Channel: Yusuf Estes
Yusuf Estes Lights up the Award ceremony at dubai.
Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah voila It was a big man in a Chateau La ilaha illAllah
Muhammadan Abdul Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa Ramadan. Mubarak.
Masha Allah. Look at all these beautiful smiling faces at 10 o'clock. What is it? 10? o'clock? 11 o'clock.
11 o'clock at night, these guys smiling. They must they ate a lot of Food
Handler bill, I mean, who allowed the gentleman was for me. And it's very good to be with all of you. here tonight. You want to do touch more?
Don't need to touch him. I will speaking text and actually,
I don't either. I'm the humbler. It's great to be with all of you here again, in this very same place where we were last night. And what a wonderful experience it was last night to go through this ceremony because it showed something showed the creativity, imagination and vision
of this entire country, and especially of Dubai, I was very impressed. And I had a lot of comments about this today. I wish I had more time on the internet have been busy today. This morning, the first thing we did, we went to the big library here, where they preserve the books, the most amazing of all places, you know this one, right?
No, this is special because they preserve the manuscripts in old books. You know who I mean?
No, we got to take it tomorrow that your home the law. And then after that, we went to the surgeon. Now most Muslims are trying to get away from the surgeon. Yeah, we went to this what his surgeon
said, See a prison. Exactly. See, you said you didn't know how to translate the value of doing already much on Yes, jail prison, we went to prison.
But for me, it is normal because I spent many years in America as the National Muslim chaplain, especially for institutions, which means the military as a volunteer, and as a paid volunteer for the Bureau of Prisons. And that's in Washington DC. Can you imagine what it was like, in America, because we have so many people incarcerated in the United States. When I started, as a chaplain, we had approximately 1 million people in jail.
When I left, there was more than 2 million,
2 million, and it will cost of over $40,000 a year for each one.
So much so that many private organizations are putting together places to take the prisoners, they're building their own prison, private prison, you can understand private prison.
And sapana law, when you compare it to what we saw today.
Because here, the idea is not to punish is not to hurt somebody to kick them around, but rather to change his outlook to change his mind to correct.
You know, what Allah said in the Quran, right? That Allah doesn't change the condition of the people until the people change themselves. And look how and this is amazing.
I didn't see something like this. Look how they work with us. First of all, they keep a record of each thing, like the library at the prison.
They have it so you can check out a book. But when you do, you must return the book and say something about the book, say something about the book.
And I read it. And more than one he said, I read this book, it helped me to change my outlook. And one of them He even said, and I was so surprised I even read you saw me. I said, Look, I read this.
Because he said, after I read this book, I'm understanding about myself. I did a big mistake. He said in February of 2007. I was fighting to defend myself with somebody and I killed him. He said It's my mistake.
He didn't say all self defense. No, he said I made a mistake. And this is very important in psychology to know when you made a mistake. You have to admit it. You can't just keep going. No, it's his fault. No, he did it. No, here No. Oh, you know, and I was explaining to the inmates about the blame gun. Have you heard about the blind gun? I'm from Texas. Everybody has to have a gun in Texas, right? Kind of like Afghanistan. Anyway.
blame, blame, I blame you. I blame you and blame, blame blame. That's why forgiveness sounds like a gun, doesn't it? You blaming somebody.
But in Islam, you don't blame, do you?
It's actually a form of shirk.
resistance and I'm compared it to a black ant, on a black rock on a black night. Can you see it? No. But this kind of thing will be just that kind of shirt, making partners with the law because it means you're not happy. You're not satisfied with what Allah gave you.
Social Cannella when I saw the way that they were operating that prisoner today, and the way I was received the way that they treated the prisoners, I said, Man, this is this is amazing. They said yes, we have five star prison.
Five Star, because if you memorize,
even to Jews, which is about
one 16th of the Quran, they will reduce your sentence by maybe one or two years. If you memorize the entire Quran, they will take off up to 20 years of somebody sentence. suppose somebody is in for 22 years. He can be out in two years just memorize Quran.
And we asked the one in charge about this subject. He said, you know, somebody asked me this question. They asked me
You mean anybody? should anybody even Muslim? said yes.
Said Aren't you afraid he would come in, he would memorize the Quran and go back out and kill somebody else.
He said, I have no problem. If he can memorize the Quran, if he understands the meaning of this, and he can go out and kill somebody and be the first time.
Never because it changes people. In America, the biggest problem we have, and the other person who works very closely with me in America also worked in prisons, motorists debris. And you can ask him, asked me will tell you the biggest problem we have on the state level, federal level, county level city level, when somebody gets out of jail, he's going to be right back in again.
We call it a Yo Yo, I don't know if you know what yo yo, it's A toy that we use the children usually it goes down, it comes back, it goes down, it comes back is the yo yo they go out, they come back, they go out, they come back.
So I ask him, okay, you have this problem? He said, No. Very few ever come back. Why? Number one, they change the attitude. Number two, they give them something to hope for something to believe in number three, they educate them, if he doesn't have education, it's provided free.
And when he's educated, they also will train them and help them. And as we were leaving, he was telling us about a program. Instead of they said why don't you let them work inside the prison in an occupation is a very good idea. In America, they do that. But a lot of problems come with it contraband people bring stuff in for them to make other stuff. And when they do this, another problem come in dealing in Georgia in business, you know, the guys who are bringing it in or trying to use them like Chinese labor? No.
No, he said, No, we just let them go out and work. I said, What should we trust them?
And you know what? It shouldn't be like that. If somebody is really improving, giving responsibility, but giving trust, he said is very successful. The whole program that we watched there today, as we were coming back out of you know, we said, This is amazing. How come we didn't hear about this in America.
