Channel: Yusuf Estes
Sheikh Yusuf Estes, American Muslim Preacher & Teacher giving public Speech in JMPF Seminar at Tokyo University on October 14, 2012
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah while it was a big mine, a Chateau La ilaha illallah wa Taala Shrek Allah, what I shared with the Mohammedan up to whoever to sell Allahu alayhi wa sallam was Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah Hebrew cattle
What we decided to do today is to make a double program in addition to what you're seeing, and hearing right now, we wanted to preserve today's program so that it could be broadcast again in the future, in both English and in the Arabic LSC working on English and Japanese today, okay. And in sha Allah to Allah, we wanted to make this something very nice for the future. This is why we're going to use the text that we have laid out usually I never do that. But today, I wanted to follow this script, so that both of us will say the same thing about the most important five questions. People are asking today, these five questions that if they're answered properly, maybe Allah will
forgive us for not doing a better job in the past. If you have one of these booklets that they were handing out, if you haven't had one, go to page 17. If you read in the English,
if you have, if you want to read it in Japanese figured out for yourself.
The first question that people might ask about a law
is where did the law come from?
Both the Bible and the Quran tells us that God has always existed. And there never was a time when he didn't exist.
As such, he's the eternal without beginning and without end. He's the only creator and Sustainer of all that exists and nothing
and no one exists alongside him as partners.
He tells us that he is not created, nor is there anything like onto him in any way nothing into creation is like the Creator. It's as simple as that. He calls himself by a number of names. And we'll mention three of them he is an owl which is the first l after the after or the last. He is a Samad which is the eternal and sought after by everything in creation, yet he does not need the creation.
He is not a man Lem your lead, nor is he the progeny of Man will amulet nor is there anything compared to him? Well, I'm Nicola who go one.
He always has existed.
He never was created. He is not like his creation. He is not similar to his creation in any way.
The Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam peace be upon him, explained that the devil comes to a person any asking, Who created this and who created that and who created such and such the proper answer is God or Allah, Allah, Allah created this, Allah created that, then he will say to them, who created the law. And when you hear this, this is when you stop. And you say, Now only blame in the shutdown regime, I seek refuge with God from the evil of this one, because this means you didn't even understand that Allah is not created. So
then in the Quran, and we will read this in our beer and then we'll give you the more or less the English and then the Japanese after that.
Now we'll live in a few minutes a Tony regime Allahu La Ilaha Illa Who are you?
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yellow Mama, Abraham Omaha from Allah He told me he ellaby Misha
was he Accorsi Who? sumati volare
Houma la hola Lila de
Allah is the one whom beside there is none other to worship. Laila.
Our high is the living room. He is the self subsisting he doesn't get tired. Well, let's send it to him well are known and he doesn't get weary.
This is not alone.
Everything in the universe belongs to him.
And then he asked the question, Who is there that could ever come between a law and his creation, unless he gives the permission.
He has full knowledge of everything and you don't have any knowledge except he gave it to you.
His Kersey, which is translated many times as a chair, or a stool extends over the universe.
And he never gets tired of taking care of it, preserving it. And he is mighty, and majestic, and above all,
so this verse truly presents the comprehensive representation of a law God, in a way without trying to define him, by comparing him to the creation, rather, as being the absolute Creator of all, and then his attributes and characteristics, he is the absolute.
We come to them the first of the questions that we want to really focus on in this series about where a lot comes from, and what he's all about.
The question now would be where is God?
some religions will tell us that God is everywhere.
This is pantheism, the opposite of Islam.
God is not everywhere. If you say this, you mean what? He is the creation, or he's like it. And this is not acceptable. Allah tells us clearly there is nothing anywhere in the universe that is like him or to his likeness, nor he is never in his creation. But he tells us in the Quran, he created the universe in situ, which is six periods of time, often translated as six days. But stop and think about it before there was the earth. What was the day anyway? It's not talking about the rotation of the Earth is Tom at six periods of time?
And he says, Thema Estella LLR. And this is that he then rose above his throne. And we don't try to define that. What does that mean? Is he laying down or sleeping or getting rest, like it mentioned in the Bible, on the seventh day he rested, we don't have that. That's not a part of what we understand.
And Allah has complete knowledge, able to know all things past, present, and future as we just heard.
And he knows all of the things in all of the places all at the same time. This is a knowledge that we can't even comprehend.
In this regard, Prophet sallallahu Sallam told us, that Allah is as close to you as your juggler vain. But what does he mean?
In his knowledge, and his hearing, and his seeing is so complete, that there is nothing except that he knows about it. In this way, he is close to you, and he is close to the believers, when they are trying to draw close to him. And another Hadith the prophet of Islam tells us that as you come, try to come close to Allah, he'll come closer to you even faster, even more. And I'm summing that up because it's not actually in my notes here.
I want to read to you from Surah Allah rock, chapter seven, verse 54. The translation says, certainly your Lord is the law, who created the heavens in the earth, He says that I am in sixth period of time, Brahma stole our hearts and then he rose above his throne. He brings the night as a cover over the day rapidly in the sun, the moon and the stars are subject to his command. Surely his his the creation, and the commandment blessed to be a law, Lord of the universe. And then in third 10, which is a unison, verse three, he says, indeed, your Lord is a law who created the heavens and the earth. He said that I own six periods of time. And he established a large over his throne,
disposing of the affair of everything, no intercessor will plead with him except by his permission. This is a law your Lord so worship Him, won't you then remember? then ensure over on chapter 25, verse 59, he said, it is a law who erected the heavens without pillars that you can see. Then he asked our llrc rose above his phone and made subject the sun and the moon, each running their course for a specified term.
