Category archives for Agnosticism

Madagascar: An Exhibit for Islam against Christianity!

Almost 80% of species in Madagascar are unique to the island and are not found else where.  As a result this largest island is a witness for evolution, which for our purposes means, a common lineage of all life forms on our planet earth.  The uniqueness of Madagascar species is a proof for the theory of evolution, […]

Muhammad: Seal of the Prophets

Montgomery Watt calls Muhammad, one of the Greatest sons of Adam. The expression, seal of the Prophets means the Greatest Prophet!

According to Karen Armstrong, “Mahound’s fictional status in the West has perhaps made it even more difficult for people to see him as an historical character who deserves the same serious treatment as Napoleon, or Alexander the Great. The fictional portrait of Mahound in The Satanic Verses resonates deeply with these established Western fantasies.”

At another place she writes, “If we could view Muhammad as we do any other important historical figure we would surely consider him to be one of the greatest geniuses the world has known.”

Every human should have genuine curiosity to know more about this man, the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, may peace be upon him.

Debate: Does the Universe have a purpose?

First something about the big picture, atheists are right in exposing the irrationality of the Christian dogma. However, the Christians are right in as far as their claim that there needs to be a Creator of this universe, Who employed natural means to do His work. However, both parties in their self-conceit are not listening […]

Photosynthesis: deserving of our awe or ridicule?

By Zia H Shah MD Source / Courtesy: Alislam-eGazette After centuries of research, technology has created solar panels. The plant kingdom has been converting solar energy into chemical energy in a much more aesthetic manner. The plants are not only solar panels but are also self generating solar panel factories and much more! They are […]

Thomas Paine: His Second Coming in Islam in the 21st Century

Thomas Paine was one of the Founding Fathers of USA, in 18th century he was one of the greatest intellectuals and a proponent of Deism.  He is best known for his book Age of Reason.   Mark Twain said, “It took a brave man before the Civil War to confess he had read the Age of Reason … I […]

Recruiting the four Horsemen of Neo-atheism into Cavalry of Islam

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, an 1887 painting by Victor Vasnetsov. Christopher Hitchens died on December 15, 2011.  My condolences to his family and friends.  From here on any blunt reference by me to my four horsemen should be considered to the surviving three. First a few words about the big picture. Atheists are right […]

Foundation of our morality: Islamic and Judeo-Christian tradition!

If we examine our morality in its extreme situations we may realise that clearly there are religious implications and our morality came from God and perhaps cannot fully exist without God. Our morality is rooted in the prophets of God who revealed to us the absolute standards of our Creator against murder and incest for […]

The concept of Trinity has no legs to stand on

Mufti Muhammad Sadiq, the first Muslim missionary to USA in 1920s, in his early days in USA, to initiate his missionary work, went into a store and bought three pencils and chose to pay for the price of only one pencil. When the shop keeper protested and asked for further payment, Sadiq retorted, you do believe in one in three and three in one. Don’t you? After a little quibbling the stage was set to start talking about Islam and Christianity!

The testimony of One God is every where in our universe and Trinity is no where to be seen. The universe and all life forms on our planet earth speak of One Creator and not three. If god the son and the Holy Ghost did not create any thing then they are not equal to God the Father, and hence not equal partners in ‘Trinity.’

I invite all our Christian brethren to also ponder over other religions that existed before Trinity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Confucianism or the aborigines of America and Australia.

Arius aught to have been declared a saint rather than a heretic! The term ‘Arianism’ is used to refer to other nontrinitarian theological systems of the 4th century. Arianism is the theological teaching of Arius (CE 250–336), a Church priest, who was first ruled a heretic at the First Council of Nicea of 325, later exonerated in 335 at the First Synod of Tyre, and then pronounced a heretic again after his death at the First Council of Constantinople of 381. The Emperor Constantine was baptized by an Arian Bishop. The Roman Emperors Constantius II (337-361) and Valens (364-378) were Arians or Semi-Arians.

If a Christian gives up Trinity, he or she still has the choice to become a Unitarian Christian, a Muslim or a Jew, before opting to be an agnostic or an atheist.

Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Messiah of this age writes:

“The God of Islam is the same God who is visible in the mirror of the law of nature and is discernible in the book of nature. Islam has not presented a new God but has presented the same God Who is presented by the light of man’s heart, by the conscience of man, and by heaven and earth.” (Tableegh-e-Risalat, Vol. VI, p. 15).

A Christian and an agnostic debate the question of suffering.

… On November 11, 2010, Dinesh D’Souza, former White House domestic policy analyst and recently appointed president of Kings College, debated Bart Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The debate—which was sponsored by the Center for Christian Studies—took place in the A. J. Gordon […]

Rising of the Sun from the West in the Latter Days

This article was originally published in the summer 2011 volume of the Muslim Sunrise. The Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, said and it is common knowledge among the Muslim circles, “In the Latter Days, the sun shall rise from the West.” The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that this hadith implies that religion of […]

A watershed moment for China: Islam or Christianity?

