Confronting Atheism with Evidence

Confronting Atheism with Evidence

By Rana Rais Khan – Editor, Hiba Magazine

And we fathomed Pakistan was a safe haven to keep our Muslim identities intact. Are we naïve or want to bury our heads in the sand? And you may question, where is it happening? Well, right here under our noses in many top educational institutions, which have regretfully become breeding grounds for disobedience to Allah (swt). Also in the cyberspace with its uncensored and unstoppable access to all kinds of warped ideologies for everyone with unclear and fragile beliefs. Denial of God exists.

Brother Adnan Rashid, a senior researcher at the “Hittin Institute”, U.K., who specializes in Islamic studies and comparative religion, was invited by “LiveDeen”. On a very short notice, a four hour intensive workshop on Dawah was organized at a centrally located hotel of Karachi. In spite of an exhaustive schedule of delivering talks at the city’s top tier universities, brother Adnan made time to address this critically growing and disturbing issue around the globe – Does a Creator exist?

He urged all Muslims to train themselves for tackling Atheism rationally, instead of waiting to earn a degree from the Madinah university. In his words: “If you know it, understand it, then deliver it.” Those of you, who wish to master the skill of Dawah, visit:

“Invite (mankind, O Muhammad (sa)) to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islam) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Inspiration and the Qur’an) and fair preaching…” (An-Nahl, 16:125)

Preceding the Hajj, Muhammad (sa) held Allah (swt) as a witness that he had delivered the message to mankind. The 100,000 men and women present at the sermon also served as a witness and agreed in unison that our beloved Prophet (sa) had fulfilled his commitment. He asked them to deliver Dawah to those, who were not present and for generations to come, until the Hour occurs. Well, brothers and sisters, as Muslims you and I carry that responsibility upon our shoulders today.

For selfish reasons, because our dear ones are as vulnerable as any stranger on the street. For selfless reasons, because people are heading towards a pit of fire, and we can’t sit and watch them take the plunge. As devout Muslims, we believe that Allah (swt) exists. But to prove this we need to present our case with rationality, intellect and in a robust manner. Here is the strategy brother Adnan offers briefly:

  1. Cosmological argument.
  2. Theological/design argument.
  3. Argument based on morality.
  1. Cosmological Argument.

We consider Allah (swt) as Rab-ul-Alimin. According to some Tafaseer (commentaries) it means Creator of all that exists other than Allah (swt). For the universe to come into existence there could be three plausible theories:

a) either the universe came about by itself,

b) or the universe created itself,

c) or it was created.

If we take into account the first explanation that the universe came into existence instantaneously, it means there was nothing before it. Can nothing produce anything? If you have nothing in your pocket and you draw your hand out, will you have anything in your hand or will you still have nothing? Then how could nothing create anything? It means the universe didn’t happen to exist suddenly.

Now, let’s consider option two that the universe created itself. Again, in order to create itself, the universe needs to exist in the first place, which it didn’t. This argument is paradoxical.

This leads us to take into account the last option that the universe was created by someone. This is the only logical explanation that a sound mind can accept. ‘Kun fa ya kun’ or ‘Be.’ This is all it took the Lord to create the universe.

  1. Theological / Design Argument.

Whether we cast a brief glance or a deeper look at the environment around us, the precision, with which physical laws govern the universe, is spellbinding. There is sophisticated design in the universe.

This design ensures the presence of a designer. How could the Quran have explained numerous Ayahs with exact details pertaining to the universe, whereas the Astrophysists can only speculate as they have no tools to measure, what is out there today.

The Quran explains that the supernatural does exist – whether it was the birth of Adam and Hawa (as), the parting of the Dead Sea by Musa (as) or the virgin birth of Isa (as). The evidence is overwhelming.

  1. Argument Based on Morality.

Who will decide what is moral today? Man? Well, then we are in for many surprises. Man changes his stance every now and then, according to what is suitable to him. Homosexuality was a crime in Europe earlier. Today it is a celebrated virtue. Man’s morality is objective, whereas the Creator’s morality transcends subjectivity – it does not alter with time and preferences.