He arranges each
in the match
He details, the signs that you may have the meeting of your Lord be certain.
And in 13 chapter 13 verse two, which is sir Alright, and now I think that was split there. Yes, it was it that was sort of ride for stoop. And now in back to Surah Furqan. And this is 59 Sorry about that. It is he who created the heavens and the earth and fit it on six periods of time. He is our our arch, he's the most magnificent ask him as he is all sub you're the knower of everything.
And then in Surah 32, verse four, he created the heavens and earth in six periods of time. Then he asked our allow Arash rose above his throne, you human beings have none beside him, as of Wally, a protector, or a helper or an intercessor. Won't you then reason, remember.
And indeed, Allah uses the word we in royal sense, like the king who says, We decree the following.
And it is not a plural,
he created the heavens in the earth and everything in between and six,
six periods of time, fatigue never touches us. And again, the term us is the Royal us nothing to do with being plural. And finally, in, in circuit deform, and the Noble Quran verse, verse 57, verse four, it said, He is the one who created the heavens and earth, in six periods of time, then rose above his throne, he knows what goes into the earth, and what comes forth from it, what descends from the heaven and what goes up to it, and he is with you, by his knowledge, wherever you may be, Allah is the old seer of what you do. So we observed from these statements, a very logical approach to understanding the nature of a law without comparing him to the creation or putting him in the
The next question that we deal with is, why are there so many religions, if there's only one God, then
why so many different religions?
The Islamic belief is there. In fact, all the religions started from a law.
There was no messenger who was sent except they came with the same message. So all of the religions started with a law.
But then, people began to add to it, or take away from it,
to change it to get control over each other.
And this is why man made religions have caused so much problems over the many centuries. As long as humans are dealing with it. It is not God's religion, and it will not work. Somebody is always going to get the wrong end of the deal in a lot of somebodies usually.
That's not in the notes. But
what does the law tell us about the religion of the law? Now, keep in mind, there is one clarification. It's not mentioned in the notes, but the word Deen in Arabic does not mean just religion. It is more comprehensive. It implies a total way of life. Everything you do from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep at night is all considered your dean.
This is the word Dean in Arabic.
And with regard to that, in Surah, Maya did chapter five verse three, Allah says Allah yo Mo, Mo to lecom Dino como at mem to Allah commitment t we're ready to likoma Islam Medina.
And here the meaning behind it is, Allah said, on this day, I have perfected for you your way of life.
completed my favorite for you and have chosen for you to surrender and submit in peace as your way of life.
That is how you say Islam, Medina,
a way of life in surrender in submission to Almighty God. A law does not force people to submit to Him. He has laid out a clear plan and made it known to the people the two ways heaven or hell, and a person is always free to make their own choice. And about that Allah says in Surah Al Baqarah chapter two verse 256, la raha Deen put the band original
middle line from a young for a bit too good to remember why he forgot his thumbs up a bottle of water. Let's go on pista mala, Allah who sent me on a limb. here Allah said there is no forcing in the way of Islam. Verily the right path is clear from the wrong path, whoever disbelieves in that booth which is false belief, and they believe in the law, then they have grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is the old hearer, the old Knower.
He continues in the next verse telling us Allahu wa Leela Dena amanu ukri Juna homonym doula Mattila No, Valentina capital olio, who moved to New York, Regina who Mina, Nori 11 Ola, Ola cassava Nori, whom p ha Caledon and here Allah is telling you that he is the Protector, he is the Guardian, the best friend you'll ever have, who
if you believe in him, he brings you out of darkness into light. But as for those who disbelieve, and they take false worship, then these gods that they've invented will take them out of the light and into the darkness. And those are the dwellers of the Fire to remain there in forever.
when the law says law 15 there's no compulsion Islam, then whoever chooses to worship along without partners and devotes himself and obeys the commandments as much as he can, then they have got a firm understanding, a firm grasp on this thing, and it will not break. whoever denies God and chooses some other way to worship, or they don't want to believe at all,
then for them is going to be eternal punishment.
People began to separate into groups due to their rejection of truth, their denial of the clear proof that came to them evident from their Lord. And from this I want to read to you from circle BNR chapter 98 verses four and five.
let me just go to the next part.
Well, my only real Emily Yabba Doo aloha meclizine Allahu Dena Hoon fry up musala to you to Zika was Delica Dino kaoma. And they were not this is talking about the People of the Book, the Jews and Christians who are not ordered any more than this. worship god alone without any partners. Established proper worship, which is called Salah or connection with the law
pays the poor do which is to purify your wealth and give the proper charity. And this is the way the dean most clear.
Now allow one the Muslims
not to fall into the same trap as the people before them. by arguing and disputing with each other and separating up into groups. We've been warned about this subject clearly in the Koran
and the chapter three, which is sir Alan Ron, versus 105 to 106. And don't be like those who divided in different amongst themselves after clear proofs came to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment, on the day when some faces will become white and some faces will become black. As for those faces that become black.
It's going to be said to them did you reject faith after you accepted it, then taste the torment of hell for rejecting faith. People lied about revelations they changed scriptures they abused and even murdered their prophets that Allah sent to them by the way this is mentioned in the Bible as well as the Quran.
