MDI’s Abdullah al Andalusi appeared on the BBC 1 ‘The Big Question’ program on Sunday 29th May 2016, to debate the selected question ‘Did Man Create God?’. The video is available to watch below.
Francesca Stavrakopoulou, professor of ancient religion at Exeter; Elaine Storkey; theologian
Tim Whitmarsh, professor of Greek culture at Cambridge;
Rev Teresa Morgan, professor of Graeco-Roman history at Oxford; Arif Ahmed, philosophy lecturer from Cambridge;
Cole Morton, author of Is God Still an Englishman?; \
Prof Bruce Hood, experimental psychologist from Bristol;
Rupert Shortt, author of God is No Thing;
Selina O’Grady, author of And Man Created God;
Satish K Sharma from the National Council of Hindu Temples;
Rabbi Charley Baginsky from South Bucks Jewish Community;
Abdullah al Andalusi from the Muslim Debate Initiative.
Review of Program
The show was pre-recorded and was not broadcast live. Most of the guests were Liberal Atheists, Liberal Christians, Liberal Jews, and Liberal Atheist Feminists. However, despite this, the show allowed Abdullah to make some very key points from the Islamic perspective, citing evidence and rational argument, and refuting arguments (and leading questions) made by the other panellists and host, Nicky Campbell.
Abdullah set the debate into context, citing that all human civilisation throughout history started out monotheistic, and corrupted this doctrine into polytheism. Abdullah cited that more polytheistic religions have a ‘head God’, or ‘first God’ in their cosmology. Humans invented anthropomorphic representations of God and the sun, moon, sky etc. Just because these representations are false, doesn’t mean the sun, moon and sky don’t exist. Likewise, the same for the anthropomorphic representations made of God (who we believe does not resemble humans or any creature, or anything finite for that matter). And I also told the audience that God made man (not man made God), but man made idols, and we should not throw God out with the idols. Abdullah argued against some of the Atheists, and had a (former Muslim) Atheist, Arif Ahmed, argue a red-herring that Islam oppressed ‘Gay people’ despite it not being related to the subject matter of the show.
The Feminist Atheist led the charge arguing ‘why can’t there be more ‘goddesses’! Others joined in. So even in polytheism religions which Atheists don’t actually believe in, they demand equal representation for women. It’s a good thing that Muslims simply don’t believe in any male or female gods – which sums up the dichotomy between Islam and Feminism generally.
The limited time given to Abdullah allowed some clear comments about the Islamic position to be made, and ultimately the orthodox Abrahamic belief of God. This is the benefit that such shows provide. Hopefully, there will be viewers who will be curious enough to investigate all the claims made on the show to discover the truth for themselves.
For those who already believe in the Islamic position, this program will give you an insight into the direction Liberal theology wants to take all religions. Those who will not adopt Atheism, will be assimilated into a Secular Liberal perennialism – the belief that all religions are equal in truth – and equally silent on the public affairs of mankind.
Great job Abdullah despite the very little time you had.
if atheists can point out to us the source of moral teachings from which arises human rights , we are all ears . The fact is that only religious scriptures gave clear guidelines on moral behaviour and rules and regulations to lead a righteous life . When man learnt from religious sources he then went on at some point in history to draw up a human rights charter as part of the political establishment . In spite of that it has always been manipulated by the powers that be and even today fails miserably to actually protect the most vulnerable people turning a blind eye whenever it suits them proving that God,s laws are not only most just but most advanced as it comes from One who is most wise . Before knocking religious scripture, those in opposition should get some education and study it in depth before making uninformed statements on a public platform , and this has been the failing of atheists . They fuse actions of people with actual religious scripture and look at it as one and the same . This is where atheists and islamophobes make very disingenouos arguments and repeat those same arguments everywhere they speak in spite of those arguments having been answered comprehensively . Islamophobes have a veil over their hearts so they cant see the wood for the trees but they act very intellectual . Mariam Namazie the fake ex muslim never fails to have a dig at Islam with her crude and barely rudimentary understanding of Islamic text and it shows in her understanding of women<s issues in the Quran .It shows that either she does not know much or is purposefully misleading the public on Islamic principles . To me the latter is more true of her and when someone goes out of their way to be part of some ex muslims organization this is organized islamophobia funded and supported on an ongoing basis by powers behind the scenes for nefarious agendas . How can such pretenders actually take part in an honest debate if deception is their game .
Let me mention how human rights gets manipulated by modern secular society . We all know about the Syrian human rights organization from whom reports were being taken and broadcasted by major television networks . This organisation was based in a town in England run by one man who had not gone to Syria in the middle of the ongoing war to see for himself . So all these unverified reports given by one man sitting in a house somewhere in England was "factual" news for major networks . Thats human rights support system in the 21st century . In the modern era ,the just and truthful and brave get slaughtered for real human rights and the unjust deceivers sit in seats of power