If they would see this, they could change many things. While the problem. The problem is our media. Our media is so involved with monetary gain, that that becomes first does the story sell? If it doesn't sell? Don't run it. Simple as that. If it's exciting, oh, somebody died? Oh, good. put that up there. somebody killed somebody put it up there. Yeah, that's what we need to hear about. Somebody did a good deed, they helped some people. I don't care about that. Don't put that in there.
So what I'm saying is that you and I need to be aware of this. Because in America, all we're hearing about Islam is what?
What are we hearing? Do you know? I'll give you a clue. Take a microphone. Go up to somebody for the microphone to them and say I'm going to give you a sentence Give me the last word of the sentence. I did this. He said okay, just give me one word. I want the last word. Okay. All
peaceful, nice, kind. No, no, they said,
and another one.
a good way to live.
A Dean. No.
And why is because there's no voice showing the other side?
How important is it for us to have a voice? Suppose right now hear tonight that all of a sudden there was a problem up?
What would happen?
Think about that?
Where are you today with no voice? And if you said, Well, you know, I don't care about this modern technology stuff. I just want to go my way I have my life. I have my job. You know, I don't need this. Facebook home.
Email surfing the internet home.
Text Message stop for law.
I don't need this.
Maybe you don't. But the rest of the world does. They need to hear from us. Who are we? What are we really all about?
Let me share with you something.
When I was with the inmates today, we had a really good time. Because when I'm with the inmates, I really have fun with them. I play with their head, you know, and I joke with them. And I let them understand that Islam is for everybody. Not just somebody sitting in a Masjid not just somebody who's making tawaf around the Kaaba. No, this is for everybody all day long.
And I was mentioned this story to them.
Last month, or just before Ramadan started, we were out in California, about maybe maybe June.
While I was there, they had open house, maybe not as many people as we have here today, but they had a lot of people. And in the open house, they had Christians and Jews.
And it was interesting, the Christians and Jews, I don't know why they were sitting all on one side, and the Jews were in the front row.
And so I decided I'm gonna make my focus on them tonight. By the way, I never planned a program. I don't.
I don't, because I want to let a large show me what to say to the people in front of me. And so Pamela, came in my mind asked him about the Sharia because this is a big subject. 37 states in the United States right now have laws that they've either implemented or they're voting on to stop anybody from practicing Sharia in America. A law I'm going to show you what is the value of this statement? a law against Sharia.
Law? against what?
If you know the language, you live what how can they be, and I tested him. I said, Guys, help me out here. I like words. That's one of my things is etymology. I think I'll be an entomologist,
a person who studies words. Anyway, I said to them a word. Tell me about this word. They said okay, what word I said cheddar. Yeah. You know the word this? Yes. Yes. Is it good or bad? Is it bad, bad, as an evil evil as Okay, another word? Torah. You know, Torah right away the Jewish Yes, we know Torah. Some Christians. Yeah, we know Torah, good or bad is a very good said you just contradicted yourself. They said what? Yes, these are the same word, one for the Old Testament. And the other one for the New Testament, the last testament, which is the Koran. You know, they have the Jewish testament, Christian testament, Muslim Testament is the same God it's the same thing and look, and I
began to compare the 10 commandments to the commandments we know in Islam, number one,
rule of law don't have any other gods beside God number one, Chapter 20. In the book of Exodus, read it.
They're looking at each other. That's right. That's right. Number one, number two large ricola don't have any statues or images.
Number three, the smell was a part of Allah Spano. tala, don't take the Lord's name in vain.
That's right. Very good. Number four, is about worship. Keep a day for worship for our sponsor. Yes. Okay. And was number five. They said Thou shall not kill you.
Don't kill anybody. I said, No, it's not, not in your book and not in our book, and your relationship with lots of panels, talent, number one above everything else, take care of your parents. They should
read your book. Number five, thou shalt Honor thy mother and I father. And in Islam, the first thing after a law and this is handed over to someone like me with salami, you know it better than me. And they asked for sort of the loss of a light of a solemn
who, after a law in his messenger has the most the most rights on me, he said, your mother.
After a Lucha Panama after the worship to a law and following His Messenger, you're telling me the next most important thing obey my mother. Yeah. And then what? Your mother?
And then what your mother?
And then and then your father,
mother, mother, mother, then your father, then it says, Don't kill somebody.
Same God, same laws, same Sharia same Torah, but you said, there are different and the people sit there with.
We didn't know. So you know why you didn't know it's not your fault. It's our fault. Because we didn't tell you. We're sitting here like this.
Very quiet, even will go like this.
And then as soon as we're by ourselves.
And then as soon as somebody who's not Muslim come up.
And this has to change. If we are going to survive in the world today. Why do you think something like Syria, you know, Syria right now is a big problem.
Remember, in the problems they had in Libya, and Afghanistan, or there was a lot of problems they did to themselves? I have no doubt the Muslims did a lot of stupid things themselves. But what happened from outside also comes back to us you know why? Because we did not get the message out. Simple as that. Yes or no?
Did we do a good job? Did we get the message out? People know what's Islam or no?
Is there a problem?
And in America, in America, I actually heard bitch you say this. We do not need another Masjid. The first time I heard that, I want one. We have to worship Allah. No, we don't need another machine. We don't need another madressa We don't need another mosque or place to worship. We don't need another school. You know what we need?
We need our voice. This is what we need. Forget about a machine. Because look what just happened yesterday.
Yesterday, you know what happened yesterday?
They burn down a machete in America.
And this day, Friday, it's Friday over here now.
We're supposed to be goddess TV is supposed to be in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, because that's where they had the other mustard problem that they burnt that one down when they were trying to build it. Because today's the grand opening they finally allowed them to open it they had to have a court ruling to overthrow the judge's ruling against Islam.
Now, how does this set with you? One monster does get finally getting the right to open and at the same time they're burning down another one.
And what happened just a few days before that, and it didn't even happen to Muslim you happened to the poor See?
The same people you know what happened?