Now we'll read a little bit further back in the same sir This is insert Allah Miranda as well in verses 7879 verily among them as a party, a group who distort the book with their tongue as they read so that you may think it's from the book but it's not from the book. And they say this is from a law, but it's not from a law. And they speak a lie against the law. Well they know it. It is not possible for any human being to whom Allah has given the book, and hokhmah which is the knowledge and understanding of religious law and Prophethood for him to say to the people be worshipped
have me rather than a law.
On the contrary, he will say, you should be writing in which mean learned men of their religion who practice what they know. preach to others, because you are teaching the book and you're studying it.
The prophets of Allah only ask people to worship along
as one God
without any partners.
They would never ask people to worship them or anyone or anything other than a law. A lot tells us in the Quran, and this is in lm, Ron, the very next verse, verse 80.
Nor would he talking about the messenger who's coming, nor would he order you to take angels and prophets as Lord as God. Would he ordered you to disbelieve After you submit to the will of God?
So we see that man made religions are not an abomination before the Lord. And they'll never be accepted with regard to that Allah says, and this is also an alum, Ron verses, chapter three, verse 83. Do they seek other than the religion of the way of life,
their religious way of life, the Dean of a law?
Well to him all creation in all creatures have submitted, willing or unwilling, and to him they shall be returned.
Allah will only accept true submission, obedience and purity and peace to His commandments. And this word in Arabic is a llama. And from it comes the word, Islam.
Then Allah tells us in verse 85, same chapter chapter three,
woman Mia, viral Islam, Medina, Philip milovan, who who will fill out 30, middle class serene, and whoever wants a way other than the way that a law prescribed for them alone will not accept that.
And in the Hereafter, they will be amongst the losers.
To believe in the law, follow His commandments is the message of all the prophets.
All the prophets of monotheism Alhamdulillah, Allah to partner with the alum
is most fair,
and he treats everyone with fairness. So, why do we get this strange question? Very short answer on this one, but good question. Will everybody be treated fairly?
In regard to this? We have to say absolutely, yes. Allah always treats everybody with justice and fairness. But read these verses of the Quran carefully.
Especially with regard to the Hopi tab or People of the Book.
Allah says, No.
This is Yeah.
In sir lm Ron again in verse 108, to verse 110.
These are the verses of a law
we recite them to you this is a lot of talking to Mohammed says Islam in truth and Allah wills no injustice to the mankind and jinn. And to Allah belongs all this in the heavens and the earth, and all matters go back to him for final decision. You meaning the people who are the believers are the best people raised up for mankind. cookin hieromonk in Oak Ridge Atlanta see Marina Del Mar roof baton Helena on her moon car. What took me noona below. Willow Amana okie Kevin la cama highroller home men who
work for whom Farsi Khun sola is saying you the believers are the best of the people raised up for mankind because you enjoin or order or Command Alma roof and you forbid a moon car.
And you believe in the law.
And if the people of the book The Jews and Christians had believed it would be better for them, from them are believers
from them are people who believe but the vast majority are disobedient, rejected rejecters. They are the ones who are disobedient and rebellious against the law.
Now I'm going to give you something that's not there.
So I hope you can pick up on this last. The night before last, I guess was last night night before.
It's hard for me to keep the day straight anymore. We were with a priest from Germany. And I translated this first to him. And he said, Yes, that's true. You're talking about my people.
So we see that Allah subhanaw taala, barely speaks the truth. Now, whoever believes in Allah as one God, and they are working righteousness as much as they can, and they follow the most recent prophet sent to them.
Then they could be a Muslim, whether they know it or not, surrendering, submitting, and being in peace with God, as such, it's up to a law to be their judge. And as Allah says, Allah, Allah will be a common Hackney isn't a lot of the best of judges. And we're going to ask a question now, again, not in our notes.
How many do we have here that are Jews or Christians today? Any Jews or Christians here today? Canada, Canada, Kyoto, Moscow keys, Tokyo, Tanaka, Tara, Joshua Ani, myself, okay, for this reason, we have none here today. Anyway, for this reason. The next question is specifically for those who are Jews or Christians, and they're welcome to read that from the text themselves. And those who would like to visit our website to get the whole details. It's on God. allah.com. That's God, Allah, like one word.com you can read the whole thing. I'm going to skip that. We'll go to the next one. Okay. And this will save a lot of time and come to the end, and the most important part of this
subject about who he is and who he isn't. I need to translate that. No need to know because if they understood the question, they figured it out.
They're smart crowd.
Ask them Did everybody get it? Some Japanese might ask them. Don't ask me a man on your home when you start Olga either? Sokka?
Again, I'll repeat if we do have any Christians here that you could you've understood the question, you could read the answer yourself, like there's a question about how a lot treats the Jews and Christians. Now we come to this one, is God pure? Is God good? Is God loving? And is God fair? The answer is absolutely yes to every question, because those are His names. Those are names that He has given to himself. These are characteristics about Almighty Allah.
So then the question for that would be if he is pure, good, loving and fair, then where does evil come from? You said he's the only creator. So where did evil come from? Where does hatred come from? And where does injustice come from? It's a good question.
Allah has told us he's pure loving. And absolutely just in every respect. He said, He is the best of judges. He also tells us that the life we're in here is a test. All of us are here in this life as a test.
