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 […]