Channel: Yusuf Estes
What message did jesus preach? Listen to very informative talk by sheikh Yusuf Estes former preacher.
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Now Hungary Larabee alameen, who allowed the Jelena muslimeen was selected Salama su La Creme? While he was a big? Chateau La ilaha illallah wa Taala trikala? Well, I said Mohammed bin Abdullah, who was who was that American?
In our hamdulillah? Alhamdulillah. Allah The Jalan the most of the main
a batch that this was going to be an English denier
of hamdulillah? Well, let me ask a question. Do we have anybody here? That's a Muslim? Raise your hand?
you have anybody here? It's not Muslim yet? Raise your hand.
Hi, you like being surrounded by all these terrorists?
Did I say
that slips, slips don't count. And boys don't wear slips.
the program denied. It's really designed to help dispel some of the myths, misunderstandings, and
wrong notions that a lot of people have about Islam. And the Muslims. We particularly wanted to invite
the folks of the community here
that are not Muslim, that haven't had a chance to really sit with Muslims or learn something about what it is we believe.
Now I'm coming to you straight from the airport right now from Brisbane. And while I was there, yesterday, we took the opportunity
stop at a park or they have the koala bears to go to you get to have you ever held one they make you hold your hand like this, and you hold them and then they put those things or epi.
You put it in, it's like oh.
But while we were there, I took the opportunity to get the video camera out and film for our show back home because we have a television show called routes to faith. And as I travel, I collect a lot of footage then if we can we try to work it into some of the programs.
And one of the things my daughter has been on to me to do is to get more men on the street kind of thing. You know, you ask people questions, because people like that they want to see what that guy on the street, his opinion. And it's kind of funny when you stop and think about it, some big event takes place. And they just get any guy off the street to give us comments below find something they like you stick it on there. That's all it really is. So with that in mind, I stopped a lady who is at the park with some kids. And I asked her, you know, some things about the park and animals. I asked her would you know anything about Islam? She said no.
Like this year, I said, Well, you know something about Muslim? She said, No. She would start her head shaking. Yes. But then she'd say no. Because almost like a No, not really.
I said what do you know any Muslims? Oh, yeah, I know, Muslims. I said, very well. She said, Oh, yeah. And I said, well, what's your opinion on Muslims? She said, Well,
I mean, you know, we get along real well, we do this together. Very, very nice and kind, as always. So what's your opinion of Islam? Well, I don't know, said, because we never argued about that. We didn't argue about the Bible or anything. I said, so this is what her opinion is that we're gonna argue with her about her Bible.
So there really there's a lot of people have a lot of wrong misconceptions. So what I usually do is try to emphasize the areas that we have in common because according to the Koran, the book that we follow, it tells us that the Christians are the closest to us in faith.
Actually, it says the people of the Apple II tab but it's it's gonna focus on the mercy and the nasrani because they are the ones that the followers of Jesus are from them are going to be those who actually will
be closer. And a lot of ways because of their number one, they believe in the trailhead to extent that they say that a level to a point. There is only one God. And this is a good thing. Then, unlike the Jewish the Jewish will stop with that because they're not going to accept Jesus as
Prophet or miracle birth or anything like that, if they did, they wouldn't be Jews anymore anyway, they'd be Christians. So if you think about it, the closest to us is a Christian, they're missing. What are some points and tell you, they are missing one Prophet, which is Muhammad SAW saw. So when I get the opportunity to break it down, I like to show where we're alike. And then in the areas where we're not alike, to just diagram it and let them see which they think is better.
So in one of our programs, that is essentially what we have
on the internet, you can just compare real easy and look and see that we have one God, he creates all of the heavens and earth, feasts it that I own in six days.
We have that words. There's a difference coming though is in Genesis on the seventh day he rested. We don't have a seventh day, we just say after the sixth day, says Thoma stolarz he rose over his throne. So this is a benefit here that if you stop thinking about it, you want the God that has the rest, or the one that's ready to take over and do whatever you need to do. So right away, they'll send him that makes sense.
We move them to the next area we'll discuss
what it is that
they believe as far as the first man first man is created is Adam. From his bone, a lot of creates his mate which is Eve
same thing in Islam no problem with that. The devil comes in tempts them, same thing, don't eat the fruit, they ate the fruit, same thing stories very familiar and very similar.
And until we start to discuss a little bit about who's the one that's inspiring them to do this, which is the devil, well, according to the Jewish faith, and of course, then the Christian will pick that up because that's where they get their old testament from. The devil is a fallen angel.
And if he's a fallen angel, this is a real strange thing for a Muslim because angels don't make mistakes. They cannot choose to disobey. They have to do what Allah wants him to do. So how do you now explain who is this this guy this devil? Where do you come from? Because he's a precursor to Adam eat existed before Adam. So how did that happen? Well, what we know from Islam and from the Quran, that in fact, he's from another species.
The angels are created first. They have no freewill. They only do what alone wants them to do. The jinn are created next. And like humans, they have arms and heads and things like this. And they have families, they get married to have children, and they also have belief system of their own. They can believe what they want to believe. In other words, they can make choices. The angels according to Islam are made from newer light.
