Channel: Zakir Naik
Dialogue Between Religions (King Fahd Cultural Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 5th March 2009)
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I'd like to
apologize for the ones who have not been able to come into the hall. We are full house tonight. Plus there are many plasmas and projectors outside.
And yet still
1000s are sitting at the doors waiting to get in. So May Allah reward them for coming. And indeed, what we have mentioned and what Dr. Zack like has mentioned tonight, is of course, a free advertisement for Islam.
Of course, we are now coming into the session of Questions Answers, we have six microphones on the floor, we have here on the ground floor. Number one here, number two, here
we have four, ladies, section number three and four
in a row in the middle of the hall, and on the first floor, top there. We have number five here in number six here. So we have six microphones. Please if you'd like to ask question, proceed, make the question so brief and direct. So our guest speaker can answer them. And
we need your name and profession. And if you could kindly also give
preference and priority to non Muslims, that would be appreciated. So let's start. Do we have someone here?
All right. Please. Number one name and profession.
And your question.
I am rst although
I'm a diplomat in the Indian Embassy.
with due respect
to all the people and ladies present in the hall, I'm just going to express a view which I would like Dr. Zaki to carry with him because he has an access to the world audience.
Dr. Zaki started
by saying that, for a dialogue amongst various civilizations or various religions, we all have to come to a common conclusion
the speaker stated
and justified as to how Jesus RAM, Prophet Muhammad,
are all equal.
Rather, he went to the extent of
getting support from certain Indian scriptures, and certain Christian scriptures to justify the existence or the status of Prophet Muhammad.
It's all very good.
But we have been listening over the last two three years various conferences which have taken place across the world. The starting point is not
by saying that, are they all God? Are they all equal, or somebody's superior or somebody is inferior. I personally feel that none of us present here in the hall today have ever seen our respective gods, neither the Muslims have seen Prophet, neither I as a Hindu have seen ROM, neither the Christians have seen Jesus, the more important factor which I will request the speaker to catch on in any of his further talks, is
the goodness amongst us, when the speaker stated
in do say, everything is God, it means that there is an element of goodness amongst all of us.
Which, if nurtured, can make us near to God. Thanks. Thank you. Thank you.
I'd like to thank
our brother from the Indian Embassy. And thank you for his comments.
And he mentioned that
in most of the interfaith dialogues, he said that he agreed that I tried to prove the commonalities and trying to prove that Prophet Muhammad and Prophet Jesus are messengers, if we agree, Rama maybe may not be you can refer to my talk on similary Salman Hinduism, maybe maybe it's not, even if you all he was meant for people of that time. That's what I say. But he said that in the interfaith dialogues
We don't discuss
about God. No one here has not seen Rama Muslim has not seen Peninsula, Salam Krishna gspb. But we have to talk about the qualities, the human values, the human goodness.
I mean, he says that Hindus say everything is God. Goodness is there in everything. That's what you're saying, not the Scripture.
Come into your point. I do agree. We first talk about the human good qualities. No Muslim can be a good Muslim unless he's a good human being.
And number one duty of a human being is he should tank his crate Almighty God.
If you cannot tank and worship your create Almighty God, what is the use of you helping your neighbor useless?
You should help your neighbor, you should help the poor I'm not against it. But if you disrespect your create Almighty God, you cannot thank him. You cannot worship Him. All your activities is useless. That's the reason it's mentioned in the Quran. In surah, Nisa, chapter four verse 48 Surah Nisa, Chapter 416.
If Almighty Allah smart Allah wants, he may forgive anything but the sin of schilke He will never forgive him. For anyone who does shake associate partners with God, he has stayed far away. The biggest sin in Islam is associating partners with God.
And similarly, that for the Quran says in Jeremiah chapter five, verse 72,
that they are those who say that Jesus Christ peace be upon him son of Mary is Allah
called mercy but said Christ Yemenis, right? Okay, enough is right with Allah worship Allah Robbie, who's my Lord and your Lord, information Billa anyone who associate partner with Allah, Allah, Allah Subhana, Allah will make general term for him. mamajuana Romani salamin on fire and fire shall be dwelling place, and he shall have been held for the year after. So you had the biggest sin and Islamic ship. Same thing you mentioned the Bible.
What I quoted to you now shall not make any images of me. Same thing you mentioned the VEDA. So when you're talking about qualities of human beings, the best quality is
quality of thanking our Creator, Almighty God, he does not require you and me.
You will ask me that, why should I thank him? People asked me, Why do you sell Akbar Why have to pray to God? I said, See in Islam, whether we pray to God or not, it makes no difference or last month. When I sell our lives the greatest he's only to the greatest by me saying Albert, he won't become greater. Why do we say no? Why do we say because when I praise anyone,
whenever I call anyone great, it's a human tendency. I try and follow His commandments. For example, if your mother had a heart attack, and suppose there's a lay man who's a quack
He just comes and tells you that do swine flu thing?
Will you follow? On the other hand, you come to know of a person who's the most famous heart specialist in the world. He gives you the prescription Will you follow him or will you follow commandment, but natural you will follow the prescription of the best heart patient in the world. He's the most famous, the moment is famous, you will follow his prescription if your mother had a heart attack. So the reason we praise Allah is not so that he becomes greater. When we praise Allah, the moment we praise him whatever commandments he gives in the Quran, we follow it.
So, first we have to identify who is Almighty God.
And then what he says we have to follow that there is a Muslim means a person who submits a will to Almighty God, who seminar by name Zakir Abdullah mama Sultan.
