May Allah guide all of us to His Truth,
"Harsh Questions Help
Newcomers to Islam!" - Yusuf Estes
Muslim Institutional Chaplain
Something amazing has been happening with our dawah project.
We can't believe it. Allah has Blessed us so much to be successful
in our latest project for spreading Islam to the non-Muslims.
They are actually coming to attack us, and then - all of a
sudden they are making the shahadah and entering into Islam.
I call the project, "Answering the Harsh Questions Against
People everywhere are saying and asking horrible things like:
* Muhammad, peace be upon him
* Women's Rights
* 4 Wives for men - but only 1 for the women
* Marriage to 9 year old girl
* Suicide Bombers
All of these questions and more have been coming to us in
email and in the streets and over the phone on a daily basis.
So, I took it upon myself to bring about the common sense
answers for these questions in plain and simple English language
based on the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah (way or
teachings of Muhammad, peace be upon him). And it is working.
This is actually helping the Muslims to do the correct dawah.
Allah has almost definitely caused us to get involved to promote
the true message of Islam on the same methodology as that
of the prophet, peace be upon him.
Examples of Harsh Questions - That Helped Them Become Muslims
After Attacking Islam:
In London Ontario, Canada a young man stood up after my talk
in a masjid, dealing with the harsh questions. He asked,
"Why do you pray to a black box in the desert?"
Of course he was talking about the Kab'ah in Mekkah. In less
than fifteen minutes he understood that we do not worship
the "black box" nor do we worship anything in the
box nor do we worship anything in the creation at all, and
in fact, we do not even worship the Creator through anything
Based on this he stated that he did believe that there was
only One True God, and that he wanted to worship Him Alone
without any partners and that Muhammad, peace be upon him,
was the last messenger of God and that Jesus, peace be upon
him, was the messenger of God.
Then he said his "shahadah" (bearing witness to
the Oneness of God) right then and there!
Two young women wanted to ask me questions in the mosque
in Melbourne, Florida after a lecture there. They were very
concerned about the Muslim ladies going behind a curtain or
partition and wanted an explanation about why we were dealing
with women in such a manner. After spending about 20 or 30
minutes with them, they became convinced that our religion
was much better than their own (Catholic). By the time I revisited
the community next time, these girls had both made shahadah
and one of them was behind the very protection of the partition
that she had originally complained about.
There are so many examples like this and the number of people
entering into Islam through this approach has become so numerous
that we cannot keep up with the count. Several every week
and many on a monthly basis. And it all comes back to the
It is truly fantastic when you use this "secret combination."
Although it is really no secret, for many of us it is something
that is almost forgotten in the effort of inviting people
to the truth of Islam. The prophet Muhammad, peace be upon
him, had to endure much more difficulty in his time and it
should be expected that those of us who Allah has given this
wonderful way of life called "Islam" should also
be tested with some of the same abuse and harshness as he
suffered. He was patient and Allah tells us to also be patient.
This all works for the believers. We just need to learn the
actually truth, prepare ourselves with the proper information
and approach and be steadfast and patient in carrying the
message to the people.
By the way, keep in mind to actually tell the people the
message as soon as you can. After all, you do not know how
long the person will stand in front of you. Simply tell them,
"There really is only One God and He Alone is the only
one deserving to be worshipped."
Many of us Muslims have been complaining about the fact that
we have no way of communicating our message about the true
Islam to the people of the world. I am saying that this is
not entirely true. I will quickly admit that we do not have
a single television network to broadcast around the world,
nor do we have any satellites in space beaming our message
down to the world's people. We will admit that there is no
press or news media association for Islam and Muslims such
as the UPI or AP or the BBC. But at the same time we must
recognize that Allah has a plan and it is going to prevail
in the end.
Prophecy Has Been Fulfilled
Our prophet, peace be upon him, told us that in the Last Days
on earth that the Muslims would be everywhere on the earth,
but we would be as weak and worthless as the foam on a flood.
He told us that in these days our enemies would invite each
other to fight and slaughter us just as people go out to invite
to a big feast (an Arab tradition). When he was asked by his
companions, "Would it be because we will be so few in
number?" He responded, "No. You will be everywhere,
like the foam on the flood." And when they asked why
would we be in such condition, he told them that it would
be because of "wahn." When they asked him what "wahn"
meant, he told them that we would be in love with material
things and wealth and be afraid to die.