And the jinn are made from a smokeless fire
means there indicates hate. But again, there is no smoke with it. So light, you don't see light. You see what light reflects off of but you don't actually see light and you don't see them, the angels or the jinn, because of their way Allah has created them, yet they're real.
And this is who is coming to Adam and coming to Eve and trying to get them to disobey Allah.
Okay, after that, this comparison is this is different. It's similar but different at the same time. After that, we find the very important story here is that Adam and Eve disobeyed God.
And they're put out of the paradise sounds exactly the same until you analyze the the nuance of it. Because in the story in Islam,
they're put out not because they sinned, but because that's what God was gonna do anyway.
He already knew they were going to do this does not the reason for kicking them out
is to give a demonstration of something very important for us. Another point comes up that Adam is held responsible for what he did completely. There is no blaming Eve for what he did.
Now for the Christians, they know exactly what I'm talking about. Because there's quite a bit of dialogue in the book agenda.
blaming her for listening to the devil in the first place, then she eats the fruit, then she talks her husband into it. And so it's all her fault.
In Islam, we're not allowed, number one, to blame other people for our mistakes. We can't you did it, you did it. You don't say, Oh, it's his fault. The reason I'm late today is because blah, blah, blah, no, you don't do that. That is not right in Islam to do this blaming.
In addition to that,
we find that in the Genesis is the book of Genesis, it's saying that
Eve, is now going to go through a menstrual cycle, she's her monthly cycle, and this is a punishment.
This is a punishment from God on her. And she's gonna be punished more when she has babies. And all the the In fact, it's the her monthly cycle is referred to in Christianity as a curse. The monthly cycles, called her time of the month is a curse.
And when she has this baby with all this pain and agony, this is more punishment on her. And then Oh, why not throw some more sin, not just on her, but on her offspring for 10 generations, for those that hate me. It says that God's telling them and then on top of that, why not just go all the way and now anybody else born from them will be born in the original sin till the day judgment.
Now, you gotta wonder that some pretty powerful fruit they must they ate?
That's heavy stuff.
Watch this, I'm done. The Muslims watch this. Somebody asked you how come you can't eat pork?
You say? Well, it's in our Koran. I don't care where it is. Why? What's the reason? What's the rationale? What's the logic?
What would be your answer? and How come a woman has to wear this covering? What's the logic behind it?
And you start to explain this and that they go Nah, I don't accept that. In today's world as too much problems. That is hard. You don't live in the desert anymore, you know, be modern.
And why you got to pray five times a day, what God doesn't know what's in your heart.
And why you have to go all the way to Mecca to do a pilgrimage where God doesn't know where you are, you're lost, or they got all kinds of things like this.
So what is the logic? Why bother?
Now we do have quite a bit of explanation that comes to us from Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
And there is some very lovely work is done even by some of our modern scholars today,
explaining what we call the rational arguments, in the Koran for many things, especially the proof that God exists.
This is one of the most beautiful aspects of Islam, you don't have a doubt. There's no doubt in the mind of the Muslim that God exists.
We don't have that problem.
But what do you say to somebody who comes to you with this wanting to have logical proof?
The problem really is with the person himself, because he's wanting to have proof on his own level.
He wants you to make all the creation fit his thinking.
In other words, if he's going to believe in a God is going to have to believe in a God that he invents in his head.
And the only religion he's going to accept is one that he also invented in his head. So he's basically going to describe the God and he was going to describe what the proper relationship is with the God. Yeah. And then he'll be satisfied. And then if things don't work, he can always modify it right away. I'll change my mind. But God's not like that anymore. Now he's like something else that I like better.
And I changed my mind. I'm not gonna do this anymore. I used to be vegetarian. Forget about that. I decided God doesn't mind if I eat a cow once in a while.
You decided what God likes. That's pretty cool.
And it means that really the person isn't taking very serious, the notion of a real God.
But the answer to the question is real simple. If somebody asked you in the future, what's the logic behind this thing or that thing, this commandment or that commandment
You could ask them, Do you believe that there's a God? Yeah. Do you believe that Adam is the first person? Yeah. And Adam and Eve ate the fruit. Yeah. And that was a sin. Yeah. Okay. As soon as you explained to me about this, I'm ready to talk to you about the rest of it. Why did God tell them not to eat fruit?
Nowhere and all of the above studied in the Hebrew, the Aramaic, the cone, a Greek. Has anybody explained what it was about this fruit?
from any authentic text from talking about talking about this fruit? what it was that was so bad about it? Was it rancid? Was it spoiled? Was it something God was saving for himself or a snack for later?
Nobody has any answer. It's fruit. It's a fruit from a tree. That's it. Don't eat the fruit. No, I did have some preachers try to explain that it was symbolic because they didn't want to use the word sex because they were so you know, prudish. And so you know, humble. And so you know, they didn't want to use the word sex saying. Yeah, but that's Genesis. Yeah. Didn't you read chapter 19? And didn't you read about the rape of Dinah? And all this stuff they talked about and the private parts? And didn't you read? I mean, all of a sudden, what happened? It's all in the same book. Suddenly, you got things that I can't even say here public.
So no, that's not it. Because we know also in Islam, it was fruit. Don't eat the fruit of the tree.
So why? And you know, and I know what it is.
You're being tested.
Simple as that.