Muslim means a person who submitted to Almighty God. Now, what is good is subjective. What do you call it is good, I mean, not say it is good. Who is going to say what is good? What is bad?
The best person who can say what is good or what is bad for the human beings is the creator of the human beings Almighty God.
Unless you don't come to know who is the true Almighty God, what are the attributes?
We should worship Him alone and the way you should worship all your other criterias of humanity is useless.
The number one criteria is as thanking our Creator, Almighty God, that is the best human quality and what is good and what is bad for us. difference of opinion.
Even the doctors differ. The best doctor is the creator of the human with Almighty God. He tells you alcohol is prohibited in the VEDA in the Bible in the Quran, don't have it. He says pork is prohibited in the US.
Scripture in the Bible in the Quran don't have it gambling is prohibited, what is good, what is bad how we come to know it is subjective.
Therefore there is a query that do good people go to hell is a question.
So as to what is good compared to what humanity thinks is good.
Fine, love each other. No problem girls and boys mixing pornography, no problem, everything is good.
So this is what you call is good, no problem, intermingling, homosexuality, everything is good. So, such good people will surely vote well. First, you have to realize, by the definition, what is good
to do good people go to LTS as a criteria for goodness, they'll go to hell. In religion, no good person can ever go to hell. Who's a good person number one, the person who realizes his creator who respects him who worships Him and follow this commandment that there is in the interface, the most important point is to identify who is our God, and to worship Him, and no one else, then the messengers. And then the other thing, hold on to the question.
All right, number two, please. Good evening, my name is Swami. I'm from India, I work as a project manager in a company.
Okay, I don't have any questions. But the way you talk and the way you our knowledge, I just wanna, I cannot appreciate because I'm very younger in age. I just am grateful that you're coming here to Saudi Arabia, and I had a very good chance to listen to a lecture. Though daily, I listen to your lecture for about two, three hours in the pitch TV, which is become my routine, because I don't
listen to any other speakers, except Dr. Zack in like, when somebody else comes, I switch on to NBC TV. So I am grateful that there is opportunity for me to come live and sit in the front row here. And they're given me a space to be in front row, I am grateful to the organization and the organizers. And to you also, thank you very much.
Thank you for this army and thank you for testifying, that there are many non Muslim viewers and I know that Mashallah the peace TV is watched by many non Muslims. And there were complaints from people some of the non Muslims here abroad in UK and USA, that though our PST we have got about 75% English and 25% Hindus
called Hindustani. Because of that, those who understand English only this what is this Voodoo coming in between you can understand those understand only what do they say what is English coming in between? So, we had this complaint for a long time and as of time of the new cipher, they told you earlier that inshallah in the month of June we are going to launch a new channel by the name of peach TV or do you mean it will be Hindi Hindustani so that our main channel pstv will be 100% English inshallah, and this channel would be 100% or do it will be launched on the same interest at 10 on a bigger bandwidth inshallah. So you're this part of the world 75 of the world population can
see both the channels piece TV mean that's in English and pitch TV will do, and for people like us into it, that because I speak English also and also, the programs of mine will not overlap. When I'm speaking on the English Channel, I won't be speaking although to channel when I first went over to China, I wanted to go to English and anyway, on average, I come only 17% of the times because I don't want to overshadow though I know that I've given many lectures. So as a policy we accepted that I should not appear on the channel for more than 17% so that we want the world to have a variety of the speakers many doors that we have from throughout the world and that very then we had
the peace conference in 2007 in English. Last year we had to do and again this year inshallah we are going to have an English the peace conference from 30th October to the eighth of November 2009. inshallah, thank you.
And we from the women's section we need from Mike number three. And he sister they're waiting in line.
Hello Ali Khan. aleikum wa salam. Now, some of our sisters have got some questions. The first question is, the Quran tells us not to refund cut. They're not to make friends with the coffee is not the befriend them. Now, how true is that? Are we not allowed to befriend them? Or is it just that we don't trust them, but we can
befriend them, we can talk with them like acquaintances. So what is the truth about this? Thank you, Mr. Last a question that does the Quran say that we should not defend non Muslims? Can we be acquaintance what the Quran says in Surah Rahman on chapter three verse number 28, is that don't take for protectors, unbelievers in preference to believer when it comes for taking as protectors. Then the Quran says that if you have a choice between a believer and unbeliever take believers that set as far as keeping friendship, acquaintances as no problem. You can mix with non Muslims. But I always
have a question that when we have non Muslim friends, see the point that when there is friendship between two human beings, either you're influencing him or her, or she or he is influencing you, you can't say nothing is happening. So if you have non Muslim friends, see to it, that you're influencing her or him the way I spoke today,
don't insult them, but talk to them about commonalities and get them closer to the truth of Almighty God. But if you keep friendship and they are influencing you more, then you may deviate away from the truth. So when you have non Muslim friends very well, you can mix with them, speak with them, but see to the point that you should allow them to speak the message of truth so that they come to the right path. If you don't, then you may deviate from the right part. So keep friendship keep acquaintances, but important is that you Rudaba with them. Hope that answers the question. Thank you.
