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The Great Debate by Rashad Khalifa, True Islam vs False Islam – Transcript

(This transcript is not true verbatim, I have removed repetitive sentences, and I have reconstructed certain sentences that end abruptly where the speaker rephrases himself before finishing the previous sentence, this is common in speech but not in text. Other edits is continuing the speech although the speaker has been interrupted; until the speech becomes too incoherent. – Ahmad Wehbe).

Video Intro:

  • The Great Debate – Rashad Khalifa – 90 minutes – 7/6/88
  • Tuscon Community Cable Corporation – Bars Tone Countdown (from 10)
  • The Great Debate
  • Dr. Abdel Rahman Salem vs Dr. Rashad Khalifa
  • The True Islam

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Our guest is doctor Rashad Khalifa, who – he devoted most of his life for his own mission; reading, learning, writing, researching and also preaching. But he is most remembered by his last computer research; the divine mathematical code in the Quran, based on number nineteen (19). According to the Quran; sura number seventy-four; verse number thirty (74:30): “‘alaihaa tis’ata ‘ashar” – but why nineteen (19)? that is what doctor Rashad Khalifa will explain in this interview. Please, brothers and sisters in Islam, welcome with me; doctor Rashad Khalifa.
  • Doctor Khalifa, I know I did not introduce you well enough, and I think that the best way to introduce you is to introduce yourself with your own words.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You did a good job, this is what really. Counts I did a research in the Quran, and I was blessed by “allah subhana wa ta’ala” (by God; the Most Glorified, the Most High) to see the mathematical code in the Quran – and this is really sufficient for an introduction.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, I think… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You did a good job, so we will keep it like… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Thank you, but I think also we are entitled to know how much benefit – this – this – it is great – it is an honor actually to have it – but we would like to know; how this mathematical code goes and how far it is benefit; and beneficial to the Muslim in his own living life. I mean the Quran is filled with miracles, and there are a lot of ways to approve that the Quran is a miracle. If you read it in Arabic you will see a lot of verses obliges to itself that the Quran is a miracle and it is the word – really the word of God. But… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, this is the first physical evidence. The Quran is full of miracles, but all of them are disputable; the linguistic excellence, the scientific miracles, and all these things. The Quran is full of miracles, but the mathematical miracle it is indisputable; it is physical based on physical facts. Like “bism allah arrahman arraheem” being nineteen (19) letters, the number of suras being hundred and fourteen (114) – all these are physical facts. Like the sun rising from the east; it is indisputable – unlike the previous miracles. And this is in accordance with God’s will; in sura of forty-one; verse fifty-three (41:53), where God says: “sanureehim aayaatinaa fil aafaaqi”. This is in the future tense; “sanureehim”; “we will show them our miracles in the horizons, and within themselves, until they realize that this is the truth”. So the miracles in the Quran are increasingly powerful. And then we get to this mathematical miracle, which is described by God Himself as one of the greatest miracles. The sura you mentioned; seventy-four; “‘alaihaa tis’ata ‘ashar”; verse thirty – and then the verses go on and on saying: this is one of the greatest miracles – it says:
  • “kallaa walqamar”. ((كَلّا وَالقَمَرِ); Absolutely, (I swear) by the moon.(74:32)).
  • “wallaili id adbar”. ((وَالَّيلِ إِذ أَدبَرَ ); “And the night as it passes.” (74:33)).
  • “wassub hi izaaa asfar”. ((وَالصُّبحِ إِذا أَسفَرَ);“And the morning as it shines.” (74:34)).
  • “nnahaa la ihdal kubar”. ((إِنَّها لَإِحدَى الكُبَرِ );“This is one of the great miracles.” (74:35)).
  • It is one of the greatest miracles, and this is God’s own description of it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You mean here the miracles – it is the computer age, right? that is what “allah subhana wa ta’ala” – I noticed… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, the computer age… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I noticed – excuse me for this – I noticed you used God, you didn not use allah. Which the Quran always say is “allah”, because the Quran came in Arabic, it did not come in English or in Persian, it come; “qur’anan arabian”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Actually I did say “allah subhana wa ta’ala”, at least one time… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I noticed you said God (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, it depends on what language you speak. If you speak English; you have to say God. If you speak Arabic; you have to allah. So… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But before, yes – okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Because as you know you are from Egypt, and you know the Egyptian copts use the word allah (Arabic word for God), saying insha’allah (God willing) and masha’allah (thank God), some of them are named ‘abd’allah (Abdullah).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, allah is the Arabic word, and has nothing to do….(interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You are using God – it is already – okay? (Asking if it is okay to say the word “God” instead of “allah”).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Of course it is… (interrupted).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So it is okay to use… (interrupted).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It depends on what language you use. If you meet somebody in the street and say “allah” here in the United States, some people think allah is a man who is named allah, or allah is a rock somewhere, and this is an actual happening; my son was in a classroom where they told that allah was a rock; my son had to object.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But this we have nothing to do with this because you know there are… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • What I mean is, it depends on what language you use, if you use English; you have to use God. If you use French; you have to use Deus. If you use Farsi; you have to use Chudaa. If you use Arabic; you have to use allah… (interrupted).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. Let us go back again also to the computer, I would like to know how far is it; beneficial to the human being – I am a Muslim and you discovered that the computer is – you discovered that the Quran – you discovered… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You are asking about the role of the mathematical code?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes. To a Muslim. To the Muslim. (repeats two more times while interrupting Rashad Khalifa).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And it applies to the Muslims and the non-Muslims. This is mentioned in the Quran immediately after the number nineteen (74:31), it says – it gives you five reasons for the number nineteen: “wa maa ja’alnaa ‘iddatahum”; that we made their number, for the following reasons:
  • #1: “fitnatal lillazeena kafaroo”; to disturb the disbelievers. “fitnatal lillazeena kafaroo”; to prove their disbelief.
  • #2: “liyastaiqinal lazeena ootul kitaaba”; is to make the believers among the Christians and the Jews certain that this book, the Quran, is from God. “liyastaiqinal lazeena ootul kitaaba”
  • #3: “wa yazdaadal lazeena aamanooo eemaanan”; so the people who believe that the Quran is from God; before the number nineteen, without the number nineteen – when they see the mathematical code they will increase in faith. “wa yazdaadal lazeena aamanooo eemaanan”
  • #4: “wa laa yartaabal lazeena ootul kitaaba walmu’minoona”; if any of the Muslims, or the Christians, or the Jews – have any doubt in their heart that this Quran is from God; the mathematical code will help remove all this doubt.
  • #5: “wa liyaqoolal lazeena fee quloobihim maradunw walkaafiroona maazaaa araadal laahu bihaazaa masalaa”; and to expose the hypocrites and the disbelievers, they will say: “so what? this is not important”.
  • So these are the five reasons that God Himself gives; as the role of the number nineteen – or the mathematical code in the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Make the Muslim strongly believe that the Quran is from God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Increase in faith. Yes. Exactly.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But there is suras, there are ayas in the Quran in Arabic that approve to the Muslim and non-Muslim, that the Quran is a miracle, it is the word of God. For example, like: “yukawwirul laila ‘alan nahaari” – allah subhana wa ta’ala, He said, He make – “He covers the globe with the night and”… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • He rolls the day around the night, and the night around the day – indicating that he Earth is round.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Ah, how, how the messenger of God, approved of this. How the messenger of God knows that. In the centuries later, there is such (incoherent speech) to approve this. So if we read the Quran we will find a lot… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Let us say that this verse will cause someone to believe in the Quran; “yukawwirul laila ‘alan nahaari wa yukawwirun nahaara ‘alaal laili” (39:5). This person when he or she looks at the mathematical code, God says in the Quran – not I am saying, God says – that his belief will increase; his faith will increase, “wa yazdaadal lazeena aamanooo eemaanan” (74:31), so this is an additional confirmation or assurance to increase in faith.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Alright. There is also another thing, you believe, you know, when you talk now you do not believe in Hadith or Sunnah. Do you believe in Hadith or Sunnah?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I believe that the Quran is complete, perfect and fully detailed, because God says so in the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And we do not have to use Hadith or Sunnah at all?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Does not matter; and or any other source.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I noticed in the prayer here, you never mentioned the messenger of God, you ignored him completely. Do you have anything against him? because you ignored – you said (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Is it true that I (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You say allah, then when you prayed it, you prayed it, you read fateha, but you did not read Quran. You know? something, it is actually – I hope you will correct me if am mistaken or something – new to me, new to any Muslim, because we know that when we say, we say; “allah, ash-hadu alla la elaha ella allah wa alla muḥammadun rasūlu allah”. This is about Islam, you cannot separate it, you cannot say; “allah, ash-hadu alla la elaha ella allah” – I bear witness that there is no god but one God and behold that the messenger Muhammad is the messenger of God. If you hold it, you mean you shall not (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Is that right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well that is what I believe, I hope we will… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, well let us look in the Quran again, if you look in the Quran; the Quran gives us the correct shahada (the testimony of faith).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. And this is in sura number three; verse eighteen (3:18), it says: “shahadu allahu annahu la elaha ella hu walmalaaa’ikatu wa ulul ‘ilmi qaaa’imam bilqist” (God bears witness that there is no god except He, and so do the angels and those who possess knowledge). So the shahada according to allah, the angels, and those who know; “wa ulul ‘ilmi” – is: “la elaha ella allah”, there is no muḥammadun rasūlu allah there. This is one… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • When, when you… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • “shahadu allahu annahu la elaha ella hu walmalaaa’ikatu wa ulul ‘ilmi”, so this is the correct shahada as dictated in the Quran. When you say: “la elaha ella allah wa muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, you violate the most basic commandment in the Quran. The first one is the principle of tawheed (توحيد), you are not commemorating God alone, you are putting a name besides God; another name beside God. You are making distinction among the messengers of God, this is an important commandment that you see in sura two; verse two eighty-five (2:285) for example – it is mentioned four times in the Quran; that you do not make – you shall not many any distinction among the messengers of God. And it is done so powerfully that any Muslim who makes distinction is not a Muslim at all, because the Quran says: “laa nufarriqu baina ahadim-mir-rusulihee wa qaaloo sami’naa wa ata’naa”, and these are the mu’mins – “aamanar-rasoolu bimaaa unzila ilaihi mir-rabbihee walmu’minoon kullun aamana billaahi wa malaaa’ikathihee wa kutubhihee wa rusulih laa nufarriqu baina ahadim-mir-rusulihee wa qaaloo sami’naa wa ata’naa”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, that, that is – the Muslim he does not – insurance you have to say: “la elaha ella Allah wa muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, that he believes “la elaha ella allah” and he believe all the messengers of allah subhana wa ta’ala, are equal, no distinction between… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • When was the last time you said: “la elaha ella allah yūnus rasūlu allah”? ((يونس); “there is no god but God and Jonah is His messenger”).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well you actually do not say yūnus – when you say… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Answer my question. When was the last time you said: “la elaha ella allah yūnus rasūlu allah”? (There is no god but God and Jonah is His messenger).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I hope you will understand me, I am not debating you, I am not arguing with you. I am… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No no, I am trying to demonstrate the points of the distinction among the prophets.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • When was the last time you said: “la elaha ella allah yūnus rasūlu allah”? (There is no god but God and Jonah is His messenger).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. When I say: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun”…. (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, wait wait, first answer… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I will answer your question, but not the way you want, I answer it the way I want (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No no, just answer yes or no. It is yes or no. When was the last time you said: “la elaha ella allah yūnus rasūlu allah”? (There is no god but God and Jonah is His messenger).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • When I say: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, it is admitting that I admit all the messenger up to Muhammad, I believe in them.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You did not say that. It does not say that.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But that is what I admit.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But it does not say…

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I believe in all the messenger including the last messenger of allah subhana wa ta’ala. (God; the Most Glorified, the Most High).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Muhammad is not the last messenger.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, this is another… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait, where do you get that? Where do you get that Muhammad was the last messenger?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Let us continue.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, let me ask another question. Is Muhammad dead or alive?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • This is ‘alem ‘ndallah – he did, as far as I know, as a human being; he died.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Muhammad is dead?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • As far as I know. Am I coming to be questioned, or question?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • What do you mean? No, we are dealing with your question: “la elaha ella allah wa muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, we are looking at this statement from the logical point of view. Forget anything else.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • God gave us a mind that He wants us to use. So you are saying: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, which means what in English?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I bear witness that there is no god but one God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • “Muhammad is the messenger of God”. So my question is: is Muhammad dead or alive?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What do you think?

Rashad Khalifa:

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • We know that Muhammad is dead unless he is one thousand four hundred and some years old (~1400 years).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Sitting somewhere.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But he is in a grave now, he is dead, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Now, do you think a dead man can be a messenger of God?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No longer after he died (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Exactly. So why do you say Muhammad is the messenger of God? He cannot be a messenger of God because he is dead, is this true?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I will go for it for the time being – okay – let us go (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, can a dead man be a messenger of God?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • He was a messenger of God. (incoherent speech), he completed his… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Exactly, now therefore the correct statement would be: “muḥammad kaana rasūlu allah” (Muhammad was the messenger of God).
  • Therefore the statement: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, (…Muhammad is the messenger of God) is wrong.
  • Even from the purely logical point of view.
  • However, like I said the shahada is in the Quran – unfortunately the Muslims do not follow the Quran – and it isays: “shahadu allahu annahu la elaha ella hu walmalaaa’ikatu wa ulul ‘ilmi”. (God bears witness that there is no god except He, and so do the angels and those who possess knowledge).
  • Therefore anyone who says anything but “la elaha ella allah”; is not among “ulul ‘ilm”; he does not know; he is ignorant. It is due to ignorance.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • *stares silently at Rashad Khalifa*

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is why in the khuthba (sermon) you saw me say: “la elaha ella allah”, this is it, that is all we say.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Also, you said you believe in the Quran, nothing but the Quran, and we do not have to believe anything from Hadith – why!? we do not have to pay attention to Hadith, why!?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Because God says in the Quran that the Quran is complete; perfect, and fully detailed. And the question is: do you believe God or not? if you believe God; you will believe the Quran is complete; perfect, and fully detailed.
  • Listen to this – this is verse one fourteen; sura six (6:114): “afaghairal laahi abtaghee hakamanw wa Huwal lazee anzala ilaikumul Kitaaba mufassalaa”; shall I seek out other than God as a source of law when he sent down to you this book fully detailed? – “mufassalaa”; fully detailed.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Therefore if you go to anything else you will be a rejector of the Quran. You have rejected – you have disbelieved God. So this is the reason why, it does not matter how great the hadith is.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You know the Muslims usually – when they use Hadith, it does not mean that they are overlapping the Quran, no, the Quran is the divine constitution of God to mankind.
  • And who apply, who perform that constitution to mankind better than Muhammad the messenger of God, the one who redeemed it, the one who received it, and delivered it to mankind. People always like to follow the one who received it, and to see how he perform it, how he – he show it to the people, and then they follow his way of performing the constitution of God.
  • It means like when I follow the Hadith does not mean I am away from the Quran. As far as I know – I hope you will correct me if I am wrong. I am saying my statement and I am sure you will have a comment on that. That is as far as I know about the Muslim how they use Hadith. What do you think?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well first of all if the Quran is fully detailed – not if the Quran – I mean I know that the Quran is fully detailed. God says the Quran is fully detailed. Therefore you do not need anything else.
  • We know that the Hadith are – we know now from many many years of research that the Hadith are fabrications attributed to the prophet. Now the Satan; the shaytaan knows that we love the prophet very much, and he used that as a bait, to catch – when you catch fish you put bait on a hook… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I think, I think – if you excuse me for interrupting you Dr. Khalifa – the Muslim they are aware of a lot of Hadith being injected to hadith, not like your Quran… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, I am talking about the Sahih Bukhari for example. Sahih Bukhari is full contradictions, blasphemies against the prophet, I can show you literally hundreds of Hadiths that are considered attacks on the prophet, they distract from the greatness of the prophet Muhammad.
  • So, but the important point Abdel Rahman is that God says the Quran is complete; perfect, fully detailed, this is the important point. So if you give me a Hadith that is fantastic and great and has all the qualities of the best things in the world, I still cannot go to it because God tells me the Quran is complete; perfect, and fully detailed.
  • The fact is the Hadith is actually a blasphemous attack against the prophet, and I gave you an issue of the Muslim Perspective in Arabic proving that – I am talking about Shahih Bukhari – they are a transgression against the prophet.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So you are ignoring completely the great teacher of Islam which Muhammad peace be upon him, he was a great teacher, was (incoherent speech). He is the one who receive the message of Allah, and he took it to the people, so I consider he is my leader.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You are missing the point.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Let me know it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah, you are missing the point.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The Hadith was never uttered by the prophet; has nothing to do with the prophet because – did the Quran come out of the prophets mouth?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How did it come out?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Did the Quran come out of the prophet’s mouth?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I will ask you, but you will not ask me, how did it come out?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It does not matter how.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay, you tell me how it come out.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The Quran says that Gabriel brought it, released it… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How he revealed it to Muhammad?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes, through Gabriel. God revealed Quran… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • To Muhammad?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes, to Muhammad.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It came out of his mouth.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Whose mouth?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Muhammad’s mouth.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Muhammad’s mouth.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right. Therefore if you want to follow Muhammad; you follow Quran, because it came out of Muhammad’s mouth.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, I do not know what the people like that… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If I am an Arabian illiterate, do not understand that highly quality Arabic language of the Quran, miracle of the Quran. And I would like to understand who will teach me and show me the right way more than the one who revealed from God; peace be upon him Muhammad “ʿalayhi ṣalat wa sallam”. (“Praise and peace upon him”).
  • How? That is why Muhammad he brought the Hadith… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Are you saying Muhammad is the teacher of the Quran?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • He is interpreter of the Quran to the Muslims.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, he was forbidden from interpreting the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • He was?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes. In the Quran sura seventy-five; verse nineteen (75:19), it says: “summa inna ‘alainaa bayaanah” – it says:
  • laa tuharrik bihee lisaa naka lita’jala bih; “muhammad do not move your tongue” – or in American-English; Do not open your mouth.
  • inna ‘alainaa jam’ahoo wa qur aanah; “we are the ones who will reveal it and put in the Quran.”
  • fa izaa qaraanaahu fattabi’ qur aanah; “once we have it in the Quran – you Muhammad – follow the Quran.”
  • summa inna ‘alainaa bayaanah; God is saying that “I am the one who will explain it” (God is the one who will explain it).
  • So the prophet was forbidden from explaining the Quran.
  • In another sura, sura sixty-nine; something at verse thirty-eight (69:38), we see that if the prophet uttered anything else other than the Quran; he will go to hell (69:44, 45). It says – to go from the beginning… (Rashad Khalifa utters various verses in Arabic while trying to remember the correct ones) – okay, yeah:
  • “falaaa uqsimu bimaa tubsiroon”. This is the strongest oath in the Quran:
  • “falaaa uqsimu bimaa tubsiroon fa maa laa tubsiroon”; “I swear by the things you see and the things you do not see”, (69:38, 39). This is not swearing by the sun or the moon or the time, this is swearing by everything in the universe.
  • “innahoo laqawlu rasoolin kareem”; “This Quran is the utterance of an honorable messenger”.
  • “wa ma huwa biqawli shaa’ir; qaleelam maa tu’minoon”; “It is not the utterance of a poet”.
  • “wa laa biqawli kaahin; qaleelam maa tazakkaroon”; “It is not the utterance of a soothsayer”, or some an Egyptian bakkash, somebody who is an bakkash (بكاش)(Someone who flatters people)… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What is bakkash mean?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Soothsayer – ??zekkah?? (I could not find this word in any online Egyptian dictionary. Please send me a link to the definition of this word so that I can include it here).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Zakkeh, okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • “tanzeelum mir rabbil ‘aalameen”; “It came from the Lord of the universe”
  • “wa law taqawwala ‘alainaa ba’dal aqaaweel”; “If he uttered anything else
  • “la-akhaznaa minhu bilyameen”; (We would have punished him).
  • “summa laqata’naa minhul wateen”; “We would have stopped the revelations to him).
  • “famaa minkum min ahadin’anhu haajizeen”; “None of you can protect him”.
  • And because of this interruption in the English langauge; I hope I did not mess up the verses.
  • But this is the general idea.
  • falaaa uqsimu bimaa tubsiroon
  • fa maa laa tubsiroon
  • innahoo laqawlu Rasoolin kareem
  • wa ma huwa biqawli shaa’ir; qaleelam maa tu’minoon
  • wa laa biqawli kaahin; qaleelam maa tazakkaroon
  • tanzeelum mir rabbil ‘aalameen
  • wa law taqawwala ‘alainaa ba’dal aqaaweel
  • la-akhaznaa minhu bilyameen
  • summa laqata’naa minhul wateen
  • famaa minkum min ahadin’anhu haajizeen
  • So this – the prophet Muhammad was forbidden from explaining the Quran, or uttering any additional religious teachings, and this is in the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So you are actually trying to tell me that there is no way that we have to follow the Hadith of the messenger of God, or follow his way. We have the Quran, we have to stick to… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You still miss the point. It is not the hadith of the messenger of God. It is the hadith attributed to the messenger of God.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Because the prophet Muhammad would never disobey God.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And God told him; you have the Quran and nothing else. And this is in verse nineteen; sura six (6:19); it says:
  • “qul ayyu shai’in akbaru shahaadatan”; “who is the better testimone?”. (Whose testimony is the greatest?).
  • “qulil laahu shaheedum bainee wa bainakum”. (Say, God is the witness between me and you…)
  • wa oohiya ilaiya haazal Qur’aanu li unzirakum bihee wa mam balagh; “I was given this Quran to deliver to you and the future generation.”