If you see some of these old mystery movies, you know how they work, where somebody is in a storm, and they're going through the night and the car breaks down, and they go to this big, ugly old mansion. It's standard lightning is flashing and there's somebody gonna let them in. And it's real spooky. Yeah. And okay, you can come in and you can stay the night you can stay anywhere you want. But whatever you do,
don't go in that door. Now. What's the movie about?
What's the movie about? Is there any doubt in your mind before the movie is over? Somebody's going in the door, right?
I mean, that's, that's what movies about. And it's the same way human being, don't do it. Okay, I'm gonna do it.
The other thing is when you're ordered to do something, and you don't do it.
And actually, in Islam, we understand that that was the first big problem. Because the one we call in Arabic a beliefs and Christians call him Lucifer.
He's from the jinn, and he is the devil.
He existed before Adam. He lived before Adam.
And actually he was in a very high ranking position, in that his worship brought him up on level or a lot raised him on the level of praying beside angels.
He was like a see me.
I pray with angels.
This is arrogant, and he considered himself to be the best of the best.
Then a lot of started creating something and he created this big thing and had no head on it.
He believes Emily's went down inside all through him look through What is this thing?
And he started feeling jealousy. Why am I spending all this time creating this thing? What's going on with this?
When the law completed Adam law says about that a lot hotter Platinum insanity, a sunny.
Tarquin that barely allowed created human beings in the best mode. And that's talking about Adam. And then what happens? Allah commands all the angels to make such to put your head down on the ground. I don't use the word bow down here translators use bow down. But dead bow is just like, you know, like Japanese are bouncing all the time, like that.
But this is the put your head on the ground as such, and all that all the angels made this prostration in the Iblees. Except for Lucifer, he didn't do it. He refused. And because of that he became the disbelievers. Now if you understand an Arabic it works, but in English, English isn't strong enough to handle it. So it sounds strange. What it means is that it doesn't mean he didn't believe in God existing anymore
because he still knows God exists.
But he got out of the rank of those who have a man he's no longer a movement. And even though he knows there is a law, he's still a Kaffir.
Because and this helps a lot of people understand. It's not the word infidel in English, that they often use and translate almost everything that's not Muslim. In Quran they say it translates in English to the word infidel. But actually, there's there are a lot of words, and it carries different meanings. In this case, what makes him a disbeliever. I mean, he was praying to God, he knows God exists. He knows God created Adam. So all of a sudden, well, he knows God has ordered him to bow down.
He doesn't bow down. And that makes him disbeliever. Why? Well, because you don't have the word in English language, you don't understand what it means. To be in a state of cough. doesn't mean you're ignorant. That would be jolly, that's ignorant.
But a state of cover means to know and cover up.
Whether it's subconscious or conscious, you know, but you're covering up the word in English cover comes from the same word cover in Arabic language.
Oh, and it means the same thing. In fact, literally, a Kaffir is, in which I met before Islam meant somebody who was a farmer, because people in agricultural land and we're not talking about people raising chickens. Now, we're talking about people who are doing agricultural work, because they dig the ground, put the seeds in, and then what do they do next? cover them up. And that act of covering that is the exact act is being described when you say Kaffir from Kufa and the proof of this for those of you don't know this, it linguistically it's exactly correct. Because in the Quran, Allah makes cover,
allow max Guevara whenever you sin, and then you repent to Allah, Allah makes kupwara for you, he covers it up for you, right?
So in this case, we're going to say allows the Kaffir
doesn't make sense, does it? So understand that the word means somebody knowingly, is rejecting. It's not until after the clear proofs come to them, that they're going to begin to argue about the points. This now I'm telling the Muslims again, you can find a circle ban on chapter 98 of the Quran. It's talking about in the livina. Those people who are from the Africa tab,
the People of the Book Jews and Christians, they didn't dispute with one another until after these clear proofs came down.
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And they weren't ordered anything more than this worship god alone without any partners and keep the dean low way Dean is way in English. Keep it open, clear and pure for him.
But you can use allow for you to the car without a car Dino kaoma establish the regular worship Salah actually can be made the under you you can be
in Salah one of the words is connect. So to connect. So this is your chance to connect with your Lord. If you want to know how to talk to your Lord, you know, you can just talk in your heart right? But if you want to make a form of real connection, so that you're proven to yourself that hey, I'm really serious about what I'm doing here. This is when you go like this and do Salah This is connect
and it's also to be
pure, and you're trying to think of some English words that will explain this this Salah, but it's a beautiful thing and it's a lot bigger than prayer prayer, you know there, you're gonna imagine so if I go Oh, Help me Help me Help me. It's not Salah it's not about this guy. When we make do I help me help me? Yeah, but somehow you don't have it in Christianity. You don't have it in English so that you don't need a word for it.
So anyway, that's what it's saying in the Quran that you've been commanded the people before us were commanded that stablish the Scylla pay, there's a cup which is the charity of Bordeaux. And then this is the dean or the way most clear. Now, there's a lot to cover on this and so I'm going to jump now to it.
related topic. And that's salvation. The salvation in Islam because we have people tell us you don't have Jesus on the cross. Oh man, you don't have much of a religion?
if you thought about it logically, and I know that that's, for most people logic is not a part of their religion anyway. But logically, how does that work? How does that work? If I have dirty clothes, I'm just going to talk about clothes if I got a lot of dirty clothes,
some really, really dirty clothes. Now I've got clothes and got stain and oil. And maybe I had to change the tire crawl under the car. I mean, seriously dirty clothes. And they're getting piled up really, really high. So much. So I'm thinking my washing machine can't even handle that. Let me go over to the dresser drawer and pull out my clean clothes and put those in there and wash those instead.