Do we have anyone else on
the ladies floor? All right, one more please, on behalf of my sisters okay. The second question is the sister says, I have heard that clapping and whistling used to be a form of worship and the pagans or some other religions now and similarly birthday celebrations. Now, what is your opinion? What is the proper opinion on these? Are we supposed to participate in these kind of rituals? Can we clap and can we whistle with what anything is wrong with celebrating birthdays? If you had heard the rules of the question answers, always prefer that for the non Muslims as a question. And if Muslim is asking the question as the question on the topic, these questions on fic and mosyle, you can ask
to dolmas and shakes I am a specialist in Islam and comparatively Not that I cannot answer these questions. I am a specialist on Islam and comparative religion asked me questions which are unique, you get a heart specialist and asked him that I have a cough now to do
not that I cannot answer this question his sister. Therefore I personally prefer first give the portion to the non Muslims after the non Muslims have exhausted the opportunity then the Muslims can ask and if the Muslims asked please restrict your question to the topic dialogue between religions
since the sisters The first question allowed to break the rules second time no problem but see to it that the person who wants to ask the question let her or him as directly I don't prefer cheats and I don't prefer Why am I a question I prefer direct.
Masha, Allah, Masha
and when you get direct questions, the questions are better on the topic, these indirect on the cheek you know behind the scene behind the direct. So therefore I request all the other mics please give first upon to the non Muslims let them benefit Muslims can always ask on the email, no problem. After the non Muslims have exhausted then the Muslims can ask. But please restrict your question to the topic. The sister has the question that she has heard that clapping and whistling is a form of worship and about birthdays can we celebrate? Quranic was with us say that clapping and whistling is a form of worship. So but natural in our worship, we cannot clap we cannot whistle.
But what about normal clapping? There are difference of opinions between normals.
Some of the she'll say that clapping is not right. Most of the sheoak say
that. Because Ronnie says it's a form of worship. in worship. You cannot you cannot whistle. But otherwise generally if it's the culture as long as it doesn't go against the Quran and Sharia if it's a gesture of appreciation best is allowed by Mashallah no problem. But clapping will not come in the Haram category to come in MOBA category difference of opinion.
The fifth opinion mostly it is mobile, some say it is haram. If it's an abbreviation no problem as far as birthday celebration is concerned. Again, some shoe say that celebrating birthday is haram.
Some say it is boba.
They feel that celebrating birthday of personalities, especially of religious leaders, etc is linked to celebrating birthdays or profit. Whether that be Christmas celebrating birthdays of religious personalities at least to share, but celebrating birthday per se
it can be called as mcru because there's no Hadith which says that do not celebrate birthdays, I don't know anybody but dare say that do not imitate the kuffaar. So therefore celebrating birthdays of religious personalities, I feel it needs to shake but celebrating birthdays per se i would call as mcru because it leads you away from Islam like dancing and music etc. But if someone says I want to celebrate birthday and keep slamming lecture,
I cannot say it is haram. So how you celebrate birthdays depends. Some of the scholars say that but the Haram some scholars say that celebrating in the Haram ways haram I personally feel celebrating birthdays of religious personalities of famous personalities and then visit etc is totally haram at least to shake. But celebrating otherwise Muslims I say should not celebrate in our school. It's the rule of the school not of the Sharia. There should not celebrate birthdays so I can put any rule in my school being the chairman of the school, which is not against Quran Sunnah. So in my school the rule is no children should celebrate birthday.
But if you ask me as a fatwa on Islam,
it is preferable not to do it. It leads you away from a lion is Rasool but Bertha per se, per se i don't know if any hadith of Ronnie was the face it is haram. So depending upon Which color do you take the view of Pope Francis the question system. All right,
Zach, Hello. Hey, Ron, let's take number five please on first floor
please. Yes, hi kusa engineering run project manager it I have some short question.
My professor had a discussion with me and he said, Every religion Excuse me.
Any non Muslim you'd like to ask a question on any of the mics? Please raise your hand? Yes, let us give the point to non Muslims first. They are our special guest today. So give them the first opportunity to ask the non Muslim finish. We'll come back to the Muslim brother. Thank you. If they're non Muslim in the queue, please the volunteers request the non Muslim to come in the front they can bring the queue This is the rule of the question on session with doctors I can name let's let's begin with number five there are non Muslim there. Are there non Muslim they?
Are I please Okay, fine if they're non Muslim girl in the microphone.
Yes, go ahead, sir. George. I am working in Saudi Arabia.
I like to ask you one question. Do you believe in Holy Spirit
Mother asked me the question Do you believe in Holy Spirit are asked you what do you mean by Holy Spirit?
The word No. Do you believe in God? I believe in God, what is the definition of God is important. If you say Holy Spirit, like what the Christians believe? I say no, no, if you want to say an archangel Gabriel is I believe in him. I believe in angels, I believe but the Holy Spirit like the way the Christian believe no, but the right way. If you say angel is I believe in angels. And each angels have been assigned duties by last one out Allah, one of the angels archangel gabriel who got the revolution to the messengers also got the revelation to mama Salas from the Quran? Yes, I believe in him. Hope that answers the question. Thank you. Number six is played for non Muslim.
Hi, my name is Deepak Mishra. And I would like to say you Namaste.
My question is actually I am an Hindu, and I have married a Muslim girl in India, and inshallah she will be here in Saudi Arabia and coming next month. You know what, when I told her that I will be going to visit doctors, Okay, next speech. So she told please don't go to him. He says bad about she has. And she's a she actually. So?
She told no, don't don't go to him and mother in law, so don't know, please, you don't go. If you go to him, he will tell you bad about Shia and you will leave me. So
that is the first doubt which I'm having my mind. And the second thing is, I have a I have a genuine question in the sense that if we say that everything is God, and everything belongs to God, in Hindu and Muslim religion, so why God wants everybody of us to worship him. Why is he created us in any forms of religion? When you talk about the creation? Why is he created us why he wants us to worship? Why he wants us to take so much of pains to worship Him. And why does it ask anybody
or anybody else to worship him Why only human beings? Thanks. But the last two questions before he asked the question he told me number stay. Whether Do you know the meaning of numbers they
people say hi, everyone in the video of high
demand assalamu aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. The meaning is may be blessings and mercy of Allah beyond you. You told me no mercy after reply correct? And if I don't reply you tell me what kind of person
am I ask me what that means.
For me, now, I must say is like I am saying hi to you, I am saying Assalamualaikum. But yeah for you. Please forgive me. If abusing my abuse means you're a good person will you believe in that?
You better know lu.
lu, in order to in the mean out, in English out means the wise person, but alone in the means what will do mean?
so the English people everything and breathing, you're calling your wife person, but you know, I'm calling you a fool. Now I know the meaning of numbers say that the reason I didn't reply it, you don't know the meaning. You have told me never say I know the meaning therefore I didn't reply.
The meaning of numbers is it comes from the Sanskrit word in the namami. Meaning I bow down to you. Do you want about unto me? Absolutely. You can bow down to the person who is having so much knowledge. That's right. According to you, you can bow down to a person of knowledge but according to the Quran, and according to Islam, and most of the religions you bought on to no one but Almighty God.
You know, there are many Hindus after I gave a talk. They come and touch my feet. You know what they say? Honey pile a bb avanca out
It's the first time in my life I've met God himself personally. Hindu Deline.
So I received brother. I know you respect me, you love me, I appreciate that. But
barbing to anyone besides God is schilke.
And even in Hinduism, you should bow down to no one but Almighty God. Some correcting him he's doing out of respect out of love. But love and respect should not go overboard.
If it goes overboard, it's called a ship. So the bundle is God. There are many Hindus who come after me and they praise me so much. They put me next to God which I said, I am not God. You can only bow down to Almighty God what I speak and the knowledge is a gift from God.
This is a gift from God. So when you see Muta, Mashallah
Mashallah me as Allah will be what I'm saying is because of the will of almighty or otherwise, our the stammer so that the reason number stay is against Islam and against actually even the Hindu scriptures. Though some of the scholars say that either no mate can meet that appreciate you the right meaning is I bow down to you in Islam Assalamu alaikum Peace be on you. You can say that anytime anywhere. In English we say good morning. It may be raining cats and dogs It is a good morning. The person may have had a fight with his wife someone says Good morning. Good morning is cursing in his other such ammonia should never come.
Yet he has to reply back. Good morning. Good evening. Good night. So best in Islam is Assalamu alaikum peace. And I wish you was the Quran says in Surah Nisa chapter four verse 86. That if anyone greets you courteously, wish back more courtesy, that if anyone gets to courteously, wish back more courteously, or please the same, so I'm wishing you back. Assalamu aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. mela, Peace and mercy beyond you, brother.
Coming back to a question. The first question you asked
that your fiancee,
fiancee or your wife,
my wife, my four year old married her, find your wife told you not to come for my lecture because I'm against yours. And yet you deserve better.
love me so much. I appreciate that. But
you know why? The word Shia
doesn't exist in the Quran. She the Shia Sunni is not mentioned in the Quran. The Quran says in Psalm one, chapter three, verse 203, was the movie Elijah, Morocco. Hold the rope of Allah strongly and be not divided. We Muslims should hold to the rope of Allah strongly and be not divided and Almighty God
Isn't the Quran in surah Nam chapter number six was on 159. That Prophet, anyone who makes sex in the region of Islam, you have nothing to do with him. Allah will look after his affairs on the Day of Judgment. So making sex in the region of Islam is prohibited. So anyone who divided the religion of Islam into sex, he is going away from Quran and Sunnah. So tell your wife, the doctors acting like there's nothing like she asked me for and say that you law obey Allah and obey the messenger. What we have to do is we have to follow the Quran and the sayings authentic sayings of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, and the only label you can give it Muslim. So I don't call myself Shia
Sunni icon as a Muslim. So you say today, we have I I met Dr. Sakina, who calls themselves a Muslim and am neither against neither neither again Shia idol, all the Muslims, whatever name they call themselves, come back to our land. Now when I give an answer, some of the Muslims who may be practicing things against the Quran and Sunnah may feel offended.
We ask your wife Are you following something against the Quran Sunnah, if you're not
if you are, yes, you have to change and come back to Quran Sunnah don't fall out that can fail that it is zero in Islam. Attila obey Allah and obey the messenger. So tell your wife
if she's following anything against the Quran and say Howdy, then she has to rectify itself. She should call herself a Muslim because the word she has nowhere mentioned the front when I do appreciate that you love your wife, but he loves me also Mashallah. They have come from a tough.
Now coming to your second question
that Why has
God created us? And why does God wants us to worship him more than the animals to worship Him? Now regarding a question, why does God want us to worship? I've already given the answer earlier. I think you came late. I don't know that. We worship God. We praise Him. People asked me, Why do you
have to pray to God has said see in Islam, whether we pray to God or not, it makes no difference or last month Allah when I sell our lives the greatest he's only to the greatest by me saying Allah will but you won't become greater. Why do we say? No? Why do we say because when I praise anyone,
whenever I call anyone great, it's a human tendency. I try and follow His commandments. So the reason we praise Allah is not so that he becomes greater. When we praise Allah, the moment we praise Him, whatever commandments he gives him, the Quran we follow it.
So first, we have to identify who is Almighty God.