A guy used to be in a military
went out to their temple and started shooting and killing them. And they came in the police kill him.
But by the way, he wasn't a terrorist because he wasn't the Muslim.
This is the part where you're supposed to clap. You didn't know that.
Giving the cue card helped him out. Okay. Anyhow.
But seriously, guys, we have to wake up.
This is a very important thing.
And as far as talking about the prison, and that had a big impact on me today, I'm so glad you took me there. I'm even more glad you got me out.
By the way, these jokes won't get any better if you don't laugh louder.
All right, that thank you very much. Nice. That's called a mercy laugh. Anyhow.
Our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. He said adonia signal
Men who are genital careful.
How many of you heard this hadith before? Raise your hand? You heard it.
How many of you would like to know the meaning what does that mean? Want to know? Okay. Sujin means a prison. Dunya means this worldly life that we live in. Jenna means paradise. Kaffir means a disbeliever.
So this worldly place that we live in is actually a prison for a true believer.
But it's the only paradise for a display.
Why? Let's analyze it. And we did that in a prison today. Definitely. We talked to him about that. What's the first thing that you notice? When you're in prison? You can't go where you want to go? There's not true. You can't be with the ones you love. Isn't that true? And after that, you can't wear the kind of clothes you want to wear. Can you a snappy suit? Can you imagine going to say Warden? You have something in a little bit bigger size. I would also like the pinstripe the new one that's the movie baton. Which is good. No. No. doesn't work like that. You get the same color orange as everybody else.
So forget the clothes. This is the same for Muslims, by the way.
Now watch the food in the prison. Imagine do they give you a little list in the morning? You can check up I'll have T bone steak. No, no the ribs? I want the ribs today. I'll have is this how it works in prison? No, I don't think so. You get the same goulash that ever you know, like it's not even OMalley it's more like bubblegum.
That's it? Yeah. By the way, before I leave the subject. I need a federal real quick and I'll come back to my subject check. Maybe you know the answer that we need federal. If I'm Ollie, you know the desert are delicious. And she's over here on the table and bubblegum new she's over here. Does she have to wear his jumper? No. Well, why do you think about it, we'll go back to the subject.
Now you got it.
We'll come back to the subject go look at the condition of the believer. A real believer in the law. If you read and study the Quran, you find the real objective of this life is not to go get killed and get 72 virgins in paradise. In fact, it doesn't even say that. The real objective of this life is to be with God in Paradise, yes or no? To see the face of Allah soprano. What's it mentioned in the Quran?
This is the objective. To be with God to be with the prophets to be with Jesus and Mohammed in Solomon and all the prophets. We wouldn't be with them yes or no. There's our objective.
How did these people twist this story to something else? Allahu Akbar.
ajeeb This is amazing.
Isn't it true in prison, you can't be with the ones you love and go and come as you please. But in Paradise, you will, you will be able to enjoy to the maximum and you can be with the law. You can be with the Prophet if Allah subhanho wa Taala will be in the highest paradise janitor for those who Allah May Allah subhanaw taala give all of us that. Um, he will. I mean, yeah, man. Want to be there? You do, too. I want all of us to do this.
But we're not. We're suffering. We have problems. You have pain. You have agony. you're uncomfortable. Every day we have given problems normally, especially your first thing get a little bit hungry, huh? We'd like to have a drink. Yeah, be nice little bit of water can sun's out. True or false? This is because where we live this decision for us? Is not hell. No way. But it's still like a prison. So the comparison wasn't the clothes, the food, the drink, and not being one of us. But what about the other side of the story? When he said some alignment some peace be upon me? That it's the only paradise for somebody who just believes for the one who doesn't believe in God. They don't
believe in the next life. What do they have to live for?
If they don't believe, what do they have to live for?
nothing except this life. Get a bigger car, get a bigger house,
get a better job, get a better position in life get a bigger rank.
And then what?
Imagine this and Allah gives you this story about the Fatah is that the plural of Moscow
Moscow one key
Are you sure
many keys Yeah.
In Quran, the one he has all the keys, so many keys that would load down. Men can carry all the keys to his treasure.
How did he? How did he wind up good or bad? He's sunk around. Yeah, he sunk all the way through his neck.
And then the people, the people were saying, we want to be like him until allow me even Nick. And he said, we don't want to be like you.
Think about this, even yourself, forget about this, just think about yourself, you have a key to your house, you have a key to your car, is it in your purse is in your pocket, you have it with you. Put in your hand right now. Put it in your hand and Hold it.
Hold it tight. So somebody can't steal it, grab it, get it in your hand. It says my keys.
Nobody can get my keys, right?
The minute Melaka mode, the Angel of Death comes for your, for your soul, and you die.
A baby can walk over and open your fingers and take out your keys and you can do nothing.
So what was this life worth? For all that money you had in the bank? Remember that savings about you had your head and your treasures in the gold? And they're not going to put that in the grave with you? Are they?
Why did you do it?
What was the benefit?
What was the benefit? To build up your paradise? Here?
By the way, I'm about to wrap this up. So get ready.
It happened a number of years ago, I was on a radio show. They called me and I did it over the telephone with them. And on the radio show. I mentioned this Hadeeth and gave some explanation about it.
Afterwards, they had people calling in and one lady she called in she said I agree with everything you said it was wonderful is great, except one thing.
She said you were talking about the people in prison. She says I don't think people should be put in prison. I said what?
I mean, I'm working with prisoners. I know they need to be there. Trust me. They need to be there.
Some of them. They need to be separated from each other. They're very dangerous people, some of them some. So Paula. And she said, Oh, I don't think anybody should go to prison. So really? She said yes, I think they should be taken to someplace like an island that has nice, beautiful flowers, trees, birds, rivers, and gardens.
And then they could change. I said, Ma'am, you're describing Jenna.