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I think… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait a minute.
  • It did not say; “oohiya ilaiya haazal Qur’aanu wa al-hadith”. (It does not say; I was given this Quran and the Hadith to deliver to you and the future generations).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, I think I agree with your point for one reason, because we – we will be as Muslims or else we will be judged by the Quran.
  • But I disagree about one thing because – another thing because I have to follow the messenger of God, the one who received the Quran and who delivers it to me.
  • As a Muslim, if I ignore it… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You miss the point again. The Hadith came from shayytan; from Satan, not from Muhammad.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I have to be aware, which is right hadith and which is wrong hadith. But ignoring… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Ignoring the messenger of God; that is a question I would like to elaborate with you.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You mean  ignore the message of God? in favor of 

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, if I ignore the Hadith., if I ignore… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is the Hadith of Satan. If I brought to you a hadith from Satan, would you still follow it?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No. It is… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If it is… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Can you agree if I say; if Satan walks from this door, wearing a serpent (wearing a serpent mask)… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, it should be, it is… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait. And he says: “qala rasoolilah sallallahu alayhi wasallam”, are you going to follow it?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It has been venerated by most scholar religion in Islam, which are – we know that they are being following the messenger of God, and they know what he saw, and they are witnessed, and we are taking them, holding them, they are witnessed Muhammad, because… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • They never witnessed Muhammad.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, that is… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The first hadith was recorded two hundred (200) years after Muhammad. Across eight (8) generations of the dead.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So from the period when Muhammad died to two hundred fifty (250) years there was no hadith at all?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • There was no Hadith. That is right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I see.
  • You believe in the Quran… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • There was no recorded Hadith. People were making up hadith and trying – for example you come to my house and I only have fish to feed you, if you object, then I will tell you; “well, the prophet said if you eat fish alone you are going to be great”, so people made this kind of hadith.
  • And it was not recorded or anything. So Bukhari came two hundred years later and claimed that the prophet said these things. And as you know Bukhari eliminated ninety percent (90%) of the things that he wrote himself, and still whatever is left the thousands of hadith are attacking and blaspheming against the prophet.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. Let us move to another point, because if we want to continue talking about this point we will never finish… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, this point should be finished because God says the Quran is complete; perfect and fully detailed.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Ooookay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And the Quran says that telling Muhammad to tell us that he brings only the Quran. The last verse in sura fifty (50:45) says: “fazakkir bil quraani many yakhaafu wa’eed”; “deliver the message of the Quran”, it did not say Quran and Sunnah, or Quran and Hadith – “fazakkir bil quraani many yakhaafu wa’eed”

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But there are a lot of suras also remind the Muslim to follow allah and the messenger of God. For example I probably I have some:
  • “yaaa aiyuhal lazeena aamanooo aaminoo billaahi wa rasoolihee wal kitaabil lazee nazzala ‘alaa rasoolihee wal kitaabil lazeee anzala min qabl”. (o you who believe, you shall believe in God and His messenger, and the scripture He has revealed through His messenger, and the scripture He has revealed before that)(4:136).
  • (incoherent speech) (Abdel Rahman tries to find the next verse)…
  • “innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy”. (God and His angels help and support the prophet)(33:56).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You know, allah subhana wa ta’ala also confirm it to the people to pray to Muhammad because allah subhana wa ta’ala praying to (Muhammad) – as far as I know, I hope you will understand me and you will correct me if I am wrong.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Let me… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “wa mai yuti’il laaha wa rasoolahoo wa yakhshal laaha…”. (Those who obey God and His messenger, and reverence God…)(24:52)
  • “qul atee’ul laaha wa atee’ur rasoola…”. (Say, “Obey God, and obey the messenger.”)(24:54)
  • “wa aqeemus salaata wa aatuz zakaata wa atee’ur rasoola…”. (You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and obey the messenger)(24:56)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So why do you disobey him then? Why are you disobeying him when he tells you to uphold that the Quran is complete; fully detailed, and that you shall uphold the Quran alone? Why do you disobey him and go to something else?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I see.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you see in the Quran it is telling you: “atee’ul laaha wa atee’ur rasoola”, so why don’t you listen and obey the – allah and the rasool? (obey God and the messenger).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. By obeying the messenger of God, and obeying because I know that the messenger of God he is been taught by allah subhana wa ta’ala, he was orphaned and was taught by allah subhana wa ta’ala, and he is – he was perfect, he is a… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, is this the reason for you to disobey him?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, to obey him.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You are not obeying him when you go to another source.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Obeying him in the Quran and his way of life.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But if you follow anything other than the Quran, then you are disobeying the prophet.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I see. Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, therefore if you are reciting these verses then you have to do them yourself, “atee’ul laaha wa atee’ur rasoola”, (obey God and the messenger).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • If you obey the rasool (messenger), you will uphold the Quran, the whole Quran, and nothing but the Quran. If you go to anything other than the Quran, then you are not obeying the messenger.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So you believe in the Quran from the cover to the cover?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes. Right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You believe in this Quran, and our – speaking to each other now we will speak according to the Quran.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes, absolutely.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.
  • You say – you said in one of your brochures here, if you allow me to read it to you or just – you said: “Providing indisputable evidence for the exposure and removal of two human made sentences that were injected into the Quran at the end of the last sura revealed in Medina; sura number nine”.
  • In other words you say here that the human being injected some suras into the Quran… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • ayat; verses.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Some verses into the Quran. So this Quran, the one in my hand here, in Arabic, the one in my hand in Arabic, it is not completely perfect? it has been injected by ??bad men?? (incoherent speech). You believe in that?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. And also… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This Quran is not correct.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • This is not correct?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But we know the correct Quran. I can show you a Quran that is correct and complete.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You will show me in a minute, but let me continue this. allah subhana wa ta’ala says: “innaa nahnu nazalnaz zikra wa innaa lahoo lahaa fizoon”. (Absolutely, we have revealed the reminder, and, absolutely, we will preserve it.)(15:9)
  • allah subhana wa ta’ala took an oath, from him to God; the Quran, because mankind could not guard the Torah or the Bible. So allah took an oath from him to guard the Quran.
  • In your translation you said: we have sended down – for this verse – we have sended down the revelation and we will surely preserve it.
  • In Yusuf Ali translation, which most of the Muslim people, they are taking by Yusuf Ali, the Quran: “We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption)”. (15:9 Yusuf Ali translation)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right. I agree with that.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You agree with all that?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. Well, I would like you to elaborate this point doctor Rashad Khalifa.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • allah subhana wa ta’ala carried out His promise and He preserved the Quran perfectly. I can show you a Quran that is perfect, in the way it was sent down; the way it was written… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I would like to see it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right.
  • The way every letter of it is preserved, not a single letter is added, and not a single letter is lost.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • However, if go to Egypt or Iran today, you are going to see that the Quran is printed with some mistakes in them, but this does not negate the fact… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Let us be clear now… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait. It does not negate the fact… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Let us be clear before you go.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • This Quran. It has been through the whole world, through Tehran, through Persia, through Arabic world, this Arabic Quran; it is not real Quran?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • There are some mistakes in it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It has mistakes in it?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And you have the one… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The point is that God did preserve the perfect Quran and we have it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You  have it?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It is all over the world.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • With whom? With you? Who has… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No., it is even here also as long as you mark the mistakes, there are a few mistakes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • allah subhana wa ta’ala says: “innaa nahnu nazalnaz zikra wa innaa lahoo lahaa fizoon”, it means… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So how do you explain… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “We will never allow anyone to inject even a single thing”… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So how do you explain the fact that in Iran, today – printing millions of Qurans that do not follow the Quranic writing. Like for example the word “salah” is written SAAD (ص), LAAM (ل), ALEF (أ), HEE (ه) – instead of SAAD (ص), LAAM (ل), WAW (و), HEE (ه) as in the original Quran – how do you explain that? do you mean God failed to carry out His promise? is this what you think?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, I am not thinking of – I think I would like to… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. I am saying that it does not matter what people do to the Quran, they can take and mess it up and do anything they want, this is what they want to do. This is only ink and paper. But the Quran that God sent down is preserved exactly the way it was written, and without adding or losing a single letter. So this promise of God: “innaa nahnu nazalnaz zikra wa innaa lahoo lahaa fizoon”, is kept.
  • However, I must point out something to you. When there is a law, like the law of preservation of the Quran, this law does not exist unless it is violated. Do you understand what this means?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes, I am following you.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. For example, if there is a law that Abdel Rahman Salem cannot leave this room. If you stay in this room forever, nobody will ever know that this law exists. Is this true?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • As far as I understand.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. Now – but if you violate this law, and try to leave the room, and then you are forced back in, then we know that the law exists.
  • Therefore, the violation of the sacredness of the Quran proves that God preserved it, because we detected the mistakes, we know exactly where any letters were added or removed, and we have the perfect the Quran… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You have it?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • God fulfilled His promise.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes. Do you think you can… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And the perfect Quran contained in here, it is included in here, but people added some of their errors in it. However, it does not make any difference because the perfect Quran is in existence.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If I am an ordinary Muslim walking in the street, and I picked up this Quran, you know, ??as a?? witness of allah subhana wa ta’ala, how do I know this is right and this is wrong, and this is injected… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. You are either a sincere Muslim, or you are an insincere Muslim, is this correct?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Mmhmm.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Now God knows that, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Now, when God knows that you are a sincere Muslim, He will see to it that you will be guided to the correct Quran, to the perfect Quran. If you are not a sincere Muslim you will be left to – you will have a fake Quran – a fake Muslim has a fake Quran, and a true Muslim has a true Quran. This is a rule of thumb. (This is an English saying; meaning “this is the standard”).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. You also said… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • A sincere believer has a perfect Quran. An insincere person does not have a perfect Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. You said also in your writing in your paper brochure you said: the old testimony, the new testimony, and also the final testimony; referring to the Quran – which I believe as far as I know, I hope you will correct me if I am mistaking – Muslims they do not like to use or to apply this word this; “old” and “new” and “final”, to the word of God. We know this word is being used by Jewish and Christians, but not by the Muslims. The Muslim he knows that the word of God, from Adam to Muhammad, it is the word of God. Never been old, never been used, never been – it is the word of God. When we say it is word of God; it is the word of God. But… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You do not like the using of; “the old testament”, “the new testament”… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, I am just asking, wondering… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I like to use it. But if you don’t like to use it then go ahead and don’t use it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So that is the only answer you have, right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. You said also “Mohammedans; the worst enemies of God”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “Beware of Mohammedans; the worst enemies of God, according to the Quran”.
  • Do you think the Quran say that?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • That the Quran say: “the one who follows Muhammad will be my worst enemy?”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The one who worships Muhammad.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well the one who worships – you know the Muslim they never worship Muhammad… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You indicated in the beginning of this interview that you worship Muhammad.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You said: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, you worship Muhammad in your life… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • (incoherent speech), I am admitting… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait, wait, wait. You put Muhammad’s name next to allah’s name, this is shirk, by definition this is shirk. (shirk means idol-worship)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • According to sura… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You made a statement: “Muhammad is the messenger of God”, when he is dead, he is not alive. Only God is alive, this is why God says: “tawakkal ‘alal haiyil lazee laa yamootu”; “put your trust in the living one, who never dies” (25:58), because Muhammad is dead.
  • And when you put his name… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It means… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • When you put Muhammad’s name, a human creature of God, next to God, the name of God, this is worshiping without knowing. So you are worshiping Muhammad without knowing it, because you do not follow the Quran that came out of Muhammad’s mouth; because of your reverence for Muhammad, which is – another word for it: idol-worship.
  • The Quran tells you: (2:285)
  • “laa nufarriqu baina ahadim-mir-rusulihee”; we do not make any distinction among the prophets – or the messengers of God,
  • “wa qaaloo sami’naa wa ata’naa”; we do not argue, we say hear and we obey, we do not make any distinction.
  • Defy this and you will be making a distinction, and all this because you love Muhammad too much. Loving Muhammad too much is like the Christians loving Jesus too much and worshiping him. And therefore worshiping Muhammad, or practicing shirk – God says there is a law: (5:72)
  • “innnahoo many-yushrik billaahi faqad harramal laahu ‘alaihil jannata”; that heaven is forbidden for those who make shirk. (shirk = idol-worship).
  • And shirk by definition, when you say: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, this is shirk by definition, because – let me ??quote?? it to you in human terms:
  • If you invite me to your house for dinner, you are going to invite me alone, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You say: “Rashad, come to my house alone by yourself”, and this would “I am coming to your house alone”.
  • However, you can also say: “I want to invite you to dinner to my house, but bring your servant with you”. Okay? Then I am not invited alone anymore, this is shirk, there is a sharika; more than one person coming to your house. Even though you are acknowledging that the other person is my servant; it still is shirk.
  • So when you say: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, this is shirk by definition, and this is exactly why God teaches us in the Quran that the shahda is: “la elaha ella allah”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The shahada of “allah”, “al malaika”; the angels, and the “ulul ‘ilmi”; the people who know.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Correct me if I am wrong… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, Mohammedans is the correct expression to describe… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I am a Muslim, and I will say: “la elaha ella allah” – by saying “muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, means that I approve, and I admit, and bear witness that I will accept the message of allah subhana wa ta’ala came through Muhammad… (incoherent speech) (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No. You are saying the opposite. When you say: “la elaha ella allah muḥammadun rasūlu allah”, you are saying: I reject Muhammad and his message. This is what it means.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How? Explain it to me.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • By breaking the commandments in the Quran.
  • By breaking the commandment of making distinction among the prophets.
  • By putting another name beside the name of God.
  • And violating the basic principle in the Quran… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I am a putting a name beside my God because loving Muhammad is loving God. Because Muhammad he devoted most of his life to allah subhana wa ta’ala, to his message, in his path, I love him; by loving Muhammad… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Why do you disobey him then? if you love him why do you disobey him?
  • He told you: “do not make distinction among the messengers”.
  • He told you that the shahada is: “la elaha ella allah”.
  • So why do you continue to disobey him then, if you love him, if you really love him. Why do you not obey him? Why do you not follow the Quran that came out of his mouth.
  • You know we have to think about… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I am listening to you doctor… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The issue: “innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy”. (God and His angels help and support the prophet…(33:56))

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy”… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • “sallimoo tasleemaa”… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You do not believe in this?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Of course I believe in this.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You believe in this?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How do you believe in this?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, do you know what “yusalloona ‘alayhi” means?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What does it means?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you know what “nabiyy” means, in the Quran?
  • Also do you know that thirteen verses before this; God says he and His angels do the same thing for every believer?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • In the same sura.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It says:
  • “yaaa aiyuhal lazeena aamanu”; o you who believe, (33:41)
  • “zkurul laaha zikran kaseera”; commemerate God continuesly.  (33:41)
  • “wa sabbihoohu bukratanw wa aseela”; Glorify Him day and night. (33:42)
  • “huwal lazee yusallee ‘alaikum wa malaaa’ikatuhoo liyukhrijakum minazzulumaati ilan-noor”. (He is the One who helps you, together with His angels, to lead you out of darkness into the light. (33:43))
  • So, “innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy”, is because the nabiyy (prophet) is one of the believers. Why? – “to take him out of the darkness into the light”, just like in the other verse. And it says “oh you who believe do the same thing, help him also, come out of the darkness into the light”.
  • This is what it says… (interrupted

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So it is… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Hold it.
  • You have to understand what the verse means, because Satan messed up this verse for the Muslims and made them – instead of “zkurul laaha zikran kaseera,wa sabbihoohu bukratanw wa aseela”, al-shayytan al-laeem (Satan the deceiver), Satan decided we are going to make the people commemorate Muhammad day and night, and “yusabbihoohu” (praise) Muhammad day and night instead of God, so they keep saying:
  • allahumma yusalli ‘ala muhammad“. (May God shower His blessings upon Muhammad).
  • sallallahu alayhi wasallam“. (May peace and God’s blessings be upon him).

(Listen to the first verse and chorus of the song that I linked to, while reading the lyrics in the description of the video. The singer is literally saying that Muhammad is: “the Teacher of teachers”, and “Teacher of all Mankind”, THESE TITLES BELONG TO GOD, not to humans or angels. It is the same as when the Christians say that Jesus is: “the King of kings”. Therefore it is accurate to call these almost ~2 billion people; “Mohammedans”).

