Why I Like Listening To Yusuf Estes
I’m not sure when I first heard of Yusuf Estes. I think it was back in the late nineties. Whatever the case, I liked him from the moment I first heard him speak. Alhamdulillah, he has proven to be a great asset to Islam in the West.
Most of you probably already know the story behind his conversion and how he came to Islam. It’s available on Youtube and I advise you to search for it and give it a listen. It is one of the most touching conversion stories you’ll ever hear.
If you haven’t heard how Yusuf Estes became Muslim, Inshallah, I’ll give you a quick rundown of how it happened.
He used to be Christian. But not just your average, go to church every now and then Christian. Yusuf Estes was serious about his Christianity. In fact, he was actually a preacher. He was very much involved in church activities and he and his wife spent a lot of time calling people to church and trying to guide wayward souls to Christianity.
As it happened, one day he took a Muslim into his house as a guest. Being the devout Christian he was, Yusuf Estes had the notion that he was going to go to work on this Muslim and eventually get him to convert to Christianity. What happened was something totally different.
Together with his wife, they spent a lot of time and several days talking with their Muslim guest. They were very polite about it all, and they did not try to push Christianity on him. But they were determined to convert him, nonetheless.
But as Yusus Estes and his wife talked with their Muslim guest about politics and religion they begin to learn that Islam was actually full of truth.
Every time they tried to say something beneficial about Christianity or tried to convince their Muslim guest that Islam was wrong, they found out that in fact they were wrong!
To make a long story short, after a couple of months of going back and forth with the Muslim, Yusuf Estes and his wife both took their Shahada and converted to Islam.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, the Sheikh has several websites devoted to spreading the message of Islam. I actually envy his ability to distribute so much information on Islam in what looks like a pretty effortless manner.
Yusuf Estes is a pretty popular speaker. I haven’t had the opportunity to listen to him live, but I’ve listed to several of his lectures over the years. What I love most about the way he talks is that he’s just so down to earth. It’s like listening to your grandfather.
Sheikh Yusuf Estes doesn’t really get too much into the deep, technical issues of Islam. His talks are usually about spreading the message and informing non-Muslims (and some wayward Muslims, too) about the truth of Islam.
Alhamdulillah, with his laid-back and relaxed manner of speaking, he gets the message across in a very accommodating way that is very comforting and inviting.
I rate this brother as one of my favorite Muslim speakers. He is definitely one of the most popular and beloved speakers in America.
May Allah reward Yusuf Estes and forgive him his sins, Ameen