2nd June 2011
From Thursday 2nd of June until Monday 6th of June an iERA dawah team headed by Hamza Andreas Tzortzis and Adnan Rashid will be in Ireland for a special dawah mission.
The team will attend the International Atheist Conference in Dublin. The purpose of the conference is to create an international atheist alliance and discuss how to communicate and promote atheism around the world. This conference will have most of the major international
atheist and secularist speakers including Richard Dawkins, Dan Barker, Maryam Namazie and Michael Nugent.
The team will positively engage with the participants and speakers in a manner that is cordial and befitting the context. They will have a dawah stall outside the venue which will include books explaining the rational foundations of Islam and “The Big Debates” dvds on Islam,
atheism and religion. The team have also prepared and written a leaflet specific for the conference entitled “Do we have good reasons to believe?” which highlights how science and rational thinking leads to Islam. This leaflet will also be distributed outside the venue.
The team will seek to interact with the audience and speakers to demystify Islam and explain its rational foundations. The conference is based around the false assumption that atheism is the natural conclusion of a rational human being, however we strongly believe that Islam is the world view that not only makes more sense but also establishes tranquillity in the hearts of those who embrace it.
The schedule for the team includes an all day dawah stall in Dublin on Thursday, on Friday until Sunday there will be a dawah stall at the conference venue followed by leafleting and interaction. On sunday afternoon Hamza Andreas Tzortzis will deliver a tailored dawah course
for the Irish duaat, throughout the stay Adnan Rashid and Hamza will be delivering small halaqat and talks at various masaajids and at UCD (University College Dublin) to raise awareness about the need for dawah and the necessity to intellectually engage with the atheist community.
We believe that the dawah must not react to circumstances and context rather the dawah should respond in a manner that befits our tradition and the behaviour of our pious predecessors. Thus we have brought the dawah to the most significant atheist conference of the 21st century to deliver a message that Islam is not only the world view that will satisfy the thinking man but it will grant him that much needed tranquillity. The influential atheists who are attending this conference such as Richard Dawkins have been invited to discuss with ourselves on these issues but since nothing of yet has come into fruition we have decided to create the possibility to engage with such influential individuals and those who misrepresent Islam and who may be blinded by its veracity and depth.