This is what Allah describes a reward for the people that are the believers of a new one.
Those who believe in do the good works, the righteous deeds, you should reward these people for being criminals.
and suparna law. And that's when it came in my mind. Look, that's exactly what the prophet SAW Islam said. She was by the way, she wasn't Muslim. The point was, and I still see this so clear today. If you want your paradise here, go ahead. But what would you have on a day? But if you want your paradise on the Day of Judgment, then what are you willing to sacrifice here?
And think about it because today more than ever before, we need the right kind of media, we have to have the real voice of real Islam. Somebody has to stand up and say, What let you law in the law really means and the benefit is for Muslims and non Muslims.
I'm going to wrap it up right there. And open up the chance. I think we have some folks want to ask some questions. They said give some time for that. I will like to ask you whenever we come to the question part of it. Be sure to ask questions I know the answer to it makes me look smart.
100 100 a lot of galantamine por la de Jong the muslimeen. Back to you. Thank you very much for the cheer for this precious, precious and useful speech.
and would like to open their chance for questions but I think we can give it a priority to non Muslims to ask. Well, let me do this. Let me do a quick inventory Is anybody here? That's a Muslim, raise your hand all the machines Put your hand up quick. I'll put the other one up. Okay, get used to it. That's airport security.
Okay, now anybody is not Muslim. Just
Put up one hand, anybody not Muslim? Who else where
how you like being surrounded by all these Muslims of the law almost slipped in. Anyhow, what we would like to do is give you guys a chance if you have any question or even a comment something you'd like to say you're most welcome. And maybe we can get them to bring a microphone over to you.
Here we go. Sure.
About that charming lady sitting with you. And she let her say, What? Okay, tell us this. Where are you from?
Where are you from?
We from Namibia,
Very close to South Africa.
Oh, okay. I'm sure that you have some comment about being here and visiting here in Dubai. And maybe you'd like to say something good or bad. It doesn't matter. It's your chance. You got the mic. Talk to us. What do you think about being here? How do you like it?
thinks we were here or are you by invitation and it's a very interesting evening, listening to the thoughts and the ideas that has been exchanged. And it's a learning lesson. How do you like being here in Dubai?
Well, I'm actually from Abu Dhabi. But yeah, it's a beautiful country. It's easy to get here from Abu Dhabi. Yeah, just came up. You need a visa.
Thank you so much. Marcelo. Anybody else is not Muslim would like to ask any question. You're welcome.
We'll give preference to anybody who's not Muslim. Especially if you're thinking about being a Muslim. And you have a question about Islam.
And after that, if we have any of our sisters that have a question or something, we'll give them the next priority. Any our sisters have something?
I'm trying to avoid actually getting into these guys because they give me a hard question. I don't know the answer to.
Okay, gentlemen, questions. I know you got one. Right here.
microphone is coming. Yeah, there you go. salaam aleikum. Wa Alaikum Salaam Rahmatullah Ramadan Mubarak. Tell us your name for yourself. Tell us your name.
Where are you from? I'm Jordanian Jordanian origin.
My question is,
from your experience, what the difference between the Islamophobia phenomenon in Europe and in the United States, according to the reasons of this phenomenon? Do you think the same reasons in Europe isn't the same in the United States? Or it's different reasons?
The question our brothers having a black man does not have a hair.
The question is regarding the difference between the way the Europeans consider Islam and those in in America. Now America, by the way, includes all of America, which is South America, Central America, Mexico, United States and Canada. This, for the benefit of our viewers might not know that. Also, Europe is a combination of many countries. And I haven't actually visited all of them yet, but I'm ready to go, you know. And from what little bit I might know about the subject is that in some ways, there are similarities. So the reason for this fear, an unnatural fear in English language is called a phobia. Somebody who has an unrealistic fear of something, it's not rational, that's a
phobia. And so I consider that to be an appropriate terminology, Islam or phobia.
Because Islam should not be the thing they're afraid Oh, by the way, I'm afraid of some Muslims aren't myself and you should be too some of them are weird, no doubt, but don't be afraid about Islam. Why? And this is where I do the etymology of the word. Let's discover what is Islam. Islam is from a verb in the Arabic slama coming from the root soon seen down me. And there's nothing dangerous or bad in this word. It is very beautiful. In the final form in Islam, it contains many meanings in English that have to be present all at the same time. These are not options. These are all part of the same package.
Like if you have the ingredients to make a cake, you can't separate them out. They all have to be there. You don't get a cake. Number one, surrender.
number three, obey. Number four, sincerity, number five, peace. And now all of these have a particular way they have to be blended just like the cake.
First of all, you surrender to a law, you submit to His law, the Sharia,
then you obey what you said you would do. When you make your Shahada, you are committing yourself to do something, you have to do that. And number four, look at this has to be sincere, sincere. Now everybody know the word sincere. You know the word sincere? Can you force somebody to be sincere?
If it's force is not sincere.
Go look it up in the dictionary. If I force somebody, it's not sincere. If it's sincere, it's from the heart.
So it's impossible for Islam to be spread by sword or any other force. And number five, peace. Many times I hear Muslim say Islam is peace. They're not totally wrong.
But they're not totally right either. Because the word for peace is not Islam. We don't say to each other. Islam Aleykum. The way we say mala is very similar. But what's the difference? Because this piece that's in Islam is the peace between you and the one you submitted to which is a law.
So it describes your relationship, as Lama is your relationship with the Almighty. I want you to pay close attention Muslims. Muslims pay attention, because once you have this in your mind, I submit surrender. Sincerely in peace to a law, whatever he gives me, I accept it. If it's if I like it, I'll say Alhamdulillah. I don't like it. It's difficult. I'll still make supper is ready. Now.
In this condition? What is the most logical, logical, logical thing you can think of? You put yourself in a position of a slave Yes or no?
You became a slave. And you're admitting you have a master Yes or no?
So what's the first thing you need? Now? More than anything else you need? You need to know what he wants you to do yes or no.
And in order to do that,
you might think I'm gonna say Koran. There's nothing wrong with that. But I'm telling you something that if you don't have this, the Quran cannot help you.
You need connection.
Don't you need to know what he wants? Don't you need to hear what it was? What's going on with this? What am I supposed to do? What do you want me to do connection? How do you say connection in Arabic Silva.
And what comes from this word, Salah.
So what happens if you want to enter in Jerusalem the first and foremost thing is what I shared with a larger Mohamed Salah. I submit and surrender myself to the concept that there is no other God to worship anywhere, anytime, anyplace except them. And I submit and surrender myself to the way in the teaching of the Prophet Mohammed Salah light so I'm, as the final messenger in a long line of prophets and messengers that came from god yes or no. And immediately after that, I need what and what is then the second pillar of Islam connection.
It's not a punishment. It's not a difficulty. It's what you need. You got a habit more than you need food more than you need water will love it more than you need air you need this connection.
And then after that, is the
the wealth that we have the money that we have the risk of getting a lot of gave us. What are we doing with this? Doesn't it have a problem? All wealth in this world has a problem? Let's clean it. Clean it what's the word in Arabic for cleaning something purifying it? Zika Zika use this word Zika. You want to clean it?
Take two and a half percent of the wealth that you hold not your income tax. No, we don't have that in Islam, two and a half percent of the wealth from the wealthy people and give it to the poor people. then allow clean your money for you and make it grow yes or no. If the Muslims would wake up to this one factor that wouldn't be a poor person left on the earth.
But we have a problem is called buck. backfill. Stingy
I only have $2 billion
if I spent one of them.
We'll only have one left. What?
Islam Joris? Have you got enough food for one day? that's sufficient?
Miss Lam Joris? If you had two rooms in the house that sufficient
third room for a guest that what? anything after that for the shift on the devil.
Wow, what happened to the Muslims? Now? Do you wonder why we're in bed problem? We don't follow our Deen. We're telling everybody else Islam is this Islam is Lord's look. Well, excuse me. I heard you don't see you.
There is a problem. You got the talk. Where's the wall? So this is going to work on good question, brother. Thank you.
And who else have a question?
I scared him they don't ask him.
We have one of our brothers here. Mashallah.
If you guys can pass the mic over to him in sha Allah. Salaam Alaikum. Brother. No. worries. What's your name? You might you might move your head over a little bit. There we go. My name is Ahmad. him on a mod m
So where are you from? Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka. Yeah, Colombo. Kandy. Between in between? Yeah. The area in between is near the Elephant Orphanage.
Maybe you've been there? No, you don't know where it is? Nope. Next time you go. I'll take you.
Serious. I've been there. You know, you pay for the flight ticket. Yeah.
What's your question? Do you mind? I wanted to ask, what's the easiest way to confirm someone when you want to give them power?
Like, when you when you want to bring up the subject of Islam to a non Muslim? How do you? How do you start like, without offending them? How do
you know, I asked myself that same question. And I wanted to know what's the answer? And in the beginning, I saw some videos about debating with people, you know, attacking their Bible attacking their beliefs, attacking the Hindu beliefs, attacking the Christian beliefs, etc, etc.
It didn't work. In fact, it turned people against me and against what I'm trying to do. Then I learned something about something called Sera, Sera a resource Salah Lancelot, the biography of our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him his way, his manners, his love his behavior. And from that I found, wow, let me try that and see if it works, then we act like a true Muslim. And I was surprised that right away I love brought people to me who would ask me questions, rather than me go to them alone or send them to me. And then suddenly, I saw people entering Islam. And in the beginning, when I first married my wife, she was actually getting more people into Islam than me. How is because
she's wearing this cover. And people will come up to her and say, Why do you wear that? I mean, we're living in Texas for crying out loud. While you're dressed like this with black all over you're like that. I mean, you know, your face is covered up, maybe you know your something wrong.
Somebody asked me one time well, you have this face mask. She said, I don't have any lips.
Try to say lips without using your lip. You can't, from the left. But anyhow. Know the thing about it is when you are living the life of a true Muslim, you are already giving the call the dour because people see a real Muslim is confident in himself and what he's doing.
A true Muslim, she's covering herself properly and she's standing out very clearly this person believes in their religion. And when you establish the salah, wherever you are a standard pray you do your Salah, and that's happened to me, me and my daughters went down. We stopped to pray somewhere. Some people came and stood in the way and when we got done that one asked us a bunch of questions
in the market one time my brother and I were praying a Turkish but we were praying afterwards they come in they ask us, why do you move your finger? all the questions, they just want to know why did we move our finger something like this? And then we open the story. And we began explaining what's Islam just like I just told you the basic of the word itself. And so Pamela they many times they say Can I get a book? Can I get some more information, and I usually carry some things with me to give to them. And so Pamela, after we now we have 2200 websites and then any subject of Islam you want I can give you the website, you can go there and take care of it. But even without that when people
see you living, breathing and acting as a true believer
They will be interested in the companions of Muhammad peace be upon him. They were successful in this life, not meaning about money, although some of them were very rich, and you know that. But they were more successful in that they were happy and confident with whatever came, the rest of the people are miserable. They don't know why did this happen to me? How can somebody got cancer? Oh, somebody died? Oh, why this way? Why
not a Muslim? He says hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah. Mashallah, let's see, should they begin thinking? What is it about these people? Why are they competent? Why are they so happy, even when disaster comes like the tsunami,
tsunami came, I don't know if you notice, I happen to be in Chennai, India when that happened. So I got to see the aftermath of it. And what happened when the Muslims went to those islands and carried help to them, you know, what it was that the people wanted more than anything else, they came, they brought clothing, they brought food, they brought many things to them. You know, the people said, the most important thing you brought yourself, we just wanted content. We wanted to see that the rest of the world was still there. And we're happy, I'm delighted you came to see us, that's enough for us.
