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10 thoughts on “The Divine Reality: God, Islam and the Mirage of Atheism

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    Cogent, engaging and very readable Hamza starts from the personal story of his own journey to Islam He delves the history of atheism and new atheism at first and discusses the incompleteness and irrationality of atheistic worldview The most fascinating is that the book deals with a lot of argument for the existence of God and irrationality of atheism from natural theology but maintains an Islamic flavor from authentic sources and highlights the notable works of classical Islamic scholars and Cogent, engaging and very readable Hamza starts from the personal story of his own journey to Islam He delves the history of atheism and new atheism at first and discusses the incompleteness and irrationality of atheistic worldview The most fascinating is that the book deals with a lot of argument for the existence of God and irrationality of atheism from natural theology but maintains an Islamic flavor from authentic sources and highlights the notable works of classical Islamic scholars and theologians related to these arguments The book reflects not only an intellectual defence but a spiritual one Hamza develops a structured case for the reliability of Quran as a Divine book based on epistemic testimony and inference to the best explanation of linguistic inimitability of Quran He presents a cumulative and persuasive case for Islam in both intellectual and spiritual perspective I think the effort will be a millstone in contemporary Islamic philosophy and apologetics


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    The Divine Reality is a must read for every young person confused about religion and God It explains very compassionately and logically the case for the existence of God, evidences for the truth of the Quran and Prophethood of Muhammad, and most importantly provides clear logical reasons for why humans should worship their Creator I highly recommend this book for all person involved in Dawah or experiencing doubts about these topics.


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    Some takeaways Philosophical naturalism is the view that all phenomena within the universe can be explained via physical processes Many atheists adopt this worldview Islamic Perspective The Prophet Muhammad SAW taught that all human beings are born with an innate nature or primordial state that essentially acknowledges God and has an affinity to worship the Divine This Prophetic teaching provides a clear basis for the Islamic belief that atheism is unnatural and an aberration of the h Some takeaways Philosophical naturalism is the view that all phenomena within the universe can be explained via physical processes Many atheists adopt this worldview Islamic Perspective The Prophet Muhammad SAW taught that all human beings are born with an innate nature or primordial state that essentially acknowledges God and has an affinity to worship the Divine This Prophetic teaching provides a clear basis for the Islamic belief that atheism is unnatural and an aberration of the human psyche It has been asserted that they are like ants on a piece of paper that cannot lift their eyes from the ink or the pen they see before them, and fail to see who is writing Why does God give us ultimate value The answer is simple God created and transcends theuniverse, and He has unlimited knowledge and wisdom God has the picture, we merely have a pixel In light of these differing views, we must ask is it reasonable to believe we have a purpose To help answer this question, let us take the following illustration into consideration Our clothes and the chair are lifeless objects with no emotional or mental abilities, and we attribute purpose to these Yet some of us do not believe we have a purpose for our own existence Without a purpose we have no reason to exist, and we lack a profound meaning forour lives Islam s view on the purpose of our lives is intuitive and empowering It elevates our existence from products of matter and time to conscious beings who choose to have a relationship with the One who created us Atheism and naturalism provide no ultimate purpose for our existence I really like this analogy in the book While reading this, you are sedated against your will Suddenly you wake up and find yourself on a plane You re in first class The food is heavenly The seat is a flatbed, designed for a luxurious, comfortable experience The entertainment is limitless The service is out of this world You start to use all of the excellent facilities Time starts to pass Now think for a moment, and ask yourself the question Would I be happy How could you be You would need some questions answered first.Who sedated you How did you get on the plane What is the purpose of the journey Where are you heading If these questions remained unanswered, how could you be happy Even if you started to enjoy all of the luxuries at your disposal, you would never achieve true happiness Would a frothy Belgian chocolate mousse on your dessert tray be enough to drown out the questions It would be a delusion, a temporary, fake type of happiness, only achieved by deliberately ignoring these critical questions Happiness cannot be achieved unless we find out who we really are and search for answers to life s critical questions In Islam, the answer is simple yet profound We are here to worship God Worship in Islam is quite different from the common understanding of the word Worship can be shown in every act that we do The way we walk and talk to each other, the small acts of kindness we do each day If we focus on pleasing God by our actions, then our actions become an act of worship Inevitably, if we do not worship God, we end up worshipping other gods Think about it Out partners, our bosses, our teachers, our friends, the societies we live in, and even our own desires enslave us in some way In this respect we have many masters and they all want something from us They are all at odds with each other , and we end up living confused, unfulfilled lives God, who knows us better than we know ourselves, who loves usthan our mothers love us, is telling us that He is our true master, and only by worshipping Him alone will we truly free ourselves In summary, atheism cannot provide profound answers for our existence, and therefore real happiness can never be achieved Even if they have attempted to find the answers and have settled with not knowing or being sceptical about the available responses they will still not achieve ultimate happiness Compare the person who knows why they exist and where they are going with the one who does not Their conditions are not the same, even if they both claim to be happy While atheists are emotionally justified in believing their lives have a sense of ultimate value, hope, happiness and purpose, the point is clear intellectually they are groundless


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    I really enjoyed the book most of the time, but I m really not a science person Sure, I love reading some Stephen Hawking, but I felt that Hamza Tzortzis didn t always fully explain what he was talking about when using very scientific, technical terms It s as if he expected the reader to already be familiar with scientific arguments, and I hadn t really experienced them since high school Also, though I consider myself an intelligent person, I can t for the life of me always remember the diffe I really enjoyed the book most of the time, but I m really not a science person Sure, I love reading some Stephen Hawking, but I felt that Hamza Tzortzis didn t always fully explain what he was talking about when using very scientific, technical terms It s as if he expected the reader to already be familiar with scientific arguments, and I hadn t really experienced them since high school Also, though I consider myself an intelligent person, I can t for the life of me always remember the difference between concepts like epistemology, ontology, and the like.I felt that the book s strengths involved Mr Tzortzis citing the Qur an and Ahadith, since I enjoy reading Islamic books muchthan I do science books On the other hand, some of the arguments he used were questionable to me, especially when he mentioned the alleged three different aspects of tawhid that Ibn Taymiyyah and Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab promoted.This book is nonetheless a great read for any Muslim who may be trying to develop their own rational arguments about the existence of God with a lot of scientific and Islamic sources in one English language book I definitely recommend it


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    I started reading this book since I decided to delve deeper into the question of god s existence and hear the arguments from both sides I m a conservative Muslim nonetheless My faith was based on inner faith if you know what that means I stumbled upon this book after watching Hamza s debate with Laurance Krauss Hamza s arguments were quite structured and left Krauss dumbfounded with no hope to retaliate I got intrigued especially after finishing There is a god by Anthony Flew and feelin I started reading this book since I decided to delve deeper into the question of god s existence and hear the arguments from both sides I m a conservative Muslim nonetheless My faith was based on inner faith if you know what that means I stumbled upon this book after watching Hamza s debate with Laurance Krauss Hamza s arguments were quite structured and left Krauss dumbfounded with no hope to retaliate I got intrigued especially after finishing There is a god by Anthony Flew and feeling odd since he was defending a god I don t believe in.Hamza is a philosopher by education and it shows He uses clear arguments that are very structured based on simple observations He then goes on to explain away the most noticeable comments on the argument he just presented This method inadvertently presented both sides, not equally of course Yet, it succeeds in giving a holistic approach to the topic in each chapter from the perspective of atheists and how Hamza Islam thinks about that such perspective Hamza writes like an academic, DUH clear, concise, well structured and to the point I m always left with the impression that this is a professional research paper in philosophy rather than anything else The was he presents the proof for god s existence in chapter 5 and chapter 6 left a huge impact on me It s actual philosophical proof that leaves no doubt a valid deductive argument whose premises couldn t be refuted In the first 4 chapters, Hamza argues against atheism as a world view He exposed the logical contradiction of Naturalism and later on scientism as well Hamza also discusses existentialism as a natural consequence of atheism.In the later chapters, Hamza discusses the proof for quran as god s word and later the proof for Muhammed as his messenger All in all, this book serves as a very good introduction to the philosophy of Islam Very recommended read for Muslims and Non Muslims


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    I am an atheist, meaning that I do positively believe that there is no are no god or gods That the domain of our knowledge does not give us reasons or evidence for a form of god that is most usually regarded by monotheists to exist This has been a long time coming as I was meant to write a review for this book Now since this book is a re write of pop apologetic literature, there is no shortage of literature against it and for that reason, I think there s no surprise why anyone is not botherin I am an atheist, meaning that I do positively believe that there is no are no god or gods That the domain of our knowledge does not give us reasons or evidence for a form of god that is most usually regarded by monotheists to exist This has been a long time coming as I was meant to write a review for this book Now since this book is a re write of pop apologetic literature, there is no shortage of literature against it and for that reason, I think there s no surprise why anyone is not bothering themselves with counter replies and objections to these kinds of attempts I however made a commitment long before to write acompelling review, here it goes First part of my review My position, Introduction to my positionhttps telegra.ph Review of The Divi Second part of my review part 2, The book itself, Chapters 1 to 4https telegra.ph Review of The DiviThird part of my review part 3, Chapter 5, nothing and The kalam cosmological argumenthttps telegra.ph Review of The DiviFourth part of my review part 4,The Argument from Dependencyhttps telegra.ph Review of The DiviFifth part of my review part 5, The Argument from Consciousnesshttps telegra.ph Review of The DiviSixth part Part 6, The Fine tuning argumenthttps telegra.ph Review of The Divi The rest will fallow soon First version 4 4 2019 second version 4 5 2019second version 4 6 2019This review will be updated Last update 4 9 2019


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    As a pioneering effort written in the English language with respect to establishing a cogent case for Islamic theism as well as addressing the irrationality of atheism, The Divine Reality is a rich and enlightening book which effectively tackles the rising tide of propagandistic attacks of the athiest worldview in a unique and well organized style.Hamza eloquently presents a logical and cogent argument for the foundation of the Islamic tradition, the existence of God, and the divine nature of th As a pioneering effort written in the English language with respect to establishing a cogent case for Islamic theism as well as addressing the irrationality of atheism, The Divine Reality is a rich and enlightening book which effectively tackles the rising tide of propagandistic attacks of the athiest worldview in a unique and well organized style.Hamza eloquently presents a logical and cogent argument for the foundation of the Islamic tradition, the existence of God, and the divine nature of the Quran from a combined philosophical, Islamic and psychological perspective I was an avid follower of Hamza s debates on YouTube and that s where I was encouraged to read his book as well The logical flow of the chapters, apt and profuse use of analogies and the avoidance of unintelligible philosophical jargon has turned this book into an intellectual adventure even for non expert readers.The book, however, contains typos which I found a bit disappointing Plus there were a few points at which I felt some arguments were flawed and needed further clarification like the argument on the reliability of linguistic inimitability of the Quran based on epistemic testimony , which I hope will be elaborated on via my future correspondence with the author Nevertheless, the style is first of its kind and the book, no matter what position you reside on, is a must read for every individual who seeks to delve into the most fundamental questions of our existence


  8. says:

    Thank you Brother Hamza for your efforts A great read for all.With an open mind and a sincere heart, people should have a dialogue as Hamza do state in the forum he created.


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    Tzortzis makes some great points in this book nothing new, but he didn t claim to be saying anything new The books is designed to be useful for mass market readers people of any faith, sceptics, atheists, agnostics, etc In that aspect, this book succeeds It s a fine combination of technical and accessible.However, parts of the book are repetitive Perhaps repeated is a better term it s almost as if sections were copied and pasted from previous ones, where a simple allusion or resummarizat Tzortzis makes some great points in this book nothing new, but he didn t claim to be saying anything new The books is designed to be useful for mass market readers people of any faith, sceptics, atheists, agnostics, etc In that aspect, this book succeeds It s a fine combination of technical and accessible.However, parts of the book are repetitive Perhaps repeated is a better term it s almost as if sections were copied and pasted from previous ones, where a simple allusion or resummarization would have worked just fine Nay, repetitive is also serviceable, because some chapters go in circles saying similar thoughts over and over.The book also suffers from many instances of biased language that diminishes Tzorztis s ethos.A worrisome area of argumentation is the chapter to which I was most looking forward, ch 13 on the inimitability of the Qur an Tzorztis rebuttal to the Shakespeare is inimitable argument is the weakest paragraph in the book Essentially, Tzortzis claims that because Shakespeare largely wrote in iambic pentameter and other poets also do so, that Shakespeare is in fact imitable Are you kidding me As if you could reduce the Bard to merely his choice of meter His claims in ch 13 about linguistics and second language acquisition skills are also poorly researched and dubious Has he not encountered Nabokov Beckett Any of a multitude of polyglots who have existed and currently exist If conceivably one human being in the history of the world ever at any point knew Arabic as well as any other language, Tzorztis s argument for a non Arab writing it falls apart And I must say, good sir, true polyglots are among us.Tzortzis also claims that literary masterpieces are always edited to achieve perfection , while the Qur an s revelations were never so edited He fails to acknowledge that Muhammed conceivably could have edited each Surah before reciting it, even if he never edited them after initial recitation I am not saying it was one way or the other I merely point out an issue that renders Tzorztis s argument null.I enjoyed the final few chapters A great overview of Muhammed as a man and as a leader About as succinct as a helpful overview could be, honestly.All in all 3 stars Tzortzis acknowledges he writes with flaws, and wants this book to beof a dialogue with people at large as opposed to any type of treatise It s books like these and people like Tzortzis who are helping bridge the gap between Western ignorance and the beauty of Islam, and I admire his effort


  10. says:

    It is for beginners


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The Divine Reality: God, Islam and the Mirage of Atheism In The Divine Reality, Hamza Andreas Tzortzis Provides A Compelling Case For The Rational And Spiritual Foundations Of Islam, Whilst Intelligently And Compassionately Deconstructing Atheism Join Him On An Existential, Spiritual And Rational Journey That Articulates Powerful Arguments For The Existence Of God, The Qur An, The Prophethood Of Muhammad And Why We Must Know, Love And Worship God He Addresses Academic And Popular Objections While Showing How Contemporary Atheism Is Based On False Assumptions About Reality, Which Leads To Incoherent Answers To Life S Important QuestionsDoes Hope, Happiness And Human Value Make Sense Without The Divine Do We Have An Ultimate Purpose Can We Have Consciousness And Rational Minds Without God Did The Universe Come From Nothing Does Evil And Suffering Negate Divine Mercy Has Scientific Progress Led To The Denial Of God Are Revelation And Prophethood Myths Is God Worthy Of Our Worship If You Want To Know How The Islamic Intellectual And Spiritual Tradition Answers These Questions Then This Is The Book For YouHamza Andreas Tzortzis S New Book Presents A Much Needed Comprehensive Account Of Islamic Theism That Draws Upon Western And Islamic Thought

  • Paperback
  • 330 pages
  • The Divine Reality: God, Islam and the Mirage of Atheism
  • Hamza Andreas Tzortzis
  • English
  • 22 October 2019
  • 0996545387

About the Author: Hamza Andreas Tzortzis

Hamza Andreas Tzortzis is the author of The Divine Reality God, Islam The Mirage of Atheism He is a public speaker, instructor and essayist He has a masters and a postgraduate certificate in philosophy from the University of London He is currently continuing his postgraduate studies in the field Hamza has studied Islamic thought and theology under qualified scholars He has delivered workshops, courses and an accredited diploma course on topics related to Islamic thought and philosophy.Hamza is a popular speaker at university campuses He has spoken at many universities all around the world Hamza has debated prominent academics and thinkers on Islam and atheism, his interlocutors have included Professor Lawrence Krauss, Professor Peter Simons, Dan Barker and Professor Simon Blackburn He has over a decade of experience in articulating a compassionate and rational case for Islam Hamza converted to Islam in 2002.He loves spending time with his family, reading, writing poetry, travelling and training in the gym He is a trained Boxer and Wing Chun Kung Fu practitioner Inspired by the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him , some of his favourite statements include compassion beautifies everything and love for humanity what you love for yourself You can keep up to date with his work by accessing his website