As a Muslim who is involved in the community politically and culturally, I can say from my own experience that atheism and liberalism have taken a firm hold within certain pockets of the Muslim community and have rendered many to question
their faith and practice due to being ignorant of the religion as well as external influences such as extremism. The rise of atheism is something that many imams haven’t really critically addressed in their Friday khutba’s but where they have failed, Hamza
Tzortzis’ book ‘The Divine Reality: God, Islam and the Mirage of Atheism’ renders a much needed service to the Muslim community, and I would go on to say, to other faith based communities in assisting them to understand the flawed ideological underpinnings
upholding atheism while articulating a positive, cogent argument for the existence of God and the need for religion as whole, but Islam in particular.

 

I found this book, simply easy to read and understand. One of its main advantages is that that the author already had an audience in mind, this book aims to introduce the religion of islam and its values to those who call themselves atheists
but by writing a book like this, Hamza is also, albeit perhaps indirectly, also addressing Muslims who are questioning their faith and verging on disbelief. The author stars off by discussing the ideological basis for atheism and the philosophy that many athiests
follow, namely philosophical naturalism which is the idea or belief that only natural laws and forces operate in this world. In order to rebuke this idea, Hamza interestingly weaves in to his argument the reality of rationalism and how non-rational, physical
matter cannot give rise to a rational thinking mind because non-rational, physical matter do not contain within themselves the elements to give rise to a rational mind. Another interesting point was Hamza’s argument that the belief in God is natural. He promotes
this argument by highlighting the results of experiments done on children which resulted in children being deems as “Intuitive theists”  which goes in accordance to the Hadith of the prophet Muhammad(saw) where he said that children are born in accordance
to the original fitrah and it is the parents of the environment that change them.

 

The book covers other important angles and issues that related to atheism and religion, such as the reality of the universe, matter, religion and morality, the attributes of God and morewhich makes this book a recommended read. Due to having
over a decade of experience in debating some of the most well-known atheists, Hamza’s input in to this debate provides a well needed reference point for the faithful to use in order to provide a productive counter narrative against the challenges posed by
atheism.

 

Simply put, this book is the first of its kind to challenge atheism from a faith based islamic perspective. If you have any questions or doubts, please get in touch with the author here http://www.hamzatzortzis.com/thedivinereality/     

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