Case Studies in Plagiarism: Yusuf Estes and Academic Fraud

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful…

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace) said:

المتشبع بما لم يعط كلابس ثوبي زور

“The one who tries to enjoy [the outward image of] what he has not been given is like someone who wears two garments of falsehood.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

Previously, issues related to the academic dishonesty of the controversial American preacher Yusuf Estes were introduced. His use of deception in media to lie to millions of people was recently exposed [click here], as well as his theft of the writing of another author, claiming it for his own. [click here]

In order to assist those searching for some kind of explanation for such blatant lying and trickery, those who might like to believe that there was just one isolated case of plagiarism, we will now provide clear documentation of a number of acts of plagiarism committed by Yusuf Estes. These case studies show that the one case of plagiarism documented previously was not an isolated incident by any means, rather just one case of many. The cases, one after the next, indicate an intended method of ongoing plagiarism.

Case Study #1 – Yusuf Estes Steals, Claims Authorship of Article on “Muslim Scientists”

Hasan Saleem’s original biographical article on seven famous scientists and philosophers is stolen and used as Yusuf Estes’ own work on his IslamNewsRoom website. This incident was noted and discussed in detail in a previous article [here].

Click here to download and review this case study of Yusuf Estes’ plagiarism for yourself.

Case Study #2 – Yusuf Estes Steals, Claims Authorship of Article on “Professor Francis Boyle”

Sherwood Ross’ original article on the United States Government’s pressure on a Muslim’s lawyer is stolen and published as Yusuf Estes’ own work on his IslamNewsRoom website. About the incident, Sherwood Ross comments:

Yes, it IS a steal from my article on Professor Francis Boyle’s visit from government authorities who sought to have him inform on his clients. Paragraph after paragraph is identical. You are right to try to put an end to this kind of theft.

Click here to download and review this case study of Yusuf Estes’ plagiarism for yourself.

Case Study #3 – Yusuf Estes Steals, Claims Authorship of Article on the ‘Rapture’ Apocalypse Prediction

An article published by the BBC on Harold Camping’s false prediction of Judgment Day is stolen and published as Yusuf Estes’ own work on his IslamNewsRoom website.

Click here to download and review this case study of Yusuf Estes’ plagiarism for yourself.

Case Study #4 – Yusuf Estes Steals, Claims Authorship of Article on the Disappearance of Moammar Ghadafi

An article written by Ben Forer about the disappearance of the Libyan dictator is stolen and published as Yusuf Estes’ own work on his IslamNewsRoom website.

Click here to download and review this case study of Yusuf Estes’ plagiarism for yourself.

Case Study #5 – Yusuf Estes Steals, Claims Authorship of Article about Dr. Zakir Naik

Articles written by Ahmed Shabaan and Shafaat Shahbandari about an award given to Dr. Zakir Naik are stolen, combined into one article, and published as Yusuf Estes’ own work on his IslamNewsRoom website.

Click here to download and review this case study of Yusuf Estes’ plagiarism for yourself.

Case Study #6 – Yusuf Estes Steals, Claims Authorship of an Article about Halloween

A 2001 article published by TROID on the Islamic ruling on Halloween is stolen and published as Yusuf Estes’ own work on his IslamNewsRoom website. This incident is especially interesting given the enmity held by Yusuf Estes for TROID and his warning against them! [click here] It seems Mr. Estes has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar!

Click here to download and review this case study of Yusuf Estes’ plagiarism for yourself.

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2 responses to “Case Studies in Plagiarism: Yusuf Estes and Academic Fraud

  1. Now this man is a serious fraud. He builds a reputation for himself as an author by stealing other people’s articles?! What can his fans and supports say about this? It blows my mind how far people will go to defend this liar!!! This is not Islam!

    People was like “Maybe he’s ignorant and makes lots of mistakes, but at least he’s sincere!” Thats really a guess anyway cause we don’t know whats in his heart. But some pretty clear signs are showing up now that the sincerity excuse doesn’t hold a lot of water. And Allah knows what our chests hide.

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