Isn't that the same thing? You're essentially saying? If the one without sin has to be punished. For the ones that did the sin that's kind of like let me watch the screen close. And then I don't have to watch the other ones. There'll be all right.
Where's the logic?
Now if that's not upside down enough for you, and I was just talking about clothes, which there's no violence involved here whatsoever, just clothes? How about now? You come home. And you find that your children yet say five children, okay? Four of them have totally destroyed the house. Man. They broke the DB said they broke out the windows, they're playing baseball in the house. You know, there's a Shetland pony standing in the kitchen. You're like, in the world. The other the fifth child, though, is sitting over there. And he's doing his homework and studying and everything like this, you know? And you walk over to these kids and you're telling them what do you do? And they
said shut up. Oh, man.
Wow, you walk over to the other kid. What are you doing? Dad? I'm doing my homework. Alright, that's it Get over here.
Let's take the innocent one. One, he didn't do anything. Hmm. And we're gonna punish him. We're gonna put it on him so that we don't have to punish them? Because I love the other ones.
You're wondering except this?
No, I don't think so. You're gonna say that man needs to be locked up. He's mentally ill. And while you're at it, lock up those kids to they're pretty bad. But how would you accept this? And you wouldn't. If a human being did it, you would say this does not fit. This is not our society. This man is ill. Now we're not talking about washing clothes the wrong way. And we're not talking about punishing an innocent child here. We're talking about killing somebody.
or talking about killing somebody in saying that your salvation.
And not only that, you're saying you're killing a part of your God, or you're killing your God.
And you're asking us, how come we don't have something?
Make sense? Let's look at what's the salvation Islam. And while you're at it, make a note of what I'm saying. Pay attention real close. make notes of this and I want you to go to the psychiatrist and offering what I said and then tell them your story about me.
Yeah, just whatever you want.
Islam is teaching us that human beings are born innocent. Not guilty.
You're born hell.
Yeah. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi Salaam taught us that human beings are born on the fitrah of Allah Islam. It means that they are born on the natural inclination to already be in a state of us llama the verb for Islam is us llama. And it means surrender, submission, obedience, sincerity, and peace and whoever surrenders to God obey his commandments, and submits to him completely and sincerely, meaning they would do it even if nobody else knew. Meaning they would do it even if nobody else cared. Meaning that even if nobody else could see them, that would still do what they said they would do. And then finally, they're going to be in peace with what the results of this
comes about, meaning that the person who has done all of this, then they still have a bad circumstance, but they're going to be at peace with it. That's Islam.
Who does it to move Islam? Mo Islam. So if you believe in Almighty Allah, and he's one, and you want your relationship to be like I just described, even if you don't know Arabic, even if you've never heard of the Koran, even if you live on a desert island never even heard of God at all, you could still according to Islam, you could still be in the right way with no difficulty.
And I asked a Catholic priest about this. And what about the one who's on the desert island? How could they be saved? Because they can't be christened and they can't be? You know, have the cross put on holy water blessings, they can't have any of that. Could they be Catholic? He said, No.
I said, then how could they be saved on the day of judgment? He said, Well, let's talk about something else.
Because after all, and this is good, if he's writing this, how many people do you know that live on desert islands that don't know anybody? Okay, good point. I don't know anybody like that, or else they wouldn't know me. Right? So okay, we'll leave the subject. But he doesn't have an answer.
Ask a Protestant preacher about the same subject. And he told me if they don't pronounce the name of Jesus, they're going to go to hell. That's what he said. You have to pronounce the name. I said in how do you pronounce it? You should Jesus
said, You're sure he said, yeah.
I said, Did you know that the one you're talking about the one that was the miracle birthed from Almighty God never ever said that word in his life?
So I guess Jesus Himself can't be saved.
Because his name wasn't Jesus until after they latinized. The word Isa. His name in Hebrew is pronounced Isha. Are you sure and it's Raisa an Arabic And the reason for that is because the difference between Hebrew and Arabic on this point is seen in sheen or reversed. That's why they say Shalom, and we say Salaam but it's the exact same word.
Also, they have a different kind of a we have two T's in Arabic. Ball and ta one you smile when you say it.
But they have TA and they have thought that's why when we say bait, they say bit bait and bait.
Did you know that
n L is meaning God,
Beth l meant House of God. Beth L.
and or the causes a lot of time you understand that Allah
has the whole thing. And I will say oh means the they'll say l representing a law. Because they don't put the whole thing down. They consider that sacrilege to write the whole word.
That's where they come up with the hell so Bethel House of God. How about this one? Beth? law him?
bait lamb? Exactly. Bait lamb what is Baitullah ham?
Let's apply. So the slaughter animals? Yes, yeah. And that's exactly the place the story that's in the New Testament, telling about where Jesus his mother was taken. And they were in Bethlehem because this is where they were enumerating or during the human inventory census of the time. And that was where they slaughtered animals. Bethlehem, Bethlehem.
It's important for us, I think, to know these words so that when we're explaining to others, they can see the connection. And you can see where people get the misunderstandings of things.
For sure. Our understanding, though of salvation is this.
Human beings are born in the right condition. But it's after they're old enough to make choices that they'll be held accountable. So children are born how innocent, innocent as a newborn? Baby.
Exactly. The expression is exactly what we believe.
And how when you hold a baby, you look at a baby. I mean, it's holding those koala bears, but look at a baby. And they're so cute. How would you say this baby's a sinner born in sin, how?
It doesn't make any sense. And Islam is teaching us a very important subject. If the baby dies, where does the baby go?
Immediately paradise. Does the baby go in front of judgment or anything? No.
Babies go to Paradise. Now, does it depend on the religion to the parents?
a Hindu mother loses her child and you can tell her the baby went where
paradise, no doubt, a Buddhist woman loses her child. Her child went same place. Muslim woman, Christian woman, Jewish woman, atheist woman.
Still the baby went to paradise yes or no. Why? Because children are not held accountable for the sins of the mothers and fathers. Which one do you like better? Stop and think. And I've worked as a chaplain for a lot of years. Imagine that you have to console somebody who just lost their child. And oh, you've lost your child. We're really sorry about that. We'd like to pray for your child. But by the way, what religion are you? Oh, really? Okay. Well, we can't pray for your kid.
Cuz your kid went to hell.
How would you feel? Do you want to talk to somebody like that?
Now, since the Muslims have been hammering on this subject for the past few years, I heard the priests change what they say now. I work with some priests, you know? And they say, Well, now we're saying so and so. And, you know, God is merciful. All the guys who don't tell us about it. If we know it throughout the Quran, or rap man or rape. We even have two kinds of Merciful, the general mercy Rama, and then the specific mercy, which is Rahim. You want to tell us about it? Okay. Yeah. You said so, in most cases, the baby will go to Paradise. They've said that now. Most,
we're saying 100%. There's no difference, because they're babies. And you ask them well, what about the original sin? Well, maybe they weren't old enough to get it yet. Since the disease?
Or is it hereditary? How does it work?
Anyhow, I don't want to belabor that too much. But just to show you watch this now. How does it come?
How does it come? This verse in the Quran, when Allah says that he never changes the condition of a people until
the people change themselves? He doesn't change the condition of a people, to the people change themselves. Ordinarily, we'll talk about the condition of the Muslims today. And we'll say why are we in the condition that we're in? Why? Why are we suffering everywhere? What about a rock? What about in Afghanistan? What about Kashmir? What about all Palestine for instance, all the problems that we got? But when it comes right down to it, why would God let this happen for Muslims?
We could ask what's wrong with our relationship with our Lord? And we'd have the answer, wouldn't we? Yeah.
Because remember what I said when we started the program, we're not allowed to blame other people anyway. You can't blame the Jews, the Christians, the atheist, the Zionists, you can't blame others for your condition. You can hold people responsible for what they do. We're not stupid. But the real blame if you want to do blaming comes on who?
And what's the proof? Who knows? Where's the proof?
law ilaha illa? anta su panaca
in a minute dalemain.
What we're finding here is that this is the DA or the prayer offered by Jonah, the one in the whale, you know, story of Jonah in the whale. Yeah.
How did he get in a whale.
He left his post he was in network. He was supposed to be there telling the people about God, to change from their false worship to the worship of the one God. But none of them would listen, he got fed up and he knew that it was a matter of time that Alo is going to destroy them all. And he couldn't take it anymore and he left. So he went out, got on the boat went out to sea and then went overboard in the storm. Whale swallow it went down to the bottom Bible says three days, three nights. We know it was longer than that. But who cares? Two seconds is too long for me to be in the belly of a whale.
That's the kind of prison you don't want. We're talking about real isolation. We're talking about really, here's your dungeon is digesting you.
But in that condition, and unfortunately, even though they have a whole entire book dedicated to this story in the Old Testament, called the book of Jonah, they left that part out of it.
Because it's still in the Koran we know what he said. And this is a key for us for salvation. Law a law ilaha illa de su panic
any come to mini dollar me
there's nothing to worship except you
The glory is to you. And the wrongdoing. I did it to myself. As the psychiatrist if this is good thinking,
if somebody is an alcoholic and they join a Alcoholics Anonymous, they come out and say, i'm john smith, I'm an alcoholic. So first thing they do in their little gatherings, don't they? Well, if his name's not john smith, but they have to tell the truth. That's one very important thing. admit what you're all about.
We don't have to do it publicly. But we have to admit to ourselves into a law. And when we do that, that's the first step of getting Well, it's my fault. I did it to myself, and I'm ready to make Toba. That's the second step of salvation for the Muslim to go back. You know what Toba is? It's when you're going down the street and you look up and you see all those wrong way signs, you know, you're going the wrong way. You're going oh my god.
It's a one way street.
And you're looking around and your wife's like, you're on a one way street. Now you're gonna try to you know, cover that you see, well, I'm only going one way.