He has created everything that exists, and he created everything that happens
There is nothing in this existence, except that Allah has created it. He also says in the Quran, he has created what evil comes out of this is a miss type in here, by the way, he didn't create evil, he creates what evil comes out of. And, again, I'll have to read it's not from the notes here. To clarify that. I want to be sure you understand. He says insert our follow up, which is chapter 113. Now the billing manager toner is in Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim koolau Ogilvie, Rob bill palapa, Minh, Sheree ma halaqa. Now that's all we need for this. And he says, say I seek refuge in the lord of Daybreak from the evil that comes out of the evil from what he has created. So there is evil that
is perceived by us from what Allah has created. But everything that Allah creates actually has a good purpose behind it. Whether it's a tsunami or an earthquake, and you guys are familiar with that here in Japan.
And whether it's a mudslide, whether it's
spread of some disease, whether it could be somebody getting cancer or something
dies, all of these things have a reason. And all of it for the believers, works for good. All of these things no matter how we perceive it as bad, if it's a true believer, he understands God is testing us.
Okay, I want to make sure you understand that before we go any further.
So we understand it's a test. Consider the people who do a lot of evil in the earth.
They live to a ripe old age, and they have a lot of wealth. They become famous, they're celebrities even.
And they're enjoying all the stuff that they stole from other people.
And then they die and they didn't have to pay for anything they did. We see that that could happen. True or false? Yes.
But Allah gives us the answer in the Quran for these evil people. Look what he says in Surah Yunus chapter 10, verse 70,
a brief enjoyment in this world and then unto us to a law they will return and we a law shall make them taste the severest punishment, because what they used to disbelieve, and belie His messengers deny and challenges proofs, and His signs and verses. And then in chapter 99, this is sir results, a lot of the earthquake pay attention to this one. We're here in Japan, you know about earthquakes. Yeah. And in it in verse six and eight, it says on that day, mankind will proceed in scattered groups.
So that they can be shown their deeds.
So whoever has done even the smallest, the smallest atoms weight of good will see it that day. And whoever did the smallest evil will see it on that day. And then in chapter 2129, sir, Uncle boo, and verse two through 11, has given us do the human beings think they're going to be left alone? Because they said, I believe, and they won't be put into youth to noon into big fitness, big test.
They're what they think.
No, because they for sure are going to be put into a test. For sure.
Just as the people before us were put into these big tests, to show who are the truthful and who are the liars.
Everybody will be put into these tests if they claim to believe in the law,
or those who do evil deeds do they think they can outstrip a law, evil is what they judge whoever hopes for the meeting with the law, then the last term is surely coming. And he is all here and the all Knower and whoever strives he strives only for himself. Rarely, Allah is free from any needs or wants from the alameen, which is the human beings engine. Those who believe in the oneness of the law, and do righteous deeds, surely, Allah will remit from them their evil deeds, reward them according to the best of what they used to do. And Allah has enjoined on human beings to be good and honorable and beautiful to their parents. But if they tried to make you join, partners with a law,
something you have no knowledge, then do not obey them in the false worship. For unto Allah is your return. And Allah will test tell you what you used to do. And for those who believe,
and do righteous good deeds, for sure, allow will make them enter into paradise. for mankind are some who say we believe in the law, but if they're made to suffer for the sake of the law, they consider this a trial for mankind as a punishment of a law. And if victory comes from your Lord, these hypocrites will say, for sure we will with you all along,
but isn't allowed the best aware of what is in the hearts of the human beings in jinn.
For sure Allah knows those who believe and surely he knows who are the hypocrites.
Allah knows all that before putting him into the test. This is more or less a translation from the Noble Quran.
So what we're understanding is that there is God, he is eternal. He always was and always will be.
There is nothing like onto him. And for everything that happens, there is a reason
And then a purpose.
I would like to add this one thing which is not here. But hopefully you'll be able to help us with translation to Japanese. And that is when Allah told us what our purpose is.
I think we would be remiss if I left that out. In the Quran, Allah tells us in chapter 51, through a daughter yard,
verse 56, out of lemon shun regime, well, ma Jin will insert a lovely afternoon, sir, they did not create humans in jinn, except for one purpose, the purpose of the bother.
So all human beings worship, all of us worship something.
Either we worship God or a false god. And for those who say they don't believe in God, they still worship something. Because worship in Islam is defined more, more than just going to church on Sunday,
or to a synagogue on Saturday, or to a mosque on Friday, or to a temple on any day of the week.
Worship in Islam is what your heart is attached to what you really favor, what you will give up for.
Everybody wants to be on TV.
I noticed this is Pac TV. Is it true what they say about Pakistan being one hour behind everybody else?
He won't broadcast that one. All right. So what we want to
acknowledge with what we've done here today is to present what Muslims believe about the true God. And what our purpose is, is to worship to worship
not the creation,
I brought something I don't know if you'll be able to see it from where you're at.
It says on the bumper sticker for goddess TV, worship the Creator,
not the creation.
This actually delivers the whole message of Islam, from the belief standpoint, in Simple English terms.
You know, there's a creator you know, everything came about somehow, how,
when, where, why all of that's really not important to you. What's important to you to know that you have a creator and how do you treat him? So worship him instead of what he created? That's our message for the day. And then finally,
I will just end it by saying that
I pray Allah guide us, all of us. Army.
Mr. Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Karim. While Allah He was a big mind as hadoo and La ilaha illAllah. Wa Sharona Mohammed bin Abdullah who were Sol Sol li li was Salam. Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah law.
Martial Law, these guys are within martial law. Okay. In sha Allah will begin to question and and we want to do the answers, and I'll do the question.