And then what he says we have to follow that there is a Muslim means a person who submits a will to Almighty God. Quran mentions in Surah Daria, Chapter 51, verse 56, that we have created the Djinn and the men not to worship Me, Almighty God has created us to worship Him. And the reason he wants us to worship him because he has given us the criteria. This is the instruction manual for the human being the good and bad for the human being. Now when we worship Him, when we praise Him, but natural we have to follow His commandments. And when we follow the commandments of Almighty God, it is beneficial for us. Like for example, when you go to a doctor, and the doctor gives you a
prescription, do you follow this prescription or not? Yes, yes. Why? Because you're sick, he the doctor, similarly Almighty God has prescribed as in the Quran and the Hadith, what is good and bad for the human beings, when we praise Him when we worship him, but naturally follows commandments. If you don't believe the person is a doctor, and if we give you a prescription, will you follow it? No. So when you appreciate the doctor, you will follow his prescription. That is the reason we praise Almighty God and we worship Him so that we can be good, practicing human beings. You asked the question,
Why don't animals worship Him? a beloved partner masala sallam. He said that in Islam, all the other creations
except for the human beings and the Djinn. They have freewill, all the other creation. They don't have a freewill. They don't have a freewill. The animals don't have a freewill, all of them. They worship Almighty God, the animals, the trees, the mountains, all of them, they worship Almighty God, they are called as Muslims in Arabic, the jinn and the human beings Almighty God has given us a free will. We can either follow him or disobey Him. Now Almighty God created us because it mentioned the Quran that the best creation of Almighty God is the human being. Besides our form and a body and the intelligence, he has given us a free will. We can either obey or disobey Him now after he's given us
a free will. He wants to analyze whether do we obey him or not all the other creatures like animals trees, they have no
free will. Nothing great that the worship Almighty God it's good to humble Allah, but after the Free Will has been given to the human beings, as the Quran says in Surah mole, chapter number 16 verse number two, Alhaji Kalika Mata Malhotra, if Allah was given you that and life to test which of you is good indeed. So this life is a test for us for the hereafter.
So after the freewill has been given to us, you can either worship him or not worshiping if you worship Him, then you're following the commandment of God, you can never call you cannot ever call. If you don't have alcohol, then you're following this commandment. So in this way, Almighty God has given you the do's and don'ts, very few. The remaining thing, everything is optional on you. So these few do's and don'ts if you take care of it, you are following the commandments. You're worshipping Him, and you will pass this test this life is a test for the hereafter of the questioner. Thank you. We have a non Muslim here, please. My name is Romeo mine. I'm presently
working in network engineer. Okay, my question is regarding since our topic is the religion, my question is about jihad. You know, most of the Filipinos they see or the West people are, in my opinion, most of the people see that Muslims are the one who are creating problems in the world, because of jihad. As far as I know, I have a jihad is protecting your, your religion, if your religion is going to die, it's like something is strengthening your religion, then that's the time for jihad. But I see Jihad nowadays, as
as like destructions of people, you know, in Muslims being a Muslim, I just joined the Muslim two months back. And this question comes to me, and I want to play I want to play it to some people and why Muslims are restarting the pipe. And you know, we are as Christians before, we don't like troubles, we are a peaceful people. So I don't know what is your opinion regarding this? jihad, thanks for the question that he wants to clarify the concept of jihad. And he feels that the Muslims fight, religion is dying, and he believes the Christians are very peace loving, etc. jihad is Arabic word was come from Shahada, which means to strive with Mr. Target. So Jihad basically means to
strive and struggle. In Islamic context. Jihad means to strive and struggle against your own evil inclination. Jihad also means to strive and struggle to make the society better. Jihad also means to strive and struggle in the battlefield in self defense. Jihad also means to strive and struggle to fight against oppression, to Jihad basically means to strive and struggle. And this time and struggle is mentioned in most of the Scriptures. But unfortunately, what the media portrays, they translate just as the holy war.
Holy War in Arabic means herbal mocha, this word herbal mocha Desa.
Nowhere appears in the Quran, and none of the authentic hadith upon masala Salam. So holy war is a wrong translation of the Arabic word jihad. This holy war, if you go back to history was first used to describe the Christians the Crusaders, who spread the religion of Christianity by force. Those who did not accept Christianity, they force them to that to these Crusaders, the word holy war initially was used for the Crusaders. Unfortunately, today, the word only was used for the Muslims. So you say we were Christian peace loving. If you go back to history, the people who killed the maximum people in the name of religion, they were Christian.
If you go back to history, I'm talking about history. I'm not talking about your Philippine
presence in prison time. Also, if you see my talk on Jihad and terrorism, the biggest terrorists on the face of the earth was George Bush, Christian.
No, no, George Bush has gone.
was also very good.
Very good. Marshall. I'm for you, brother. I love you, brother. So now coming to the question. So Jihad actually means to strive to struggle. It does not mean holy war. It means to strive and struggle and Jihad feasability lamis striving in the way of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Every Muslim should do Java I'm doing today I am striving and struggling to give the message of Allah I'm doing jihad.
The various type every Muslim should keep on doing jihad, every day of his life, every moment strife and struggle, Hope that answers the question.
Thank you so much now. Let's proceed here, please. Thank you. Go ahead, brother. My name is Vijay Kumar, I'm working in national butter company as a production engineer is the second year. I'm coming here to hear your lecture. And I love to hear your lectures and really appreciate your memory this thing as you're going from the book to book and version two version.
Really, I'd love to hear that one. And the present question is regarding this, the present, if you see the throat, the world the piece has been reshuffled everywhere throughout the world. So how to restore the peace using all these religions, European peace.