  • alayhi salat wasalam“. (Peace and blessings be upon him).
  • Instead of saying “subhanaallah”, “la elaha ella allah”, and so on. So shayytan; Satan, succeeded in tricking and duping the Muslims into commemorating Muhammad instead of God, by messing up the meaning of this verse.
  • Now the expression of “al nabiyy” in the Quran, you have to watch this, and I challenge the so called “uluma” (scholars) in this subject, because “al nabiyy” in the Quran: is always in the Quran during his lifetime; when he was alive, the word “nabiyy”.
  • Like: “…laa tarfa’ooo aswaatakum fawqa sawtin nabiyi”; how can you carry out this commandment now? “Do not raise your voice over the voice of the prophet” (49:2), when he is dead? This means do not speak at all because his voice is still; if you do it now.
  • So the word nabiyy – “yaaa ayyuhan nabiyyu izaa tallaqtummun nisaaa’a…”; how can the prophet divorce his wife when he is dead? (65:1)
  • “yaaa ayyuhan nabiyyu lima tuharrimu maaa ahallal laahu lak”. (O you prophet, why do you prohibit what God has made lawful for you… (66:1))
  • So, consistently in the Quran the word nabiyy is during his lifetime.
  • So; “innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy”, means Muhammad during his lifetime. “yaaa aiyuhal lazeena aamanoo salloo ‘alaihi”, during his life time, help him, support him, during his lifetime.
  • Not after he is dead, and every time you hear his… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • allah subhana wa ta’ala He always precisely in the Quran when He mentions things we are carrying it as it is because we follow the Quran as you say, allah subhana wa ta’ala did not say; yaaa aiyuhal lazeena aamanoo in the time of the messenger means after the death of the messenger; do not salloo ‘alaa muhammad. (Abdel Rahman Salem is trying to argue that the Quran doesn’t say that these verses only apply when the prophet was alive, and nor does the Quran say that these verses cannot be be applied after the death of the prophet. He, like many Mohammedan scholars, ignore grammar and logic just to twist the meaning of these and many other verses).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But, you don’t know the meaning of “salloo ‘alaihi” means.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It says pray to him.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Or supporting him.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • That is all supporting him?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • “salloo” comes from the word SULAH; contact, connection – stay close to him, help him, support him. It does not say: “SAY sallallahu alayhi wasallam”, because it contradicts itself, you know, it says in the beginning: “innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy”, so do you agree that innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • This is the present time?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes. Hold it.
  • Do you agree that innal laaha wa malaaa’i katahoo yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy? (Do you agree that God and His angels support the prophet?)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes, I do.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, allaaha wa malaaa’i katahoo, now, yusalloona ‘alan nabiyy. (So God and His angels are supporting the prophet)(Even at this moment after ~1400 years).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So why are you telling Him to salloo ‘alan nabiyy, if he is doing it? (So why are you telling God to support the prophet?)(Rashad Khalifa is asking Abdel Rahman Salem; why are you telling God to do something which God said He is already doing? (It is technically the same as saying “run” to someone who is already running)).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Since allah and His angels praying on Muhammad, I am as a Muslim, should pray on Muhammad, and on every single Muslim who is believes in Islam.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah, but according to you – you are saying “allahumma yusalli ‘ala muhammad” right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But we already know – allah tells you that He is making salat on Muhammad… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I ask allah subhana wa ta’ala to accept my praying to Muhammad.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No. But he is already doing it. You are asking God to do what He is saying He is doing.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • For me.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But you can see that Satan messed up the meaning of this verse. But this really means is; during the prophet Muhammad’s time, because of the use of the word “al nabiyy”; o you who believe, support him and help him and stay in touch with him. This is what it means. But the Muslims messed it up and uses it to make the Muslims worship Muhammad instead of God – this is why I call them Mohammedans.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So, we should not actually do that. We should actually mention Muhammad in – as I saw you in the prayer; jum’aah prayer here you never mention Muhammad for anything.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I will mention him if I need to. I mean… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You never mention him. You said –  I mean it is not… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • What do you want to mention him for?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I do have to mention.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Why?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I am a Muslim, you already know… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I am asking you, why do you want to mention Muhammad?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • As a messenger of God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, the Quran says only the hypocrites say that. Only the hypocrites declare that Muhammad is “rasūlu allah”, because we know that Muhammad is “rasūlu allah”, we don’t need to say it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay? It says: “izaa jaaa’akal munaafiqoona qaaloo nashhadu innaka la rasoolul laah; wallaahu ya’lamu innaka la rasooluhoo wallaahu yashhadu innal munaafiqeena lakaaziboon”. (When the hypocrites come to you they say, “We bear witness that you are the messenger of God.” God knows that you are His messenger, and God bears witness that the hypocrites are liars.(63:1)).
  • So throughout the Quran only the hypocrites say: “ash-hadu alla muhammadun rasūlu allah”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So actually you are ignoring completely the the way Muhammad used to live, and to ignoring to reject for us as a Muslim to know how Muhammad he used to live the right way according to the Quran, so we have to follow it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Are you ignoring the way Muhammad used to live?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, I would be glad to go for it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So why are you wearing a tie? Did he wear a tie?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I am not going for outside as much as inside in praying… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Now wait a minute, you are talking about the way he lived.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • The way he used to live in… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you have your camel parking out there?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • In behaving muslim, seeing, you are going for outside, now for the service we are going for inside, the way he performed the Quran, how he used to pray.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you agree he believed in the Quran?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you agree that his source was the Quran?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes. How… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Even according to Hadith it says: “kaana khollooqoho quran”. (“خُلُقَ نَبِيِّ اللَّهِ كَانَ الْقُرْآنَ”: “The character/behavior of the prophet of God was the Quran”).

(فَقُلْتُ يَا أُمَّ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَنْبِئِينِي عَنْ خُلُقِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏.‏ قَالَتْ أَلَسْتَ تَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ قُلْتُ بَلَى ‏.‏ قَالَتْ فَإِنَّ خُلُقَ نَبِيِّ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم كَانَ الْقُرْآنَ)(I asked the mother of believers (Aisha, the prophet’s wife): teach me about the character/behavior of the messenger of God. She replied: Don’t you read the Quran? I answered: Of course I do. She then said: The character/behavior of the prophet was the Quran (Sahih Muslim 745 c)). (I exclude two sentences of “sallallahu alayhi wasallam” for clarity’s sake).

  • He represented the Quran, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, and now we have the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, therefore if you want to follow Muhammad, you follow the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. How do you know… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait a minute. Is this true?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes, it is true.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Alright, so this is what we are doing. We are following the Quran, which means we are following Muhammad.
  • However, Muhammad’s job was to deliver the message, he did the job, he did a good job, and he is gone, and that is his role. He cannot guide you… (interurpted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And that is it, no more? We don’t have to think of… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It is what the Quran says: “maa ‘alar rasooli illal balaagh”, two negatives: maa ‘alar rasooli illal balaagh, maa and illa… (interrupted). (The sole duty of the messenger is to deliver the message… (5:99)).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • As far as I know, in this sura, it means like; you Muhammad do not force people to believe in Islam, you are only responsible for delivering the message, not force it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is a general statement that is not violated anywhere in the Quran, it is repeated: “maa ‘alar rasooli illal balaagh”, “‘alar Rusuli illal balaaghul mubeen” (16:35).
  • And it is repeated many times.
  • So the sole function of the prophet or the messenger is to deliver the message.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • That is all?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • “Innaka laa tahdee man ahbata”… (interrupted) (28:56)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “…wa laakinna laaha yahdee mai yashaaa'”… (interrupted) (28:56)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right, “you do not guide”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • This is also supporting the same ayat (verses), (incoherent speech), so you don’t force it on people for believing, no, you just deliver the message, and you perform it, and you teach the people how to do it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, no, no.
  • Now you are adding other things, because it says: “maa ‘alar rasooli illal balaagh”. (The sole duty of the messenger is to deliver the message).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • This people who come to the mosque here, who they follow? they follow you, how to do, right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, they follow the Quran. They don’t follow me.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You teach them, you hold this Quran and you teach them in the Quran, so they sit and listen and look at you, and they say that is right, that is right – who is right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The Quran. (The Quran is right).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Doctor Khalifa right in a way of interpreting the Quran here, so I am following doctor Khalifa and I am not actually… (interrupting)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No you are not. If you are following doctor Khalifa then you are not right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It is not right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. Let us also… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Anybody here, and we all know this, we do not follow any person. And we emphasize; here we are worshiping of God alone, we follow the word of God alone, and if I ever say anything that is not in the Quran and it contradicts the Quran – I am the first one to appreciate alerting me to this, because then I am wrong.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If I am following… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Nobody follows me.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If I am following the Quran, why should I come to this mosque to listen to Khalifa?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You don’t need to.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • (Incoherent speech), here, I look in the, house, to be leaving, ?tulip?, to mister doctor Khalifa, right? (Please email me or comment if you know what Abdel Rahman Salem is saying here at ~51:02).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • That is right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Absolutely, you do not need anybody, you do not need Rashad Khalifa or anybody. If you have the Quran you do not need anybody, because you follow the Quran and nothing else.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You said in your brochures also, Islam being practiced today.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Can I go back to your question; why we come here to the mosque?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • There is a commandment in the Quran that says: “wasbir nafsaka ma’al lazeena yad’oona rabbahum bilghadaati wal’ashiyyi yureedoona wajhahoo”, it says: “force yourself to be with those who worship God alone”. (18:28)
  • Because it is a social function, this is why God instituted the Friday Prayer ever week; so all the believers who follow the Quran alone must get together, they must know each other, they must be united, as you know. Throughout the Quran these instructions are there. This is the only reason we are here.
  • And there are replicas of this masjid all around the world, where they don’t have Rashad Khalifa there, because we have our leader is the Quran, our imam is the Quran, our guide is the Quran – the word of God, we are worshiping God alone. And we go out of our way to destroy persons, or idols of any kind; alive or dead. So this is the reason we get together here.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You said in your brochures; Islam being practiced today is severely corrupted beyond recognition. Can you elaborate to me?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Absolutely. The Muslims of the world do not do anything according to prophet Muhammad’s teachings. You for example, did you make wudu today? (Ablution).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes I do.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, can you describe it to me?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • As usual.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, go ahead, describe it.
  • Number one; you open the faucet.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yeah.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You was your hands.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I wash my face.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Arms.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And feet.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • That is as far as I know.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, you did not do your head.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes I do… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You didn’t… (incoherent speech)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • My ears.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Your ears.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • My mouth, that is Sunnah. (Sunnah refers to the hadiths (sayings) about Muhammad’s lifestyle).
  • (Incoherent speech)… You said you did not follow Sunnah.
  • According to… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I am asking you what you did. About your actions today… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well I know exactly what I did. I said: “nawaytu sunnahta al wudu”, then sunnah before ?fawht?.
  • Sunnah is when washing my mouth, because I am going to stand next to someone, I don’t want him to smell my smell, so I was my mouth, wash my nose… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, so you wash your hands first?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, and then you wash your mouth?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Then your nose?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes, my nose, and my face.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Your face.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And my arms.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Your arms.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • My hair.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Your hair.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • My ears.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Your ears.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • My feet.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Your feet.
  • Eight steps.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Eight (8) steps, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, now if we look in the Quran, this is what came out of Muhammad’s mouth, I am taking you as an example, because you are telling me the Muslims practice something that is severely corrupted.
  • If you look in the Quran, what came out of Mohammad’s mouth is the following: “yaaa aiyuhal lazeena aamanoo izaa qumtum ilas salaati faghsiloo wujoohakum wa aidiyakum ilal maraafiqi wamsahoo biru’oosikum wa arjulakum ilal ka’bayn” – four steps.
  • Now Satan will not accept that, he has to have his four steps also.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • (incoherent speech)… have to Islam if we add two or three? (Is it against Islam if we add two or three more steps?)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Of course.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If I wash my hands… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  •  If I wash my hands and wash my ears, and if I wash thoroughly, if I clean my self, that is ?against? Islam?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Absolutely.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If I pray to allah subhana wa ta’ala, it says pray to God… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait, hold it, hold it, let us stay with the wudu, we are going to go to other examples – I want to show you that Muslims do not do anything according to Muhammad’s teachings.
  • Out of Muhammad’s mouth came the teaching that we should have four steps, you made eight steps. Four from God and four from Satan. So you have a… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What is wrong with that?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is what is wrong with it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What is wrong with it?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You have a shareek (partner), you have another god beside God, telling you – who told you to do additional four steps? another god!

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It is more clean.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, why do you not take a bath?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I take a bath sometimes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, fine, but this has… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • When you take a bath there is no need for… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • We are talking about the worship, okay? This is talking about ablution as an act of worship.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I brush my teeth in the morning when I get up, but this has nothing to do with worship, this is my hygienic practices.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. But we are talking about the wudu as form of worship. Do the Muslims follow what came out of Mohammad’s mouth? the answer for you is no, you are not following… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes, the answer is yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, you are not.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I follow it, and some more.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Exactly, you add some more.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Some more to be more careful.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right. Either you know better than God, or you have another god that is adding steps to you.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • What is the source of the four other steps?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Excuse me doctor Khalifa, this is the messenger of allah subhana wa ta’ala when he say: “you people pray two raka”, and I come to the mosque and pray four raka, it does not mean I am not following God, I am praying to you allah two raka, and I added two more raka for extra for me to make it more… (interrupted) (rakas = units when performing the Contact Prayer (2, 4, 4, 3, 4)).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No. Then you have another god who told you to do two extra rakas. Because the number of rakas is mathematically coded according to God in the Quran; according to God’s system. And if you add anything else then you have another god who told you to do those two rakas.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • That is following… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Let me show you from the Quran. Okay?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • allah subhana wa ta’ala ordered the angels fall prostrate – make sujood before Adam, right? (sujood = prostration).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • They fell prostrate before Adam. Who were they worshiping?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • (Mumbles)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Who? They made sujood before Adam, who were they worshiping?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Who were they worshiping?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Who?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Who?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • God.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The source of the order, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • They were not worshiping Adam. Even though they were making sujood before Adam.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • They are worshiping the source of the order.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, if you make sujood to God because Muhammad told you to do sujood to God; you are not worshiping God; you are worshiping the source of the order; Muhammad.
  • Do you understand me?
  • You are breaking the mathematical code; the number of rakas. If God told you to do two rakas, you must do two rakas. If you add more, you then you… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • That is against Islam.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Exactly.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I should do exactly two rakas, no more, no less.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right.
  • And in your wudu you must do the four steps, no more and no less.
  • Okay, this is wudu.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Now, I will ask another question about salat (Contact Prayer).
  • Did you pray the Noon yesterday?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Did you do it silently or loudly?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Silently.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is against the Quran. You are not obeying the prophet Muhammad here.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Why?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Because if you look in sura seventeen; verse hundred and ten (17:110), it says: “laa tukhaafit bihaa”, “laa tajhar bi salaatika wa laa tukhaafit bihaa”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “wabtaghi baina zaalika sabeela”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • “zaalika sabeela”. Exactly.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Which one? the Noon one?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Hundred and ten (110).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • The Noon Salat or all the Salat?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • All the Salat, it did not say Noon or what. It says: “laa tajhar bi salaatika wa laa tukhaafit bihaa”; “do not say your Salat in a loud voice or secretly.”

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • According… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Therefore when you do it secretly you have a another god who told you to do it secretly.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No. According to my knowledge… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait, why do you not follow the commandment?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well let me comment on this.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, (incoherent speech), that the Muslims are not following the Quran or Muhammad.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You are damaging, excuse me for this expression and I hope you will correct me if I am wrong, you are damaging completely the “ta’aleem” (teachings) of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, even in his early days, like Muhammad he followed and he and his follower were silent in doing Salat, in Noon and in Asr; afternoon prayer.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Because they were weak at the time, they were weak at that time, and they were aware afraid of the kafferoon (disbelievers)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Are you weak now? are you afraid that the kafferoon will attack you?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, that is why we follow his way.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So, but he left you the Quran… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It is like when you follow Christmas way, as a remembering, it is not damaging, sometimes… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So you are disobeying the Quran in other words.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, we… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Did you see the prophet pray silently?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, this is the Sunnah wa ??toras??

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is what you heard, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So you follow hearsay, and you do not follow the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. This… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • What do you mean okay?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I am not going to go through this because… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You are saying that I am destroying all the “ta’aleem” (teachings) of Muhammad.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Mmmhmm.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And I am telling you I hope I am destroying what you think is “ta’aleem” Muhammad. Because it is not “ta’aleem” Muhammad. “ta’aleem” of Muhammad is in the Quran, and he told you: “don’t do the prayer silently”.
  • Now, again, can you tell me what you say in your Salat sitting down? in the sitting position.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes. I noticed also in your Salat as soon as you sit you said: salamun alaikum rahmatullah, salamun – I mean you didn’t say anything at all, right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • What do you say?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “atahiyyatu wa mubarakt wasalawatu watayyibatu lillahi, asalamu ‘alaika ayyuhannabiyyu warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu, asalamu’alaina wa’ala ibadillahi asalihin, ashhadu allailaha illallahu wa ashhadu anna muhammadan rasulallah.
  • “asalamun alaikum rahmatullah”
  • “asalamun alaikum rahmatullah”

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You don’t say allahumma yusalli ‘ala muhammad wa… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, that is extra, you do not have to say it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay.
  • Now, this what you just said here nullifies the Salat, okay? It makes it zero.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Do you know the ??explanation?? of this one?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It violates the Quran and makes it aboslute null and void and useless and a waste of time – even worse, it makes you a mushreek. Beause the Quran says: “wa annaalmasajiida lillahi falaa tada’oo maaallahi ahada” (72:18), the mosque, or masjid or places of sujood belong to God, you shall not mention anybody else – “ahada”, anybody else with God.
  • So when you sit down and you mention the name of Muhammad or, “al nabi” in the Quran, you are finished, you are dead duck, the Salat does not mean a thing. You are disobeying God and disobeying the prophet.
  • So as you see, the Muslims are practicing a religion that has nothing to with Muhammad. And they misunderstand that. As you see; the wudu is wrong, the azaan is wrong, the azaan that they do – can you tell me any azaan in any place in the Muslim world that is devoted to allah alone? anywhere in the world? (azaan = the call to Salat).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, what the azaan say? Well why, it is always devoted to allah subhana wa ta’ala

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It does not mention Muhammad at all?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No. It is mention Muhammad is against the religion. By mentioning, once you mention Muhammad, it is like: “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wa ash-hadu alla muhammadun rasūlu allah”, it means I bear witness there is no god but one God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God, this means he is last messenger of God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, the fact is the azaan is not devoted to God alone, there is Muhammad in it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay, but he the messenger. He deliver the message to me.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah, but he delivered a message telling you to only mention God alone: “wa annaalmasajiida lillahi falaa tada’oo maaallahi ahada”, this is very clear Arabic, it is telling you that this worship belongs to God, do not mention any other names.
  • And you are telling “forget it, I am going to mention Muhammad next to you”, you are defying God and you are defying Muhammad, you are going against the Quran.
  • So let us just think you know. The Muslims are doing the azaan wrong, the wudu wrong, the salat wrong, the zakat wrong, the siyaam wrong, hajj wrong.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How they do that, because I would like to go through also the points that you said.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, you heard about the azaan, you heard about the wudu.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You heard about the salat.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And now we will come to zakat for example.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. If you look in sura number six; verse one forty-one (6:141), it says that the zakat must be given on the day of harvest: “…wa aatoo haqqahoo yawma hasaadihee…”, okay?
  • Now, we; you and I, harvest paychecks; or dollars – we don’t harvest wheat and corn and so on, right?
  • So the day we receive any money, we must give the zakat on that day immediately, according to the Quran’s teachings as who receives the zakat and so on.
  • Now the Muslims give the zakat once a year, which means what? the hungry people have to wait a year before they get assistance.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I know there is a distinguish between zakat and the sadaqah. (sadaqah is the regular charity).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well we are talking about zakat.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • zakat.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • We are talking about zakat: “…wa aatoo haqqahoo yawma hasaadihee…”, the zakat is “haqq”, must be… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You interpret zakat – “haqq” means zakat?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, wait a minute, it is very clear in the verse: “…wa aatoo haqqahoo yawma hasaadihee…”

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “haqq” who?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The zakat from the harvest.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It didn’t mention zakat now, (incoherent speech) you know we are – why… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So what is it? what is “haqqahoo”?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What’s “haqqahoo” means?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah, you tell me what “haqqahoo” means.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “haaq”… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • If you read the verse.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “haqq” means “sadaqah”, mean… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, sadaqah is not “haqq”, sadaqah is voluntarily. There is a difference between zakat and sadaqah, the zakat is obligatory. There is sadaqah and there is “haqq”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • But the sadaqah is voluntarily – it is any charitable act that you do to any poor person. Okay?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • There is zakat for Ramadan, and there is also another zakat for your money.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • There is just only one zakat, which came to us from Ibrahim: “ruba’al ushr”, two and half percent (2.5%) (This percentage has been passed down from generation to generation, just like the Contact Prayer).
  • It came very simple, “ruba’al ushr”, and it is given as soon as you receive any income, whenever any income. But the Muslims do it wrong, they do it once a year on their savings, that is not the way it should be.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How also you explain the fasting.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, the fasting, they do not – they never on the beginning or the end of Ramadan, as you know.
  • They quit any productive work during the month of Ramadan.
  • They become obnoxious creatures, and they get angry easily, and they are very bad people and they blame it on the fasting.
  • This is not the way to do siyyam (fasting).
  • And the hajj is ruined by going to Medina and worshiping at the tomb of the prophet. (hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, this has nothing to do with hajj. Everybody knows that when you go to visit the Mosque of the rasool alayhi salat wasalam… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The hadith says that “hajj is not complete without visiting my tomb”, and I do not know when he said that; when he was dead or alive?

(I could not find the exact hadith, however, the funny thing that Rashad Khalifa is asking is how can a dead person tell you to visit his tomb? Also, Hajj pilgrimage existed before Muhammad was even born, and Muhammad used to perform it just like prophet Abraham used to perform it, so the next question is; how can the prophet complete his own hajj if he is alive and there is no tomb to visit himself? And how could anyone who was doing hajj at that time do Hajj while the prophet was still alive and there was no tomb? It is astonishing that many so called highly educated Muslim scholars don’t see these contradictions).