Next time Next time, okay. Figure it out. It's gonna happen. We'll start with this one if you want to.
This one asks the question, what's going to happen to me if I believe in the law, but I live with Christian customs, and I don't go to the mosque very much. What happened to me?
And the answer to that should be obvious to the person who asked the question.
I'm sure that if you really think about it, if you're smart enough to ask a question like that you're smart enough to know already know the answer.
Because if somebody wants you to think about it, somebody goes to work.
And they sign up and said, I work here okay.
But I never show up.
I don't go to work.
I don't help out with anything. But on Friday, I want to go get my paycheck, when I get a paycheck. Think about it.
The next question as the question
how can we convince people
about Islam? But people are saying bad things about Islam and the Prophet?
The good question,
but it's not a new question is it? This question should be applied from the very first Muslims. Because and listen carefully. Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, was categorized, he was labeled, he was announced to be the best of the people were in he lived by his own people. They said he was the trustworthy his own people. They said he was the most honest.
His own people, they said that he was the highest caliber of character in the community, his own people said that until he came with the message, stop worshipping the creation, but worship only the creator and follow me as the messenger to you. That's what he told him La ilaha illallah wa, he said that to them. And then they said, Oh, he's the worst of us. He's a liar. He's the most despicable Lalalalala they said all these things against him, for one reason only, because they didn't want to know the truth. They didn't want to hear the truth. Some of them did. And despite the lies that were being said, Allah guided them through it, and they became the best of the Muslims. Today, it is the
same thing. There are many lies about Islam and our Prophet sallallaahu salam.
If the people choose to believe the lies the search choice, but if they choose to hear the truth, we're here and we're ready to give it to them. This is why we came half way around the world to share the message in English. Hopefully, there will be translated, and hopefully they will understand it. But the bottom line, they will never come to Islam. No matter what you say, no matter what I say. unless Allah wants them to be guided in a lot doesn't want them to be guided against their choice. They make the choice, and Allah will guide them according to their choice. Make dua for them, given the message and move on.
Watch this. You're watching me. Okay, watch, watch. Some people. Maybe they didn't get to know who is God?
Some people they didn't maybe they didn't get the message. Is that fair?
Pretty good, huh? Of course, the translations on the bar.
So they're asking the question, there are some people they didn't hear about God. So is it fair?
So I'm going to ask you, are you one of those people that didn't hear you weren't here just a minute ago?
You were sitting here? Did you hear it? Yes or no?
So are you worried about the people who you think didn't get the message? Are you worried about yourself?
First of all, a law said clearly, he never punished his people until after he sent the messenger to them.
There is nobody going to hell didn't know that didn't understand that didn't have a message sent to them clearly.
Then if you're gonna go to another extreme and say to me, Well, what about somebody who's severely retarded? They can't understand.
They're the same condition as affinity.
Do you think of a baby can't read or write.
A baby may be two years old, one years old.
They can't understand anything you're saying.
If they die, and many babies are. So what religion would that make you have to be to go to Paradise and there is only one that teaches
Clearly that all children go to Paradise, regardless of the religion of their parents, that Islam, no other religion teaches that, and I've read the Bible through and through looking for this, it's not there. In fact, it says that the children inherit the sins of the forefathers.
It's themselves that children are born innocent. If a child dies, they go to Paradise. Because the law is not testing little babies, or people that are invalid or not able to, you know, comprehend. Also, somewhere in the life, that person will have a chance to understand there is God. And all they have to do when the message comes is listen. So the question you should be asking yourself, am I listening right now?
I'm going to offer something this is not in our program. But I want to offer something to our audience today, who's with me. And we've never done this before. So this is new. But I'm first asked you Do we have anybody here who's not a Muslim?
Okay, thank you. My offer is to you, those who are not Muslim, if you would like to write to me right now, and while I'm answering these other questions, give you time to write this write down?
What is the reason why
you do not want to submit to your Lord? And then if we give you an answer, that satisfies you on that question, that you're ready to submit to your Lord, what is the main reason why you don't want to worship your Lord without partners? Give us your your objection, give us your problem. And then if we're able to give you the good answer, you like it, then you're ready to accept to worship Him. If you'd like to write that raise your hand, we'll send the paper to you write it down, send it to us, and let us see if we find the answer for you. Okay, now, while you're doing that, we'll go to the next question.
It says, translation of Quran is not permitted. Isn't this too strict?
There is nothing that says that you can't try to translate it. The fact is, you can't translate it because it's too big.
You can't put an ocean in a glass. It doesn't work. But you can try. And that's all we've tried to do today. The things that I had said in English, maybe don't translate very well to Japanese language. Especially if I translated the Arabic to the English in the in the English to Japanese, I don't think it's very good translation. Do you know you should learn the language in your hair in a country that's very, very much interested in language? So you should already understand that that was the meaning it didn't say you can't try. It just says you can't do it. not totally. But you can try to get the essence of meaning. And that's all we tried to do. Why does everybody say God is
testing us after something bad happens? says I can't believe that. Because forget and forgive is too difficult. I don't know exactly what you're referring to.
But you said is God testing me? Well, we learned from the Quran that Allah is testing everybody, all the time. And the test is simple. Will you worship the creator? Or will you worship the creation? Is there something in this creation that you love so much, that if you lost it, you would disbelieve in God?
Because if that's the case, that was your test.
The things of this creation
are temporal. They will go away. There's nothing in the creation space forever.
So what are you worshiping?
some celebrities, they worship their looks their appearance, so much, they will spend all their money to try to change how they look. Michael Jackson is one of those people.
He did everything to change his color, the shape of his face. Everything about himself.
By the way, he's still going anyway.
And everybody will die. Allah said kulu Nelson the echo that everybody would, you know, you could just like give it to him.
Everybody wants to be on TV.
of the law.
Okay, let's don't take any more stuff up here because I don't need you guys to get lost. Okay, much trauma, we've got enough to keep us busy. No, I wanted to understand that there really is a creator. And this life is short, and I will die. So what will I take with me when I die? When I go to the grave? What will go with me? What are the keys to your Jaguar?
He didn't understand. Okay.
Don't let him come back. Finish. Finish enough. Okay, we got enough for a week up here.
All right. So if you understand that you will die and you will not take anything with you, then why are you so concerned about all of these things?
The people of Syria, this is an example the people of Syria right now are experiencing a very horrible situation.
their loved ones are dying in front of their eyes.
Muslims are being slaughtered.
Not just there, but in Burma as well.
But as the Muslims.
And they will say Alhamdulillah in Manila, we're in LA Raji. This is what we are on, when we know of death, or any horrible thing that just happened. Regardless, we say, from a low we came, and to Allah is the return. And ultimately, that's all I can really focus on. The other things are temporal.
We're sad. And we will try to stop bad things from happening.
But in the end, all of it is a test. This life is just a test. The real Paradise is waiting for those who take the time to figure it out. in worship, the creator.
Okay, we've got some questions up here from our audience. They responded to our request. And I want to respond back now we've had some who have asked us, this is the questions we really want. We want our audience, it's not Muslim filming what it is that stopping you from worshiping your Creator without partners. And some of the questions that we've gotten up here already very good. I've got one it says here.
This question, this next question is very good question. Because it's obviously coming from somebody not Muslim. And they are saying God is everywhere. They're saying, God is everywhere. I want to respond to that. Because sometimes, when we think about it, as Muslims, we say, Well, we know that God is close to you, when you're worshiping Him, we know that Allah is with the believers in the llama a submarine when your patient aligns with you. So what does that mean?
What does it mean? Well, it means that alone in his knowledge, in his hearing in his scene, and his capacity of being the ultimate of what he is, so he knows everything. He sees everything in this way, he says close to you as your own blood, but he is not everywhere.
Alaska, you're looking at a beautiful sunset, and you said, Oh, I'm thinking about God. God is in the sunset.
You say God is in the stars at night. And I see God in the ocean. And God is in this trees in the mountains in the flowers and the animals. And I will say is God in your toilet?
Huh? And you say, Oh, no, no. Is he in nuclear waste nuclear reaction? I had to throw that in there. Is he in there? No. Is he in the HIV virus in the AIDS? No.
So could you give me a list of where he is, is where you
which molecules are aligned, which ones are not?
So he's not in the creation. The creation is not a law. A law is not the creation make the distinction in your head, because otherwise if you don't do this, you will wind
as being an atheist,
because somebody will hit you with those questions, and you go, oh, and they'll say, so there's no God and you'll have nowhere to go. The only right answer is God is never in what he created.
He is not Mohammed Salaam. He is not Jesus, at least around. He's not Adam. And he is mad at films. He is a law.
This is another excellent question. And this comes to us from someone interested in science. And some have asked me about evolution. Some have asked us about science. Some have said, you know, from a standpoint, well, can you prove there's God? All right. So how many of us in this room right now you're gonna have to translate this right away? How many in this room? You believe in science? Raise your hand. poco de mano Cindy? terra cotta to
believe in science. You believe in science? Yes or no?
Of course you do.
How many of you you don't believe in science? She then Kakaako syngeneic.
He doesn't believe in science. No, no, we don't want to know what you believe. We want to know what you don't believe. Okay. You don't believe in science. Okay.
What is science?
Science is to take
logical, testable evidence to prove or disprove a point. That science
Okay, it's not open discussion. We're on live television. Okay. Mashallah.
Somebody chained him down, please.
I like Japanese, they got a lot of excitement, man.
Science is simple. It means to investigate to get logical, testable evidence that science. It's different from fairy tales, making up stuff, dreams, wild ideas. Science is something you can prove that science
theory is something you cannot prove. That's why it's a theory. It's not a fact.
So, is it called the theory of evolution or the fact of evolution?
The Big Bang Theory?
It means you have no absolute proof. You have a theory based on some proofs, but you could stand to be corrected. Do we all agree on these points?
We understand each other? How can you make?
Okay, so Islam demands scientific evidence and proof for everything we say we are not allowed to talk about theory is one of the things that affected me personally in your asking these all these questions here about how I came to Islam.
One of the things that affected me very big
was when I was trying to convert an Egyptian Muslim to Christianity. And he told me, I will go to your religion, if it's better than my religion.
And I thought, we had him Zen
until he finished the sentence. He said, I'll go to your religion if it's better than my religion, but you need proof.
And I said to him,
religion is not about proof. Religion is about faith. And he said to me, in Islam, we have faith, but we have proof to back up every word.
I looked at him and I said, Do you mean to sit there and tell me as a Muslim, you can prove there is God.
He said to me.
Do you as a Christian? Say that you can't?
evolution is a theory. Even Adams, the idea
Atoms is still a theory, the theory of atoms. The Big Bang is a theory.