Brother, sir, good question. That how to restore peace. The peace is being reshuffled laggard, giving a talk peace, the cry of warmongers peace, the cry of warmongers, those who say peace, peace, the other people are creating the biggest war in the world. So I do agree with you how to restore peace. Same way. If you know Islam, is Arabic word which comes from the root word Salam and Salaam. Salaam means peace, and sell means to submit a will to God, the best way to acquire peace is to submit a will to Almighty God, the best way you can acquire peace in this world, and the Hereafter is to submit a will to Almighty God. So this topic that we had dialogue between religions, whether
you're a Hindu or a Jew or a Christian, or a Muslim, I've spoken about common points in all the scriptures. So it is agreed today, what is different we can discuss tomorrow right or wrong? At least we agree there is one God, let us all of us agree one god worship Him alone, no one is, let us follow the last and final messenger Prophet Muhammad and his teachings. Let us pray to Almighty God. Let us resize the presentation. Let us give charity 2.5% of excess wealth every lunar year. Let us if God wills
go to pilgrimage.
abstain from alcohol, abstain from both abstain from gambling, at least this can be a starting point.
Now if we follow the commandments of Almighty God and submit our will to Almighty God, you will get peace internally and externally in this world as well as the hereafter hope Nancy's question. Thank you so much. All right. Probably. We have last two questions. It's getting late and we don't want to hold you for long.
My name is Sebastian. My faith is Christian. Okay. So I would like to ask and your profession please my profession, I am working as an accounts manager in a telecommunication company in Riyadh. Okay. So I am very much
happy to be here and had your speech.
You have started with the similarity of the religions. And from the speech, you have told us to find out the 100%
of the faith.
from your speak, I've came to the conclusion that Islam is the handle of some faith to be followed.
So I like to ask you
that, can you clearly emphasize about the 100% of Islam?
This only question I have. Thank you, thank you. Brother said that he heard the lecture. And he has come to the conclusion that Islam is 100% the true religion Alhamdulillah. And he wants me to clarify openly,
but natural synthesis interfaith dialogue.
Taking out the commonalities,
I say, submit your will to Almighty God the same way the chief editor said don't you finally say Islam is the only religion I say no, I say submitting your will to Almighty God is the right religion. Because sometimes Islam may not go down the throat. The word Muslim will not go down the throat. So I say submitting a will to Almighty God, religion. But if you want to say clearly an almighty god clearly mentioned in the Quran in Surah Al imraan. Chapter number three was the 19 in the Dena interline Islam, the only region acceptable in the sight of Almighty God is Islam. Allah says in the Quran in surah, chapter three verse, Psalm 85, that if anyone desires any other reason
besides Islam, it will never be accepted of him. He'll be amongst the loser in the hereafter. So Islam, submitting a will to Almighty God is the only religion which is correct and all the prophets of Almighty God taught only this now by them asked me the question that Do you agree Islam is the best religion
Do you accept Islam
They have to think it over. Do you believe that one God, I believe in God, do you believe that God has got no images? Is there is no
single good thing your God, do you believe Prophet Muhammad peace be upon me the last and final messenger that's a thing which I have actually want to ask you because as per our faith,
my faith which I am practicing now
Jesus is the last prophet
of our faith, people's awareness. That is the reason I am 100% I'm not talking what your religious priest has told you. Can you point out one verse in the Bible which says that Jesus Christ is the last messenger? No, I am not by hand and the Bible's I am a student of comparative religion. There is not a single verse in the Bible say that Jesus is the last messenger. In fact, I quote it to you. The Gospel of john chapter number 16, verse number 12, to 14, Jesus Christ, peace be upon him said, I have many things to say unto you, but he cannot bear them now. For him in the spirit of truth shall come, he shall guide you into all truth, he shall not speak of himself, all that shall speak,
he shall notify me now who is the Spirit of Truth?
Which religious personality has praised Jesus guys, besides Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.
And Jesus is mentioned in the Quran, peace be upon him by name no less than 25 times.
So Jesus Christ peace be upon him is talking about a messenger to come.
And this messenger is no one but the last and final messenger Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him of that question. Thank you. All right, we have something for you before you go, because we have probably one or two questions, they're the last ones. And then we have a surprise announcement coming soon. So this is like they do on TV. Right? So this is this is what we're going to do. Question from here, please. So they go aliko? Sarah, my name is Mohan. My I am working for national paints. Okay. My question is, the Holy Quran is from God. How can you prove it? All right. Thank you
for asking the question. That How can you prove that the Glorious Quran from Almighty God? whether I've given a lecture is the Quran God's word, which is about approximately two hours lecture? For the question answer session for another one and a half, two hours. We don't intend doing here. But surely I would ask for other volunteers to give you that DVD is the Quran, God's word, because even if I have to give In short, the answer will take at least 1520 minutes. Not that I'm running away from the answer. Okay, fine. Within a few minutes, I'll just try. The time is short, that is the only thing.
Suppose and ask this question to an atheist, and even to a person who does not believe in the Quran. That suppose there is an object which is given to you, who no one in the world has ever seen before?
