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Dear bro MN, If you have not yet read I recommend that you must read it ASAP.

By reading it I learned that now Atheists are not only just denying religion but they are in state of a war against religion and those who are practicing religion. (No matter which religion but mostly Islam and Christianity and sometimes Judaism). After this conclusion I am pretty sure that such case like burning Quran, celebrating Quran burn day, cartoons issue are not just limited to freedom of expression or showing hate against terrorism but they are deliberate actions to challenge those who believe and practice religion.

I know this is leading me to conspiracy theories [upon which I don't believe; and same time I don't deny existence of conspiracy] but I can help it therefore I need you feed back on this and request you to conduct a dissociation session upon this issue.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Atheism

Abdul Rauf

Dubai, UAE

March 2012

Dear Brother

Wa alaikum us salam wa Rahmatullah

Yes, you are right that this movement of New Atheism is anti-religion. Such people lived in all times who revolted against religions. They were even available in mediaeval Muslim societies and were termed as Zanadiqah (sing. Zindeeq) and Malahadah (sing. Mulihid.) There is no conspiracy in it as they are open enemies of religion. The reign of communism was also part of it. Now they have become violent due to fall of atheistic thought in scientific circles which was once the domain of atheists. Burning the Quran and other religious books and using obscene language for religion is manifestation of their feelings. You are 100% right that they are not doing so merely due to war against terrorism or due to freedom of expression. Reasonable people in the West do not do so but they respect all religions.

Our response should be to present the religion in a decent and humble way and avoid tactics of polemic arguers. The concept of God is deep rooted in human personality, so in sha Allah they will never succeed. Example of Soviet Union and China is obvious where they employed all tactics to curb religions but failed to achieve their objectives. As soon as the pressure of communism disappeared, people flocked to mosques, churches and temples.

History shows that whenever a group becomes violent, its ideology is defeated. Their violence will result in waning power of atheism and resurgence of religion and more people will come to religion, if Allah wills. But we must be extremely careful. We should never use obscene language for any person and present our viewpoint in a decent and humble way. You might have observed that when two persons are arguing: one is presenting his view humbly and other is outspoken, blunt and even insulting; automatically, sympathies of other people divert towards the humble person. We should avoid polemical debates with such people but turn towards masses to convey the message of Islam.

Wassalam

Mubashir

wa sallam

Sir, I think it will be wrong if we don't counter them on intellectual level as it will make sure that like other religions, Islam also don't have answers and surrendered in front of science etc. which is wrong , the issue is that our religious scholars are either unable or they don't want to reply them on scientific grounds, I am emphasizing on scientific grounds because for one who doesn't believe upon ALLAH or his book "Quran" then how we can expect him/her to accept our reply to them with the help of verses of that book?

Assalam o alaikum

I am not saying that we should not counter it on intellectual grounds, rather it is a need of time and we should do it. I only advised you to not engage in debates as they produce nothing and it is a waste of time. The better method is to document all their questions and write articles or books in response to these questions. On evolution and similar issues, this task should be done by some expert in biology/zoology otherwise proper answers could not have been provided. A good writer can help the biologist in writing the book for a common man. We also need a religious expert to reconcile these things to the religion. So a team of three experts can produce a great work.

If you are taking interest in this project, take it with full commitment. You can write well and try to find some expert in biology. I would love to include the book you will produce in the Islamic Studies Program. There is an advanced course in plan named “Islam and Natural Sciences.” Similar courses are there for political science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, philosophy etc. The idea is to include two things in these courses:

1. Questions / challenges raised by modern research in these disciplines on Islam

2. Positive opportunities provided by these disciplines for Islam (e.g. the concept of intelligent design of this universe is testifying the religion.)

So if you take this initiative, you will build a great resource of knowledge for future generations. (Readers of this thread are also encouraged to contact me if they are interested in doing some work on this project.)

Wassalam

Mubashir

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