Yusuf Estes in Amsterdam in 2013
January 1, 1944
Texas, United States
Yusuf Estes (born Joseph Estes, 1944) is an American preacher from Texas who converted from Christianity to Islam in 1991. He claims to have been a Muslim Chaplain for the United States Bureau of Prisons through the 1990s, and to have served a delegate to the United Nations World Peace Conference for Religious Leaders held at the U.N. in September 2000.
Estes has served as a guest presenter and a keynote speaker at various Islamic events. Estes was named as the Islamic Personality of the Year at the Dubai International Holy Quran Award ceremony on 8 August 2012. Estes's Islamic background is Salafi.
Estes is the founder and president of Guide US TV, a free-to-air Internet and satellite TV channel, which broadcasts programs about Islam.
Ban from Singapore
On 24 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," the Ministry of Home Affairs said. It explained in a statement that its decision to reject Estes’s application for a short-term work pass stemmed from his "segregationist and divisive teachings". In particular, it referred to a 2012 video in which Estes said it was "not part of Islam to celebrate others' holidays" or wish Christians "Merry Christmas" and Jews "Happy Hanukkah". He also questioned the religious basis for Christmas in an article in December 2016, and advised Muslims against "celebrating something that even the Christians should not be doing". Estes also said the Bible had many contradictions, called it an unreliable text, and expressed "intolerant views of non-Muslims".
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