Yusuf Estes in Amsterdam in 2013
January 1, 1944
Ohio, United States
Yusuf Estes (born in 1944) is an American Muslim preacher and teacher who converted from Christianity to Islam in 1991. He was a Muslim Chaplain for the United States Bureau of Prisons through the 1990s. He was a Muslim delegate to the United Nations World Peace Conference for Religious Leaders held at the U.N. in September 2000.
Active in Islamic missionary work in the United States, Estes is often featured as guest presenter and keynote speaker at various Islamic events as well as frequently appearing on various Islamic satellite TV channels. Estes was named as the #1 Islamic Personality of the Year at the Dubai International Holy Quran Award ceremony on 8 August 2012.
Estes is critical of today's public school system in the United States for all children, and is highly supportive of students receiving a religious education combined with more advanced scholastic education.
Yusuf Estes became a Muslim in 1991 after meeting an Egyptian named Mohamed. Following his conversion, Estes entered the field of Dawah, or proselytizing for the Islamic faith. Estes denies the theory of Darwinian evolution and instead professes creationism, which he believes is described by Islamic scriptures.
From 2004, Estes regularly appeared on the Islam Channel, as well as Peace TV and on Huda TV which are 24/7 Islamic channels broadcasting in many countries around the globe, via satellite and via the website watchislam.com.
Estes has started a free-to-air Internet and satellite TV channel called GuideUS TV which currently broadcasts commercial-free programming on Islam 24/7. He has also set up various websites directed toward English speaking Muslims which include TubeIslam (a Muslim video sharing site), ChatIslam, (a Muslim chat room), and WorldPreschool (a defunct preschool learning site for young children).
Estes produced a video presentation series called Arabic in English, designed to help English speakers learn the Arabic language easily using his proprietary teaching method. He sells the series online, and also provides a set of free chatroom-based courses with volunteer teachers. He also produced a television series entitled Qisas Al Anbiyah (Stories of the Prophets), aimed toward English-speaking children of Muslim parents.
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