Channel: Yusuf Estes
Series: Yusuf Estes - Beauties Of Islam
First episode in Beauties of Islam series by Yusuf Estes.
Episode Title : Faith & its proof.
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah you're watching another episode of beauties of Islam. I'm your host us Festus. And today I wanted to talk about the subject of how beautiful it is, when we can have faith and proof at the same time. I recall when I was first learning about Islam, I was actually trying to teach a Muslim about Christianity. And I was telling them, oh, look at Christianity, this is something good. Why don't you come be a Christian like us? And my friend, the Muslim was saying to me, Well, I will, I will go to your religion if your religion is better than my religion.
I thought about that. And then I said, Well, I guess we're gonna have a new Christian now, because number one, in Christianity is very easy. You don't have to pray five times a day as a Christian, you don't have to fast the month of Ramadan. You don't have to pay any Zika. There are many, many things Muslims have to do, the Christians don't have to do.
But then he finished the sentence. And he said to me, I will become whatever your religion is, if it's better than my religion, but you need proof. And I remember saying to him proof, proof, religions, not about proof. Faith is just about believing. Just have faith. You don't need any proof.
He said, Well, in my religion, Islam, we have both we have faith. And we have proof. And I remember saying to him,
how you mean to tell me you can prove things said yes, everything in Islam can be proven. Then I said, Do you mean to sit there and tell me as a Muslim, that you can prove there's God?
Then he said to me, do you mean to sit there and tell me as a Christian, and a preacher? That you can't?
I had to think about that.
Huh? Okay. So Islam is saying there's proof, actually more than that. Islam asks us to use our mind or ockel, to determine and find out things about the things around us. The things that we take for granted every day actually are a big part of what Islam is teaching us. Islam asked us look around you examine the things think, use your mind, and then then you will begin to understand one of the examples that we have in Islam is the Koran, the Quran of Allah, this is his speech to the human beings. And he's telling us in the Quran over and over and over, look at this and look at that, think about this, ask about that. And then the answers that come often we find the term yes
Salonika, in the Quran. This means the people are asking Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him about something. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala. God Almighty, he's giving the answers in his speech, the Quran always threw out Islam. As we're learning and teaching, we're coming back to this thing called the mind article, you can use your mind you can determine a lot of the things that you see around you. Things that you take for granted every day, you can look to this, you can look to that and begin to discover a whole new world around you. This is one of the beauties of Islam.
I remember in the Quran, when I first read it the very first time that it was telling me about this straight path, and I was thinking that what's that about? And here it is, you read it in the very opening of the Quran. In chapter one called Fatiha. There are only seven verses and listen to what it says. It says Nina Serato. Mr. Kane.
Now we've talked about some of the other verses in the Quran. But today let's look at that what is what does that mean? It Nina?
Well, these coming from hedaya or guidance, Edina guide us, Surat, this is a straight path. Masaki. This means the straight path which you're gonna stay on this thing and you're gonna go with it.
How about the idea here that you've only asked for one thing out of seven verses in this chapter? Only one thing you're asked for guidance. Because now, this is showing you, for instance, that there's only one straight path, but many people could be on that path at the same time.
Guide us to your straight path. And this is a request. We're making this request to Almighty a law we're asking him to guide us. No, watch what happens when we go into the next chapter. We go to the next chapter and it says I leave them
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who did a little tacky. It says that is the book
meaning the book with a law we're in there's no doubt, there's no doubt and then the word Huda, it means what? guidance. The guidance to the straight path is right here in this book. Just a few verses after you asked for it Dina Serato musta came here it comes who don't live with a cane. And what is Mata cane?
It's those who are having taqwa, taqwa for Allah. Now look at this word. And it's so beautiful when you know the Arabic language. The taqwa means to put a partition of the veil, a barrier between you and the punishment of a law.
So if the person is a believer in the law, and he's trying his best to please the law and not displeased the law, so as to not get a lot of anger on him, that this person, he's going to be on the guidance. The Huda Of course, we talked about who the that's a special word around here, at hooted TV. We love that word. And it means guidance. And this is really what it's all about. I recall when I first came to Egypt the very first time and a friend of mine was a doctor, and I was going down to his place on the knocker, Neil, which is the Nile River.
And he asked me a question, he said, can you tell us what it's like? To go from some other religion to go from what you were in before to come into Islam? Could you tell us about it?
I said, Well, I don't know how I would describe something like that. And then I realized, I said, Okay, I was looking at a boat in the water in the Nile River, the Narnia. I said, there's one word I need from you. He said, What word I said, the back of the boat. There's this thing you steer the boat. What do you call this? He said duffer.
this is the thing in the back of the boat disappear, okay. Now I can tell you, I said, Imagine yourself now for a minute that you're out in the water, you're hearing this boat, and you're blindfolded.
And you can't hear it, something's in your ears, your eyes are closed. And you have no data. You don't have a steering wheel. You're just in the boat. You feel about moving this way. And that way, and this way, and that way, and you have no idea. And this is all you've ever known.
Oh, you feel the wind.
You feel the water. If it rains, you feel the motion, but you don't know where you're going, or why. And you have no idea what your purpose is to be there. Then suddenly, one day somebody removes this blindfold from you. Somebody is taking this stuff out of your ears. You can see you can hear and most important, they're giving you the steering wheel the duffer.
Now, this is the difference because when you come to Islam, you can see you can hear and you have control. You have the control over your life. Now, by the way, just in case you didn't catch this. This is a good parallel because just because you have a steering wheel just because you can see just because you've been here doesn't guarantee that you're going to go the right way does know.
But it sure gives you a head start over the guy who's sitting in another boat with his eyes closed ears are plugged up and he has no duffer. Make sense. Yeah, makes a lot of sense. And that's what I want to come back to again and mention that Islam has these beauties. And this one particular beauty, where you're to use your mind and you can ask questions, and you can get real answers. answers that really when you think about it, they make a lot of sense. You're not forced to just accept something that somebody says, Just have faith rather Just have faith? Well, faith is great. If you've got something to base it on. If you can see something, you can hear something and you have
some control, some steering wheel, this is a great advantage. And it's probably one of the bigger attractions I think of all of the beauties of Islam that we've been talking about. I think this is one of the most emphatic of all of them, that it comes to you in a way that once you start using your mind and your heart, and then you see what allows having in front of you. It becomes a lot easier, a lot easier to accept and then to put into practice. All of this is just one of the many beauties of Islam. We've learned today some words we learned the word who don't we know now who do is guidance.
We've got another word tough one we know Tuckwell means to put a barrier, or a partition between you, barrier between you and the punishment of a law. And we know the inner Guide us to the straight path. Now, Muslims, we say this seven
times a day, 17 times a day, can you imagine that in our prayers, because we pray in the morning, the noon, the afternoon, the evening and the night prayers. And when we pray, we always include that in there we say, Guide us to the straight path. It Deena Serato, Mr. King, and that is the way to open it up and open this dialogue between us in a law. And of course, that's going to be another one of our programs, we're going to talk about this dialogue that we have another beauty of Islam. the beauties of Islam are many. And if we tried to enumerate them and count them, I think we would run out of time. And we're running out of time, even now, as I'm speaking to you, this program is too
short, we wish we had more time to cover all of these beauties of Islam. And when we think about it, and examine this, this brain that we have and realize that it was given to us the knowledge that we have, that we're thinking with, this is all part of something in the Quran, which we find. Allah says jamoma banner ad him on my cell phone, will you return the bishop Eman? ilma. He Illa be Masha. Allah is telling us in the Quran, clearly, that he is the one that has all the knowledge, all the knowledge is with a lots of power with Allah. He knows everything of the creation around us over us under earth. And we don't have any knowledge, except the knowledge that he gives us. That's all we
have. And he says that we only have what he gives us. And by the way, you can take it back. Have you not noticed what happens when people become old? And they get these degenerative diseases of the mind like Alzheimer's? They can't remember things anymore. Their mind starts to go, well, where did all that intelligence go that they had? A lot takes it back. So this knowledge, even the knowledge you and I have right now that we're talking and you're listening and I'm saying something back and forth. All of this is from a law.
Maybe you'll remember tomorrow, maybe not.
All of this is coming back to the thing we started with talking about using the mind. And the mind is a very important part of understanding Islam. And it's an important part of the beauties of Islam.
Allah says in the Quran, so many times using the expression alone Tara cave, don't they see? How don't you notice how alone Tara cave of bouquets Have you? Have you seen how your Lord dealt with the people of the elephant? This is one of the expressions a lot ask you and he's asking you to use your brain use your mind think
so many times so many times we've come to these beauties of Islam and we miss it. So I hope you don't miss it. I hope you will pay attention to this beautiful thing called the beauties of Islam. And watch our website to we have the website beauties of islam.com where you can see this program and others replayed and always come back to who the TV for more programs just like this. Until next time, this is us Festus reminding you about the beauty service.