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MDI News: Abdullah al Andalusi’s Cambridge Union debate on “Is Islam a Threat to the West?” goes viral in Malaysia

Another Muslim Debate Initiative video has gone viral in Malaysia, attracting more than 2.5 million views in just four days!

On Thursday 4th November 2010, the prestigious Cambridge University’s Cambridge Union Society (the oldest student society in the world (more info), held a controversial debate titled: “This House believes that Islam is a threat to the west”

The debate was highly controversial, being widely criticised by student organisations, for the inviting of Islamophobic speakers, such a Steven Gash, formerly of SIOE (Stop the Islamification of Europe). Others invited speakers included renown former Catholic priest, Idris Tawfik, and Muslim public speaker, Abdullah ul Andalusi of the Muslim Debate Initiative.

The debate was a resounding success, with the motion “This House believes that Islam is a threat to the West”, being resoundingly defeated in the audience vote. Additionally, the debate featured controversy, as Islamophobic speaker, Steven Gash, stormed out of the debate during Abdullah al Andalusi’s presentation and rebuttal to his points against Islam. The full debate video can be viewed here.

Unfortunately, due to the debate video being in English, many non-english speakers around the world may not have been able to engage with the video.

Fortunately, a number of snippets of the opening speeches of Stephen Gash, and Abdullah al Andalusi’s rebuttal were collected, and have kindly translated and subtitled recently into Malaysian and shared by the Malaysian group Fakir Ilmu. The video has been shared and reposted by a number of Malaysia groups, and has gained 2.5 million views [1] in just four days [alongwith 36,400 facebook shares]!

Our thanks to Fakir Ilmu, we hope to see more MDI videos translated in future.

Post and video by Fakir Ilmu:

Pembenci Islam Kalah Debat Sampai Keluar Dewan

Abdullah Andalusi menghujah penggerak persatuan ‘Hentikan Islamisasi Eropah’ Stephen Gash hingga dia keluar dari dewan akibat dimalukan.

Tonton di Youtube, jangan lupa like dan subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSFS1ELJ9Dg

Bantu Fakir Ilmu dengan derma Ikhlas : https://goo.gl/iY8SCd

video asal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmehfwvMCcI


[1] Total is aggregate of the following (numbers accurate on last access – 27th November 2017):

676,000 views, 14,619 shares, on original video by Fakir Ilmu

210,000 views, 3062 shares, on reposted video by Malaysia30

1,100,000 views , 18,932 shares, on reposted video by Muslimina


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