Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Here are a few videos of Sh. Yusuf Estes. He is most noted for his websites, CDs, and Dawah lectures around the world. I am always amazed when I have a rare opportunity to meet with him and hear his tales of Dawah in far off places. Even though I don’t live to far away from Sh. Yusuf his schedule is far tooooo busy for any frequent visits. He is rarely home, subhanallah. I mean that — he is literally not home. I have known him to be on the Dawah lecture circuit for some 5 or 6 months at a time — only to come home for 1 day — and then go back to traveling!
When most Muslims are retiring, dusting off the old golf shoes, and playing with grandchildren — Yusuf Estes is doing the opposite. He’s on the road and defying conventional wisdom. Instead of moving to Florida or hiking up the white polyester pants to his torso — he has chosen a life of constant Dawah. Constant Dawah. What a life?! Dawah simply for the sake of Dawah — and not to “get famous” or “get known” as some students of knowledge in the west have been known to quietly whisper to their comrades.
What a concept — Dawah to guide people to Islam — as opposed to Dawah for the purposes of a landing a job with Al-Maghrib Institute or to get recognized as a good speaker so one can control the mic at the local masjid and get to do khutbahs in addition to the proverbial halaqa. Sometimes I think about these issues whenever I reflect upon the current state of Muslims in the west — particularly with regard to our Dawah. I also think about Yusuf Estes, listen to a few of his words, and smile. I smile because, by the Mercy of Allah (azza wa’jall), his teaching and presentation of our Deen is a direct antidote — inshallah — to the nonsense of Muslim speakers (so-called “Scholars”) in the west who directly or indirectly call people to shirk and kufr.
Our dawah has got to be far simpler than all of that, I tell myself.
Yusuf Estes may even be an antidote, if you will, to the writers and bloggers who come up with such tragic headings as “The Rise and Fall of Salafi Dawah”. To be quite honest, those who claim that they are staunch followers of Daw’ah Salafiyyah — and I emphasize the “Daw’ah” part — don’t seem to be makin’ it when they write and publicize such tragic articles!!!!!!
Sometimes i just look around and to want ask: Will the real Da’ees please stand up?
May Allah (awj) reward Sh. Yusuf for all of his Dawah related work in this life and in the hereafter, ameen!
Sh. Yusuf in the UK (above)
Sh. Yusuf putting the smack down on anthropomorphists!
Check out some of his Dawah sites below: