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BBC Debate: Has Human Rights Law achieved more for Humanity than Religion? [The Big Questions]

May 10, 2015

On the 10th May 2015, the BBC broadcast a pre-recorded program, ‘The Big Questions’ celebrating 800 years of the Magna Carta (an agreement between wealthy Barons and the English Monarchy, to limit his powers). The program’s title for discussion was ‘Has Human Rights Law Achieved more than Religion?’, and features a lively one hour discussion… Read More ›

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TV Debate: Should Muslims Participate in Secular Democracy in the West? (Islam Channel)

In light of the upcoming UK elections of May 2015, Abdullah al Andalusi of MDI, and Azad Ali of ENGAGE (now MEND) hold a friendly and frank discussion and debate upon the question as to whether Muslims should participate in Secular Democracy in the West.

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BBC Radio 4: Is a ‘Feminist re-interpretation’ of the Quran needed? Zara Faris debates Feminist Ziba Mir-Hosseini

According to staunch feminist Amina Wadud, she claims that ISIS is a “wake-up call” for Muslims who reject a reformation of Islam. Ziba Mir-Hosseini, a Feminist activist and legal anthropologist agrees with Amina, arguing that the existence of ISIS should *force* Muslims to “wake up” to the need for a ‘feminist re-interpretation’ of Islam. Yesterday… Read More ›


The Big Cambridge Debate: Is the West to Blame for Islamic Extremism (Terrorism)?

On the 23rd April 2015, the prestigious Cambridge Union, at Cambridge University debated the motion ‘This House Believes the West is the Blame for Islamic Extremism (Terrorism)’. The debate motion had three speakers in proposition of the motion, and three in opposition of the motion. The debate was concluded with a vote to determine whether the ‘house’ adopts the motion or rejects it.

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Debate: Should we regret the republishing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons? (University of Manchester)

Watch the video of an amazing debate on the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, that ended with a shocking result. The debate was held on 12th February 2015, at the University of Manchester, hosted by the Manchester Debating Union, is now up online to watch. The debate was shocking, not just due to the highly impassioned arguments on… Read More ›

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Debate: Who was Jesus? Zakir Hussain vs Richard Lucas

This debate happened between MDI speaker, Zakir Hussain and Richard Lucas of the SOLAS Centre for Public Christianity. Debate: Who was Jesus? Zakir Hussain vs Richard Lucas Venue: Elim Church,Edinburgh, Scotland, UK Date: 19th January 2015


Debate: Islam or Christianity, which is the one true religion? Zakir Hussain vs Richard Lucas

This debate happened between MDI speaker, Zakir Hussain and Richard Lucas of the SOLAS Centre for Public Christianity. The event wasn’t filmed, so the video below only contains the recorded audio, together with pictures to delineate who’s speaking at any one time. Debate: Islam or Christianity, which is the one true religion? Zakir Hussain vs… Read More ›


Debate Video: What is the true faith of Jesus’ disciples? [Ijaz Ahmed, MDI Trinidad vs Rev Stevens]

We’re happy to announce the debate between Ijaz Ahmed and Rev. Steven has been published online. The topic, “What is the True Faith of Jesus’ Disciples?,” featured a lot of discussion on the early Christology of the proto-orthodox Christian tradition.    


Debate: Which is the true path for salvation? Christianity or Islam [Ijaz Ahmed, MDI Trinidad vs Rev Stevens]

MDI recently took part in a debate all the way in Trinidad and Tobago, with the topic of the discussion on whether Islam or Christianity is the path to salvation. Representing MDI was Ijaz Ahmed, with his debating colleague Reverend Steven. The following debate version is the raw version with no editing.

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Levant TV Debate: “Charlie Hebdo – A Christian-Jewish-Muslim debate on Terrorism and Sharia in Europe”

The Christian gentleman (William Spring) had agreed with a lot of what Abdullah al Andalusi had said, but attempted to chime in on Christianity being more peaceful than Islam. Anjem Choudary attempted to befuddle the conversation and was strongly rebuked by Abdullah, and the pro-Zionist journalist, Richard Millet attempted to criticise anyone who critics Israel,… Read More ›

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BIG DEBATE VIDEO: ATHEISM vs ISLAM on 4 controversial topics!

The BIG DEBATE video is now online for the debate on Atheism vs Islam on 4 controversial topics. The debate was held on 17th November 2014 at the University of Northampton. The debate juxtaposed the Islamic position with the Atheist (Secular Humanist) position on four topics: Women’s Rights & Leadership, Should religion decide who we… Read More ›

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Following the exciting debate, This House Believes That Shari’ah Law is Fairer than English Law, between Zara Faris alongside Abdullah Al-Andalusi for the motion, and Adrienne Page QC and a retired Judge against – the motion, “This House Believes That Shari’ah Law is Fairer than English Law” was WON on voter changes from before and after… Read More ›

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Debate Video: Is Jesus Christ God Almighty the Most High?

MDI speaker in the USA, Shadid Lewis debates Dr. James White, of Alpha and Omega Ministries in a debate discussing the nature of Jesus, and whether Jesus was God incarnate in the flesh. Part one: Part two:

Public debate: What does the Bible say is the nature of the Messiah? (Man or God?)

MDI speaker Shadid Lewis debates Christian apologist C.L. Edwards on the topic of what the Messiah is. Muslim and Christians believes Jesus (Isa [a.s.]) to be the Messiah, but Christians believe Jesus is also God. So the question is, where do Christians get that idea from, is it from the Bible, or their own doctrines… Read More ›


Public debate: Does the Bible point to Muhammad?

MDI speaker Shadid Lewis debates Christian apologist C.L. Edwards on whether the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is foretold in the Bible?  

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Debate/Dialogue on ISLAM AND ATHEISM: THINKING ABOUT RELIGION (Peter Slezak & Faraz Nomani)

MDI is proud to feature a video of a debate held in University of New South Wales (Australia) on 26th September 2014, between MDI member, Faraz Nomani and Atheist and professor, Dr Peter Slezak. With the onset of modernity, religion has been increasingly pushed out of the public sphere as something of the past. However,… Read More ›



On 9th October 2014, I was invited to attend the National University of Ireland, Galway to debate ‘Is Islam a Religion of Peace?’. The event was hosted by the National University of Ireland, Galway ‘Literary & Debate Society’. The official motion ‘This House believes that Islam is a religion of peace’ was passed by the vast majority of… Read More ›

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Debate Video: Can We Trust Today’s Torah?

On April 11, 2014 in Scarborough, Ontario, CANADA, Sadat Anwar (MDI Canada) and Alex Kerimli (RCCM) debated the trustworthiness of today’s Torah. The Torah is a book used by Jews and Christians to base much of their theology upon. The Quran mentions that the preservation of the original word of God as came to the Hebrews,… Read More ›

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Debate Video: Feminism vs Islam ‘Does Islam Treat Women Right?’ Rebak’ah Mckinney-Perry vs Abdullah al Andalusi

The video is now up, of the explosively entertaining debate between the highly vocal Irish feminist at a Dublin university, Rebak’ah Mckinney-Perry, and MDI’s Abdullah al Andalusi, on the topic ‘does Islam treat women right?’ Despite the debate being fierce and hotly contested, the audience vote at the end showed an overwhelming majority agreed that… Read More ›

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Sharia vs Secular Democracy – which is more tolerant? The debate video!

Salam alaikum brothers and sisters, the debate video of yesterdays explosive debate on sharia law vs secular democracy, is now up! Watch and see what happened during my debate with a leading member of nottingham’s agnostic humanist and secular society. After the debate, a vote was taken, and the majority of 75% voted that sharia… Read More ›

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Debate Video: Are Ahmadiyya part of Islam?

MDI is proud to present the video of the debate which took place Thursday 19th December 2013 in Toronto Canada, between our Canadian branch speaker Sadat Anwar (MDI Canada) and Ansar Raza (Ahmadi-Qadiani scholar) on the topic of whether Ahmadiyya are a part of Islam, or another breakaway religion like the Bahais.

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Oxford Union Debate Video: Abdullah al Andalusi argues against Patriotism

MDI is happy to announce that the Oxford Union have uploaded the video of the debate ‘This House is proud to be Patriotic’, that was held at the Oxford Union on 14th November 2013, Oxford University. The Oxford Union is the world’s most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and… Read More ›


Debate Video: Ijaz Ahmad vs Samuel Green – “An Incarnate God: Fact or Fiction”

I recently debated Pastor Samuel Green on the topic of, “An Incarnate God: Fact or Fiction”. I argued that the Incarnation of a God, in this case – Christ, was fiction using the following reasoning: The Jews have no concept of the hypostatic union or of theophanies in their religious literature. The earliest Christians debated… Read More ›

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Public Debate: Multiculturalism in the UK: Has it any future?

The video of the public debate ‘Multiculturalism in the UK: Has it any future?’ has been uploaded to youtube. The public debate was held in the UK Parliament on the 9th May 2013 with politicians, academics, philosophers, journalists, writers and thinkers. The debate was organised to answer David Cameron’s speech claiming Multiculturalism had failed. While everyone… Read More ›

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TV: Abdullah al Andalusi discusses Tommy Robinson leaving the EDL, and way forward for Syria

MDI’s Abdullah al Andalusi discusses Tommy Robinson leaving the EDL, and way forward for Syria, on Islam Channel’s ‘The Report’ program. On this episode of  ‘The Report’, reporter Yasmin Khatun goes through news from throughout the week, on the news Syria, Libya and Egypt as well as the UK home story focusing on the departure of… Read More ›


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