gonna call it a close the last one
because my eyes are starting to get blurry
if Prophet Muhammad was mentioned in the Bible, how come the Jews and Christians didn't follow Him at His time?
Okay, the question is if Muhammad peace be upon him was in the Bible, why did the did the Jews and the Christians of his time not follow him?
statements not I never said correct for Jews and Christians who did accept Islam. Why others didn't know the way they've just been? Maybe talk to them, I guess.
That's the so that's it. Well, I'm gonna cut there's few more left. But unfortunately, my my, my vision is starting to get blurry. So I know that migraines are about to take a turn for the worst. So we'll take your question, but then then we'll let it go.
have the impression that you'd like to speak with the person that you're in competition with? Or they are in competition? And so therefore
you may be
the only one.
The question was, you know, how do you deal with like, if it seems like we're in competition, like the Christians are in competition with Muslims and Christians, Jews, like we're in a big competition, who can overtake the other one. Islam does not have this attitude, and we should not have this attitude. And Islam we are legislated to
dispelled the truth. Say the truth as we know it, speak the truth is what it is. And then the rest is up to the individual. There is no competition in Islam where I can out debate you over, do you because that doesn't do either one of us any good, it's not going to bring any benefits. That's why I don't get into a lot of debates. Unless I'm left with no note no other choice to do so. Because a lot of debates bring a lot of heat, but very little light. So we give the truth as it is, and we leave the rest up to individuals because again, is the individual choice. I like today I told you the truth about Jesus, it's up to all of you to accept it or not. The last thing I'm going to close
with is my personal advice for all of you, Muslims included.
If anyone is sincere about the truth, then this is a test for you. If anyone here is sincere about the truth, and I wanted to take this challenge myself,
then that relationship of the truth is between you and the one who created you. That's it. It doesn't have anything to do with me. It has anything to do with anybody sitting in this room. It has to do with your father, your mother, your sister, your brother, your friends, your co workers, no one is a personal relationship. If anyone sincerely wants to know the truth, this is my challenge. Go home tonight alone, by yourself and talk to the one who created you talk to the one who created you say my Creator, I want to know the truth. Therefore, show me the truth and guide me to the best of it. And say that wholeheartedly say that wholeheartedly. And if you are willing to follow that
guidance, wherever it may take you, you will be guided you will be shown the truth and that is something I have no doubt about. Because the Quran says those who want to walk up right we guide them into our ways. So if you sincerely sincerely want to know the truth go tonight say oh one who created me, guide me to the truth because I sincerely want to know and if you're willing to follow that guidance, wherever it may lead you will come to the truth I have no doubt about that. And all Muslims make that challenge if you if you as a Muslim are not willing to do that, then I'm going to question whether or not you're on the right path because we asked that 17 times every single day.
guide me to the street. So I asked all of you to do that and hopefully we will all be benefited with guidance from the creator thank you very much for your time anyone wanting more questions from me because I'm not gonna stay around long I'm really hurting you if you want any questions from me I have a website very easy to find. You see that name where says you should Evans you put a.com on that you have me you put a.com on that you got me there's a button that says contact that comes directly to my phone I can avoid it I can't get away from it. If you have Facebook you can contact me on facebook just search you should Evans
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