Our position should be that we are going to try to understand
what is going on around us, and then use the truth of Islam
to bring about the true light of understanding to the people.
Allah has caused all these things to happen around us for
a reason. And he has placed us in the exact places that we
are in for a reason.
Think about it.
Most of the entire world's population today knows that there
is a religion out there called Islam. Right?
The problem is that they have been given some wrong information.
Then more events are being published and publicized to make
Islam really look bad. Right?
And now Muslims all over the world are helpless to do anything
about it. Right?
We are not helpless. Allah is the One who will support the
Allah is the One who created us and He created what we do
(He said that in the Quran).
This is a real test for the believers from Allah.
We must understand that in the past Muslims have not really
been actively pursuing their responsibility in sharing the
message of truth about Islam. All too often we have been content
to say our prayers, fast one month out of the year and pay
some charity when we felt like it and maybe do the pilgrimage
to Mekkah (Hajj), but with little or no concern about those
around us who are not aware of the message.
And that is exactly the condition of the Muslims today.
Now all of that has come to an end. We cannot hide any longer.
The word is out.
Allah has made sure that the people all over the earth know
there is something called "Islam." But He has also
given us another chance to share the truth about what Islam
actually is and what it is not. This may well be our last
chance too. Maybe the Last Day is just around the corner and
this is a way for us to wake up and do our job before it is
too late for us.
Let me give you a brief synopsis of how we have already delivered
the message to others and how Allah used it to guide them,
First thing is after they give their "harsh question"
"Thank you for asking about my religion. It is my honor
and my duty to tell you as much as I can, but I must also
tell you that there are a few things that might help you understand
what is really going on and what Islam is all about."
Then we mention to them:
"Islam is based on absolute truth. So it means that I
cannot and must not lie about it. The Quran tells us that
believers must always tell the truth and stand firm for justice
even if it is against ourselves and our families. The prophet
Muhammad, peace be upon him, told us that if anyone is a liar
then he is not a believer. So you can be assured from the
beginning that I must either tell you what I am absolutely
sure of or else tell that I will try to find the answer for
your question and then get back to you as soon as I can."
We then mention to them that Islam is all about believing
without any doubt that there really is only One God, He alone
is the creator and sustainer of the universe and as such,
He alone is the only one worthy of worship and devotion. He
will only accept worship that is exclusive for Him alone without
any partners. Or more simply said, "Worship the Creator
and not His creations."
Then we mention what "Islam" really means. We say
that "Islam" does not actually mean "peace"
as so many others may have stated.
Muslims have already used this and in many cases have further
confused the issues. We go to the source of the word in the
Arabic language and then actually give them a little mini
lesson in Islam.
We break down the word "Islam" into the Arabic root;
"s" "l" "m" and tell them that
immediately stemming from this rook comes the word "surrender"
and it of course implies the total and complete surrender
to the Will of the Almighty One God. The other words logically
follow such as; "submission" and "obey"
and "sincerity" and finally, "peace."
So we see that the word "peace" is in Islam, but
it is not the main focus of the word.
Because the main focus in Islam is always "Allah."
He Alone is the One who created everything and He, Alone is
the only sustainer of all that exists. And the concept is
that if a person is going to make the free choice to worship
or praise or thank or pray to anything or anyone, it can only
be the One true God and most important it must be on His terms
and not on our terms. This means that there can be nothing
innovated nor made up by human beings.
All of the concept of worship cannot be made by the one who
is created, but can only come from the One who is to be worshipped.
This is actually a matter of simple logic. If you are trying
to please someone or make them happy, you must do something
that they like and not something that they don't like or something
that they did not ask for.
Simply said, Islam means:
"The total surrender, in complete submission and obedience
to the One True God in sincerity and through that comes peace.
The peace that can only come when the created one (us) has
surrendered to God in total compliance and submission."
The next thing to do is to make sure that they understand
that "Islam" first came as a verb or action and
that anyone, any place, anytime could submit to God on His
terms and would of course be a Muslim. But with the advent
of Muhammad, peace be upon him, it became known as a noun
or the name of the religion of Muhammad, peace be upon him.
It does not change the meaning at all but it allows for a
name to given to our religion without incorporating something
from the creation as in other religions. In other words, although
we say our religion is "Islam" anyone can submit
and be a follower of Islam right then ad there.