By Zia H Shah MD Like it or not, but Islam and Christianity have been two missionary religions, which have been struggling to win the hearts and minds of humanity for centuries and they are not going to change their character, just because some agnostics or atheists do not like it.  As a Muslim, belonging […]

Maria: Pope Benedict XVI on the Mother of God

In the Muslim tradition Jesus, may peace be on him, was a noble prophet and Mother Mary was paragon of virtue and piety. Having said that I embark on reviewing and refuting claims made without proof in the book, ‘Maria: Pope Benedict XVI on the Mother of God.’

Michio Kaku is a Japanese American scientist and science communicator who is Professor of Theoretical Physics specializing in string field theory at the City University of New York. He writes:

One day in Sunday school we studied Genesis. To read about God thundering from the heavens, “Let there be Light!” sounded so much more dramatic than silently meditating about Nirvana. Out of naive curiosity, I asked my Sunday school teacher, “Did God have a mother?” She usually had a snappy answer, as well as a deep moral lesson to offer. This time, however, she was taken aback. No, she replied hesitantly, God probably did not have a mother. ‘But then where did God come from?’ She mumbled that she would have to consult with the minister about that question.” If we bring the sincerity of the questioner and the teacher in examining the question of the mother of Jesus, considered to be god by the Trinitarian Christians, we will be ready for enlightenment.

Deism, Liberal Protestantism or Natural Religion

Abstract First published in 1802, Natural Theology was written by William Paley in defense of the teleological argument. His opening statement sets this stage by supposing that if he found a watch upon the ground, then examined its parts, he would necessarily conclude that it was designed for a purpose. His watchmaker analogy is still […]

Unity of God and superiority of Islam

By: Laiq Ahmed Atif, President Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Malta Some time ago, during a discussion with friend, we came to know of a woman from Australia, who’s sole mission was to unite all mankind at one point. I asked him that does she believe in a single entity, the central focus of the universe, – […]

Examining Christianity: In Light of other Religious Traditions, Nature and Science?

Allah created mankind and took it upon Himself to guide them, as He says in the Qur’an, “Surely, it is for Us to provide guidance.” (92:12) Guidance and Law were given to every nation of the world through His Messengers, “And for every people there was a Messenger” (10:47). “And there is a Guide for […]

Islamic theology starts with Deism: Why all Christians and atheists should be Muslims?

Deism (pronounced /ˈdiːɪzəm/, us dict: dē′·ĭzm) is a religious and philosophical belief that a supreme being created the universe, and that this can be determined using reason and observation of the natural world alone, without the need for either faith or organized religion. President Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin were popular proponents of […]

Contrasting the Christian and the Muslim concept of hell

The Islamic concept is that the hell is not eternal and every one who does not believe in Islam is not condemned; mitigating circumstances apply. According to Islam everyone will be judged based on his or her life experiences. The same cannot be said for the conventional view of Christianity, but liberal authors like Pastor […]

Al Aleem: The Bestower of true Dreams

Revelation has had a very large role to play in human history. The evidence not only comes from religion but also science. This article was originally published in June, 2007 volume of Ahmadiyya Gazette USA. Let me first introduce the subject of revelation in language and examples that are more familiar to my Western readers. […]

A challenge for Dawkins: Where did carbon come from?

This popular Google-knol was first written by me in December of 2009. Atheists are right in exposing the irrationality of the Christian dogma.  However, the Christians are right in as far as their claim that there needs to be a Creator of this universe, Who employed natural means to do His work.  However, both parties […]

Tribute to Islam, the Prophet Muhammad and Quran by non-Muslim writers

I invite all Muslims and fair minded Christians and others to make it an international repository about all the positive things and tribute that non-Muslims writers have offered about Islam, its prophet and its scripture. The Holy Prophet Muhammad had to engage in defensive warfare, but was very mindful of casualties on both sides. The […]

Muhammad: Seal of the Prophets

Montgomery Watt calls Muhammad, one of the Greatest sons of Adam. The expression, seal of the Prophets means the Greatest Prophet! According to Karen Armstrong, “Mahound’s fictional status in the West has perhaps made it even more difficult for people to see him as an historical character who deserves the same serious treatment as Napoleon, […]

What is Morality?

Source / Courtesy: Muslim Sunrise By Lubna Roohi Malik The Holy Qur’an lays out three basic states of man. These three states separate man from animals and spiritual men from moral men. These three states are: the natural state, the moral state, and the spiritual state. Man begins in the base, natural state, where he […]

Why are Muslims more religious? A CNN Editorial

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN (CNN) – Every religion has its true believers and its doubters, its pious and its pragmatists, but new evidence suggests that Muslims tend to be more committed to their faith than other believers. Muslims are much more likely than Christians and Hindus to say that their own faith is the […]

Religion, Politics and Human Rights

Those who do not understand the paramount necessity of the separation of Mosque-Church and State, have not read their Bible: Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the LORD sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the LORD. This is what the LORD Almighty says: […]