Richard Dawkins in his bestseller titled “The God Delusion” attributes all evils to religion. Hamza Andreas Tzortzis attempted to respond to Dawkin’s central arguments and arguments that the philosophers consider to be his best.

He puts forth convincingly: “War and conflict are not religious monopolies; rather, they are human phenomena and not unique to religion.” Historians record the earlier century to be one of the Godless eras of civilization that brought upon humanity the following wrath in terms of genocide, killings and sufferings, etc.:

  • 70,000,000 under Chairman Mao
  • 20,000,000 under Stalin
  • 2,000,000 no longer exist because of Pol Pot
  • 7,000,000 innocent Iraqi’s under current occupation
  • 5,000,000 Iraqi children in the 10 year sanctions

Those, who depend on scientific theories, must understand that science keeps shifting poles, because its scope is limited. But the Quran is based on established reality. It is wrong to state that the Quran agrees with science. We should accept the Word of God to be true, as it indicates many scientific phenomena around us. Quran does not depend on science to prove its authenticity.

The parchment showcased in St. Petersburg (Russia) of a copy of the Quran of Usman (rta) can be matched with the Quran resting in your shelf. It will, Insha’Allah, be exactly alike. For those who wish to explore further please visit

Hamza states: “Intellectual gymnastics – no matter how truthful – seldom convince others, so I thought it best to allow the expression of God – the Quran – to have the final say: ‘Verily, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed Ayat (signs) for people of understanding.’” (Al-Baqarah, 2:164)

Should more be said? I think not.

About “LiveDeen”

In 2011, a group of brothers, with a passion to help the Ummah, founded “LiveDeen” – a non-profit project with an up-to-the-minute concept of lectureshops; a combination of workshops and live lectures of international speakers broadcasted via hi-technology video conferencing tools. Their main aim is to bridge the gap between the English-speaking strata of the society and Deen. To date, “LiveDeen” has conducted multiple lectureshops along with one full day conference.

Contact Details:

Ameer “LiveDeen”: Nouman Idrees Sheikh (0300-863-7735)

Fajr Academy – Creating Readers and Leaders!

Fajr Academy – Creating Readers and Leaders!

By Umm Zakariya – Reading and Creative Writing Coach at Fajr Academy, Karachi

Reading is one of the greatest sources of knowledge and pleasure known to mankind. Avid readers will tell you nothing can replace a good book. Reading is a taught skill and though we all learn to read when we go through our educational system, we mainly treat it as a form of acquiring knowledge. We rarely find a school which inculcates in children the passion to read for pleasure.

Fajr Academy is one of the rare schools that consider reading as top priority in their educational programme – for knowledgeand for pleasure. The newly-opened school is the brainchild of Mr. Asim Ismail, an educationist entrepreneur who has launched an extensive reading programme where children from the nursery level are exposed to a wide variety of books and literature. Two out of seven periods in a single day are dedicated to reading, where two to three reading teachers take a class of maximum twelve children. The reading teachers are also supervised by an experienced co-coordinator who keeps updating them with new ideas to make the reading lessons more effective. Depending on the reading level of the child, children are either led through a guided reading programme or are encouraged to read independently, with the teacher ensuring that the material being read is effectively comprehended. At all times, reading is made to be a fun activity, with children waiting impatiently to get their hands on the books so they can discover new places, people and ideas.

Each class at the school also houses an in-class library with age-appropriate books. Precocious readers in the class are allowed by the reading teachers to choose books from the main library as well to encourage them to read higher-level books. The school has invested heavily into the reading programme by purchasing books from all leading bookstores in the city. Experienced teachers have carefully selected books for the school in order to give children reading material covering a wide range of topics. The team of teachers also has a trained teacher for assessing children with learning difficulties, more specifically, dyslexia. These students are then instructed through multi-sensory modes to help them read effectively.

“The results of the reading programme have been beyond our wildest expectations”, says a teacher at Fajr Academy. The children of Prep 2 have already finished readers in the first term of the school year which are usually finished at the end of the school year in other schools. Some children of Prep-1 have become fluent readers as well. The children of Nursery, though young, have also become little book lovers, pouring over the pictures of the books while the teachers give words to what they see.

