How to Engage with the Arguments against Belief in God?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question

I want to stay in Islam, but I saw many videos about against beliefs and Islam and other stuff. I want to stay, but I am worried about the future. Do you have any advice for me?

Answer

Stop watching such videos; ask the questions you have without hesitation or delay, and if you want clarity, learn with reliable teachers.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “From the excellence of a person’s Islam is to leave things that are of no concern to them.” [Tirmidhi; Ibn Maja]

Ibn’ Allan and others explain that this refers to matters not of clear benefit in one’s worldly life or religion. [Ibn Allan, Dalil al-Falihin Sharh Riyad al-Salihin]

What If You Have Questions About Faith?

If you have questions about faith or seeking certitude, then–rather than watching or reading things that will confuse you–you should:

  • study Islamic beliefs systematically; and
  • ask your questions of reliable scholars.

The Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him) said, “Whomever Allah wishes well for, He grants deep understanding of religion.” [Bukhari; Muslim]

SeekersGuidance offers courses on Islamic beliefs from the foundational level (Level One) to advanced courses (Level Four) in our Islamic Studies Curriculum. All our courses are taught by qualified scholars and are entirely free.

These include:
‘Ilish’s Taqrib al-’Aqa’id: Quranic Foundations of Theology
Beliefs: Sanusi’s Umm al-Barahin: Foundational Proofs for Why Islam is True

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Introduction to Islam: What It Means to Be Muslim
What Muslims Believe and Why: Dardir’s Kharida al-Bahiyya

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The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The only cure for confusion is to ask.” [Abu Dawud; Others; sound (Hasan)]

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.