Finally, you have to admit it, though, don't you and you do what you make. Koba turn around, do a U turn, go back to who to Allah.
And this is Toba. This is the true repenting to go back to him. and apologize, asked for forgiveness. And then what? Don't do it anymore.
Make sense? And hope that he'll forgive you. And if you're sincere, you don't do it anymore. Good chance you'll be forgiven. Now, which do you like better? what I just described? Is it mentally balanced to say I made a mistake? I'm sorry, I want to make restitution for what I did.
Or is it right to say, okay, even though I wiped out a bunch of people, I did this, I did that. So
judge, you're innocent, let's kill you.
Which makes sense.
Because the basically that that is the big difference in salvation.
We don't need somebody else to die for our sins. It is mentally unhealthy. And it has brought about a lot of problems in our earth today.
This kind of thinking has destroyed
human lives wholesale. And if you doubt what I just said, I'd invite you to go and consider what's been happening ever since this mentality, especially under the Catholic Church, at certain times, certainly not the ones today. They're so lovely. But I'm talking about
the time of the crusades, the time of the Inquisition, and go look and see how that works. Now, here's another misconception. A lot of people ask us about they say, Islam is spread with the sword. Have you ever heard that one?
You heard it.
I want you to be honest
with yourself and ask yourself, Is it possible?
Is it possible to force force someone to be sincere?
If you say yes, that means you don't understand the words you didn't understand the sentence. If you force someone to willingly love you, how, I'm sorry, this is my language English, but I don't see how you got that.
Islam means that you made the choice, willingly and sincerely to worship Allah alone without any partners you want to do His will not your Will you want God's Will on Earth, not yours.
Is that what Jesus called for in the Bible? Yes or no? God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Did he say it? According to their Bible? That's what he said.
Well, that's one of the best descriptions the word Islam there is. But how could you force somebody do that? And according to the stories that they have, even in their own Bible, the Jesus force anybody, daddy.
How can you force people to love God?
Now let's look at this we use the word sword so let's find out something in the Arabic language. There's more than one word for sword. Did you know that?
We have safe that's the most famous. Safe, right?
Mohammed. Whoa, Sam, and the list goes on is like 13 or 16 different words for sword
There are common words that are used a lot.
So let us take a concordance of the Bible and a concordance of the Quran. If you don't know what that is, it's where you have every single word listed.
Now, from the, the Hebrew, we don't really know, because we don't have the original text from the Aramaic, we don't really know, because we don't have the original texts. What we do have, though, is the concordance in English by strong Strong's Concordance of the King James Version. So this is what I'm relying on now. And if you find something else, you know, you can let me know in an email. But we'll take Strong's Concordance, open it up, and we'll go to an only sword, I won't take anything else. We're not going to use dagger or any of that disorder, because that's what Islam is accused of. And we'll count how many times the word sword appears and where it appears in the Bible. And
it's about 200.
And most of it's in the New Testament.
Listen to this statement. Don't think I came with peace. I came not with peace, but with the sword.
Which religion Do you think that's in
New Testament books?
Oops. Or, this is the time to sell your coat or your cloak and buy a sword. Which religion is this in?
Ooh, okay. And after somebody's ear gets cut off, the slave of one of the Pharisees ear gets cut off, it gets 70 put down your swords. And now whoever lives by the sword die by the sword. And this is where again, New Testament.
Now, let's take all the words that we know in Arabic for sword, all the variations of sword. And we'll go to the Koran concordance, and we do have the original, we know exactly what it said 1400 years ago. So let us look through their in Arabic, and see how many times any of these words come up and the grand total is
Yeah, I thought you said that.
Ouch. So which I'm going to ask again, which makes better sense.
Which makes better sense. In fact, the clear statement in the Quran says la echo raha 15. What does that mean? La means? No.
That's the first thing we say la ilaha illa. Allah, no Gods except Allah.
This is la ikura hoffa day. There is no compulsion. There's no forcing. In the deen what is deemed mean?
religion that religion means way. I mean, the means way religion means the fear of the gods is closer to taqwa. Except that it's plural.
So let us consider
Deen meaning the way to get to a law. That makes sense. Your Way is your dean.
Doesn't mean religion. Does it? Okay.
Christians have a dean Yes or no? Yeah. Okay. Jews, Hindus,
Everybody has to have one because you said to the atheist lecom Dena kumala. Dean, how you going to say that if he doesn't have one.
So everybody has a gene.
But it doesn't mean it's the right one does it?
Everybody has a way. And in fact, Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him even drew a straight line in the dirt. He said this is a straight path to a law. He drew angles off of it. And he said, these are the deviant groups that break off from it. And go different directions, these schisms
and all of them have a devil calling to it.
You know what archaeologists used to tell us.
They used to tell us that the idea of one God only became popular.
Very recently, like in the last few 1000 years that always before that was popular was a notion of many gods tree Gods rock, Gods stone, Gods stone, the gods, all kinds of gods that they had.
But the idea of one God was only popular, maybe a few 1000 years ago, the term of Judaism. But now recently, in the last couple of decades, archaeological studies have shown them that Guess what? The oldest and the first of all beliefs was one god
this would be true and by the way I found this the Native American Indians believed in one God
even though the the white man attributed to them these totem poles they said those totem poles did not represent Gods does you know totem pole is right, get those heads on, it stands up, get a little weird stuff on. They said those were like street signs does it told us when you came to one, you know, this such a tribe over here, these people over there, and it was kind of like a marker, but not something to worship.
The Maori people of New Zealand when I was over there last week, and we talked with them, we found that they also had some beautiful beliefs. from a long time ago, when I was in South Africa, three weeks before.
I found that the people of the Zulu tribe over there, they even have a statement.
COO, COO, coo coo, that's it.
Anybody knows, although
It's very similar to Allahu Akbar.
And they believed in one God.
So the belief originally as one guy, and then people made these schisms to these other religions, and made up man made religions. So the Muslims are going to be the first to say what we reject man made religions, all of them. There is no man made religion that we're going to accept.
We're not going to accept any way. Let's go to door Dean. No way, except a laws way. So if we don't have it from Allah, we're not gonna take it. If we can't prove it from Allah, we're gonna leave it. Does that make sense?
So I'm going to wrap it up really by coming back to this one point that well, the Christians are the closest to us in belief. There are many of them who claim to be Christian, but they really aren't what Fossey Kuhn, disobedient to Almighty Allah,
this is a statement in the Quran itself.
How many of you know where it is? Anybody know where it is?
Where is it? What surah
listen to it. I'll give you the first part. And then you'll remember Clinton Hi, Roma, 10, Accra jetman nasi. Marina bill my roof what tongue? How to anneal moon car with me. noona Bella, where is it?
lemur on exactly. And then that's the first half of the verse will allow a man to move the tab. And if the people of the book had believed that kind of heartbroken, it would have been better for them.
Minimum from them?
Or those who have elearn. But achiara. Home, most of them are farcical. They are disobedient. Is that right or wrong? Close. Exactly.
So what I'm telling you is that we have still today with us the original. And by the way, for the benefit of those of you who didn't don't know much about Islam, you heard the brothers. We didn't rehearse this, by the way, I just got off the airplane. How did they know exactly what versus I'm talking about? Because Muslims only have one book. And we know the original, and we memorize it in the original language.
While Arabs only comprise about 12% of the Muslims in the world today 88% of us are not Arabs, but we still use the Arabic of the Quran. And that's the Quran. Not any translation.
True or false?
Just for fun. How many of you here have memorized the entire Quran? Raise your hand? Raise your hand if you have the whole crop. Not can't see a very good seed get him up so I can see it.
How many of you one
brother, well, this is only about half of the crew. We got everybody else in these other rooms. How many of you memorized at least Jews?
Put your hand up. Okay, cool.
How many Jews comprises about 40 chapters? The last 40 chapters. How many memorize 10 chapters of the Quran does 10 sources come on? That's everybody in here that you know that.
Is there anybody who didn't memorize any of the Quran?
No. We have to everybody knows how to say Bismillah
Other religions ask them? How many people? Have you ever met that memorize the entire book that you have?
Why would you do that?
Or how many in this room would want right now to be able to memorize the whole Quran? Yeah, I did this in Indiana. And I asked how many would like to memorize the whole Bible. I had a pastor sitting right next to me. And he went, why?
It's a whole different world in a whole different world.
But we invite, we invite our Christian brothers and sisters to consider what Islam really offers. As far as statement that I was talking about from the Quran. I asked the pastor about this subject.
What would you say? I didn't tell him it's in the Quran. I said, What would you say if somebody said, from the Christians, there are Jews and Christians, there are some real believers out there. They believe in God and they're trying their best. He said, that'd be true. I said, but what if somebody said, but most of them are disobedient? He said that be 100%. Right. That's what he said.
And I said, how you get that? I'll watch this. 10 commandments, actually, there are over 200 commandments in one area 700 in another area, the Old Testament, but let's just take the popular 10 commandments, which some today thought it was a 10 suggestions. But this first one says Thou shalt not have any other gods beside me. What does that mean?
What else could that mean? No other gods beside a law. What does that mean?
How? How can you say that? There's more than one God? How? Well we're not we're saying God is one. But you know, is a son and he's a father at the same time. How do you explain that?
Can you be your own father? Whoo.
That takes some really weird thinking. I'm sorry.
And then you throw in a ghost.
Holy Spirit, they changed it. They used to call it ghost, but they don't because it does say in the in the Aramaic. So it's world, which we know is not ghost, it's spirit. So that To be fair, Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
it's because they have been brought up to believe it over and over and over indoctrinated saying the same thing over and over. And you know, if you tell a lie long enough, and repeat it long enough, you can get people to believe it.
That was one of the planks of the Communist Manifesto. tell a lie, make it bigger tell it often.
And it worked. A lot of people bought into this stuff.
At that same place in Indiana, I just told you about where the pastor was there. I said, You've been brought up in a religion where you've been lied to from the first day the society is lying to you all the time. Now, here's where they took exception to me. And they were like, No, that's not true. I said, I want you to challenge me. I wanted you to say that. I'm glad you're paying attention.
When you were growing up, Didn't your mother lie to you know, your father lied to you know, teachers, preachers all lied to you know, grandmothers lied to you? My grandmother? No way.
Not my grandmother said Okay.
How old were you? When you found out there was no Santa Claus.
That's gotta hurt.
And then next thing you're going to tell me there's no Easter Bunny running around laying colored eggs.
And when I said this, you should have seen their heads. They
didn't want to look at me anymore because they realize what I said is true. And then I narrate them what had happened to me. I came home from school in December, I was about nine years old.
And my mother had always been real strong on the Christmas stuff and the trees and the gifts and you know and heavy duty on this stuff. Santa Claus coming down the chimney. The year prior to that when we moved to Texas. We moved into one of these trailers in a small trailer thing
and it was December
And I was worried. I said, Mom, we can't live in that place. She said What? I said it's Christmas time. She said, we can get a small tree. I said, nevermind the tree. There's no chimney.
Santa Claus is gonna bring my presence. She said, No, no, no worries. See that little she pointed to the stove pipe up. She said, You got a stove by be gone. I thought he's a big fat guy. Ask him to get in there. Listen to the answer. He's Santa Claus. He can do anything.
Watch what happens. Watch what happens when you start teaching these kids, that kind of stuff. And then they listen to that song. Santa Claus is coming to town. He knows everything. He knows when you've been bad or good.
He knows everything. He's everywhere.
It says some kind of God to them. If you stop and think about a little kid, that's what he's believing in. And when he gets presents from Santa Claus, and where is Santa Claus, he's up there. What's happening?
The danger of teaching kids this line. And then what happens? And I came home that next year, and I'm ready to be vindicated, right? I come to my mother, mother. What's the matter? She's washing dishes. I said, Mother, you gotta go to school with me. What's the matter? I want you to come straighten out the kids. Some of the kids know what they said what they say.
They said there's no Santa Claus.
She didn't look up. She said, don't tell your sisters.
I didn't believe it. I ran to my bedroom. And I started crying because that night because just the presence and all the rest of it. Because my mother had become, you know, persuaded by the dark side. She went over to the wrong side. Because I was still convinced there's a Santa Claus, but my mother's lost.
Because how could it be? No, the rationale kicked in, I said I
will wouldn't be the two people would tell the same line.
Why would it be that my father's telling the same line?
My uncles and cousins, my teachers and preachers?
How, wait a minute. And my grandmother, no way. I wanted to call her longest and some of our back in those days, you didn't make long distance phone calls in unless somebody died. But I wanted to call I just wanted her to say, you know, tell my mother, you know, straighten her out. Because we got to get her back.
I don't want to belabor it anymore. And I already did this religion know something that's serious.
Because once the child realizes comes to the gravity, the reality of what this means?
Because they've been fooled, and made a fool of in front of their friends. It's kind of like a parable.
There's no Santa Claus.
So now you want me to believe in the Easter Bunny? No way, forget that. Now you're gonna come to them and tell them about a man can be born to a woman with no husband?
no husband, and he thinks about it. He said, Well, that's pretty dominant New York.
Yeah, all the time. Yeah, my cousin you know, she.
So the whole thing is a miracle birth is like nothing to them now, isn't it? They have a whole rotten attitude now. And now you want to come to them and start telling them about how Jesus is with God. And he's coming back on the last day. Are they going to buy that? No.
You start talking about miracles. Even if Moses and I've heard them, I heard some scholars so called scholars saying, Well, you know, they claim that Moses parted the waters probably what happened? It was the Nile River. This is one of the things that they say. It was probably the Nile River and it just dried up that one year or something and they walked across it. That's exactly what I heard.
Clearly, it says, In the Bible, it was the Red Sea. And clearly it says the same thing. And we have no doubt it was the Red Sea. And it was parted not by Moses by law. But Moses struck it with a stick. It opened up and the children of Israel went through it. This was a miracle. why Jesus?
Jesus walking on the water is a miracle. These things a Muslim has no trouble believing in we believe that Mohammed Salah Salaam went all the way up to paradise and back down and the same night
We don't doubt it.
But then nobody started lying to us at early age on about things that really have nothing to do with religion, and tried to incorporate it in religion. There's two things I'm doing at the same time right now, in this last part of my talk, I'm talking to our non Muslim guests are with us and us as well. The value of always telling the truth, especially about religion, it's forbidden in Islam,
to even joke, we can't even joke about our religion, much less lie. Whoever lies about our religion, allow us to start the Hellfire with these people, the scholars of Islam, who is speak it and talk about it, but they don't live it. They're going to be the first to be burned by the hell. And the ones who are lying about the religion when they know better. They're not getting out of the hellfire.
There's no room for that. So that's why you'll find many times you ask Muslim a question he'll say, Well, I don't know. But we can try to find the answer. Well, you ask some people of other religions something they'll make up something Why not? Hey, it doesn't matter. Why shouldn't I make it up the priests do.
And some religions
100 $100 bill Allah mean who allowed the gentleman most of the mean, the praises to a law, he's the one who guides to the straight path. Whoever wants to be guided can be guided, but it's up to them, not me, not you. We cannot guide anybody. Allah says I'm going to end with this, that
you don't guide who you love, but rather Allah guides whoever he wills
to his straight path. So in closing, my prayer, for all of us is allowed guidance. It Deena Serato Mr. Kim, a lot of guidance to his straight path and keep us firm on that. I mean, the $100 bill on to me