God, Atheism & Islam

A sold-out event. Everything has been set. The Salah area is organized. The drinks and snacks are ready. The board is in anticipation of the visitors to come. The lines start to form outside and people enter the venue. The crowd is diverse, 50% men and 50% women. Al-Hamdulillah with 300+ visitors, we have a full house. Bilal Bernichi kicks off with a heart-soothing Qur’an recitation of Surah al-Waqi’ah.

‘Is it you who create it, or are We the Creator?’ (Surah al-Waqi’ah 56:59)

And then the lecture starts. Hamza Tzortzis immediately gets us to think. What do you want to know the most? What do you love the most? What do you obey the most? Who do you express your gratitude to? The answers to these questions are what the human reality is. We are always in a state of worship. Even if you state to be an atheist. Some worship those that are unworthy of worship and others worship Allah.

‘Allah puts forth a similitude: a man belonging to many partners (like those who worship others along with Allah) disputing with one another, and a man belonging entirely to one master, (like those who worship Allah Alone). Are those two equal in comparison? All the praises and thanks be to Allah! But most of them know not.’ (Surah az-Zumar 39:29)

But why does Allah deserve worship? Let us turn the tables. There is nothing to dismantle. We do not have a case to build. We state that this conclusion comes from a self-evident truth. Even though there are many arguments. We worship because we are grateful for many things but first and foremost we are grateful for life itself. Science is full of self-evident truths. For example the existence of the past, freedom, and infinity. Hamza states that a creative power is also a self-evident truth. These truths must have three characteristics. It has to be universal (cross-cultural), untaught, natural and simple. After two interesting sessions, we ended with a Q&A round, which has been posted on our Facebook page.

Hamza has been blessed with the ability to convey a message. We have rarely seen someone speak about ants with so much excitement when he explained how their social structure is closest to that of human beings. And how their existence in itself is a proof of God. Through this lecture, Hamza tried to plant a seed in our hearts. Which we now must grow by investing in ourselves. In order to do so, we must stay humble and not let our ego come between us and our da’wah. This was only the tip of the iceberg. We recommend reading the book of Hamza ‘The Divine Reality’ for those who wish to read a more elaborate explanation on these subjects and grow the seed in their heart.

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