10 – God is a Volitional Agent

People have historically believed in two kinds of necessary being. Non-religious philosophers such as Aristotle and Avicenna argued for the existence of a necessary being who is the necessary and volitionless cause of the universe. Religious believers, on the other hand–Muslims, Christians, and Jews–have held that the necessary being who made the universe is someone […]

09 – God Did Not Begin to Exist

The beginning of the universe is evidence for the existence of a being that did not begin to exist, just as the contingency of the universe is evidence for the existence of a being that is not contingent. In this short episode, Shaykh Hamza recaps both of these arguments and concludes a series of presentations […]

Supporting Scholars and Students in Need – A Message from Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Through the SeekersHub Global Islamic Scholars Fund, SeekersHub Global has been able to help numerous scholars and students of knowledge in need to continue to study and serve their communities. Help is still urgently needed for a number of ongoing cases to help scholars and students of knowledge in need. Please donate today for this […]

08 – Infinity is an Imaginary Concept

The strongest objection to the “Kalam Cosmological Argument” hides behind the seemingly complex uses of various kinds of infinities in modern mathematics. In this episode, Shaykh Hamza explains the history and nature of modern mathematics, numbers, set theory, mathematical infinities, and the philosophy of mathematics, all in terms that anyone with a good high-school education […]

07 – The Kalam Cosmological Argument

Muslim theologians formalized general Qur’anic arguments for the fact that the universe began to exist into precise philosophical arguments. Their arguments, historically unknown in the West, have only recently been introduced into contemporary philosophical discourse as the “Kalam Cosmological Argument”. In this episode, Shaykh Hamza explains the Qur’anic context of the argument and then unpacks […]

06 – The Universe Began to Exist

The Qur’an cites the universe as evidence for God’s existence for two reasons: (1) because it is contingent (this was explained in Episodes 2, 3, 4, and 5) and: (2) because it began to exist. In this episode, Shaykh Hamza explains the scientific evidence for the beginning of the universe and concludes with a brief […]

05 – God and Science

Atheists frequently claim that the only reason why people have historically believed in God was that they feared natural phenomena, and that by giving scientific explanations for those phenomena, scientists have rendered that belief obsolete. In this episode, Shaykh Hamza explains that this is a straw-man argument that misrepresents the facts (a) that belief in […]

04 – Response to a Materialist Objection

A widespread objection to the argument for God’s existence, is that positing God as the solution to the problem of contingency is an arbitrary solution, and that one could just as well replace God with the physical universe or with the Big Bang. In this episode, Shaykh Hamza shows that this is a hasty and fallacious […]

03 – What is a “Necessary Being”?

In this episode Shaykh Hamza unpacks the meaning of “necessary being” in order to show that it is not a mysterious philosophical concept. Rather it is exactly what religious believers mean when they speak about God. “Why Islam is True” is a series of 40 short presentations that analyze the claim, “Islam is true,” by dividing […]

02 – God Exists

If Islam is true, then it would make sense for God to have communicated evidence of His existence to us. In fact, He did. In this episode, Shaykh Hamza unpacks a key Qur’anic verse that argues that the contingency of the universe is evidence that God exists. “Why Islam is True” is a series of 40 […]