IFAM management held a session to meet the issue of atheism in the community on Sunday 20 November 2022  at Campbeltown mosque, attended by around 40 IFAM members in person from Sydney and Canberra and many more online from Melbourne and other cities of Australia.

Different surveys in recent times have shown that more and more people are accepting the argument of atheism where the youth are more prone to it because of their lack of interest and knowledge in religious thought.

Islamic Forum for Australian Muslims has decided to meet the challenge posed by atheistic narratives in order to safeguard religious beliefs specially focussing on belief in One Almighty Creator, Allah.

 

   

Belief in One God and his constant consciousness fortifies human development where individuals become responsible members of society extending fair, just and humble treatment to other members of society.

Brother Ahmed Millan a member of IFAM, a revert Muslim who has been actively involved in Dawa’h activities shared his experiences and gave his presentation on the topic.

He highlighted on growing numbers of atheists in society and suggested a few approaches to handle their narratives effectively using a deductive rather than inductive approach.

He further explained that if certain facts were accepted as true, logical and rational, then the conclusion would be obvious and acceptable by persons in conversation.

He put forward the example of the Big Bang Theory as a universally recognized Scientific approach as a cause of this universe to come into existence. By discussing this cause as a powerful explosion leading to the release of massive energies, creating the whole universe in symmetrical order and doing some extraordinary work to support life would help to reach a conclusion of God as a Creator and Planner in a rather better way.

On the other hand, inductive arguments are just the assertion to make your point valid which doesn’t work effectively.

Another speaker at this occasion was Dr Junaid Jutt who has a PhD in Political Science and is also a member of IFAM.

Dr Junaid elaborated on Muslim history in Australia and described how good practising Muslims, as mentioned in various studies, after coming to Australia in the eighteenth century with their progeny living as a minority community lost their Islamic faith and submerged in the prevailing culture.

He advised that we should build our communities stronger by living closer to each other, making more Islamic centres, mosques and Islamic schools, sticking to our Islamic values wholeheartedly and taking a keen interest in our kids upbringing as good Muslims.