||"SHU Islamic Society" <email@example.com>
||Public Debate Invite.
||Mon, 14 Mar 2005 16:24:19 -0000
I know you mentioned that you’re only accepting emails for articles to
be published only, however, I was hoping you would consider this time to
be an exception.
read parts of your website faithfreedom.org with interest as it
contradicts much of what I have believed in all my life. However, being
born and raised in the
, I consider myself very open-minded and I believe that discussion is the
way forward to solving any problems or conflict. Due to that we’d like
to invite you or any of your colleagues to a debate in which we’re
wondering whether you or any of your colleagues would be brave enough to
debate against the Islamic Society at
on the topic of “Does Islam Cause Terrorism?”
hoping either you or any of your brave colleagues could extract as many
verses of the Quran and Hadith and further examples from reality and
history so that either you or your colleagues can ‘prove’ that
Islam is a terrorist and oppressive religion as detailed so
intricately in your website articles. On the other hand, the
Islamic Society would illustrate ALL the Islamic systems as the
best systems for mankind (whether Muslim or not) and that Shari’ah
should be implemented to make the world a far better place.
to give you an understanding of how many people we expect to attend, we
have just had a huge debate with over 500 people attending (topic: Does
God Exist?) so that would be the probable turn out on this event. SHU
Islamic Society is renown to be a platform for intellectual discussion and
debate for the Muslims of Sheffield. We always get attendees from SHU,
, the Muslim community in Sheffield, the colleges around Sheffield, the
mosques of Sheffield, and we even get attendees from out of
. Furthermore, we always advertise and provide feedback of our events on
BBC Radio Sheffield and several other media to ensure maximum publicity.
We’re hoping that these facts are enough to encourage you to speak.
it should be noted that if you do accept the challenge, then we would
really appreciate you putting forward a back-up speaker so that 500 people
will not be disappointed on the day! We plan to schedule this event around
the week commencing 18th April, the best day would probably be Wednesday
20th April 05 in the evening @ 6:30pm (this would allow
about 1hr 50min of debate before the sunset prayer falls).
format of the event would be along the lines of:
Political Islam Causes Terrorism (15-20mins)
Society: Political Islam Liberates the People (15-20mins)
Society: Refutation (5mins)
Society Closing Statement (5mins)
Closing Statement (5mins)
note that it will be a civilised and intellectual debate.
this is all initial planning as I have to discuss with the other committee
members as well before anything is confirmed.
do respond to this email, so even if you reject the challenge, at least
then we know you have received the email and if you do reject this invite,
please can you forward this email to anyone who may be interested in
taking up the challenge.
Shafi’i – 07812 481542
Co-ordinator for SHU Islamic Society
Event Co-ordinator for SHU
Thank you for the invitation. Who said I am brave?
Theo Van Gogh was brave.
This is not a contest of bravery. This is the contest
between truth and falsehood. How can you discover the truth in 15 to 20
minutes of live debate? Those kinds of live debates you are inviting me
to, are good for political candidates who want to impress their audience
with their oratory skills, a few claptrap phrases and some reassurances
that they will do miracles for them. This is hardly a setting for a
serious and in depth religious discussion. These kinds of talks can take
tens, if not hundreds of pages of written debate and certainly they
can’t be decided in just one hour or two.
Moreover, my site receives 7,000 visitors on average
every day from across the world. Why
would I care about 500 people when I can reach millions in just a year?
You want me to prove from Quran
and Hadith and further examples from reality and history that Islam is
a terrorist and oppressive religion. I can easily do that. All
I have to do is to quote a few verses from the Quran. Take a look at these
You can also read my previous debates with other Muslims. If
you disagree you are most welcome to disprove me. Whatever
we can say orally, we can write. In a written debate we can say much more
because we are not restricted by time. We can also take questions from the