And some people entered Islam. Now you have imagined this. So this is what the focus should be, to be in live your life as a Muslim, then when people ask you a question, yes, it's important to know the answers to questions. But don't think of yourself as going in the street, right with a banner that said, be a Muslim or go to hell.
Don't think like that.
It's obvious enough after somebody knows the real message of what we're talking about, if you don't want to believe in God, that's your choice. It is not a prohibited thing. There is no compulsion in this way of Islam. But it's their choice. They're making it all you have to do is show them what the choice is. And then after that, you're supposed to leave them alone with that. That's what happened to me.
The one who actually gave me now for three months working with me, when I got to the point in asking a serious question, he gave me the most serious answer I ever heard. And after that, he just walked off and left me to go make my own decision.
Would you like to know what he said?
Well, we'll do that right after this commercial. We'll be back. Oh, no, that's not
what happened was,
he said to me,
because I was trying to convert him to be a Christian. Okay, what are you talking about giving people Tao for Christianity? That's what I'm doing. Okay. So you should be a Christian, are you going to go to hell? No. All right.
For three months, he put up with that. Finally, he told me, you know, Islam teaches us to always go to something that is better, whatever is better, you should go to it.
This is Israel. This is a very important part of Islam, whatever is better go to it. So if your religion is better than my religion, I will go to it. When he said that I said,
got him. We got him because in Christianity, you do not have to pray five times a day. You do not have to fast Ramadan, you do not have to pay to cut you do not have to say any kind of special Shahada, like, you know, and you don't have to know Arabic, you don't have to read the Quran. You don't have to do so many things you don't have to do.
So we said it was better.
I was smiling. I'm thinking that we want to fill up the bathtub, you know, push him down in the water baptising tonight. Yeah. Then he said,
but you need proof. I said, What
should you need proof? proof? And I said to him, Hey, man, religion is not about proof. It's about faith. He said in Islam, we have both. We have faith, but we have proof to back it up.
You mean to sit there and tell me as a Muslim, that you can prove that there's God?
He said, You mean to sit there and tell me as a preacher for Christianity that you can't.
And then after he began talking about some of the most beautiful things that we take for granted every day, the proof, that clear proof, without even referring to Quran without referring to the clear proof in front of everybody's eyes, points to the fact that there is only one God
one God for one creator
And one way
and all you have to do is talk to him. And look what he said to me. He said, Now, no longer Is this a conversation between you and me. Or you and your father. My father was ordained minister businessmen we work together live together, long story.
He said, it's not between you and your wife, or your in your congregation, or your associates, your colleagues. This is something between you and him.
Go talk to him. Similar connection. You see what he did, he planted the seed in me. And he left me.
You know what I did?
I was first I was confused. Like, what happened? What just happened? A minute ago, I'm ready to put him in the bathtub. And now here I am.
And I'm realizing he's right.
So I found a place
behind my father's house, nobody can see me. Okay, I'm gonna do this. I'm gonna look for that same direction. I saw this Muslim five times a day, every day, I witnessed him doing Salaam
Salaam put my head on the ground, no have to do all the stuff he did. But I know putting my head on the ground. That's good stuff. That's good. You know, one, when you put your head on your ground or your Lord, you lowered yourself to the lowest way you could be a baby could kick you and you can't do anything. But you raised yourself up in front of him. And I did that I put my head on the ground. And then I asked a lot of kind of, you know, in my head, I was thinking,
if you hear me,
I had no idea. In Serato, Mr. King 21 years ago, I didn't know any Arabic. I didn't even know what's a lower bar.
But I said that in English, guide me, what do we say every day, 17 times a day. And all of our prayers in Vienna.
DNS are optimistic.
So Panama, when I raised my head, I knew I knew there is no doubt in my mind that I have to do what he wants me to do. This might be my only chance. In fact, I had a strange feeling this could be my last chance, you better grab it and go with it. And I grabbed tight, and I held on tight. And for the next year, year and a half. You can't believe all the ups and downs the things that I went through some time I would think why this have to happen like this. But it was all the teaching to help me to understand and support them. Today when I look back.
I say 100 Praise be to Allah for this. Because now when I talk to the new Muslims that can really help them and get them through the difficult times. A lot of promises is in the Quran. The opposite of what most people will tell you go to some religion that a younger religion, it's going to be easy. We promise you paradise. Come on, guys, come on in. Everybody's going to paradise. Yeah, that's what everybody says. Islam doesn't promise you that. In fact, if you want to come to Islam, I can promise you hell.
That's easy. You screw up.
Or if now the conditions come if you make Dover, if you praise the law, if you got a lot of ifs, then you've motorbike paradise.
So we don't promise anybody anything. Oh, and the clergy. There's another thing. The clergy in any religion. These are the highest people in paradise. Isn't that true? Yes, every religion Oh, this guy he's a priest. He's a, you know, Temple Guard or he is the bishop or his minister. Yup, he's a high Oh, he's gonna be big in the paradise here
are prophets. Islam said Allah subhanho wa Taala God Almighty will start the fire of El
Nari gentlemen, he'll start the fire of hell
with the scholars of Islam
huh? who preached it but didn't follow it? The more novocaine the hypocrites
when I tell the Christians that they go Really? Yes, we know full well what is the reality? It's not a joke, man. is not something you can just make up what you like. This is reality.
And Allah said in the Quran and chapter 29 this is sir uncle Buddha means the spider, Lw mission tun rajim Bismillah R Rahman Rahim, Ali, Lam, me.
Then he says what means in English?
Do the people think they are going to be left alone, just because they said
I must have been
I believe in Allah. Oh no. And that they won't be put into a great fitness calamity or no, just like the people before them. By the way, the early Christians suffered a lot. They were tortured, they were cut in half, the prophet SAW some tourists. They had their skin raked off with steel combs man,
just because they believe in God, and that Jesus was the Messenger of God.
Upon a lot, look at this. And here it says, Why, why? To show who are the truthful, and those who are the liars may allow, make use of the truthful Nayla make it so that people that appreciate this deal may have been trying to make it so those who practice it and call for what we practice some era bellami.
So, any other question?
there another question right back over here. Get a live one.
I see what you already gave away your microphone. do bad. All right, go ahead.
La consola. Brother, what's your name? Martin. What? image?
another image? What is this? You guys can put in some time.
Mr. Dean, where are you from? India. Okay, at least you didn't say sir Lanka that sorry. We're in India.
It's very close. I know where? South India, we don't need a geography lesson. You just want to know where you're from? Thank you anyway, No, go ahead.
I actually am IT professional? So my question is related to internet, especially Facebook.
Most of the videos and images on Facebook, coming about the brutal killing of Muslims around the world, for example, in Burma and also some other Arab countries.
So those after seeing those images,
it's like we are feeling that
we are helpless. So
people, most of the users on Facebook, they just share these images without knowledge. Like when bodies and pieces of bodies, images and videos.
why why this is happening, like, why they are withholding information, they are sharing these images and making us feel that we are helpless. And we know that all the time. We have help from Allah.
So this Facebook, I should say.
One more person.
We don't have to for one tonight, but that was very nice. Okay.
Get given the mic back.
Seriously, we do have a question. So I'm gonna take that question first.
The another question related to that. They asked me one time share. Facebook, it has her own pictures in there as her own stories, has a lot of stuff. So Facebook, is it haram? I said, Okay, you want the answer to that. For me. It's on my Facebook account.
Actually, Islam teaches us something amazing. It teaches us that sometimes you have to make a choice between something bad and something worse.
And actually, there's a lot of bad things on Facebook. There's no doubt about it. But at the same time, because we know so many people use it. It's important for us to present the right answers the right way of what's Islam.
Is that Isa Samadhi calm and know this brother very well on Facebook right there.
Put your hand up sobre la jolla. All right. So yes, you're right about the thing that you see on there. And it's unfortunate that we do have some people who are making things look helpless and hopeless. But actually that's against the teaching of Islam. And Muslim is between two things. This is what Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him taught us. We're always between two things. were between a hope of the reward of Paradise and a fear of the hellfire. That's our hope. And that's our fear in this life, nothing else. Everything else that's happening in this life is a scenario that will pass it will all pass. But the reality is what happens after you die. And this what we should be
concerned about, and those people who are giving these strange answers and these weird
responses on Facebook and Twitter, emails, text messages, and I've seen a lot of that. I make dua for them. There are a lot of guide them. But just so you know, not all of them are really Muslim.
Okay, we received a text message this morning that was going around. I don't know if you know about it. It came out in a cell phone this morning. Usually it used to come in emails.
But today it came in a text message, which was very long, I was surprised to see it in a text message. And it went out to many, many people and telling them that the Prophet peace be upon him promises you a reward if you'll forward it on to other people. Hmm. What he promised you if you forwarded it on your cell phone, you're going to lose what kind of light is that? And it's talking about the dream of shake off Midian Medina, how many of you heard about the shake off my dream? You heard about it? You're talking about?
I heard about it when I first became Muslim, when did you hear about it?
Yeah, many years ago, and then again, and it recycles again, again, that it's supposed to be checkoff mood, in Medina has a dream. And in the dream, the prophet SAW some constraint, it says some people they don't pray, and some people have this and this, and
you have to do this and this and if you don't forward it, you know, the whole world would crash on you. And I'm serious. It was really weird. The first time I saw it immediately, I called the shark and asked him and he said, There is nobody named shake. I've met in Medina.
And nobody has a dream like that and publish these kind of strange things that you're saying. And for sure, there's nothing going to happen to you for forwarding it except if them because it's sin to lie about the prophet SAW Salaam. And he said summarized Salaam, about the one who lies on him to reserve his seat in the hellfire.
So it is a big bonafide lie, a huge lie. And I wrote a story about this over 10 years ago, and you can find it on our website called Islam newsroom.com. In fact, I made it the feature story for the day, I revived the story I can do that, by the way, not like you guys have reporters, we got some reporters here. You know how hard it is to come up with new stuff all the time. I just go to the old stuff and put a new day dawning
on me, because Islam is timeless. It's for all times that love here. Good question. But now let's come to a better I guess, over here.
Ask us a little while ago, not we'll be back with you at Mountain life. We'll get time but want to take this question. Okay, brother, first of all, Santa Monica.
Welcome and inshallah we're happy to have you with us and tell us your name. Muhammad Allah from Mohammed where you're from? Egypt. nursery, yeah. Saudi.
from Cairo. If you're
going to Cairo, by the way we should tell everybody I'm going to Cairo in sha Allah, Allah on Saturday. And Charlottesville, and I'm going to be there for about four or five days. We're going to have eat there. You won't come have eat with us. Everybody want to go?
Let's go. So if you recall, she went to Hong Kong in 2010. Serving Islam team. You were there. Yeah. So you know why Hell yeah, of course. He's from Egypt. I know. Why our labor Abraham. We love these guys. Their team is called serving Islam. And they do they do a beautiful job. They have all those ladies that come there Philippines and stuff that help give them the dour. Mashallah, and they can marry four wives. Go ahead.
Sorry, my question is right or wrong. My question is related to Ramadan. hamdulillah Ramadan, we all feel the boost of the man and we feel that we want to change after Ramadan and to do so many things. But immediately after Ramadan, that curve goes down immediately. So can you give us some advice on really how to avoid this trap after Ramadan? And what exactly can we do so we can fulfill those goals and targets that we want to achieve?
Muhammad you asked a very very good question. But you asked the wrong person. I'm one of those people just like you that after the last day of Ramadan, I feel like I
know we all we have to work on it. It becomes a job. Can I share with you something that comes to my mind? When the prophet SAW Islam told us that in the month of Ramadan, Allah ties up the shaitaan he doesn't kill him. Okay, but he ties him up. It restricts what he can do.
But then when it's over, he's loose again. Now don't you think he's sitting there like this one way, like get loose.
So he gets loose, you can eat
problem. And this is what happens to all of us. The shayateen are running the devils are running everywhere to give us a hard time. So I'd recommend for us to establish good things in Ramadan such as camellia, such as visit to the masjid on a regular basis, such as getting up on time for future, such as giving charity every day, not just physically but a little something everyday give something everyday to somebody.
Then after Ramadan finishes, don't shut it off and say, well, I'll start it up next year. No, no, try to continue that then it'll continue your closeness to Allah. Allah inshallah. Good question. Thank you for that question. May let's make dua you and me for each other that we'll be able to survive that. I think we have another brother back here as a question.
What happens the microphone? We are it is returned.
We don't get to keep it but if you got to share it. Okay, go ahead, brother. So I want to go
My name is
Abdul Rahim. Now, where are you from?
I'm from Australia now. Australia. The land down under Did you come up here on a kangaroo? Yeah.
Go ahead. No.
Really, it is not a question is rather an idea
about this Islamophobia.
And what is going on about Muslims and Islam nowadays?
Islam Muslims are victims of three
types at this time. One is the media and the other is
They want you to put the mic down because we can't hear you and the second is the politicians. Yes. The third is they The third is the third is the hyper Kratos,
the Muslims themselves, okay.
Coming to media politicians in one africaine. Okay. All three of them are monopoly. And
in fact, the media is dealing with for money, just lying
about Muslims and Islam. And the politician is also to get the seat. He says all these bad things about Islam and Muslims.
So what shall we do now? Or what is the best way to find this such three people? under him? I thank you for that question. That was a good question. And you brought me back to my subject and gave me a chance to open the platform for my sales pitch. I am selling the idea to Muslims everywhere how important it is for us to have a voice. And you mentioned clearly exactly in the right order. The media today is media for money, money media news for for loops. And you're right number two, you mentioned the politicians. And I tell you I'm from Texas and in Texas, we have the best politicians money can buy.
This is the part where you start laughing guys.
All right, wake up. I know you're tired. It's Ramadan, come on. The best politicians money can buy.
Much better is on the soundtrack. When you kick it up. That would be fine. Anyhow. And the third you mentioned amongst the Muslims themselves. We have some Muslims today. I don't know where their head is. I have no clue where their mind is that they start compromising Islam to please non Muslims. To the extent that when they get done they've watered our Deen down worse than what the Christians did Jesus peace be upon him. unbelievable things that I've watched happen in my country to the extent I go, are you sure you're still Muslim? What happened? How we open up a dialogue I like that we open up the doors to the masjid I love that we invite the Christians in this is what we should do. We go
to their place, no problem. And we shake hands and we're good with them and they're good with us. We want to open the communication line. I absolutely agree with it. But then they start talking about well, you know, why don't we let them worship Allah on one day and then we can go and worship Jesus with them on another day you like what? What What are you talking about? Because if you follow any of their religion, then you are following their way. Hello
Where's your Islam?
Because I want to call your attention and you already know this. I'll call your attention what happened the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
The Qureshi tribe was a worried because some people were following Mohammed now. So like Salaam, and they were scared, you know, this is gonna cause a problem. We don't want to have to kill our own relatives, we're gonna have a war we can see because we're gonna worship these idols and statues and they want us to dump that and go over here and worship God without anything in between. So what happened? They already made a compromise. Why don't we do this? You know, you worship our gods a lot, and uza and menarik These are some of the gods that they had you worship our gods for one year. And then we'll worship your Allah like you do for one year. And before prophet sighs lamb can say a
word. He didn't say any word from himself. Allah put the words into his mouth, please. Yeah.
You have kept the room.
Here is when it comes, when alone tells prophets have some cool say this to this guy for say this to this disbeliever Yo, you disbeliever
I don't worship what you worship, and You don't worship what I worship. I'm not gonna worship what you worship, and you're not gonna worship what our worship? Lead whom? Dino kumala Deen to you your way. And to me my way.
And you know, this problem for us today? Because of what? Why are those Muslims in that condition? Why did these politicians get away with what they do? And why is that media out here doing what they do? And it's just nothing but news for bucks. And we know that.
Why? And I'm gonna tell you, brother of the Rahim,
you and me, were the problem. Because we have not stood together, held hands together and stood firmly in front of everybody, God and everybody and just say, you know what, La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah and be steadfast on what we said, the prophet sighs and I'm, I'm gonna end with this. The prophet SAW Salaam, he gave us the best advice that anybody ever gave. And he was asked, in a strange way, somebody went to him and they said, Yeah,
give us advice. Give us something of your knowledge that nobody else could give us.
No, if you ask a multi day scholar today, he's gonna give you a library, you're gonna get a whole bunch of books. Am I right or wrong? volumes. They're gonna take me a few weeks, we'll make up a thesis, right? But look what he said.
Who, among the law
firm must stop?
That's a simple, uniform to the point. And this is good for us, even today. Say I believe in the law.
Then stay steadfast on what you said. And may Allah keep us steadfast on like a law, mom's law. I mean, may allow me to those people who know understand and practice this Deen the way it's supposed to be practiced. I mean, Allah bless you, and your family, and all of you and your families. And let's bless month this month of Ramadan. And
I'm going to throw it out there. Here comes to commercial Are you ready and get guided with guidance TV Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.