Next believe or not, it is important to tell them that the
word "Muslim" comes from the word "Islam"
Instead of using the suffix "er" as is done in the
English language to name the one who is performing the actions;
such as: talk-er, walk-er, think-er, etc., the Arabic language
uses a prefix on the word to show you who is doing the action
or the verb such as, adhan = mu-adhan, salli = mu-salli, safr
= mu-safr, Islam = Mu-slim. It is important that they know
that being a Muslim means that we are attempting to do God's
Will on earth instead of our own.
Setting the Stage for the Answer and Preparing Him for Allah's
After that we make this statement about their particular question:
"If after I give you the answer from the Islamic perspective
and if you say that you like the answer, and if you say that
you did not know about these things or if you say that this
is actually something that you admire, then are you prepared
to rethink your position. Are you prepared to believe in the
One True God; and most of all are you prepared if you like
this answer, are you ready to worship Him alone without any
You should see the faces of these people. They are not ready
for this. They came with all the intentions in the world of
attacking us and destroying Islam. But after they here this
introduction to the answer they look at you in a totally different
Now the next thing that we do is to decide whether or not
we can provide them with a strong and sufficient answer based
on the Quran and the Sunnah as understood by the early Muslims.
If there is any hesitation or doubt then we refer them to
our Internet website to direct their question to be answered
by a scholar of Islam. This usually impresses them even more.
The scholars are live, online on our new broadcast network
in conjunction with Sister Layla and Shaykh Muhammad Syed
Adly at: www.adly.net.
Then we offer them a free tape or CD about the basics of Islam,
like our tape called "Islam EXPOSED!" or the CD
with the same material on it called, "What Is Islam?"
There are a few other tapes and CDs that also work real well
that also have helped a large number of people enter Islam
up to this day. The basis of the presentation is to show the
connection to monotheism all the way back to Adam, peace be
upon him; the true brotherhood of mankind and the reality
of God and the continuation of the only true form of worship,
which is Islam.
Other tapes that have been helpful in bringing non-Muslims
to Islam include:
"Common Sense of Islam"
Every one of the non-Muslims there made shahadah -- and a
few of the Muslims stood up and renewed their shahadahs as
Yusuf Estes - One of our best tapes to prove that there is
God. Christians have actually used this one themselves.
"Daddy, Tell Me About God,"
The best way to teach what it is that we believe about God
and His existence and it is told in very simple English terms.
"Does Islam Equal Terrorism?"
Very positive and it has also helped people to enter Islam.
"God - Is There Proof?" (two parts)
Excellent proof for the existence of God.
"God - Why Bother?" (I did not make the title of
The professor of the seminary college for the Methodist Church
dialoged with me and in the end he admitted to the basic principles
that are known to be correct in Islam and that he even was
a Methodist Minister only because of the influence of his
parents and how they had raised him. At the end one of the
students there at the program stood up and took shahadah.
"Evolution? Creation? Or Both?"
This one is part of a series that we did in a university in
Ohio to convince the atheists there that there must be a God.
And Allah made it work. All of them became believers in the
One True God.
So let them come to us with their "harsh questions"
and "hateful statements" -- We will be patient and
calm while they are attacking us and our beliefs. At the same
time we will politely explain to them the truth and reality
of Islam and expose the lies and falsehoods they have been
exposed to on a daily basis.
After they have the truth, it is up to them to accept it and
then we will watch them all entering into Islam, inshallah.
After they come to Islam, they can help us present the true
message of Islam. Ameen.
Now we come to the part that is most important of all.
It is your turn to do something.
You already know that the Quran is a miracle from Allah and
you realize that it is our duty to communicate the message
So let us get started.
First, pray to Allah to accept whatever we do to be for His
sake alone and without any showing off or pride from our selves.
Next, be sure to familiarize ourselves with the basic answers
to the harsh questions that they are asking.
Now we need to begin by practicing in front of a mirror or
with someone to help us go through the motions of talking
with others about Islam.
Next we have to make sacrifices and personal effort so that
this work will be correct and will continue to be something
for generations in the future to come, inshallah. We have
got to get this message out to the people.
All of this is possible and we must try our best, inshallah.
You can start now - forward this email to all the Muslims
you know, inshallah.
Jazakumallahu khairan was Salam alaykum,
National Muslim Chaplain
Washington, DC - USA
"Harsh Questions Help Newcomers to Islam!"
Any good is from Allah & the mistakes were from myself.
May Allah guide all of us to His Truth, ameen.
Salam alaykum - Yusuf Estes
Muslim Institutional Chaplain
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