And to many, many religions, God is a theory. But in Islam is absolute proof. And the only one who doesn't want to see the proof is the one who won't recognize it. For us today, we have the Quran one of the questions dealing with the Quran, and you're asking about this so it fits in this answer about luck or on is the absolute proof for those who take the time to read and understand what it says.
Consider this, Allah says clearly in the Quran And my answer your question, because you're asking Could it be corrupted?
The Quran is the only document on the planet Earth.
That is complete.
And total. Outside of written documentation. It's the only document that is still complete without the written documentation, meaning we have over 20 million human beings who have memorized that letter for letter.four.it is the only document that if we lost all of the documents on the planet, we could bring it back word for word letter for letter doc forgot exactly as it was revealed to the planet to the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.
If that doesn't strike you as something important than I don't know what does.
The Quran does not have verses in it, it has it yet. They're called as law.
This means every one of them is a proof because I am means proof.
I am law, each and every single ayah is a proof. So every single ayah in the Quran could guide somebody to Islam. I personally have met and talked with people who came to Islam from only one ayah of question in their mind a question in their heart. But it was answered when they understood what Allah said in even one ayah, including the first ayah Bismillah. The first part of the first idea Bismillah, in the name of God, brought a man from Judaism, to Islam, in Baltimore, Maryland, and I met and talk with him about that. So for sure, every single ayah is a proof.
The man was Jewish, the Jewish don't believe they have the name of God. They don't have God's name. That's why when they write God, they write g dash D, they don't write God, because they're afraid to try to come up with something. Right? As a rabbi,
this man was studying to be a rabbi.
He knew the Hebrew very well. And he heard most of them say Bismillah. So why did you say that? They said, What are you saying in the name of God? He said, Wait a minute, wait a minute, what did you say?
You mean, you have the name for God? said yeah, Allah. He said, What? What did you get this?
As he examined as he began to read as he tried to learn the Arabic language, he read the Quran. And when he understood it, he said, A Chateau de la ilaha illa law, or Shalom, Muhammad Rasulullah. He understood, he said, I testify. There is no God, except one God, a law. And I testify Muhammad is His Messenger. And that's what it takes to get started.
If there's anybody here who understood our message today, you understood and you want to know more, you don't need to come to me to ask, you don't need to go to a mosque to ask. You don't need to go to a movie theater and a mom to ask the question you can. That's welcome. But the first place, start in your heart and say this, God, think about what I'm saying, in your own heart. Nobody can hear you. Nobody can hear you in your heart. Unless there really is God asking, guide me,
guide me, and then come back and tell me what happened.
If you're sincere, I have no doubt that the only God The only creator of this universe will open things up to you. Like you could never imagine. That's our challenge.
We have a couple of questions, and then I'm going to get to the big question.
This one says, I'm against capital punishment.
Could I still be a Muslim? I'm against capital punishment, could I still be a Muslim?
To be a Muslim,
is to believe there's only one God, and to serve him to the best of your ability,
there may be things you don't understand.
And if you don't understand them, that's between you and the law. Ask him for understanding. But if you know for sure that Allah has ordained something, and you don't want to do it, that's disobedience. But if you disbelieve in it, this is covering it up.
I don't really know what you mean by being against something. Because actually to say you're against it means you're very close to it. Like I'm against the microphone right there. Hmm. But I think what you mean is you don't like the idea of killing someone, regardless of what they did. But
in the truth, dear brothers and sisters in humanity, you have to know there are some people out there who do things that you've never even imagined. There are people out there who have killed so many people
with no thought in their mind whatsoever. And if they could get escaped out of a prison, they will continue to do so. There are people who are pointing a gun at someone, and the person is saying, Well, I don't believe in retaliation. So I'll just stand here and let them shoot me.
You may be one of those people. Or you may be somebody who says, oh, you're going to shoot me, you're not gonna kill my family. These things are up to you.
But don't let that stop you from being a Muslim. To be a Muslim is to believe in the law and try your best to follow His commandments. If you're trying to do that, you might be better than some of us who think.
we have a number of other questions. I'm going to try to sum this up altogether now, especially from those who are not Muslim, who were kind enough to send up their considerations or their objections to why if you answer this one thing, maybe they can start worshipping their God alone without partners. One of them is telling me that they are not from pantheism. But from a traditional Japanese Buddhist Shinto vision, about nature, they feel God's symptom or godliness, through everything created, another word is talking about to understand Islam to know law, we need to know experience. How is Mohammed Isa felt, and you're using the word feelings and other ones using Word
feelings. I want to talk about our feelings. And this one didn't get translated yet.
Yes, is about
again, talking about the feelings I have about respect. And
between the human beings and the men and women of Islam, we answered them last night.
And it seems like the biggest problem from all of these that I'm reading is the lack of understanding of one word. I'm going to try to define that. And then I'm going to ask somebody about this one question. And we're going to be done.
In our presentation, we talked about God alone. The website is called God allah.com. You can get all of this over there. God, Allah calm.
If you go to the ocean, and in the sand, you see footprints, you know that something or someone made those footprints? You don't need to see somebody walking to believe that that's how the footprints got there. You don't assume that they came by accident, or that the water came up and push those footprints in there. You know, somebody was there.
says, since I was born, I did not have a chance to know about Islam. My parents taught me God's are everywhere. I still don't know the answer. Is that person still with us today? Who wrote this? You still in the room? And our audience? The person who wrote this? Are you still here?
Right here. Okay. Could you just stand up for a second?
Okay, thank you
know, just stay up for a second. What I told
did that to my friend behind you with Pac TV just for fun.
you said since you were born, you didn't have a chance to know about Islam. And your parents taught you about God's being everywhere. Right? Okay.
But from what you've heard from us today,
does it make sense that there really is only one God? Does that make sense to you?
You're not sure. Okay. If there were gods more than one.
And we know what people are like, then those Gods would be competing with each other true or false.
They would fight each other eventually, and somebody's creation would have to be better than somebody else's. Just like we have to build buildings taller than other people's buildings. Here in Tokyo, you're trying to build tall buildings. Sure, faults.
Yes, you're right. Okay. So Allah tells us in the Quran that he is one, and there's nothing like him. So it's not like people. He's not a person. We say he out of respect, instead of saying it, the word of law is not male or female.
So this is the real God, the one who created everything. If there were gods, you'd have to say, Where did they come from? But if there's only one, then it's obvious. He's eternal. That makes sense. Yes. But I have a question. I'm sorry to ask but how can you know like, the Allah is the God not like?
I this is sorry, Jesus Christ. Jesus is a man Yes or no? Yeah, he walked on the earth, yes or no? Yeah, right. Okay, God created the universe. How really ridiculous would it be that God has to walk on one of those tiny little worlds? to get something done? doesn't make any sense, does it? No. This is taken from Roman and Greek philosophy. In the third century after Jesus, they imposed that thinking from the Roman Church, that's where it came from. But the real Jesus never said those things. He was the same as Mohammed the same as Adam, Abraham, Moses, David Suleiman, all of them, possibly even Buddha, possibly even so many others, because we know that more than 124,000 men came
and said the same words, there's one God, worship Him alone without partners. And now, thank you very much for that we were talking about a lot of questions here come about feelings, talking about the heart, talking about what am I supposed to do? Now? Let me explain to you this one word, and we'll be finished the word is a Salama. This is the world. That's the most important.
The word Islam is the verb
from where the word Islam comes. To understand Islam is to understand this word, Islam, the verb the action, Islam has five
actually more but at least five different English words. At the same time. You cannot translate this word to English because there is no single word no dual word, no hyphenated word that really carries the meaning of a slammer.
First is the word surrender to give up. Second, is to submit to give in
third is obedience. Fourth is sincerity. And fifth is peace. And I don't know if Japanese has a word that will handle all of that. I don't know.
But from English, we can't and that's why in the translations you never see this word translated. They always translate everything else. But when it says Islam and Arabic, they put Islam is la m, in the English language in any of the translation. So what is required first is to believe there really is a God and that's what we tried to focus on today. Once it is understood, there really is God and He is one he really
exist. Once you understand that, then comes this process
of a slum.
Once you begin to talk to him in your heart,
and you start to feel the love, you feel the mercy, you feel the forgiveness, you feel something coming. And you don't know where is this coming from when you start to feel
that what you believe is a reality, then comes the need to do Islam.
And when there is sincerity in your heart, for this God, that's one of the characteristics needed for Islam, to be sincere with him, then you know that it's voluntary. It's from your side, you're giving up to him? And you're asking him, Okay, I'm ready. What do you want me to do? Give me the order, I'm ready to go. This also proves that Islam cannot be spread by force, by a sword, by an ak 47, or a suicide bomber.
Because sincerity cannot be forced on anybody. So whoever believes in God really believes in the one God, and they want in their heart, to serve Him, to surrender to His will, to obey his commandments, to do this in sincerity, and in peace with whatever comes out of it. Be at peace with whatever he gives you, then you are a Muslim, whether you know it or not. Because it starts in the heart, and it ends in the heart. Finally, I will ask the one who wrote to me and said, I was raised in a Christian country, but I didn't become a Christian. Are you still here within our audience? Is that persons are used. Thank you so much. Could you stand just for a minute for me, please?
Have you understood everything we've talked about today?
And you agree that there really must be a god?
Do you really,
that they must be a god? Yeah. In my heart, I know that there is something that's most important thing first. Because once you know in your heart, go in the same heart and just ask him to guide you. That's all. That's all Islam asking you to do nothing more. Because if there is a God, it's his job to guide you, not mine.
And how he guides you. That's between you and him. Make sense? Yes. So anyone, anytime any place can be guided by him.
It doesn't matter who they are or where they are. As long as the heart is right. It will be okay. As I said in chapter 13, of the Quran, verse 28, verily, in the remembrance of Almighty God, to the hearts, find rest. So if your heart needs rest, think of God and ask him to give you the rest. And our Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, he told us, there is a morsel of flesh inside the human body, that if it's good, all of their matters, good. But if it's bad, then all of the matter is rotten. And that morsel of flesh is the heart. So it begins in the heart. And I hope today in our program, that we've been able to reach you and share with you something from our heart to yours, and
help you on your journey on your path on your way. And I thank all of you for being with us today. If anyone would like to know more about this subject, go to God a law.com.
And if you have any questions you can write to us. You can write to contact that c o n, ta CT at guide us.tv. I think it's right over here. Supposed to be behind me But anyway, there it is. So until we can be together again here in this life for the next life. I asked for a lot of peace to always be with you and allows guidance for all of us. And may Allah bring us together for what is good. And forgive us for what is bad. I mean, so panicle over a Chateau de la ilaha illa ont a stuck for a while or to LA wa Salaam Alaikum