And is bought in front of you? And asked the question, Who will be the first person who will be able to tell you the mechanism of this object who no one in the world has seen? As I'm asking the question, suppose there is something which is born in front of you, there is an equipment who no one in the world has seen before. And if asked you the question, Who will be the first person who will will tell you the mechanism of this new object?
create a very good, some will say creator, some will say manufacturer, some may say producer, some will say inventor, whatever it is, keep it in your mind. Now ask your next question. That's how did our universe come into existence? The pursuit of knowledge will tell us that first our universe was one primary Nebula, then there was a secondary separation. So the big bang was universe, two galaxies, the stars, the sun and the planet Earth on which we live. When you come to know he will tell you we came to know about 35 years back 40 years back, Big Bang. Now this thing is mentioned in the Quran 1400 years ago, and ambia chapter number 21. Was Timothy Bates mentioned our number 11 do
not the unbeliever see under samovar, the cannot construct Noma that they haven't done the auto join together and we proved them asunder. This big bang were talking about is mentioned the Quran in a nutshell 400 years ago, somebody say maybe it's the fluke, no problem or argue with it as a nice question, what is the shape of the earth? So the person will tell me that the shape of the Earth is spherical? I
mean as the question when do we come to know he will tell that recently 100 years back 200 years back Previously, we thought that the earth is flat. It was in 1577 when some
Francis Drake, he sailed around the earth and he proved that the Earth was spherical. Quran mentioned 14 years ago. In surah Nazia chapter number 79 was the machete while are the brothers alika ha ha and thereafter we have made the earth x shape. And today we know that the world is not completely round like a ball is geo spherical in shape. It is starting from the pole and buzzing from the center and the Arabic word the haha refers to the egg of an Australian. And if you analyze the shape of an egg of an ostrich is just circle and shape. Who could have mentioned that the earth is your spherical in shape in the Quran foodland years ago,
someone who say, okay, maybe a prophet Muhammad peace be upon he was very intelligent, don't argue, continue. When we asked the atheist for a person who doesn't believe in the Quran, that
the light of the moon is its own reflected light. So he will tell us that previously we thought that the light of the moon was its own light. Recently 100 years back 200 years back, we came to know that the light of the moon is reflected light of the sun. The Quran mentions in Surah Furqan chapter 25 verse 61, that the light of the moon is borrowed light is described as money or nude borrowed light or reflected light. Who could have mentioned this in the Quran 14 years ago, when I was in school, I had learned that the Earth and the Moon there evolved and rotated but the sun was stationary. It did not rotate about his own access. Quran mentions in Surah chapter 21 verse number
33, who was the one Hara it's allow escape to the night and the day was Sam's overcomer the sun and the moon golden phallic he has bone, each one traveling in orbit with its own motion. The Quran says the sun and the moon besides revolving the also rotating about the own access. Today, we have come to know that the sun takes approximately 25 days to complete one rotation. Who could have mentioned this in the Quran 49 years ago that the sun rotates about its own axis.
Furthermore, recently we came to know that the universe is expanding. It was Edwin Hubble, who mentioned this Quran mentioned 14 years ago in Surah Daria chapter 51, verse 47, that the universe is expanding. The Quran speaks about the water cycle in great detail. in several places. The water evaporates from the ocean, rises up formed into clouds move the interior fall down in several places. In chapter 39, verse 21, insert a minute 2018 in a room chapter 30 verse 24, and cereza chapter 15 verse 22, insert a new chapter 24 verse 43. Again go on and quoting only the references of the watercycle in the Quran, who could have mentioned this, we came to know recently in our
school we are taught that Bernard palissy was the first person to describe the water cycle in 1580, which is mentioned in the Quran 14 years ago, who could have mentioned this earlier. Now that we pick pause, I can go on. We did not know that the plan for sex is Quran mentioned 14 years ago in Surah. Taha chapter 20, verse 53, that the plants have texted male and female. Recently, we have come to know that the two types of water, salt and sweet and there is a barrier between them which cannot be trespassed. It mentioned the front end is read. I'm on chapter 5519 and 20. It is also mentioned Surah 425, verse 53, about the same thing, the Quran spiritual embryology, the Quran
speaks about medicine. The Quran speaks about genetics, I can go on and give a lecture of asked together who could have mentioned this 14 years ago? But who could I mentioned that?
What's the answer?
Who, creator, creator, manufacturer, inventor, producer, this creator, this manufacturer or this inventor, we Muslims called as Allah, would you call us God?
So this Quran
can be proved scientifically that the word of God
because Quran the Word of God is far superior to science today, science is the yardstick for many of them. I'm not trying to take the help of science. I'm using your yardstick science, along with my yardstick the Quran, which is far superior, and I'm trying to prove to you what your yardstick as mentioned today, Quran as mentioned 14 years ago, so with the help of your yardstick, the science I'm trying to prove to the non Muslims that the Quran is the last and final revelation of Almighty God we call it Allah. For more details, refer to my video cassette is the Quran God's Word in which various ways I've proved that Quran is the word of God hope to answer the question, thank you so
much. But let me give you a good news because of lectures tonight and allows guidance subhana wa Taala. One sister is ready to announce her Shahada tonight.
Can we have the sister with us please
Okay, by the time she gets ready, I call upon brother, Abdul Malik Mujahid, please come forward because you have
great announcement for translating a book by darussalam by Dr. Zachary and of course, is a presentation here a gift
this will bother him this is a book by Dr. Dr. Mike Quran and modern science and we translate this book in Arabic. And a matter of fact we need to translate all of his book in many many languages. But handler we start this book in Arabic. And this is the first copy which I am presenting to doctors like a knife.
So this is a translation into Arabic just
a few words about dar Salaam and about your publications.
