Yusuf Estes

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Yusuf Estes
Yusuf Estes Bekeerlingendag 2013.jpg
Yusuf Estes in Amsterdam in 2013
Joseph Estes

(1944-01-01) January 1, 1944 (age 76)
Texas, United States

Yusuf Estes (born Joseph Estes, 1944) is an American preacher from Texas[1] who converted from Christianity to Islam in 1991. He says he was a Muslim chaplain for the United States Bureau of Prisons during the 1990s, and has served as a delegate to the United Nations World Peace Conference for Religious Leaders held at the U.N. in September 2000.[2]

Estes has served as a guest presenter and a keynote speaker at various Islamic events.[3] Estes was named as the Islamic Personality of the Year at the Dubai International Holy Quran Award ceremony on 8 August 2012.[4] Estes's Islamic background is Salafi.[5]

Estes is the founder and president of Guide US TV, a free-to-air Internet and satellite TV channel, which broadcasts programs about Islam.[6]

In November 2017, Estes was denied entry into Singapore for having expressed views which were "unacceptable" and "contrary" to the values of Singapore's multiracial and multi-religious society. His "divisive views breed intolerance and exclusivist practices that will damage social harmony, and cause communities to drift apart," according to the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs.[7]

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  1. ^ Ahmed, Akbar S. (2010). Journey Into America: The Challenge of Islam. Brookings Institution Press. p. 303. ISBN 9780815704409.
  2. ^ Abidin, Danial Zainal (2007). Islam the Misunderstood Religion. PTS Millennia. pp. 180–82. ISBN 9789833604807.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 8, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Shahbandari, Shafaat (August 9, 2012). "Yusuf Estes Lights Up the Award Ceremony". Gulf News. Archived from the original on August 10, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  5. ^ The Muslim 500: "Sheikh Yusuf Estes" Archived September 1, 2016, at the Wayback Machine retrieved December 30, 2015 | "Sheikh Yusuf Estes is a well-known preacher of a Salafi background who lectures all over the world."
  6. ^ "Dr Shaikh Yusuf Estes named Islamic Personality of 2012". Khaleej Times. July 9, 2012. Archived from the original on August 18, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Arlina Arshad, Regional Correspondent. "American Muslim preacher denied entry into Singapore for expressing divisive views: MHA". Straits Times. Archived from the original on December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 7, 2017.

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