  • But this – whether it is part of the hajj or not, it destroys the hajj.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yeah, you said you translate the Quran, right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And you said: “my translation was authorized by God”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What do you mean by that? I would like you to elaborate this point.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • When I started to translate I did not want to publish it because I thought, I said “I will not publish it unless it is authorized”, and I demanded certain signs that it is authorized – and I received the signs, and I published it, and called it authorized.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How you did you receive it?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well that is a long story that is beyond this interview, so let us leave it at that.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well we would like to know it you know, people would like to know how – what kind of authorization… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Come to the conference and I will give you the details, I am going to give the details at the conference.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Can’t you even give me a hint about it? Like here you said: “when i was in Mecca”… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I can give you a few hints.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes go ahead.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • My English translation is the nineteenth translation. And if you are aware for the mathematical code, the number nineteen is the common denominator in the Quran, in the previous scriptures, in you and me, in the universe. And also… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • ??I am a Muslim and as a Muslim?? I have to concentrate on nothing but numbers in Quran, Quran is not numbers, Quran is spiritual… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, if you do that then you would be wrong.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Quran is spirit.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • The most important thing… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It is just like… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • The Quran, the word of it, the constitution I have to follow it, the living life of it. If you approve by numbers that it is the miracle of God, that is enough for me and I have to move to another ???point??

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right, you bet.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So how many times did we in this kuthbah (sermon) talk about the number nineteen? since we started? We are not concentrating on the number nineteen, you are.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay, you concentrating… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • We have been talking about salat, and zakat, and hajj, and the Quran, and the teachings in the Hadith, and so on – we did not talk about the number nineteen.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, let us talk about number nineteen now.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The signs were abundant that this Quran is authorized (the translation), I give here in the Muslim Perspective the details about my name, and the verses and suras where my name is mentioned and so on, so you have to look it up and come to your own conclusions. This is why the translation is authorized.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And this is why you claim you are a messenger of God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You believe you are a messenger of God, right?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How do you believe that? Why do you believe this?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well like I said; I gave you several proofs.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Give me.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And there are many other proofs.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • One of the proof is the number nineteen?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The discovering of the mathematical code is one.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I mean like… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is the something that is very simple, it is has been in the Quran for fourteen hundred (1400) years, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But no one discovered it but you.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No one discovered it but me.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And that is why you are a messenger of God?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • It means like the one who invented the airplanes, the things I cannot even reach my mind, I cannot even – I can also put him as a messenger of God because this is something… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, there are two points here, the first point is that we are talking about the Quran; which is a special, divinely controlled book. As you heard in the khutba (sermon), no one can touch a word in it unless they are sincere believers, that is what God says, do you believe that?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes I do.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you believe God when He says that no body will touch anything in the Quran unless he is a sincere believer?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How do you say it in Arabic?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It says: “laa yamassuhooo illal mutahharoon” (“None can grasp it except the sincere.” (56:79)).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • “laa yamassuhooo illal mutahharoon”, the one who – has nothing to do with… (interrupted

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. It says: “wa man azlamu mimman zukkira bi ayaati rabbihee fa-a’rada ‘anhaa wa nasiya maa qaddamat yadaah; innaa ja’alnaa ‘alaa quloobihim akinnatan any yafqahoohu wa feee aazaanihim waqraa…”. (“Who are more evil than those who are reminded of their Lord’s proofs, then disregard them, without realizing what they are doing. Consequently, we place shields on their hearts to prevent them from understanding it (the Quran)…” (18:57))

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So the person who is not a believer in the Quran will have seals on their heart “akinnatan ‘alaa quloob”. “wa feee aazaanihim waqraa”, and deafness in their ears… (interrupted).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • This has nothing to do with your point… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Hold it.
  • “wa izaa qaraatal Quraana ja’alnaa bainaka wa bainal lazeena laa yu’minoona bil aakhirati hijaabam mastooraa (17:45). wa ja’alnaa ‘alaa quloo bihim akinnatan any yafqahoohu wa feee aazaanihim waqraa… (17:46)“. (When you read the Quran, we place between you and those who do not believe in the Hereafter an invisible barrier. We place shields around their minds, to prevent them from understanding it, and deafness in their ears…).
  • Do you agree that the disbelievers cannot understand the Quran, according to this?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • According to the Quran, yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right. Therefore the people who are not sincere, the people who are liars, the people who are disbelievers – they cannot understand the Quran because God puts seals on their hearts, their minds, and deafness in their ears. Do you agree?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, God says that.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Therefore if I am given access to the most important secret in the Quran, can I be a disbeliever who tricked God and discovered the Miracle of the Quran, is this possible?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I think so. (incoherent speech)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you think anybody can trick God?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. So any disbeliever cannot trick God and sneak behind His back and find something in the Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I think when you claim you are a messenger of God, you are not tricking God. This is… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, I am talking about discovering the Miracle of the Quran as a sign of messengership.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, there are a lot of ways to discover, hundreds – hundreds of scholars they discovered that the Quran is miracle by its word., by its verses.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Inspired yes, then those are good people.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • (incoherent speech)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Are they good people?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • They taught us how miracle – how miracle the Quran, by its words, not by its numbers. It is fascinating when you understand the Quran by its words, by the Quran itself.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Are you familiar with the mathematical code?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No sir, I am not.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, so you have to look at it and understand it first to appreciate that. Anyway it is.. (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Do you think you can give a brief idea for the audience?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Absolutely, okay.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Thank you.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It is a psychical fact that “bism allah arrahman arraheem” – which is the first verse of the Quran – consists of nineteen (19) letters.
  • It is a physical fact that the suras of the Quran are hundred and fourteen (114), nineteen times four (six). (19×6)
  • It is a physical fact that the first words revealed were nineteen (19) words:
  • “iqra bismi rabbika allazee khalaq”. (Read, in the name of your Lord, who created). (96:1)
  • “khalaqa alinsaana min ‘alaq”. (He created man from an embryo). (96:2)
  • “iqra warabbuka alakram”. (Read, and your Lord, Most Exalted). (96:3)
  • “allazee ‘allama bilqalam”. (Teaches by means of the pen). (96:4)
  • “‘allama alinsaana malam y’alam”. (He teaches man what he never knew). (96:5)
  • These are nineteen (19) words.
  • It is a physical fact that this first sura, sura “al-alaq”, consists of nineteen (19) verses.
  • It is a physical fact that this sura; “al-alaq” is on top of the last nineteen (19) suras in the Quran.
  • It is a physical fact that “bism allah arrahman arraheem” – well let me go to deeper facts.
  • The number of verses in the Quran is six thousand three hundred forty-six (6346), which is a multiple of nineteen. (19×334)
  • If you count the word “allah” in the Quran, you will find that it is two thousand six hundred ninety-eight (2698), nineteen times hundred and forty-two. (19×142)
  • The word “quran” in the Quran is mentioned fifty-seven (57) times; nineteen times three. (19×3)
  • In thirty-eight suras (chapters) nineteen times two. (19×2) (The Quran is mentioned in 38 different chapters, and 38 is 19×2. I could not find any reference for this.)
  • When you take the verses where the word “quran” is mentioned, you will find that the total is two thousand six hundred sixty (2660); nineteen times hundred and forty. (19×140)
  • “allah wahdahu” in the Quran, when you look at here in the index – I will let you look it up yourself – (Rashad scrolls through a big book) – look here mister Abdel Salem. “wahdahu”, when it says about “allah wahdahu”, sura seven; verse seventy (7:70).
  • This is the “quran wahdahu”, so we do not count it. (The next count is 17:42, which is talking about remidning people using the Quran alone)
  • But here is “allah wahdahu”, thirty-nine forty-five (39:45)(interruped)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I think – okay, I should look like this, (Abdel Rahman Salem picks up the Quran and turns it towards the camera) – and you can concentrate (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, (incoherent speech), from the library.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You can do it, you can show me.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, this is – to look on this way (Rashad closes the book).
  • But you get this “Al-Mu’jam Al-Mufahras”, okay? from any Islamic library or Islamic center.
  • And look at page seven forty-five (745), and you look at suras and verses where “allahu wahdahu” is mentioned, okay?
  • sura seven; verse seventy. (7:70)
  • sura thirty-nine verse forty-five. (39:45)
  • sura forty; verses twelve and eighty-four. (40:12 & 40:84)
  • sura sixty; verse four. (60:4)
  • You add these numbers, they come to nineteen times nineteen. (19×19)
  • The word “wahed”, when it refers to God is nineteen times.
  • So this goes on and on, sura “qaf” has fifty-seven Q:s, nineteen times three. (19×3)
  • sura “NOON” has hundred thirty-three (133) NOON:s, nineteen times seven. (19×7) (Chapter 68 is called The Pen (al-qalam), but it is also known as “sura noon”.
  • The three (3) suras initialed with “SAAD”, has hundred fifty-two (152) SAAD:s, nineteen times eight. (19×8)
  • And it goes on and on, I believe you saw it in the blue book.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How do you… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So this proves that every letter… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes. How do you count – calculate all of this from the Quran itself here. And at the same time you say this Quran has been injected with different (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes. You mean the two verses?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yeah.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The two fake verses?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • There are only two verses injected into the Quran?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • The rest of the Quran is perfect?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes. This is how the two verses were discovered, because they stand out like a sore thumb.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • What’s that mean?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • They ruin the words – listen to this – all the forms of the word of God are distorted in these two verses.
  • The word “allah”, there is one extra in these two verses. Listen to me – the word “allah”, the two thousand six hundred ninety-eight (2698) in the Quran, if you include these two verses it becomes two six nine nine (2699), which is not a multiple of nineteen. (2698 = 19×142. 2699 = 19×142,0526315789474)
  • The word “elah” is also by one. And the word corrupt… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Let me, let me show it to the audience – okay – let me show it to the audience before you go through, what kinds of two verses doctor Khalifa is talking about, it is in the surah “tauwaba” in the last two (2) verses, says:
  • “laqad jaaa’akum rasoolum min anfusikum ‘azeezun ‘alaihi maa ‘anittum hareesun ‘alaikum bilmu’mineena ra’oofur raheem”. (There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful.) (9:128)
  • “fa in tawallaw faqul hasbiyal laahu laaa ilaaha illaa Huwa ‘alaihi tawakkkaltu wa huwa rabbul ‘arshil ‘azeem”. (But if they turn away, [O Muhammad], say, “Sufficient for me is Allah ; there is no deity except Him. On Him I have relied, and He is the Lord of the Great Throne.”) (9:129)
  • Doctor Khalifa, he according to his words says: “this is not Quran, this is been injected into the Quran”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Would you please explain?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, you are going away from the subject now.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • From the Mathematical Code.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The Mathematical Code proves that every letter in the Quran, except these two verses that were humanly injected.
  • Show me this book again, the two verses, let me see it.
  • Okay. These two verses are at the end of sura number nine (Chapter 9).
  • I want you to read the title of the sura to the audience, okay? (Rashad hands over the Quran over to Abdel Rahman Salem)
  • (Speaks to the cameraman) And zoom the camera on him (on Abdel Rahman Salem).
  • He (Abdel Rahman Salem) is going to read the title of the sura, everything that is written in here.
  • sura nine (9).

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • sura number nine (9).
  • surat al-tawba
  • madaania, ella al-ayatani al-ahkiratayni makkeeyatan wa ayatooha one twenty nine (129), nazalat ba’adah al ma’ida.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay. This says that this is sura entitled “al-tawba”, it is an Medinan sura except the last two verses; they are Meccan.
  • Now, if you go to Egypt and buy a coin that says on it: this was done in the year three fifty (350) BC, will the people laugh at you or not?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Why?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Because there was no date before Jesus Christ called three fifty (350) BC, there was no dating then. And everybody will realize that this a stupid tourist who bought this coin.
  • Now we are not stupid to accept in a Medinan sura with two Meccan verses at the end of it.
  • So even this Quran that you carry is telling you that these two verses are fake; a human injection.
  • And the Mathematical Code exposes them, the word “allah”; the word “elah”, the word “rabb”, are all increased by one (1) because of these verses, for example.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • How did you discover it had been injected, how did you find?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • By the mathematical Code. The Mathematical Code confirms that the Quran is perfect, and that these two sentences (verses) were added in it to exalt the prophet Muhammad and to worship him. As you know they (the verses) deal with the prophet… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So by your mathematical – as you name it – the divine mathematical… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Forget the mathematics, you just read yourself now in the title of the sura, that the whole sura is Medinan except the last two verses; they are Meccan, how could that be?
  • When the prophet moved from Mecca to Medina; everything revealed after that was from Medina.
  • How did the two Meccan verses get injected in a Medinan sura?
  • You do not find Meccan verses in Medinan suras. You find Medinan verses in Meccan suras, but not the other way around.
  • So if we think a little bit, you yourself read it now. And this tells you these two verses at at least suspect.
  • So the Mathematical Code prove beyond doubt, plus a lot of other evidence.
  • Even al-Bukhari says these two verses are not correct. If you read it carefully, and you read the story of collecting the Quran, okay? recording the Quran. It tells you that every single verse in this Quran was witnessed by more than one witness, except these two verses; the last two verses of sura nine (chapter 9). They were witnessed only by one person; Khuzaima Ibn Thabit Al-AnsariAnsari means he is Medinan, and the two verses are Meccan. I mean it does not take too much intelligence to… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • A lot of people they moved from Medina to Mecca after… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, not the Al-Ansar, this is Khuzaima Ibn Thabit Al-Ansari, so these are the only two verses in the Quran that were witnessed by only one witness according to the stories, I mean forget anything else.
  • So even assuming these stories are correct.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So you want to say in other words that these two verses are not Quran actually.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Or probably they are Quran, and they should be in a different place.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, they are not Quran.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You are saying they are not Quran period?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • They are not Quran, period.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • They are not Quran?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right. They stand out by many overwhelming evidence – proofs – many proofs. You have to write a book about that.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You have to write a book about that?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • That is right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Also, by inventing the divine mathematical codes, that is why you claim for – you assume you are a messenger of God because of this find, right? or is there any other evidence?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well the fact that we want to establish here is that no one can touch the Quran unless he or she is a sincere believer, right? The Quran says… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If you are a sincere believer ??does that make you?? a messenger of God? I am a sincere believer… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • A sincere believer will not lie and say “I am a messenger of God”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If you are a sincere believer ??does that make you?? a messenger of God?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • If you are a sincere believer you will not lie about God, is this correct?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait a minute, a sincere believer will not lie about God, is this correct?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right. So, a person who finds something in the Quran, especially if it is the secret miracle of the Quran; this person must be a sincere believer. And if this person is a sincere believer as established by the fact of the discovering the secret of the Quran. Then this person will not possibly lie about God and say that he is a messenger of God.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Why you precisely say; “I am a messenger of God, since I discovered this” – why did you not say; “oh people oh Muslims I am coming to correct something”, like: Hassan al Imam, like Ghazali, like Muhammad Abduh, they were very sincerely Islam, and they correct a lot of ways in Islam, but they never claim that they are messenger of God. they… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Were they sincere believers?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • They were sincere believers actually… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Therefore they will not lie about God, if they were not messengers of God then they would not lie about that.
  • Did they claim to be messengers of God?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • They never claimed they were messengers of God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right, so they were not messengers of God.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So why do you claim you are a messenger of God, is it because of… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Because I am.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Is it because of this mathematical codes only?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No. Because I am a messenger of God.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, give me a proof that you are a messenger actually… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I just gave you.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Not this, because this is (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • My name is also mentioned in the Quran here. You open this index.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Your name as: “al rasheena al khulafat”, this has nothing to do with, you know… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You are entitled to say what you want, but what is the root word of my name?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Your name is Rashad.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Rashad has nothing – my name is Abdel Rahman… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Hold it. I’m just gonna…
  • Let us go step by step, okay?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • We are talking about the Arabic language, has nothing to do with the Quran?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • We are talking about the Arabic language.
  • This is the index of the Quran again, page three hundred twenty (page 320)
  • And the root of my word – is it here? do you see it here? (Rashad is asking Abdel Rahman Salem to look at the index)
  • rashada

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Your name is Rashad, not “rashada”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, the root word of Rashad is “rashada”, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And you see “rashada” here, right?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, “rashada” is between this mark here and this mark, alright?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Mmhmm.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • So I want you to count the number of mentionings of the root word “rashada” in the Quran. You count yourself, go ahead.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay, whatever, I count – you count it, I will not waste audience time.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, go ahead, you go ahead.
  • One, (1)
  • Two, (2)
  • Three, (3)
  • Four, (4)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes, it count up to… (Abdel Rahman Salem counts along with Rashad Khalifa)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Five, (5)
  • Six, (6)
  • Seven, (7)
  • Eight, (8)
  • Nine, (9)
  • Ten, (10)
  • Eleven, (11)
  • Twelve, (12)
  • Thirteen, (13)
  • Fourteen, (14)
  • Fifteen, (15)
  • Sixteen, (16)
  • Seventeen, (17)
  • Eighteen, (18)
  • Nineteen. (19)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The root word of my name is mentioned nineteen (19) times.
  • The Mathematical Code of the Quran is based on the number nineteen, as you see.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yes.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Now, do you think this is coincidence?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But this is not your name doctor Khalifa, excuse me; “rashada” is an Arabic word.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • It is the root word… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • My name is Abdel Rahman (incoherent speech)… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • If (incoherent speech) Rashad is mentioned in multiple of nineteen, would you believe it?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, I will not.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Why?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Because simply it has nothing to do with the Quran.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Do you think this is coincidence, in other words?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No not coincidence, but this has nothing to do with your name, “rashada”, Rashad, has nothing to do with your name.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Okay, we said that there is a Mathematical Code in the Quran.

Someone in the background:

  • Wait!

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Did you stop it?

Someone in the background:

  • Yeah.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • We were talking about number nineteen (19).

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Right. The Mathematical Code in the Quran is based on number nineteen (19).
  • The root word of my name is mentioned in the Quran nineteen (19) times, which is “rashada”.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Not your name, again also I am saying not your name; it is saying the word of “rashada”, or “al-rashad”, it does not mean Rashad Khalifa.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Hold it.
  • And I am not talking about Rashad, I am talking about “rashada”. The root word for my name is mentioned in the Quran nineteen (19) times, which is in accordance with the Mathematical Code.
  • But also my name “Rashad” and “Khalifa”, if you add the numbers of the suras and verses, you come up with muplies of ninteen.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • When allah subhana wa ta’ala mention Muhammad, he meant Muhammad.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • innahu ‘abullah. (Servant of God)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But when he mention Rashad, He does not mean Rashad Khalifa… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, God… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • (incoherent speech) Rashad Khalifa.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Because the Quran was delivered fourteen hundred (1400) years before Rashad Khalifa.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • But He does not know… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Wait.
  • God will not put in the Quran that: “I am sending Rashad Khalifa”, He will not say that. So He put it in mathematically coded terms that are not to be revealed until the Mathematical Code is revealed. Okay?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And that is… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • This is probably why there is no other Rashad Khalifa that I know of. There was one Rashad Khalifa born in my family, my cousin, a boy, and they named him Rashad Khalifa, and the boy died when he was young. And I advised them not to do that… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • I mean if I go to any Arab country and I found Rashad Khalifa.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Who claims to be a messenger of God.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No. Any Rashad Khalifa.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Nobody lives in this world by name Rashad Khalifa but you?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I do not know anybody whose name is Rashad Khalifa but me.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • If we found someone by this name, what you think?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • And he says he is a messenger of God?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • No, he will say: “I am Rashad Khalifa”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, fine, he is Rashad Khalifa. But if he says he is a messenger of God then that is something else.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Does he say he is a messenger of God?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You approve that you are a messenger of God, by the divine Mathematical Code… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • By discovering the Mathematical Code.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • And nineteen names of your name. What else? Can you… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • There are hundred of other things.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Really? Let us see, let us hear it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No I cannot tell you those things.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Let us hear it because… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I am giving you the physical evidence.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • In order to be a messenger of God, you have to be above ordinarily people.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Above, like you are doing something… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, I do not mean yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Like… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, wait a minute. No.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Like you are doing something no human being can do.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No, this is not true. The Quran teaches that “Moses went to one of our servants; a’bida bin’bidna”. And this one of our servants taught Moses a few things, and Moses was a very bad pupil.
  • So I want to correct you for saying that messengers are above.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • The Quran says that allah subhana wa ta’ala taught Musa (Moses) some kind of advice in order to appear in front of his own people… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The miracles of… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Yeah, in order to make the people believe… (interrupted)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah, I… (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Hold it. This is not a human being we learn, he is not a magic, this is not a magic, this is something from God.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Anyway, I have given you enough poofs. And I want you to ask anybody to give me a proof that I am not a messenger of God.
  • (incoherent speech)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You have not confessed.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Let us move on.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You have not confessed.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • I do not want to convince you.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • We are trying – you have not convinced me so far you are a messenger. Can you give me something.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • To astonish me or to make me say: “Oh, he is above mankind”.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yes.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • So I have to believe it.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Let me read the “something” for you in here.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay. So you are holding this book and you do not believe in it? (referring to the Quran)

Rashad Khalifa:

  • What do you mean I do not believe in it?

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You said this book is not correct.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • No. The complete Quran is here, there is some addition.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Some addition?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Yeah.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Okay.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • You cannot make statements like that.
  • Look at this:
  • “wa qaaloo lan nu’mina laka hattaa tafjura lanaa minal ardi yamboo’aa”; “They said, “We will not believe you unless you cause a spring to gush out of the earth.(17:90)
  • “aw takoona laka jannatum min nakheelinw wa ‘inabin fatufajjiral anhaara khilaalahaa tafjeeraa”; “Or you possess a garden of dates and grapes, with rivers flowing in it.(17:91)
  • “aw tusqitas samaaa’a kamaa za’amta ‘alainaa kisafan aw taatiya billaahi walma laaa’ikati qabeelaa”; “Or you drop the heaven over us, the sky over us, as you claimed. Or bring God and the angels before our eyes.(17:92)
  • “aw yakoona laka baitum min zukhrufin”; “or you posses a mansion, a fantastic mansion” (17:93)
  • “aw tarqaa fis samaaa’i”; “or see you climb to the sky” (17:93)
  • “wa lan nu’mina liruqiyyika”; “even if you do that we will not believe.” (17:93)
  • So, I do not want anybody to be convinced, all I can do is deliver the message, and tell you what the proofs are. And then it is up to you to take it for leave it.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • In your book here: “Quran, Hadith & Islam” – also one of your book here you wrote about Quran, Hadith and Islam – you said here: “We do not believe in anything with intercession”.
  • What does that mean? You do not believe in intercession?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • We believe the Quran that says: “qul lillaahish shafaa’atu jamee’aa”; “to God belongs all intercession” (39:44). So nobody posses any intercession.. (interrupted)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • You do not believe that the messenger of God will make “shafaa’a” (intercession) to the Muslims?

Rashad Khalifa:

  • The Quran says that the messenger of God will not have ny intercession, it says: “in tastaghfir lahum sab’eena marratan falany yaghfiral laahu lahum”, God tells Muhammad “if you ask forgiveness for them seventy times, God will not forgive them” (9:80). So there you have it.
  • Ibrahim made intercession on behalf of his father, but his father is going to hell, it does not matter. Ibrahim is God’s friend.
  • So, I am afraid we have to quit. If you have one last question – I will answer one last question.

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Well, I have a lot of questions actually, but if you want to quit; we want to be (incoherent speech)
  • But I hope you will before you quit, you will comment or you will say something you would like to say to the Muslims.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Well, what I would like to say is that Islam today has nothing to do with prophet Muhammad. And it is the objective of all sincere believers to restore Islam to the religion preached by the prophet Muhammad.
  • As I mentioned in this program, the Muslims around the world are not doing anything correctly, everything wrong:
  • The Azaan
  • The Ablution
  • The Salat
  • The Zakat
  • The Hajj
  • The Fasting
  • Everything is done not according to the teachings of the prophet Muhammad that came to us in the Quran. And it is the objective to restore Islam to its original pristine purity as preached by prophet Muhammad, the final prophet.
  • salamun alaiyum wa rahmatullah (May peace and God’s mercy be upon you all)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • Thank you doctor Rashad Khalifa, and I really appreciate your time, I hope we will meet again.

Rashad Khalifa:

  • insha’allah (God willing)

Abdel Rahman Salem:

  • To… (recording stops)

End of Video


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Essentials of Submission (Islam) by Rashad Khalifa – Transcript

Announcer:

  • Important Clarification about this video titled “Essentials of Submission (Islam)”, by Rashad Khalifa, Ph.D.
  • In this video, Dr. Rashad Khalifa mentions that the Obligatory Charity (Zakat), is given once a year, calculated on the net worth of your possessions.
  • However, Dr. Rashad Khalifa later confirmed and preached that the correct method of Zakat as per Quran (6:141), is to give it on the day you receive income (the Day of Harvest), calculated on your net income.

(The text in this transcript has been edited to match this change. And references to the Dawn Contact Prayer in the video have also been corrected within this transcript. Other edits include the removal of repetitive words, such as: “”la”, means “no”, “la”, means “no””. – Ahmad Wehbe).

Video Intro:

  • What is Islam?
  • Essentials of Islam
  • Your host – Rashad Khalifa
  • Photographer – Kathleen Clarke

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem – in the name of God, most Gracious, most Merciful.
  • Islam actually began with the first man, the first human being; Adam. He was the first messenger of God, he brought to his children and grandchildren the message of worshiping God alone, and this is Islam, submitting to God – worshiping God alone.
  • A series of messenger after Adam brought the same message; worship God alone. The first commandment in the Bible, the message of Moses, the message of Jesus, the messages of all the prophets of Israel:David, Solomon, and so on, is one and the same – the first commandment; worship God alone, with all your heart, and your body, all your soul. Worship God alone, the Quran states very clearly that the religion as far as God is concerned, is Islam (submission) – there is only one religion as far as God is concerned.
  • If you want to me be more specific, the original prophet of Islam is Abraham, because he brought all the religious practices in Islam. And we see this throughout the Quran, for example; sura twenty-one (21); verse seventy-three (73), tells us that Abraham was the original source – of course God is the original source for everything, but Abraham delivered to us the Salat prayer; the Contact Prayers, and the Zakat charity, this is in verse seventy-three (73); sura twenty-one (21). And we see this also with the fasting, the Hajj pilgrimage.
  • All the practices of Islam came to us through the prophet Abraham, the prophet Muhammad contributed the message, the scripture of Islam, which is the Quran.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:02:51).


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  • God created the universe, and created the human race, and out of his mercy he sent messengers, and books to tell us about Him. All these messengers, and all the books that God sent to us; preached one and the same religion. The first messenger was Adam himself; the father of all humanity.
  • After him came messengers like: Noah, Jesus, Moses, Muhammad. Muhammad was the last prophet, bringing the last scripture; the Quran. And in the Quran we find everything we need: all the duties, obligations, commandments, prohibitions in Islam. Quran is the final scripture, it is the completion of the message. Because the previous scriptures where suited for that stage of human development. The Quran came to complete the picture, and now we have the final – the complete religion; Islam (submission).
  • The Quran is all you need – in fact, because the Quran said that the Quran is complete, perfect and fully detailed, if you go to any other source, you will be disobeying God, and disobeying the messenger of God Muhammad, who brought this Quran out of his mouth – God brought to us the Quran out of Muhammad’s mouth. And you would be disobeying God and disobeying Muhammad if you follow any other sources besides the Quran.
  • And specifically I mean sources like Hadith, Sunnah, and all the other books and things that the traditions and the customs invented. If you go to any source other than the Quran you will be disobeying God, because clearly God says in sura number six (6); verse hundred and fourteen (114) for example, that the Quran is fully detailed, you don’t need anything else. God says in verse nineteen (19); of sura number six (6), that the Quran is what was given to Muhammad to deliver to the world, and it is the only source for religious guidance, and religious education.
  • The Quran tells us exactly what the essentials of Islam are, and they are, very quickly – I am going into details later on – number one; to believe in God alone, you have no other idols, you are devoted to God alone. And this is represented by the shahada, the first so called pillar of Islam – let us go along with that idea – the first pillar of Islam is the shahada, and the shadaha is stated in the Quran in sura number three (3); verse eighty-one (81) – excuse me, it is verse eighteen (18) – sura three (3); verse eighteen (18), it says; “shahadu allahu”; means “God bears witness” – “annahu la elaha ella hu”; that “there is no God except He”. And also the angels, and those who posses knowledge will make this shahada, which is; “la elaha ella Allah” (لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله), or “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah”, this is the first pillar in Islam. Sura number three (3); verse number eighteen (18). The shahada, the first pillar of Islam is “la elaha ella Allah” (لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله). If you want to make it complete, then you say; “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah”; “I bear witness that there is no god except allah, the one God”.
  • Now don’t add anything else. Some people who imitate old inventions and old traditions will say: “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah” and then they make another shahada, that Muhammad is a messenger of God – we know Muhammad is messenger of God, but if you inject this in the shahada, this ruins ruin everything, because now you don’t have God alone, you put an idol – Muhammad – next to God. And this is by the way a very strong prohibition in the Quran, that you put any other name beside the name of allah, the name of God. We find this in sura number thirty-nine (39); verse forty-five (45), you must say – you must devote yourself to God alone, you do not idolize Muhammad and put him next to God. This would be going against God and against Muhammad. So the first pillar of Islam is, shahada; “la elaha ella Allah” (لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله).


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:09:54).


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  • So the first pillar of Islam is shahada; “la elaha ella Allah” (لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله).
  • The second  pillar is observing five (5) Contact Prayers every day. This is the food for your soul, this is a favor that God is doing for you. You are not doing it for God. And the five Contact Prayers begin before sunrise, you must get up before sunrise in order to feed your soul, give your soul breakfast. Your body will be lazy and will wont want to get out of bed before sunrise, but for your sake, get out of bed before sunrise and do the Dawn Contact Prayer, whereby you contact your creator and feed your soul.
  • The second Contact Prayer – by the way, the details of the Contact Prayers are given on another video tape that we call Principles of Muslim prayers, so be sure you order that tape and see how the Contact Prayers are performed, the correct way, not the traditional innovations that we see in the Muslim world. The second Contact Prayer is the Noon Contact Prayer, and it begins as soon as the sun declines from the highest spot in the sky, that is the Noon Contact Prayer, consists of four (4) units, the Dawn Contact Prayer is two (2) units, the Noon Contact Prayer is four (4) units.
  • The Afternoon Contact Prayer is done about three (3) to four (4) hours after the Noon Contact Prayer – in the mid-afternoon.
  • And the fourth Contact Prayer is the Sunset Contact Prayer – or al-maghrib, and it is done immediately after sunset.
  • And the final Contact Prayer – the Night Contact Prayer – must be done about two (2) hours after sunset.
  • So these are the five (5) Contact Prayers, and they represent the second pillar of Islam.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:12:24).


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(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:12:41).

  • The third pillar of Islam is fasting, in Arabic; “siyām” (صِيَام). God commands us to fast during one month of the year. And it is the ninth (9th) month of the lunar calendar. Now I am smiling because there is a tremendous test in this system, where the lunar year is shorter than the solar year, and this makes the month of Ramadan move about ten (10) to fifteen (15) days every year, so it comes in the winter sometimes when the days are nice and short and fasting very easy. And moves to the summer where the days are very long, sixteen (16) hours or more sometimes, and the day is hot, and you can’t eat or drink during this long period, and a lot of people will drop out, they will not fast, even though nobody dies by not eating or drinking for twenty-four (24) hours. But some people will drop out, and you can see that the system is designed to show who will fast, and will obey God’s commandment no matter how long the day is. This changing of the day – from short and cold, to long and hot days – will show us who are the dropouts, who will fast only if the day is short, and nice and cold.
  • So this is the third pillar of Islam – fasting during the month of Ramadan (رمضان), the ninth (9th) month of the Islamic calendar.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:14:31).


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:14:39).

  • As you see, the fasting of Ramadan is also designed to tame the wild horse, your body. See – your body wants to eat and drink, and you the real person or the soul dictates on the body saying; “no you are not going to eat or drink until sunset”. Because the fasting consists of not eating, or drinking, or engaging in intercourse – sexual intercourse, from dawn to sunset. Dawn means about two hours before sunrise, to sunset. No eating, no drinking, no sex. And this is control of your wild horse, you are taming the wild horse, your body. And you can see that God is training you, is teaching you to be a person of strong will. And preparing you for the eternal life of the hereafter; the real life. Of course in the real life that comes after this life – God wants the people who are strong, who practice and exercise, and know how to control themselves – I mean their bodies. This also cause your soul to feed, grow, and develop.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:16:15).


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:16:25).

  • The fourth pillar of Islam is charity, in Arabic; “Zakat”. There is a Obligatory Charity, where you sit down and you calculate exactly what you possess – what your possessions are, and you give away a portion, a fixed portion of your net worth. You do this once a year, you pick out a specific day in the year: the last day of Ramadan, the first day of Ramadan, or the first day of January, one day – one fixed day of the year. And you sit down on that day and you calculate how much you are worth, this means you add up the market value of your house, your car, your clothes, anything that you posses. If you sell it all today; how much will it be worth, the fair market value, not the new – the price of the new thing, no, the present market value of everything you possess. And then you give away two and half percent (2.5%) of that. See it is a small percentage, and you do it once a year.

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(You do this on the net worth of every source of income. For example, if you receive a royalty check for $100 on Monday, you give 2.5% off of that, which is $2,5. Or if you know you will be getting a paycheck next week, then you can wait. Then you calculate the total net income of this period and give 2.5% off of that. Let’s say you decided to wait until your paycheck comes in, and it is $1000. Take the $100 royalty from Monday and add it to your $1000 paycheck, then you calculate the net of those (before taxes), and you pay 2.5% off of that. So let’s say the $100 and the $1000 are the net values, we add them and get a total net value of $1100. We then take 2.5% off of that, which gives us $27.5. You then pay $27.5 as the Obligatory Charity. – Ahmad Wehbe).

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  • And it goes to specific people – the Quran lists them in this priority, first (1st) your parents, if your parents are rich – and these are the recipients of your charity – if your parents are rich, the second (2nd) in the list are your relatives, you give this two and a half percent (2.5%) you give it to your relatives, if they are all rich, then you find some orphans, people who do not have support – parental support; a father support or something, and you give this charity to them. After the orphans, you give to the alien; somebody who is travelling and is stranded and doesn’t have the money for the bus fare to go to his home town. So the order of the Quran is: the parents, the relatives, the orphans, the travelling alien, the poor, the beggars and so on. So there is as a specific order for giving these charities.
  • However, there is also a general charity called “sadaqah” (صدقة), and this is a on the spot charity – you are walking in the street and you see a poor person and you want to help, then you help that person, and this is called “sadaqah”, or charity. You are supposed to be charitable the whole year, all the time, you must be charitable, but the Zakat is the Obligatory Charity, where you give it to someone you personally know, you personally know that this fellow is poor and needs help, and you give your two and a half percent (2.5%) to these people that you personally know. You cannot consider the taxes for example as Zakat charity. Because you do not know where the taxes will go, they can go to fix the street or something, or to the army or something.
  • But the idea behind Zakat is that you give it to the people that you personally know are in need. And the Quran as I said, lists the parents first, the relatives, your own relatives – your own, you start with your own people, then you go to other strangers, in that order.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:19:52).


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:19:57).


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:20:18).

  • The fifth pillar of Islam is Hajj pilgrimage to the holy land in Mecca. And this is only of course for the people who can afford it. When you can afford it, you go to Mecca and you observe Hajj.
  • And this is commemoration of the prophet Abraham – not the man. not the man Abraham, but his exemplary submission to God. He thought, he saw a dream one time and he thought that God was commanding him to sacrifice his only son Ishmael, and he proceeded to carry out this command even though God did not order him to do it – he just thought in a dream that God was ordering him to do it. But he was willing to sacrifice his own son in submission to God, and of course God intervened to save Ishmael and Abraham from this tragedy. And God substituted a sheep to be scarified instead of Ishmael, and this is what you do when you go to Hajj.
  • And Hajj consists of arriving in Mecca dressed only in a untailored clothes, just a sheet or something, and seamless shoes or sandals – seamless clothes and seamless sandals. Women dress in a regular dress that is simple, so you cannot tell the rich from the poor.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:22:09).

  • To observe Hajj, you go to Mecca (مكة) dressed in seamless clothes and seamless sandals – this is for the men. The women dress modestly in regular modest dress; all white dress for example, so you cannot tell the rich from the poor.
  • You get to Mecca, and you go around the Ka’bah (ٱلْـكَـعْـبَـة) in Mecca seven (7) times.
  • Then you go between Safā (الصّفا) and Marwah (المروة) – the knolls of Safā and Marwah seven (7) times.
  • Then you go to Arafat – mount Arafat (جبل عرفات), and you stand there the whole day, which is the tenth (10th) day of the twelfth (12th); the last month in the Islamic calendar – the tenth day of the Hijr. You spend that whole day on mount Arafat commemorating God, worshiping and praying.
  • And then you go to Mina – it is a little town near Mecca – you go to Mina for two (2) or three (3) days. Then you go back to the Ka’bah, and go around it seven times, which is called the farewell circumvention around the Ka’bah. And this is it.
  • Now, my advice to you is never to go to Medina (المدينة), because people go to Medina and they ruin their Hajj, they go to the prophet Muhammad’s tomb – mausoleum – and they idolize the prophet, and this ruins everything. It ruins the whole religion not just Hajj.
  • So Hajj must be only in Mecca where you go around the Ka’bah seven (7) times – between Safā and Marwah seven (7) times – you go to Arafat for one (1) day – and to Mina for two (2) or three (3) days, and this is it. These are specific steps that are mentioned in the Quran, And by the way all these duties in Islam came to us through the prophet Abraham. If you look at Abraham – sura number twenty-two (22), the last verse number seventy-eight (78), you will see that Abraham is the source – the father of Islam, and the father of Muslims. And if you look at sura number sixteen (16) verse hundred and twenty-three (123), you see that the prophet Muhammad followed the religion of Abraham. Islam is the religion of Abraham, he is the founder of Islam, and all the duties of Islam came from Ibrahim, not the prophet Muhammad.
  • Muhammad brought the Quran, God brought the Quran through Muhammad. So, this is why some people become confused when you tell them that God says that the Quran is complete, perfect and fully detailed. Because some of the old traditionalists will say: “okay, where is number of raka’at for the noon prayer in the Quran?”, see they forget that the contact prayers, the fasting of Ramadan, the Zakat charity, and the Hajj pilgrimage – all these duties came to us from Abraham, and the Quran says so. If you look at sura twenty-one (21), verse twenty-three (73); it tells you that Abraham started the Salat and the Zakat. And in sura twenty-two (22) – entitled Hajj – you will see that Abraham is the source of Hajj and so on.
  • The Quran says clearly that all duties and obligations came to us through the prophet Abraham. And tells us in sura twenty-two (22), verse seventy-eight (78); that this is the religion of Abraham. The prophet Muhammad simply contributed the Quran. And the Quran is God’s words that came through Muhammad. So watch for this point and don’t let any one trick you into thinking that the Quran is not complete. The most important principle in Islam is; God alone. You must be devoted to God alone, you do not idolize the prophet Muhammad like the Christians did with the prophet Jesus. You devote yourself completely to God alone, and you follow the word of God alone; the Quran alone. No other sources, if you do, you nullify all your work as we see in sura thirty-nine (39), where God says; “if you fall in idol worship, all your works are nullified”, you might do the Salat, the Zakat charity , the Hajj, the fasting and it will be all in vain, unless you are devoted to God alone. And you declare your shahada; “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah”. This is it. So these are the basic essentials of Islam.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:26:45).

  • The prohibitions are also important, there are four (4) meats that you cannot eat, for example – and these are:
  • Number one (1): animals that die of themselves, without human interference.
  • Number two (2): pork, the meat of pigs.
  • Number three (3): running blood – running blood that you can put in a glass and cook or drink.
  • Number four (4): animals dedicated to other than God – that are specifically dedicated to Muhammad, or Jesus, or Ali, or somebody.
  • These are forbidden. So if you to the market – you go to the Safeway market for example (Safeway is an American supermarket chain), and you look at the meat. If you want to know if it is halal; permitted, or haram; prohibited – you ask yourself these four (4) questions:
  • 1: Is this meat pork? – the answer is no,
  • 2: Did these animals die of themselves without human interference? – the answer is no,
  • 3: Is this running blood? – the answer is no,
  • 4: Was this meat dedicated to Jesus, or to anyone else, or Saint Francis? – the answer is no,
  • Therefore this is meat is halal, it is okay, you can eat it. If you make it haram (forbidden) – if you prohibit it then you are following some other religion, you are not a Muslim when you do that. So it is very important to follow specifically what the Quran prohibits, if you prohibit anything else – some people go to funny lengths, like prohibiting soaps, and brushes, and shoes, and things like that – and of course this is a religion that is not Islam; that has nothing to do with Islam.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:28:45).


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:28:55).


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(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:30:44).

  • Now some people are fascinated by Hajj pilgrimage, and they just want to do it right away. You know – they are fascinated by the exotic country you know; Saudi Arabia, the trip and all that. But my advice to you is to perfect your religion first. Believe me, it is not a very pleasant trip, the million and a half (1.5) or two (2) million people making pilgrimage, and it is an exacting trial – instead of an enjoyment – you’re not going as a tourist. It is a difficult process, and some people may become disillusioned when they go too early, before the faith is strong enough. So be sure to perfect your religion first and then make the Hajj pilgrimage.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:31:49).


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:32:07).

  • Another thing to guard against with regard to Hajj, is that some people go and do the Hajj pilgrimage – like I said before their faith is strong enough, and they come back buffed up and thinking – “you know; I’m perfect now”, “you know; I’m cool”, “and nobody is like me, I did Hajj you know” – and they – it goes to their head, and they become – it brings the reverse result, they become worse Muslims than better Muslims. So you want to do Hajj pilgrimage after you perfect your religion, and this must make you humble, more humble. And I remember proverb that says; “don’t be humble; you are not that great”.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:33:14).

  • Observing the Hajj pilgrimage is very easy, all you do is get ready financially, and with your vacations, and everything. Then you travel to Saudi Arabia; Jeddah (جدة). As soon as you land there, they will assign a guide called; “Mutawwif” (مطوف), to you. And the Mutawwif gives assistance – will tell you exactly what to do. But the main thing is that you memorize the statement; “Labbayka Allāhumma Labbyak”, means; “my Lord I respond to Your call” – “Labbayka Lā Shareeka Laka Labbayk”; “I respond to You, there is no partner with You”. And the whole statement will be taught to you by the Mutawwif.
  • The main statement that you need to know throughout Hajj goes like this; “Labbayka Allāhumma Labbyak”, which means; “my Lord I respond to Your call”, “Labbayka Lā Shareeka Laka Labbayk”; “I respond to You, You have no partners, there is no partner with You, I responds to Your call”. And this is what it looks like. Here is the first word: “Labbayka”, which means “I respond to You”, “I respond to Your call”; “Labbayka”.
  • “Allāhumma”, which means “my God”, or “our God”, “Allāhumma”.
  • “Labbayka Allāhumma Labbyak”.
  • “Labbyaka”, “I respond to Your call”.
  • “Lā”, means “no”.
  • “Shareeka”, means “partner” or “idol”.
  • “Lā Shareeka” – “Laka”; with You”.
  • “Labbayk”; I respond to Your call.”
  • Labbayka Allāhumma Labbyak (my Lord I respond to Your call).
  • Labbayka Lā Shareeka Laka Labbayk (I respond to You, there is no partner with You).
  • This is all you need.
  • And you utter this statement – you memorize it and utter it all the time during Hajj, throughout Hajj, anytime you change direction, you climb a hill, down a hill, you meet friends, you say that; “Labbayka Allāhumma Labbyak, Labbayka Lā Shareeka Laka Labbayk”.
  • The details of the Hajj will be given to you by the guide, that will be assigned to you, as soon as you arrive in Saudi Arabia.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:35:28).

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Principles of Contact Prayers by Rashad Khalifa – Transcript

Announcer:

  • Important Clarification about this video titled “Principles of Contact Prayers” by Rashad Khalifa, Ph.D.
  • In this video, Dr. Rashad Khalifa refers to the Dawn (Fajr) Contact Prayer as “The Morning” or “Subh” Prayer.
  • However, Dr. Khalifa later confirmed and preached that the prayer must be referred to as the “Dawn” or “Fajr” Prayer, because it is called “Fajr” in the Quran (24:58), and is performed at Dawn (before sunrise), not morning (which is the period after sunrise).

(The text in this transcript has been edited to match this change; reference to “the Morning Contact Prayer” in the video has been replaced with “the Dawn Contact Prayer” in this transcript. Other edits include the removal of repetitive words, such as: “”la”, means “no”, “la”, means “no””. – Ahmad Wehbe).

Video Intro:

  • Islamic Productions Presents
  • Principles of Muslim Prayer
  • Your host Rashad Khalifa
  • Director – Kathleen Clarke

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem
  • My dear lucky viewers, al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • This tape will present to you how to observe the Contact Prayer; the Salat.
  • And you are very lucky because you are trying to learn how to make contact with your creator, which is the greatest of all worships.
  • In this tape I will explain to you the meaning of the word Salat. You already heard me call it contact. The word Salat (‏صلاة) is an Arabic word derived from the root Silah (صلة), which means connection or contact, so when you observe the Salat prayers, you make contact with your creator. It is wrong to translate it as pray. As a Muslim when you tell somebody “I pray five times a day”, that is the wrong expression, because other people can tell you “I pray all day”. The correct expression for the Muslim is “I make contact with my creator five times a day”. This is the meaning of Salat.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:04:13).

  • In this program I will present to you where the Salat commandment comes from. The Contact Prayer is mention in the Quran more than seventy times. And I will show you the crucial verses, like where the times of Contact Prayers are mentioned in the Quran. Then I will go on to explain to you the source of the Contact Prayers. When was the first time the contact commandment came to us from God, and how did it come to our generation. I will explain this to you.
  • Then I will move on to explain why does God want us to establish contact with Him. Why did God command us to observe the Contact Prayers five times a day? What is the reason? Does God need the Contact Prayers, or do we need the Contact Prayers?
  • After this I will go on to explain every aspect of the Contact Prayer. I’m going to start with the call for the Contact Prayer; the Azaan (أَذَان). I will go through the details, even the historical development of it. I will show you how the words are written in English, the English transliteration. Then I will go on to the preparation for the Contact Prayers, which is called Wuḍū (وضوء); or ablution. And of course, my sources are always the Quran. There is only one source, and it is this book right here; the Quran. God’s message to you, to me and to the whole world. This is God’s final message to the world. And this is our source, the only source.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:06:00).

  • I will show you where the Wuḍū is mentioned in the Quran and what the details are. Then I will demonstrate for you how to do the Wuḍū. And I will move on from there to demonstrate for you and describe in detail how to do the five daily Contact Prayers. The Dawn Contact Prayer, the Noon Contact Prayer, the afternoon; the sunset; and the night Contact Prayer. I will explain also some of the fine details of a; for example what happens if you miss part of the Contact Prayer in a group. You go to the Mosque and you see a group of people praying; you come in late; what to do? And some other fine details. So I hope this will cover everything you need to know about the Contact Prayer. The most important worship in Islam.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:07:24).

  • You heard me say that the Contact Prayers must be observed five times every day. Okay, where in the Quran do you find these five times? They are specifically defined in the Quran. For example: in sura number eleven (11); ayah or verse number hundred and fourteen (114), we see three times of Contact Prayers. This is what the verse says: “You shall observe the Contact Prayers at both ends of the day, and at night”. So here you have three prayer. At both ends of the day, this is the Dawn Prayer (See animation below) and the Sunset Prayer (See animation below). The Dawn Prayer is before sunrise and the Sunset Prayer is immediately after sunset. And of course; the Night prayer is the last prayer of the day. So here in this verse we have three prayers, we are commanded to do these three prayers. The Dawn, the Sunset and the Night.
  • Now, the Noon Prayer is mentioned in sura number seventeen (17); verse number seventy-eight (78), where it says: “You shall observe the Contact Prayer when the sun begins to decline from the highest point at noon”. So this is a very specific description of the time of the Contact Prayer at noon. As soon as the sun begins to decline from its highest spot of the day at noon, you observe the Noon Contact Prayer. This is sura seventeen (17); verse seventy-eight (78), it says exactly the time of the Contact Prayer at noon.
  • So now we see, the Dawn Contact Prayer (see animation below), the Noon Contact Prayer, the Sunset Contact Prayer, and the Night Contact Prayer. Well this accounts for four (4) of the prayers, where is the fifth (5) one? We find the fifth (5) prayer mentioned in sura number two (2); ayah or verse number two-hundred and thirty-eight (238), two-three-eight (238), where it says: “You shall observe all the Contact Prayers, especially the middle prayer”. The middle contact prayer has to be the Afternoon Contact Prayer, because we have the Dawn Contact Prayer (see animation below), the Noon Contact Prayer, the Sunset Contact Prayer, and the Night Contact Prayer. There is two prayers here and two prayers here, so the middle contact prayer will be the Afternoon Contact Prayer. So there you have it, all five (5) Contact Prayers mentioned in the Quran.
  • By the way, the Dawn Contact Prayer and the Night Contact Prayer are mentioned by name in verse fifty-eight (58) of sura twenty-four (24). Sura twenty-four (24), the verse is fifty-eight (58). It talks about Salat al-fajr (صلاة الفجر‎); this is the Dawn Contact Prayer, and Salat al-isha (صلاة العشاء); this is the Night Contact Prayer. So all five times of the Contact Prayers are decreed in the Quran.

  • And now I would like to discuss with you the source; the original source, of the Contact Prayers.
  • When you look in the Quran, you will notice that before Abraham there is no mention of the Contact Prayers; the Salat. You notice that Noah was telling his people to just believe in God; and ask for His forgiveness, but there is no mention of the Contact Prayers before Abraham. So the original source of the Contact Prayers is the prophet Abraham, who is the father; the founder of Islam. And we see this very clearly in sura number twenty-two (22); verse number seventy-eight (78), the last verse of sura number twenty-two (22). We also see it in sura twenty-one (21); verse seventy-three (73). Where we learn that the Contact Prayers were given to Abraham, as the original founder of Islam. And we see in sura sixteen (16); verse number hundred twenty-three (123), that the prophet Muhammad followed the ways of Abraham. And then we see in sura number eight (8); verses thirty-three (33) to thirty-five (35), and in sura nine (9); verse fifty-four (54), we see that the Salat; the Contact Prayers, were practiced before the prophet Muhammad.
  • So all these – you know, a lot of people are under the erroneous impression that the prophet Muhammad brought these practices, but they came through prophet Abraham, and this is why we don’t see the details of how many units per prayer and these kind of details, we don’t find it in the Quran. Although the Quran is complete; perfect; and fully detailed. So the reason the details of the Contact Prayers are not in the Quran is because they were already in existence when the Quran was revealed. I can tell you to go and buy Crest toothpaste (Crest is a brand), and you will – I don’t have to explain to you what Crest toothpaste is, because Crest is already in existence, all you need to do is go out in the market and buy it. And when the Quran came down; the Contact Prayers; the Salat, were already in existence. And this is exactly why in one of the very early suras; sura number seventy-three (73); al-muzzammil (third sura to be revealed), we see the commandment to observe the Contact Prayers and the Zakat (the Obligatory Charity), because they were already in existence.
  • Abraham being the founder of Islam – what did he contribute to the religion? He contributed all the practices of the religion. #1: The Contact Prayer, #2: The Zakat charity, #3: The fasting of Ramadan; in fact we see that the fasting of Ramadan was slightly modified in the Quran; in sura number two (2); verse one eighty-seven (187), #4: Also Hajj, Hajj in sura number twenty-two (22); we see that it is directly decreed through the prophet Abraham. So Abraham contributed all practices in Islam, you must correct that impression. The prophet Muhammad contributed the Quran, that’s it. But all the practices existed before the prophet Muhammad, they were in existence when the Quran came down.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:16:16).

  • Now we get to the question; why should we pray? Why should we make contact with our creator every day; five times? Repeating the same thing; five times a day? Well the answer is – the obvious answer is first that we do it because our creator commanded us to do so, in the Quran, as I showed you. But what is the mechanism; why does God ask us to contact Him five times a day? Does God benefit from it? Do we benefit from it? And the answer immediately is; God does not need our Contact Prayers, we need the Contact Prayers. And we fully understand the reason for decreeing the Contact Prayers if we know who we are.
  • You see; most people do not even know who they are. You ask a person; “who are you?”, and they will look in the mirror, they will say “this is me”, do you know something? they are wrong. This is not me (Rashad points at his face and touches his facial skin); this is my body. And the body is like a garment that we are wearing temporarily. The real person is invisible to us, the real person; the soul, is in another dimension that is not visible to our eyes (senses). So what does the real person look like? This will lead us to understanding why should we observe the Contact Prayers. You see, you can consider the Contact Prayers the meals for the real person; the food; the nutrition.
  • When we are born our mother feeds us milk and we grow. Then we eat all kinds of food; rice; meat; and potato and so on, and our body grows, until it becomes five feet, six feet, whatever. And that is the limit of the body’s growth. Okay, meanwhile; what is happening to the real person; the soul? The body grows to five or six feet, but what happens to the real person? Is the real person nourished just like the body? And this is where most people do not realize the importance of making contact with their creator. Making contact with our creator is the most important nutrient for the soul. We need it to grow and develop, and I am talking about the real person. The real person grows and develops by contacting our creator; daily. Five times every day constitutes five meals for the soul. So every time you make a Contact Prayer your soul grows and develops. And this is why we are commanded to do the Contact Prayers.
  • You can imagine the person who does not feed his or her soul, at the end of living in this world; they are still babies, because they never feed their soul. But the Muslim – the person who observes the duties and practices of worship; this person feeds the soul, and the soul grows and develops immensely. And we end up our mission in this world; grown; and developed; and healthy; and fit for the real life, the eternal life that comes after this life. The Contact Prayers therefore are very important, think of them as the meal for the soul; for the real person. The Dawn Prayer is breakfast for the soul; for you; the real you, just like how you give your body breakfast; lunch; and dinner, you need – for yourself; the real person, you need meals also. The Noon Prayer is lunch for the soul. And the Afternoon Prayer is another meal. And the Sunset Prayer is another meal; nutrition for the real person. And the Night Contact Prayer is the dinner for the soul. So nourishing; developing; and growing the soul is the reason for observing the Contact Prayers, and we are the ones who need it – God does not need it.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:20:39).

  • All practices of worship in Islam, without exception, are designed to cause the soul; the real person; the real you, to grow and develop. They are all designed to make you the boss over your body. A lot of people – in fact; the majority of people are enslaved to their body; their outer garment, that is temporary. Some day this garment is going to vanish, and you; the real person, will remain forever; for eternity. So most people, unfortunately, are unaware of nourishing; and strengthening; and developing their soul; the real person. But all practices of worship in Islam are designed to cause the soul to grow and develop, nourish the soul.
  • For example the Dawn Prayer, let’s take the Dawn Contact Prayer. Before sunrise; what does the body – what does your body want? Your body wants to sleep, right? But your soul; you; the real you; the real person, needs to get up, do the ablution, and observe the Contact Prayers; make contact – the first contact of the day with your creator. So immediately you can see there is a fight, the body wants to sleep, and the soul needs to get up and nourish itself; and have breakfast. Now who is going to win? If your body wins, you continue to sleep. And the body is the temporary garment, it is not very smart to let the body win, right? If you win, you; the real person, wins; your body will obey and will say “yes sir”; will listen to you; obey you, get up out of bed, do the ablution, and observe the Contact Prayer. So you can see that the first Contact Prayer is a struggle between you and your body.
  • By the way, this struggle becomes less and less, as your body becomes more and more obedient to you, as you become the boss; as you develop and become stronger, your body becomes more obedient, and with time – your body, when you say “my body get up and do the Dawn Prayer”, your body will say “yes sir”; obediently. As a matter of fact, eventually you will actually enjoy getting up (at Dawn) and doing the Contact Prayer. And this is because the soul has grown and developed, and became the boss, and enjoys observing the contact with our creator.
  • You look at the fasting for example, one of the important practices is fasting; fasting the month of Ramadan; during the month of Ramadan. And, in the month of Ramadan. Your body wants to eat and drink, but you tell your body, when you fast; “you are not going to eat or drink until sunset”. So you can see that you are practicing; exercising your soul, and this cause your soul to grow; and to develop, and this is exactly the whole idea of being here in this world. We want to grow and develop as much as possible, in order to enter the real life; the eternal life; the hereafter, in a state of fitness; strength; growth; and development. Because in the hereafter, you cannot hold a responsible position in the eternal real life if you are weak; undernourished; and still a baby. Will you hire a baby as a pilot, or an engineer? of course not.
  • So God wants you to develop yourself and to be strong enough to hold a responsible position; a high rank, in the hereafter; the eternal real life. And all practices of worship in Islam are designed towards this end. For example the Zakat charity; what is it? The Zakat charity is simply taking money away from your body and giving it to the poor. So you can see you are being the boss, because the body loves money, and you take something the body loves and give it away. So, all practices of worship in Islam are designed to make your soul grow; and develop – make you the boss over your body. And the Contact Prayers are the most important tool to do so. You are going to notice it the first time you do the Dawn Contact Prayer before sunrise.
  • Let us now get to the details of the Contact Prayers and how to observe them. There are a billion Muslims in the world today; one thousand millions (1000000000) throughout the world, in every country of the world. But in the area that is recognized as the Muslim world, you hear the call for the prayer five times every day; the Dawn, Noon, Afternoon, Sunset and Night. You hear the muezzin (مؤذن); this is the name of the person that delivers the Azaan (أَذَان); or the call to Contact Prayer. And before I get into explaining the Azaan, I wish to remind you that in the last fourteen-hundred (1400) years, lots of customs; innovations; prejudices; superstitions, were added into the Azaan. And what I am going to present to you now is the Azaan of the prophet Muhammad, that he approved. And I am going to remove all the additions, and the superstitions, and nonsense from the Azaan, and I will give you the pure Azaan. I am going to write it for you on the board, so you can see how it is pronounced. And I will have professional Azaans that you are going to hear, recordings of professional muezzins.
  • Now, at the beginning of Islam, the people went to the prophet Muhammad and they said; “how can we call the people to come to the prayer? you know, the Jews have the horn, and the Christians use bells, what are we going to use?”. And with time, the prophet’s companions started the matter and finally it was suggested that somebody stands on top of the mosque, and make the announcement; Allahu akbar; which means God is great, four (4) times. Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, la elaha ella Allah, there is no god except the one God; which is the message of all God’s messengers to the world. There is really one message that all the messengers that God sent to us, and this message is; la elaha ella Allah; there is no god except the God; allah. So the Azaan consists of: Allahu akbar four (4) times, followed by: la elaha ella Allah.
  • This Azaan that has been approved by the prophet consisting of Allahu akbar four (4) times, then la elaha ella Allah – with time it got so long that in my lifetime; 1953; the Minister of Religious Affairs in Egypt; issued a law to reduce the Azaan – it got so long and so ridiculous it took ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes to deliver the Azaan. And it had foolish things; praising the prophet; and his red cheeks and these silly things – the Azaan got really ridiculous.
  • After a few years, some people added to the Azaan; “ash-hadu alla la elaha ella Allah wa ash-hadu alla muḥammadun rasūlu allah” (I bear witness that there is no god except God, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God), this was added to the original Azaan. Some years later they added the expression; “ḥayya ʿalā ṣ-ṣalāh”; which supposedly means “come to the prayer”, but it really does not mean that – apparently some new foreign Muslims; that is non Arab Muslims; added that expression; “ḥayya ʿalā ṣ-ṣalāh”; which is not a typical – the Arabic should have been “ḥayya ʿilā ṣalāt”, but they said; “ḥayya ʿalā ṣ-ṣalā”. Then many years later; somebody added; “ḥayya ʿala l-falāḥ”, which supposedly means; “come to the success”. And some other people added the; “ash-hadu alla alīyyun walīyyu-llāh” (I bear witness that Ali is the wall of God), in some parts of the Muslim world. And until now they use these – all these additions are being used in different parts of the Muslim world. Later on some people added the; ” ash-hadu alla ahlul bayt hodat-llāh”, and so on.
  • So the Azaan kept getting longer and longer, as I told you, until the Minister of Religious Affairs in Egypt issued a law reducing the Azaan to its present form in the Muslim world. But here at Masjid Tuscon, and hopefully you will go back to the original Azaan, that the prophet Muhammad approved: Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar; la elaha ella Allah. This is the Azaan that we use here in Masjid Tuscon, and hopefully it will spread all over the world. We have it done like this in many Mosques around the world. That have seen the light and decided to take the Azaan and the prayers – to the original Azaan and prayer of the prophet Muhammad.
  • You know the same thing is true with the Wuḍū. Wuḍū is the ablution; or the preparation for Salat. When people hear the Azaan; or the call to the Contact Prayer, they prepare for the prayer; the Contact Prayer. And they do this by observing ablution, and ablution is decreed in the Quran in sura number five (5); verse number six (6). And it is very specific; it gives you four (4) steps, remember that; four (4) steps of ablution. The average Muslim today has eight (8); or nine (9); or ten (10) steps. Which constitutes actually in reality some other god that added these steps, because they do it religiously, and it constitutes idolatry. So please be careful, and observe what the Quran says; the Quran; the whole Quran; and nothing but the Quran. And the Quran gives us four (4) steps. The first step is washing your face, the second step is washing your arms to the elbows, the third step is to wipe your hair (top of head), and the fourth step is to wash your feet. These are the four (4) steps decreed in the Quran, and it is actually a gross transgression to add anything to the four (4) steps, or reduce anything.
  • Some people will say; “what is wrong with washing my nose; and my mouth; and my neck” and all the – “my ears” and so on. Of course there is nothing wrong with extra cleanliness; go take a bath or a shower if you want to, but when it comes to religious practices; we must adhere to what our creator dictated exactly. We cannot increase it – reduce it; or increase it by anything. So it is very crucial that we follow what our creator said in the Quran. These are the words that came out of prophet Muhammad’s mouth. Ironically, those people think that they are following the prophet Muhammad by increasing the number of steps in ablution – and you and I know that the prophet Muhammad could never disobey God. So if God said four (4) steps; this is it, the ablution is four (4) steps. So now let us go to show you – demonstrate for you the four (4) steps of ablution; the Wuḍū.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:33:21).

  • We find this commandment in sura number five (5); verse number six (6). And I will quote the verse for you; it says: “Oh you who believe, when you get up for the Salat prayer; you shall wash your face; your arms to the elbows; wipe your hair (top of head); and wash your feet.” Four (4) steps, and these are the words that came out of prophet Muhammad’s mouth, these are the words of God. And God is saying; you shall observe the ablution four (4) steps. Washing the face, arms to the elbows, wipe your head, and wash your feet. These are the four (4) steps as dictated in Quran.
  • However, like everything else innovations; superstitions; traditions, crept into God’s commandment, and Satan distorted the commandment. Now the vast majority of Muslims observe something like nine (9) or ten (10) steps of ablution. And this is a very serious because it simply means there is some other god who told them to do the ablution nine (9) steps, they wash their hands, their mouth, their nose, their face, their ears, their neck, they have all kinds of innovations and additions. And I would like to warn you, that you must never increase the steps or decrease them – the steps of ablution, you must obey exactly what God told you; in Quran. If you want to wash more, might as well take a shower or do whatever you want, but outside the ablution. If you are taking a shower or a bath, you can do the ablution after the shower or the bath, while you are still in the shower. But you have to go through the motions of ablution as I will show you now.
  • So let me show you – demonstrate to you how to do the ablution. First of all you roll your sleeves so you can wash your arms to the elbows (Rashad rolls up his shirt’s sleeves), there we go, we are now demonstrating the ablution. You go to the faucet, and the first step in Quran is wash your face, so you wash your face; here we go (washes face) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem – okay let me stop right here, and remind you of something. You should make an intention, that is you say “I intend to observe the Wuḍū, or the ablution”. Before you do that, you say “bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem”, you commemorate God in any way you want, you say: “al hamdu Lillah”; “subḥānallāh”; “Allahu akbar”, anything you want to commemorate God. But if you want to say it in Arabic, the intention should be; “nawayatu al-wuḍū, bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem”.
  • So here we go; “bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem, nawayatu al-Wuḍū”.
  • This is the first step; you wash your face (washes face). Okay, I washed my face twice, and I feel like I did a good job, so this is good enough. There is no set number of washing your face.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:36:36).

  • The second step; the arms to the elbows, so here we go, washing the arm to the elbow (washes right arm up to the elbow), that is the right arm, now the left arm; same thing (washes left arm up to the elbow). And this takes care of the second step.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:37:12).

  • The third step is you wipe your hair (wipe top of head), so what I will do is I will wet my hands and then I wipe my hair – my head, like this (wipes top of head), and this is the third step.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:37:26).

  • The final step (fourth step) is wash your feet to the ankles, so you put your foot there (washes right foot), wash it thoroughly, this takes care of the right foot. And then the left foot (washes left foot).

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:37:37).

  • That is it; there you have it. The four (4) steps of Wuḍū. Very simple. Don’t add any more steps, and don’t reduce the steps.
  • Now that you have finished the four (4) steps of Wuḍū; wash your face, your arms to the elbows, wipe your head and wash your feet – you are ready for the Salat Prayer. So now let us go back to the masjid and show you how to observe the Salat Prayers, all five (5) of them.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:38:50).

  • The innovations; superstitions; prejudices; customs; and traditions, did not hit the Azaan and the Wuḍū only brothers and sisters, it also hit the Salat itself; the Contact Prayer. There is so much garbage that we have to remove from the Contact Prayers to make it pure, and make it exactly the Contact Prayers the prophet Muhammad preached and practiced. So, what I am going to present to you is the pure Contact Prayers, without any innovations or additions that happened in the last fourteen hundred (1400) years.
  • We are trying to take the Salat; the Contact Prayers, all the way to the prophet Muhammad, the way he preached it, and the way he practiced it. And the most important point, please pay attention, the most important point, is to never mention any name other than the name of Allah; the name of God, in your Contact Prayer. This is dictated upon us in the Quran. But you probably know that the average Muslim today adds the name of Muhammad and his family, Abraham and his family, and so on, in their Contact Prayers. And this nullifies the Contact Prayers; makes it absolutely useless, if not harmful. So you must be very careful, and this is my responsibility to tell you that. You must be very careful to never mention any name other than the name of Allah; the name of God, in your Contact Prayers. We see this in the Quran in sura seventy-two (72); ayah or verse number eighteen (18), where it says: “the places of worship belong to God, do not mention any other name besides the name of God”, this is a Quranic commandment. And in sura twenty (20); verse thirteen (13), we see the commandment: “akim bi salateeka li zikri”, “observe the Contact Prayers to commemorate me” – singular – God is telling us that we must commemorate him alone in the Salat; in the Contact Prayer.
  • So I will give you the details, of the Contact Prayers, and we will go the mosque now and give you a demonstration. But before I do this, I want to clarify that the ta-chahud; or the recitation while sitting down, should be only: “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah”, or just: “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah”, or just: “la elaha ella allah”, this is enough; “there is no god except the one God”. And forget about all these names; Muhammad and his family; Abraham and his family. Muhammad and Abraham were the first people to denounce this use of their name in the Contact Prayer.
  • And you know something, all the Imams of Sunni and Shia, all of them, unanimously agree that this mentioning of Muhammad and his family; Abraham and his family, while sitting down in the Contact Prayer, is not an obligatory part of the prayer. You heard me right, unanimously, they agreed that this is just a desirable – they think – a desirable part, but it is not, it actually kills your Contact Prayers; makes it useless; and does harm to you, God will be offended to have other names mentioned besides Him. In the daily worship, you are worshiping God alone, so be careful. And this by the way lead to the conclusion that you must recite only al-fateha, the opening sura of the Quran while standing up in the Contact Prayer.
  • Do not recite any other Quran after the al-fateha, and on the surface this might look like abandoning the Quran, it is not, it is the exact opposite, because in the Contact Prayers a lot of people end up memorizing the ???soud??? suras: “qul huwa allahu ahad”, and “qul a’zuu…”, and that’s it, and they think they know Quran. But I must tell you to read Quran every day, you must read the Quran every day, this is a commandment from our creator, to read His message; the Quran, every day, the whole Quran. Not just the ???soud??? suras.
  • But in the Contact Prayers, please you only need recite al-fateha. And this is a unifying force of all the Muslims in the world. I was praying in Mecca one time and the Imam read al-fateha and then he read the whole sura number thirty-two (32), surat al-sajdah after al-fateha. And i was thinking you know there are a few thousands people in there around the Ka’abah praying behind this Imam, and the vast majority of them didn’t know any Arabic. What is the point of standing through all this recitation in Arabic if they don’t understand. What is required is only to recite the al-fateha. And this will unify all the Muslims of the world, they will do the same thing in all their prayer, in Japan they know the al-fateha; they read it in the Contact Prayer, in Sweden; in America; in Canada; in Australia; in Mecca; in Pakistan; all the Muslims of the world will do the same thing.
  • But this business of reciting long portions of the Quran is wrong, it actually ruins the Contact Prayers, God wants things to be easy for us, but Satan wants to make things difficult for us; so he adds all things – besides, when you recite the Quran you mention; Moses; Jesus; and Muhammad; and Pharaoh; and the devil; and all these things. You mention other names besides the name of God in the prayer, and this is forbidden by commandment from God. We are not to mention any names.
  • When you recite the Quran in the mosque and you mention other names is because God says so in the Quran; “fa zakir fi al kitab Mariam” for example, this is God’s commandment, you can mention the name of Mary in the Quran in order to learn from the lessons of previous prophets; messengers; and so on. And it is a commandment from God to mention, so when we read the Quran we mention these names only because God commanded us to do so. But in the Contact Prayers; in the Salat, we are commanded never to mention any other name but the name of Allah, the name of God.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:45:55).

  • After you have done the Wuḍū and you are ready for the prayer, you go to a nice clean place – you don’t necessarily need the prayer rug, this is one of those innovations, you can pray in any clean place, even bare ground; as long as it is dry and clean. So you go to a nice clean place and you find the direction of Mecca, the direction of the Sacred Mosque (Ka’abah), because this is a commandment in Quran, that you must face – this is an organisational point, there is no other significance to it, except organisational. You can imagine people going in a mosque and facing different directions, it would be a mess. So, this organisational point dictates on us that we must face the direction of Mecca, wherever you might be. So, in the United States the direction generally is slightly south of east, slightly south of east; southeast.
  • So find the direction of Mecca, you face that direction and then you make your intention – this is the first step. You must say: “I intend to do the Dawn Prayer”, in any language you like. If you want it in Arabic you can say: “nawaytu Salat al-fajr”, this will be the niyya or intention for the Dawn Prayer. Or if it is for the Noon Prayer you say; in your heart or in an audible voice: “I intend to do the Noon Prayer”, “nawaytu Salat al-zuhr”; in Arabic. If it is the Afternoon Prayer, it is: “nawaytu Salat al-asr”. And for the Sunset Prayer, the niyya; or intention is: “nawaytu Salat al-maghrib”. For the Night Prayer, the intention; or niyya is: “nawaytu Salat al-isha”. So, but you can do it in any language you wish, secretly or loudly.
  • Now after you do the niyya – you are facing in the direction of Mecca, you make your intention; or niyya, then you open the Salat by raising your hands to the sides of your face and say “Allahu akbar”; like this (Rashad raises his hands to the side of his face), “Allahu akbar”. There is your opening of the Salat.
  • Once you say “Allahu akbar” in this manner; you have started your contact; or Salat; your contact with your creator.
  • Now after you make the opening takbir; Allahu akbar, you can either put your hands on the side, or you can choose to hold them like this (resting hands on stomach), with your left hand on your stomach, and your right hand on top of your left hand, it doesn’t make any difference, some people make a big deal out of it, but there is no difference, either way is correct. So this is the opening of the Salat; the Contact Prayer. (Rashad raises hands to the side of his face) Allahu akbar (Rashad lowers hands towards his stomach). Now you are ready to recite al-fateha; the opening sura of Quran.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:48:22).

  • The easiest way for you is to have me write down the words in English transliteration; in English letters. So before you do the Wuḍū; the ablution, you can say your intention: “I intend to make the ablution” or Wuḍū, either in English or in Arabic. So, “I intend to do the ablution” in English, the Arabic would be: “Nawaytu al-Wuḍū”.
  • And you write it like this “nawaytu”, “nawaytu”, which means: “I intend”.
  • Nawaytu al-Wuḍū. “Al” means “the”.
  • Ablution; “Wuḍū”, “al-Wuḍū”.
  • “Nawaytu al-Wuḍū”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:50:15).

  • Let me write the words of Azaan for you: “Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, la elaha ella Allah”. So in the Azaan we say “Allahu akbar” four (4) times.
  • “Allahu akbar“, meaning “God is the greatest”.
  • “Allahu”; “God”.
  • “Akbar” (greater).
  • Allahu akbar four (4) times.
  • Then “la elaha ellalah”.
  • “La”, means no.
  • “Elaha”, meaning god with a small g.
  • “Ella”, means except. “Ella”; except.
  • “Allah”, means God.
  • “La elaha ella Allah“.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:52:29).

  • So this is the complete Azaan, the original Azaan without any innovations; or additions; or traditions. A lot of people think that Allah is the name of God, but it is not – “Allah”, simply means “God”. The English word for it is God. The non-Muslims in the Arabic world say “Allah”, because this is the Arabic word for God. Even though they are not Muslims. They will say “inshallah”, “allah”, simply because that is the language. It is not the name of God, this is why I use the word – the English word: “God” for “Allah”.
  • (Rashad recites the Azaan) Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, la elaha ella allah.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:52:58).

  • I am going to write the niyya; or intention for every prayer for you, so you can see how it is spelled. Here is the niyya; or intention for the Dawn Prayer:
  • “Nawaytu” – “nawaytu” which means “I intend.
  • “Salat” – “Salat al-fajr” – “al” – “fajr” – “al-fajr”. “I intend to do the Dawn Prayer” – “nawajtu Salat al-fajr”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:54:25).

  • Now, to make it the Noon Prayer, you just – you say the same thing except you change “al-fajr” to “zuhr” which means “noon”. “nawaytu” – “nawaytu Salat al-zuhr”. This will make it the Noon Prayer – “al-zuhr”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:54:43).

  • For the Afternoon Prayer you just make it “al-asr”. “Salat al-asr”, you write AYN like this   -. “nawaytu Salat al-asr”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:55:06).

  • The Sunset, you make it “al-maghrib”. “nawaytu Salat al-maghrib” – it is written like this: “al-maghrib”. “nawaytu Salat al-maghrib”, this is the Sunset Prayer.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:55:34).

  • And the Night Prayer is: “al-isha”. “nawaytu Salat al-isha” – “al-isha”. “nawaytu Salat al-isha”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:56:02).

  • By now you know how Allahu akbar is written, the opening of the Contact Prayer “Allahu akbar” – this is followed by surat al-fateha and it is written like this:
  • The first verse is “bism allah”. “Arrahman”. “Arraheem”. “bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem”.
  • “Al hamdu”. “Lillahi”. “rabbil ‘alamin”.
  • Okay, “bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem”, means “in the name of God most Gracious most Merciful”.
  • “Al hamdu Lillahi”, means “praise be to God.
  • “Rabbil ‘alameen”, means “Lord of the universe”.
  • “Bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem, al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen”; “in the name of God most Gracious most Merciful, praise be to God, Lord of the universe”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:58:13).

  • And the next statement is familiar to you: “Arrahman Arraheem”; “most gracious most merciful”.
  • And the next statement is: “maliki”; means “master” or “king”.
  • “Yawm”, means “day”.
  • “Addeen”; “recompense”.
  • So “arrahman arraheem”; “most gracious most merciful”, “maliki yawm addeen”; “master of the day of recompense”.
  • “Eyyaka na’abudu”, means “only you we worship”.
  • “Wa eyyaka” means “and only you”.
  • “Wa” means “and”.
  • “Eyyaka nasta’aeen” means “we ask for help, only you we ask for help”.
  • “Wa eyyaka nasta’aeen”; “and only you we ask for help”.
  • The next statement, now of course you can always go back – reverse the tape and watch all these words until you learn them very well by heart.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:00:34).

  • The next statement is “ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem”; “guide us in the right path”.
  • “Ehdina” means “guide us”.
  • “Al-serata” means “the path”.
  • “Al-mustaqeem”; “the straight” or “the right path”.
  • “Ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem”; “guide us in the right path”.
  • “Serata” means “the path of”.
  • “Al-lazeena” means those; “the path of those”.
  • “An’amta”, means “those whom you blessed”.
  • “An’amta ‘alayhim”; “you shower your blessings on them”.
  • “Ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem”; “guide us in the right path”.
  • “Serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim”; “the path of those whom you blessed”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:02:23).

  • Then we go to the last statement in the al-fateha, “ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim”.
  • “Ghoyri” means “other than, or not”.
  • “Al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim”, means “not the path of those who incur wrath, or anger”.
  • “Ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim”.
  • “Wa laddalleen” (not the strayers).
  • “Wa” means “and”.
  • “La” means “no” – “nor” “wa la”.
  • “Wa laddalleen”, and this is the end of it – “and not the strayers”.
  • “Ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim”; “not the path of those who incur wrath, or anger” – “wa laddalleen”; “nor the strayers”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:03:48).


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:03:57).

  • After you recite al-fateha, then you make ruku; bowing. And as you bow you say: “Allahu akbar”, and you know how that looks like, I wrote it for you. Then during the ruku you say “subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem”, about three times, it doesn’t matter, two or three or four times.
  • “Subhaana” means “glory be to”.
  • “Subhaana rabbiya”, means “glory be to my Lord”.
  • “Al-‘azeem”, means “the great”.
  • “Subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem”; “glory be to my Lord the great”.
  • Then you stand up and in this position only you say: “sami’a allahu leman hamidah”, means “God hears anyone who praises Him”. And it is written like this:
  • “Sami’a allahu” (God hears).
  • “Leman”; “anyone”.
  • “Hamidah”; “who praises him”.
  • “Sami’a allahu leman hamidah”, as you stand up.
  • Then you make the first prostration; sujud. And when you do that, you say: “Allahu akbar” as you go down in prostration.
  • And during prostration you say:
  • “Subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa”, about three or four times, means “glory be to my lord the most high”.
  • “Al-‘alaa”; “the most high”.
  • And this takes care of all the words of the Contact Prayers.
  • Now you know how to say all the words and if you play the tape over and over you can see how exactly they are written down and how they are pronounced.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:06:10).


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:06:59).


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:07:32).

  • In the sitting position you say: “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah, wahdahuu la shareeka lah”, which means; “I bear witness that there is no god except allah, the one God, he is one. “la sharika lah”; “He has no partners”. And this is how I write it:
  • “Ash-hadu”, means “I bear witness”.
  • “Ash-hadu alla”, (I bear witness that there is no (alla is actually two words, “al” and “la”, the word combination here means al = that there, and la = is no)).
  • “Elaha” means “god with a small g”.
  • “I bear witness that there is no god”.
  • “Ella”; “except”.
  • “Ella allah”; “the one God”.
  • “Wahdahuu”; “He is one”.
  • “Wahdahuu la shareeka lah”; “he has no partner”.
  • “La”, means “no”.
  • “Shareek”, means “partner”.
  • “La shareeka lah”, (he has no partner).
  • And this takes care of the ta-shahud in the sitting position, “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah, wahdahuu la shareeka lah”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:09:11).

  • And then of course to end the prayer you look at the right side and say: “al-salaamu ‘alaykum”, and then on the left side saying: “al-salaamu ‘alaykum”, and this ends the Contact Prayer. So let me write “al-salaamu ‘alaykum” for you:
  • “al-salaamu ‘alaykum”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:10:01).

  • There you have it, the complete words of the Contact Prayers.
  • Now let me explain a few fine details about the Salat; the Contact Prayers. One of the most important points, is that there is a myth among average Muslims that a woman who has her period; or menstruation cannot pray. Now this has to be from Satan, because Satan is the one who does not want you; the Muslim woman to pray. God did not say in the Quran at all: “do not pray during menstruation”, there is nothing in the Quran that say that. Even the hadith – we learn from hadith that the prophet’s wives used to pray during their menstruation. One hadith even says that they put a bucket under one of his wives as she prayed – as ridiculous as this may be – but it demonstrates that the Muslim woman should pray during her menstruation. If a Muslim does not pray, during menstruation, this means one week of the month without prayer, and this is like four (4) years every ten (10) years – four (4) years without any prayer, imagine that. So this could be a satanic innovation to stop the women from praying during menstruation.
  • So, please, menstruation or not, the Contact Prayer; the Salat prayer is the only worship that must go on, there is absolutely no excuse for not doing the Contact Prayer. Even God provides that you can pray; walking, or riding in a car, or riding in a plane, or in a bus, or even if a person is very sick; very ill; cannot move, that person can pray with his or her heart, or eyelids, or just mentally. If you are working in crowded place and you cannot find a place to pray, you can pray at your desk, sitting down just mentally going through the motions and the words. So there is absolutely no excuse for missing any Contact prayer.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:12:13).

  • So, whether the person is ill; unable to move, or riding; trapped in a car; or a bus; or a plane, or in a working place where there is no place available for prayer, or during menstruation, or the after birth bleeding, any of these conditions cannot – nothing stops your from performing – observing the Contact Prayers.
  • Another point that I wish to mention is the group prayer; or the jama’a. In the jama’a, one person leads the prayer and the rest of the group stand behind him, behind the imam, and do exactly what he does, you do not have to recite al-fateha or the Quran after the imam. Remember, all that is required in the Contact Prayer is the al-fateha, the first sura of Quran. so you just mentally follow the imam as he recites al-fateha during the Contact Prayer. And then of course in ruku; the bowing position, you say “subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem” as usual. And in the sujud or prostration you say “subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa”, as usual. So, you only listen to the imam when he recites al-fateha in the standing positions. If a person comes late, and finds the jama’a the group already did one for two or three rak’as; units, you just – if you come late, you just join the group in whatever position they are in, and then after they finish, when they say “al-salaamu ‘alaykum”, the first one, you stand up and you complete the part that you missed. So this is how you make up for missing units, or missing rak’as when you join a group.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:14:21).

  • What happens if you miss one of the prayers; one of the Contact Prayers? You are supposed to do all five Contact Prayers during each one of the five periods, the Dawn Contact before sunrise, the Noon between twelve (12:00) and four (16:00), and the Afternoon between fourteen (14:00) and sunset, the Sunset Contact immediately after sunset, and the Night Prayer after all the twilight disappears from the horizon; about two hours after sunset. Now what happens if you miss one of these prayers. There is a myth that you can make it up or combine prayers and it is just an innovation, you cannot make up missed prayers. If you miss the Noon Prayer in any day, you just cannot bring  yesterday back, you missed it and it is too bad. So you just ask God for forgiveness; repent and promise god that you will never, to the best of your ability, miss anymore prayers, and you just go on doing the prayers. The idea of the Contact Prayers is to contact our creator within a certain period of every day, and when you miss that; it is gone, you cannot bring it back, and you cannot make it up, but you can ask forgives and repent.
  • And now the best way to describe the Contact Prayer to you, is to demonstrate exactly how it is done. So now I will demonstrate for you the Dawn Contact Prayer.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:16:06).

  • Do you remember the first thing you have to do in order to observe the Contact Prayers? That’s right, the intention, you declare your intention, in Arabic “niyya”. So since this is the dawn prayer, I will make the intention for the Dawn Contact Prayer, in English; then in Arabic. Then I will proceed with the prayer and you just watch everything I am doing and this is – this should be the correct way for observing the Contact Prayer.
  • So here i am facing the direction of mecca, and I am going to make my intention.
  • I intend to do the Dawn Contact Prayer; nawaytu Salat al-fajr.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:16:40).

  • (While raising hands to the side of the head) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (During sitting position) – ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah
  • (During sitting position while looking right) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • (During sitting position while looking left) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • And this completes the Dawn Prayer, this is the original contact Salat prayer, as observed by the prophet Muhammad, and it came to us all the way from Abraham exactly this way. And you notice in my prayer, I didn’t look around; I didn’t laugh; I was not distracted, I concentrated on communicating with my creator.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:20:53).

  • And now I will do the Noon Prayer. Now, the Noon Prayer, the Afternoon Prayer, and the Night Contact Prayer are all identical; exactly the same. So the intention for the Noon Prayer is: “nawaytu Salat al-zuhr”. For the asr; for the afternoon prayer: “Nawaytu Salat al-asr”. And for the night prayer: “Nawaytu Salat al-isha”. So what I’m going to demonstrate for you is four (4) rak’as. Which is suitable for the Noon; Afternoon; and the Night Prayer. So here we go.
  • I face the direction of Mecca, and I make my intention according to whichever Contact Prayer it is, and I start my prayer by opening with takbir.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:20:30).

  • (While raising hands to the side of the head) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (During sitting position) – ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (During sitting position) – ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah
  • (During sitting position while looking right) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • (During sitting position while looking left) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • And this takes care of the four (4) rak’a prayers, the Noon, the Afternoon or the Night Prayers.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:25:03).

  • And now I will demonstrate for you the three (3) rak’as of Salat al mahgrib, the sunset prayer. It is of course the same except you do only three (3) rak’as, three (3) units, and here we go.
  • I intend to do the sunset Contact Prayer, nwajatu Salat al mahgrib.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:25:10).

  • (While raising hands to the side of the head) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (During sitting position) – ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (During sitting position) – ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah
  • (During sitting position while looking right) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • (During sitting position while looking left) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum

Video Outro:

  • Please review the tape over and over until you know all the prayers. CONGRATULATIONS
  • Copyright 1987 Islamic Productions Tuscon, Arizona.
  • All thanks and all praise to Allah; the one God.

End of Video


Peace,

I hope this has been useful for you and that you have now learned how to perform the Contact Prayers. I decided to write the whole video into a text format for those of us who prefer to read instead of watching a two hour long video. It makes it easier to understand what is being said without having to go back and forth whenever the video goes too fast. This is especially true if English isn’t your first language, or if your English skill is low. So I really do hope this has been useful to you.

Another benefit is that I can include links to other material for further research, so that the reader doesn’t have to spend a lot of time searching the Internet and all kinds of websites just to find specific information. Instead it will be available at the click of a button.

I have cut parts of the video into short clips and added text to make it easier for the reader to see how the Wuḍū and the Contact Prayers are performed. I did this because it will make it easier and more clear to watch, instead of having to scroll through a two hour long video to find the specific part you want to watch. This way you only have to click play and the exact part you want will be played. And it is also easily repeatable, which will speed up the learning process.

None of the images, videos or audio is owned by me unless stated otherwise, such as being signed with my name like in the animation (GIF) that shows the timeline of the five Contact Prayers. All copyrighted materials are being used under fair use for educational purposes.

Please contact me if you find any errors, or if you have ideas for how this presentation can be improved.

Thank you and GOD bless.

Free Quran Chapter 14: Abraham (Ibrahim)

Learn from GOD that Salat (Contact Prayer ritual) is a gift from GOD, we should perform it 5 times a day. Don’t you wish there was a way for us humans to say some words or do some action that would connect us directly with GOD? And once connected, our soul grows and we feel GOD communicating with us through inspiration? Well, Salat (Contact Prayer) does all that. As long as it is done correctly, such as not mentioning Muhammad or Jesus or any other name in the prayer. Because that would nullify it, it would make your prayer count for nothing.

Quran Chapter 14: Abraham (Ibrahim)

[14:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[14:1] A.L.R.* A scripture that we revealed to you, in order to lead the people out of darkness into the light – in accordance with the will of their Lord – to the path of the Almighty, the Praiseworthy.

*14:1 These initials remained a divinely guarded secret until the Quran’s mathematical code was discovered in 1974 A.D. See Appendix 1 for the significance of these initials.

[14:2] (The path of) God; the One who possesses everything in the heavens and everything on earth. Woe to the disbelievers; they have incurred a terrible retribution.

What is Your Priority?

[14:3] They are the ones who give priority to this life over the Hereafter, repel from the way of God, and seek to make it crooked; they have gone far astray.

The Messenger’s Language

[14:4] We did not send any messenger except (to preach) in the tongue of his people, in order to clarify things for them. God then sends astray whomever He wills, and guides whomever He wills. He is the Almighty, the Most Wise.

Moses

[14:5] Thus, we sent Moses with our miracles, saying, “Lead your people out of darkness into the light, and remind them of the days of God.” These are lessons for every steadfast, appreciative person.

The Importance of Being Appreciative

[14:6] Recall that Moses said to his people, “Remember God’s blessings upon you. He saved you from Pharaoh’s people who inflicted the worst persecution upon you, slaughtering your sons and sparing your daughters. That was an exacting trial from your Lord.”

Appreciative vs Unappreciative

[14:7] Your Lord has decreed: “The more you thank Me, the more I give you.” But if you turn unappreciative, then My retribution is severe.

[14:8] Moses said, “If you disbelieve, along with all the people on earth, God is in no need, Praiseworthy.”

Egotistic Defiance: A Human Trait

[14:9] Have you not heard about those before you – the people of Noah, `Ãd, Thamoud, and others who came after them and known only to God? Their messengers went to them with clear proofs, but they treated them with contempt and said, “We disbelieve in what you are sent with. We are skeptical about your message; full of doubt.”

Following Our Parents Blindly: A Great Human Tragedy

[14:10] Their messengers said, “Do you have doubts about God; the Initiator of the heavens and the earth? He invites you only to forgive your sins, and to give you another chance to redeem yourselves.” They said, “You are no more than humans like us, who want to repel us from the way our parents used to worship. Show us some profound authority.”

[14:11] Their messengers said to them, “We are no more than humans like you, but God blesses whomever He chooses from among His servants. We could not possibly show you any kind of authorization, except in accordance with God’s will. In God the believers shall trust.

[14:12] “Why should we not trust in God, when He has guided us in our paths? We will steadfastly persevere in the face of your persecution. In God all the trusters shall trust.”

[14:13] Those who disbelieved said to their messengers, “We will banish you from our land, unless you revert to our religion.” Their Lord inspired them: “We will inevitably annihilate the transgressors.

[14:14] “And we will let you dwell in their land after them. This is (the reward) for those who reverence My majesty, and reverence My promise.”

[14:15] They issued a challenge, and consequently, every stubborn tyrant ended up doomed.

[14:16] Awaiting him is Hell, wherein he will drink putrid water.

[14:17] He will gulp it down, though he cannot stand it, as death comes to him from every direction, but he will never die. Awaiting him is a terrible retribution.*

*14:17 When we rebelled against God, and agreed with Satan during the great feud (38:69), the angels suggested that we should be banished to Hell (Appendix 7). But the Most Merciful decided to give us another chance to redeem ourselves. He said to the angels, “I know what you do not know” (2:30). God knew that many humans would have protested that they had no idea how bad Hell was. The awesome description of Hell in 14:17 and in 22:19-22 nullifies such a protest. Now we have a pretty good idea how terrible Hell is.

[14:18] The allegory of those who disbelieve in their Lord: their works are like ashes in a violent wind, on a stormy day. They gain nothing from whatever they earn; such is the farthest straying.

Worship Only the Omnipotent One

[14:19] Do you not realize that God has created the heavens and the earth for a specific purpose? If He wills, He can remove you, and substitute a new creation in your place.

[14:20] This is not too difficult for God.

On the Day of Resurrection

[14:21] When they all stand before God,* the followers will say to the leaders, “We used to follow you. Can you spare us even a little bit of God’s retribution?” They will say, “Had God guided us, we would have guided you. Now it is too late, whether we grieve or resort to patience, there is no exit for us.”

*14:21 Frequently, the Quran talks about the Hereafter in the past tense. This is because those are future events already witnessed by God, and will surely come to pass.

Satan Disowns His Followers

[14:22] And the devil will say, after the judgment had been issued, “God has promised you the truthful promise, and I promised you, but I broke my promise. I had no power over you; I simply invited you, and you accepted my invitation. Therefore, do not blame me, and blame only yourselves. My complaining cannot help you, nor can your complaining help me. I have disbelieved in your idolizing me. The transgressors have incurred a painful retribution.”

[14:23] As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, they will be admitted into gardens with flowing streams. They abide therein forever, in accordance with the will of their Lord. Their greeting therein is: “Peace.”

Truth vs Falsehood

[14:24] Do you not see that God has cited the example of the good word as a good tree whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches are high in the sky?

[14:25] It produces its crop every season, as designed by its Lord. God thus cites the examples for the people, that they may take heed.

[14:26] And the example of the bad word is that of a bad tree chopped at the soil level; it has no roots to keep it standing.

[14:27] God strengthens those who believe with the proven word, in this life and in the Hereafter. And God sends the transgressors astray. Everything is in accordance with God’s will.

They Remove Their Families From God’s Protection

[14:28] Have you noted those who responded to God’s blessings by disbelieving, and thus brought disaster upon their own families?

[14:29] Hell is their destiny, wherein they burn; what a miserable end!

Idol Worship: The Root of All Evil

[14:30] They set up rivals to rank with God and to divert others from His path. Say, “Enjoy for awhile; your final destiny is Hell.”

Crucial Commandments

[14:31] Exhort My servants who believed to observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), and to give (to charity) from our provisions to them, secretly and publicly, before a day comes where there is neither trade, nor nepotism.

[14:32] God is the One who created the heavens and the earth, and He sends down from the sky water to produce all kinds of fruit for your sustenance. He has committed the ships to serve you on the sea in accordance with His command. He has committed the rivers as well to serve you.

[14:33] He has committed the sun and the moon in your service, continuously. He has committed the night and the day to serve you.

[14:34] And He gives you all kinds of things that you implore Him for. If you count God’s blessings, you can never encompass them. Indeed, the human being is transgressing, unappreciative.

Abraham

[14:35] Recall that Abraham said, “My Lord, make this a peaceful land, and protect me and my children from worshiping idols.

[14:36] “My Lord, they have misled so many people. As for those who follow me, they belong with me. As for those who disobey me, You are Forgiver, Most Merciful.

[14:37] “Our Lord, I have settled part of my family in this plantless valley, at Your Sacred House. Our Lord, they are to observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), so let throngs of people converge upon them, and provide for them all kinds of fruits, that they may be appreciative.

[14:38] “Our Lord, You know whatever we conceal and whatever we declare – nothing is hidden from God on earth, nor in the heavens.

[14:39] “Praise be to God for granting me, despite my old age, Ismail and Isaac. My Lord answers the prayers.

The Contact Prayers: Gift From God

[14:40] “My Lord, make me one who consistently observes the Contact Prayers (Salat), and also my children. Our Lord, please answer my prayers.

[14:41] “My Lord, forgive me and my parents, and the believers, on the day when the reckoning takes place.”

[14:42] Do not ever think that God is unaware of what the transgressors are doing. He only respites them until a day where the eyes stare in horror.

[14:43] As they rush (out of the graves), their faces will be looking upward, their eyes will not even blink, and their minds will be horrified.

God Sends His Commands Through His Messengers

[14:44] You shall warn the people of the day when the retribution comes to them. Those who transgressed will say, “Our Lord, give us one more respite. We will then respond to Your call and follow the messengers.” Did you not swear in the past that you will last forever?

[14:45] You dwelled in the homes of those before you, who wronged their souls, and you have seen clearly what we did to them. We have set many precedents for you.

[14:46] They schemed their schemes, and God is fully aware of their schemes. Indeed, their schemes were sufficient to erase mountains.

Guaranteed Victory for God’s Messengers

[14:47] Do not think that God will ever break His promise to His messengers. God is Almighty, Avenger.

New Heavens and New Earth*

[14:48] The day will come when this earth will be substituted with a new earth, and also the heavens, and everyone will be brought before God, the One, the Supreme.

*14:48 This prophecy is also found in the Old Testament (Isaiah 65:17 & 66:22) and the New Testament: “What we await are new heavens and a new earth where, according to his promise, the justice of God.

[14:49] And you will see the guilty on that day chained in shackles.

[14:50] Their garments will be made of tar, and fire will overwhelm their faces.

[14:51] For God will pay each soul for whatever it earned; God is the most efficient reckoner.

[14:52] This is a proclamation for the people, to be warned herewith, and to let them know that He is only one god, and for those who possess intelligence to take heed.

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Free Quran Chapter 87: The Most High (Al-A’alaa)

Learn from GOD that we should remember GOD with the daily contact prayers (Salat) like Abraham and Moses. One of the most important things to constantly be aware of throughout your life is the fact that GOD is doing everything. Everything is in accordance with GOD’s will. Being preoccupied with this world is only bad if it takes you away from remembering GOD, and performing your religious duties and other righteous work. You have to be aware of GOD all the time, it is difficult in the beginning, but you will get better at it with practice. It’s like breathing, it happens naturally so we don’t think about it. Remembering GOD should be like breathing, we have to constantly reminds ourselves about it until it becomes natural. You have to understand that this world is the devil’s playground, so it is designed to tear you down, make you weak, make you forget about GOD.

Quran Chapter 87: The Most High (Al-A’alaa)

[87:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[87:1] Glorify the name of your Lord, the Most High.

[87:2] He creates and shapes.

[87:3] He designs and guides.

[87:4] He produces the pasture.

[87:5] Then turns it into light hay.

[87:6] We will recite to you; do not forget.

[87:7] Everything is in accordance with God’s will; He knows what is declared, and what is hidden.

[87:8] We will direct you to the easiest path.

[87:9] Therefore, you shall remind; perhaps the reminder will benefit.

[87:10] The reverent will take heed.

[87:11] The wicked will avoid it.

[87:12] Consequently, he will suffer the great Hellfire.

[87:13] Wherein he never dies, nor stays alive.

[87:14] Successful indeed is the one who redeems his soul.

[87:15] By remembering the name of his Lord and observing the contact prayers (Salat).

[87:16] Indeed, you are preoccupied with this first life.

[87:17] Even though the Hereafter is far better and everlasting.

[87:18] This is recorded in the earlier teachings.

[87:19] The teachings of Abraham and Moses.

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Free Quran Chapter 107: Charity (Al-Maa`oon)

Learn from GOD that you must take care of the orphans and you must give charity and stay focused during prayer. GOD reserves paradise only to those who have given from their most beloved possessions to those in need. If you pick two apples; one is fresh and the other is rotten. If you give away the rotten apple and keep the fresh apple for yourself. Then you’re not really giving away from what you value, and thus doesn’t count as being charitable. If you need half the fresh apple then take only half and give the other half to someone else, that’s charity. However, giving away too much is also bad. You have to balance your charity. Don’t be stingy and don’t be extravagant, giving only to show off. It is actually better to give to charity anonymously. If you give too little, then the poor will remain hungry. If you give too much, then you will become poor yourself and then everyone will be poor. This means that charity should be a focused, conscious and planned effort. The same effort should be used while praying and to take care of orphans. GOD condemns apathy.

Quran Chapter 107: Charity (Al-Maa`oon)

[107:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[107:1] Do you know who really rejects the faith?

[107:2] That is the one who mistreats the orphans.

[107:3] And does not advocate the feeding of the poor.

[107:4] And woe to those who observe the contact prayers (Salat) –

[107:5] who are totally heedless of their prayers.

[107:6] They only show off.

[107:7] And they forbid charity.

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Free Quran Chapter 108: Bounty (Al-Kawthar)

Learn from GOD that you shouldn’t waste your attention on bad people, focus on prayer and charity instead. This is a very important teaching, it will help you remain productive and live a happy life. While your enemy or bully work to bring you down, you will be going forward in life. And at the end of the day, you will have accomplished something and your opponent will have accomplished nothing but wasted their own time.

Chapter 108: Bounty (Al-Kawthar)

[108:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[108:1] We have blessed you with many a bounty.

[108:2] Therefore, you shall pray to your Lord (Salat), and give to charity.

[108:3] Your opponent will be the loser.

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