When asked to comment on the reading programme at his school, Mr. Asim Ismail simply states: “Reading is to the mind what food is for the body.” This small quote from him sums up the importance of the reading programme at Fajr Academy. He believes once the passion for reading is inculcated in children, they will excel at academics. This is because the best form of gaining knowledge is through the printed word. If children become fluent readers at an early age and enjoy picking up a good book to read, the scope of what they can learn would be beyond our wildest imagination. As they say, “today a reader, tomorrow a leader!”

A Question of Identity

A Question of Identity

By Amreen Rehman – An MBA graduate from Pakistan’s top business school

“Roti (food), Kapra (clothes), Makan (housing) and sex! Yes, sex! These are the basic human needs of today that motivate a person to do something. Our politicians have not been successful, because they have failed to address these basic human needs. Maslow’s theory of hierarchy of needs ignores the sex aspect…” The debate goes on in the classroom.

“Now we will watch some interactive videos that will depict human behaviour,” the teacher announces. Next, I see some advertisements revolving around nudity and sex, followed by a useless discussion on how these ads promote successful brands.

I am sitting in a marketing elective course known as Consumer Behaviour, but sex is all I’m hearing. As I look around, I see students of both genders, comfortably and casually watching, laughing and taking part in the discussion, leaving me bewildered and confused.

“Am I the only one feeling ashamed to be part of such a group? Have we lost all our values and morals?” I wonder.

I guess I’m talking about the so-called elite class of students, for whom such topics reflect confidence and boldness. What a pity that we have lost our Haya.

Islam defines Haya as modesty that beautifies our lives. “Haya, an inner control, and modesty in one’s talk are two branches of faith; while ill talk and excess talk are signs of hypocrisy.” (At-Tirmidhi) Haya literally means ‘to be alive’, as it keeps our hearts spiritually energized.

Sadly, we have forgotten what Islam stands for. Islam is our Deen – a complete code of life – and our actions and speech should reflect this. In this very course, my teacher had clearly told us we were not allowed to discuss two topics – religion and politics. In fact, all my teachers feel Islam is just a personal matter.

I realize we receive MBA and BBA degrees at the cost of our Deen. Are we spending huge amounts of money in order to debate whether or not gay marriages should be legalized?

This is the state of education in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It has made us secular, and though we excel in speaking and writing English more than an ordinary Englishman, it has taken us away from Islam.

Suddenly, my thoughts are disrupted by the sound of the bell. I slowly get up, collect my books and leave the classroom with questions haunting me: “Whatis my identity? Am I a Muslim or have I just become part of the secular class, for whom such concepts as Haya are dead?”

This reminds me of a Hadeeth of the Prophet (sa): “Islam began as something strange and shall return to being something strange. So give glad tidings to the strangers.” (Sahih Muslim)

It is sad to see how far we have deviated from our Deen and have lost our identity as Muslims. In today’s world, people who act upon the true teachings of Islam have become strangers and constitute a minority. But glad tidings to the few strangers for they are the beloved ones.

Worthy Clicks for Parents


By Ruhaifa Samir – Freelance journalist and staff blogger at and and

Age: 4- 10 years

Genre: Islamic games

Both sites have a range of games to teach children basic Islamic concepts as well as Arabic. Crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, quizzes, stories, colouring pages and printables are some of the other features of the websites.

Age: Grade 1-8

Genre: math, science, reading, grammar and general knowledge provides parents the opportunity to test their child according to their grade levels to see where they stand. There are many online worksheets as well to give children practice in areas, where they need extra help.

Age: 6 onwards

Genre: Explanation of the Quran

“Using toys to make learning fun” is the motto of this very interesting site, where “Lego” blocks are used to help explain to children what the Quran says. Selected verses and Surahs have been covered with more on the way.

Age: for the whole family

Genre: Islamic social awareness

This YouTube channel has short animated stick-figure videos to drive home important messages to today’s Muslims. From small children to grown-ups, all can benefit from reminders on how to be productive Muslims!