Mashallah, once again I'm thankful to Dr. Malik. Mashallah, and as you know that I've said that several times before, that have fulfilled a great requirement, especially in the English speaking world, where we have lack of English books, which are based on Quran and Hadith is authentic. And Hamdulillah, one of the largest English collections,
having authentic books, based on Quran and Hadith was Salam ala, and it's been kind enough to publish some of my books. And he said that he'll be translating most of them different languages. One of my earlier books in Urdu, and now he has an Arabic Allah, may Allah reward him, may darussalam grow more so that they could spread the true Word of Islam throughout the world, even amongst non Muslims of different languages. dermatological May Allah give our salon more power to help spread the Islamic knowledge shala and translate more of the works of Dr. Zachary sha Allah tala hamdulillah. I'm sure that because of tonight, and because of the many 100 lectures and and
because of the guidance of Allah subhanaw taala. Many will have their shadow hearts open to accepting the truth accepting Islam, we have a non Muslim, do we have a last one? non Muslim there? Please? The last question. Hello, my name is a woman and I'm working as a network consultant in south in SPC. First of all, I will thank you for a very knowledgeable main lecture which I was hearing for the past one hour, I just want to ask one basic simple question is, Why should one follow any religion because what I received from all the Vedas or from hearing from you, the Quran also is if a man can or a human being can do kindness to another human being. And if we can do that,
then why should we actually follow any religion?
Thank you. No, that's a good question. Yeah, as a question, why should a human being follow religion, if you can be kind to one another human being that sufficient? A brother, what is the definition of kind who will tell you, you have to be good to any other human being? Who will tell you what is good or what is bad. So as religion basically means a way of life, a way of life when you grow up, somebody teaches you the language, the parents teach you what is good, what is health? What is know, when you're sick? Who do you go to?
Because he can advise you more.
So we follow religion. Why? Because we know what our Creator knows the best, what is good, what is bad for us. You go to a doctor because doctors expert in curing diseases, but our Creator is the best of doctors, all doctors put together he has more knowledge. So he tells you from start what is good, what is bad for you. Otherwise, it is like a person we just string and he starts and stumbles, he may try and find something right something wrong. How will you come to know for example, you go into a forest and you want to eat fruit?
If you don't know about the forest life, you may pluck a fruit which is poisonous animal poison yourself. Would you prefer asking someone that which food is poisonous or not? If you're intelligent, you will not pick up just wild berries. You may get poison. So we'll ask a person who's expert
Who knows about the trees in the forest? Similarly, we follow religion because our Creator knows what is good what is bad for us. If you behave like a person not asking anyone you may stumble. You may say What is wrong in robbing?
If asked you probing is good or bad
probing is bad why it is bad sci fi Rob I can take the money I can see movie I can go in a food I can enjoy life it is bad for me it's bad because I'm taking someone else you know pleasure for me was for my pleasure. But what is wrong in taking somebody else wealth for my pleasure? What is wrong?
No, that's what I'm telling you mean? What what I thought is like all human or my brother whatever should be treated equally to me one thing that if I take Jehovah's and I'm enjoying it is good for me right is that it is good for you in the in the case you are so that I want something to be good for me. So if you're losing money how it is causing harm to me.
How it is that
robbing is good or bad? It's good. Give me one logical reason why it is bad and stop robbing. Only one one logical reason why robbing is better stop robbing. It's good for me why it is bad. I mean, robbery is good for you and you mean as for all the waiters are all the things you're telling me?
It's good if you fall in the right path.
Robin you should know if something is good.
I am asking you a simple question Robin is good or bad you say it is bad. I asked you a question Give me one logical reason why Robin is bad. No stop. I'm a logical person. I am a scientific person. Logical and scientific. Give me one good reason are robbing you better stop robbing.
With all your logic with all your side whatever reason, you cannot prove logically. If you say that somebody will rob you and says I've got 10 bodyguards around me No one can rob me. If you tell police will cash method police in my pocket I'm inferential.
You cannot prove robbing is bad with all your logic.
Only I can prove it is bad. If I come back to religion, that even if you rob, and if you go scot free in this world, in the year after you will be punished.
If I don't follow religion, I can be a drunkard. I can be a robber. I can be a rapist. You cannot prove to me logically where robbing is bad. You cannot prove to me logically why ripping is bad. I'm enjoying. Logically you can't you miss it. The person is feeling hurt. So what difference does it make to me I'm enjoying life might is wrong.
If I'm raping a girl, I'm enjoying what is wrong. You cannot prove logical it is bad only when logically it is bad. Even if you enjoy in this world. In the year after our God our Creator will punish you will put you in hell. So besides believing in God, you also have to believe in hereafter. For example, Hitler, Hitler incinerated 6 million Jews. Today if you catch Hitler logically What punishment Can you give him?
What punishment Can you give him?
maximum you can kill him. One What about the remaining 5,000,009 like 999,000 people in religion in Islam Quran says in Surah Nisa chapter four verse 56. That asked to those who reject our signs which are caused them in the hellfire. And as often as the skins are roasted, we shall give them fresh skin so that they shall feel the pain. That means, if Almighty God wants to punish it in the Hereafter, he can infinite in 6 million times. Here we cannot kill him finishing that you can burn him only logical you can't give any punishment for logical punishment if not in this world can mean the hereafter. So therefore, basically to good human being, you have to believe in religion, you
have to identify who is our God, you have to identify what is good and what is bad for human beings, then only will be on the straight path would answer the question.
Let me at the end. Thank Allah subhanaw taala. Almighty God for getting this opportunity available for us having a prominent speaker tonight Dr. Zakir Naik, I'd like to welcome every one of you. I'd like to also thank Elgin Andrea festival for heritage and culture for making this program available. Thanking also King fat Culture Center for making this venue available for us tonight. Have a good sleep. Have a good faith in Allah. May Allah keep us and open our hearts to the truth will add to that one Al Hamdulillah Bella alameen wa sallahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Ali was Javier mine was Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh