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February 20, 2021

Nihilism as a Poison – Part 1: The Death of Meaning

In part one of a two part series, Yusuf Ponders introduces the reader to the problem of nihilism, its causes and its effects on society. The essay explores nihilism's relationship with meaninglessness, indifference to truth and amorality. Part one concludes with an introduction to part two: how Islam can be an effective antidote to the poison of nihilism.
January 28, 2021

The Doctrine of the Trinity: Man-Made or Divinely Revealed?

This seminar will present evidence from the writings of the early church fathers that the fourth century Niceno-Constantinopolitan conception of the Doctrine of the Trinity cannot be read out of the Christian Scripture. The Old and the New Testament do not teach a triune God that consists of three co-equal and co-eternal persons. It will be shown that, contrary to finding a co-equal Trinity in the Bible, the natural reading of the text presents a transcendent unipersonal one God. The writings of the early church fathers, who were either unitarians or subordinationists in varying degrees, will demonstrate that none of them were trinitarians as most Christians are today.
January 28, 2021

The Death of Meaning: Islam and Nihilism

Many books have been written professing to have an answer to the meaning of life, and these answers are always varied and often in conflict with one another. Despite this however, and before even engaging with the material, one might still ask: why is it so important for us to know whether or not our lives have meaning? Is it really essential in order for us to go on living? Meaning is essential to life. Nihilism rejects meaning. This free 4-week online course is designed to empower you on how to address the growing and destructive phenomenon of nihilism. This course will detail what nihilism is, what its causes are, its effects and why Islam is its antidote.
January 9, 2021

Awakening The Truth Within: An Advanced Dawah Training Course

This 6 week free advanced online dawah training course is designed to empower you to intellectually and academically share Islam. Based on the Islamic sources texts and the scholarly tradition, this course will provide a robust methodology to help you awaken the truth that lies within people's innate diposition. This course is a holistic course that aims to provide rational, existential, phenomenological, experiential and spiritual aspects of the dawah; all rooted in the Quran and Prophetic traditions.
January 9, 2021

Divine Perfection: The Concept of God, Salvation and Sin in Islam & Christianity

This free 6 week online course will discuss and assess the Islamic and Christian concept of God, from the perspective of maximal perfection, soteriology and harmatiology. This course will also respond to three of Dr. William Lane Craig’s main arguments against Islamic theism. For over a decade, Dr. Craig has formulated several arguments against Muslim belief. Craigs main arguments question Allah’s maximal perfection.
January 9, 2021

The Divine Reality: The Truth of Islamic Theism & The Mirage of Atheism

The free 10 week online training course is designed to empower you to be able to articulate and internalise the truth of Islamic theism and show how atheism is incoherent, irrational and an intellectual mirages. This course covers in detail, and expands on, many of the arguments in the Sapience Institute book, 'The Divine Reality', and provides answers to popular and academic objections.
December 9, 2020

Who Shoulders the Burden of Proof? Reformed Epistemology & Properly-Basic Islamic Belief

This essay attempts to outline both a coherent epistemic theory of knowledge, and stipulate its relationship to religious belief. In doing so, the essay argues for the following thesis: that specifically Islamic belief held in a basic way, can be sufficient for knowledge without resorting to rational argumentation, and that the those who believe in Islamic theism do not shoulder the burden of proof.
December 7, 2020

The Pathology of Flamboyant Denial

The rise of technology, of cinematography, of state power and individual autonomy has furthered man’s potential of narcissistic grandiosity, of arrogance, self-entitlement and exploitative behaviours. In light of this, this article will consider the behaviourism of the flamboyant denier, drawing on anticipated behaviour of antagonists, their tendencies and pathology as described in the Qur’an.
November 17, 2020

Islamophobia, Dehumanisation and Constructing Otherness

As part of Islamophobia Awareness Month Sapience Institute delivered a free webinar based on Dr. Osman Latiff's book, On Being Human. Dr. Latiff covered why othering and dehumanisation leads to racial hatred, violence and genocide. It explored the Qur'an and the prophetic teachings and unpacked how Islam addresses these issues.
November 10, 2020

Where are you going?

A free webinar for student Islamic societies, Muslim student associations and interested students on how to develop your vision for campus and how to make it happen. This webinar will help you develop a vision, strategically focus on key actions that will ensure it happens, the importance of leadership, learning and sharing Islam, unity, spirituality and much more.
October 28, 2020

Becoming the Prophet’s ﷺ Shield

A free webinar on how to intellectually defend the Prophet ﷺ and share his messenger in light of recent controversies. This webinar will cover the philosophy of freedom of speech, it’s invevitable restrictions, how competing values limits freedom of expression, the hypocrisy and double standards of some secular ideologues, the sublime teachings of the Prophet ﷺ, the proof his prophethood and much more.
October 1, 2020

The Divine Reality: God, Islam & 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.
September 19, 2020

Divine Certainty: A Qur’anic and Philosophical Argument for God

This essay provides a convincing qur'anic and philosophical argument for the existence of an uncreated creator who willed the universe to come into existence. The essay argues that this creator is uniquely one, eternal, transcendent, powerful and knowing. It also addresses popular and academic objections.
September 12, 2020

Cracks in the Mirror: Idolatry in Celebrity Culture

The Qur’an informs its readers that man can exhibit a destructive psychopathological tendency of seeking temporary comfort and validation in pseudo-characters and icons, the pursuit of which symbolises an illusory closeness and affinity with those who come to represent them. This article explains this social malaise through a Qur’anic framework.
July 15, 2020

The Scientific Deception of the New Atheists

This book written by Mohammad Hijab discusses how proponents of the New Atheist movement commonly assert various arguments that assert that science undermines God. This small book is a refutation of these claims. By referencing the works of western intellectuals, the author demonstrates decisively how flawed these postulations are.
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