Muslim Apologist Yusuf Ismail on Christian Apologetics

We had the privilege and honour in getting Yusuf Ismail’s thoughts on various apologetics approaches that are prevalent amongst Christian evangelicals today. Yes, the hot potato of Christian minimalists was covered!

Yusuf is a true gentleman, a really well-read individual and a brilliant orator. See the timeline below the video for rough time frames and discussion topics.

0.55  – Yusuf Ismail discusses his journey into apologetics; how and why he got into apologetics and dawah to Christians including how Shk. Ahmed Deedat influenced him in his formative years.

8.45 – Christian apologists using South Africa as a place to kick-start their careers in Muslim-Christian dialogue. The pioneering role of South Africa in Christian-Muslim dialogue in the English speaking world.

11.00 – Yusuf discusses the religious and apologetics landscape of South Africa and whether the secular ascendancy which has decimated Christian communities in Western Europe has taken hold in SA.

17.00 – Yusuf speaks about the South African Christian apologist John Gilchrist and contrasts him with some of the superficial and crude Christian polemicists operating in American fundamentalist Christian circles.

22.00 – Yusuf touches on the approaches of some of his past opponents in debate: James White (presuppositionalist), Mike Licona and William Lane Craig (pragmatic minimalists) and Jay Smith (revisionism and emotionalism). In this segment there’s a broad and balanced discussion on James White leaving the door open for further debates between Yusuf Ismail and James White.

38.00 Yusuf Ismail recollects his debate with Mike Licona on the Resurrection belief

46.00 Yusuf tackles the question of why the minimalist movement amongst Christian evangelicals is becoming so widespread and how Muslims can interact with this Christian approach. Biblical inerrancy and its history is discussed in this segment too

100.00 Yusuf critiques the gutter-form of engagement that arises from the Sam Shamoun, Usama Dakdok and David Wood polemical approach. He elaborates on why this approach is popular amongst American evangelicals and how one can oppose such an approach.



Categories: Islam

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  1. Very insightful interview!!

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  2. I really don’t like James’ attitude. He has always been arrogant when he approachs muslims.
    And yes , his Companionship with Sam & David should give us an impression of who James really is because those people are literally NOTHING regarding the full meaning engagement .

    The most thing I hate with man is that he is full of pretending!
    I’m wondering when he can stop that or even if he can?!
    He presents himslf as an ” expert” in Islam while his immatureness is rather than clear in this field. He wrote a whole book about Quran while I doubt if he really knows any thing about it ( .i.e has he read any commentator? Has he known any thing about what Quran is reagrding interpretation, Isnad, andthe conception of revelation in Islam)? … Well I doubt that .
    He keeps saying that most muslims don’t have the level of understaning ( i.e muslims are stupid) that Shabir has, and he doubts if muslims can understand the core of the debate with Shabir!
    I’m not exaggerating, and you may listen to him in his programm whenever he addresses muslims.
    However, the fact is that James the one who doesn’t have that level of understanding. You wannaproof ? Just listen to his ” debates” before James started debating muslims. Those ” debate” were a mere preaching and changing in the tone of his voice as any christian preacher ( i.e the holy spirit came upon me matter) , but we know firmly that this type of engagement doesn’t work with muslims. The favor must be given back to Shabir , Bassam, and I smaeil who elevated James form that swamp of engagement, yet he is still below their level by miles.

    Look to his lectures about Islam. One of them he talked about Shabir as a judge and with attitude like…. ” .hmmm look to this man who has no idea about Christianity ”
    In fact, this type of attitude is found also with Licona & WLC.
    WLC took his thesis from Islamic scholars who wrote about his arguemts almost before 1000 yerars ago, yet he still has this attitude somehow

    Just note for James and some christians, the engagement in the field of comparison religion with very professional manner stated with Islamic scholars in a time christians cannot read their own bible without the permission of the church. Ibn Hazam, Al Ghazali, Ibn Tymmyiah, and Ibn Al Qyyem wrote books refuting christianis’ arguments before the country of James was discovered.

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  3. Very interesting

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  4. I really don’t like James’ attitude. He has always been an arrogant when he approachs muslims.
    And yes! , his companionship with people like Sam & David should give us an impression of who James really is because those people are literally NOTHING regarding the full meaning of engagement .

    The most thing I hate with that man is that he is full of pretending!
    I’m wondering when he can stop that or even if he can?!
    He presents himslf as an ” expert” in Islam while his immatureness is rather than clear in this field. He wrote a whole book about Quran while I doubt if he really knows any thing about it ( .i.e has he read any commentator in Quran? Has he known any thing about what Quran is reagrding interpretation, Isnad, and the conception of revelation in Islam)? … Well I doubt that .
    He keeps saying that most muslims don’t have the level of understaning ( i.e muslims are stupid) that Shabir has, and he doubts if muslims can understand the core of his debate with Shabir!
    I’m not exaggerating, and you may listen to his programm whenever he addresses muslims.
    However, the fact is that James the one who doesn’t have that level of understanding. You wanna proof ? Just listen to his ” debates” before he started debating muslims. Those ” debate” were mere preaching and changing in the tone of his voice as any christian preacher ( i.e the holy spirit came upon me matter) , but we know firmly that this type of engagement doesn’t work with muslims. In fact, the favor must be given back to Shabir , Bassam, and I smaeil who elevated James form that swamp of engagement, yet he is still below their level by miles.

    Look to his lectures about Islam. One of them he talked about Shabir as a judge and with and attitude which is like…. ” .hmmm look to this man who has no idea about Christianity ”
    In fact, this type of attitude is found also with Licona & WLC.
    WLC took his thesis from Islamic scholars who wrote about his arguments against atheists almost before 1000 years ago, yet he still has this attitude somehow

    Just note for James and some christians, the engagement in the field of comparison of religions with very professional manner started with Islamic scholars in a time christians cannot read their own bible without the permission of the church. Ibn Hazam, Al Ghazali, Ibn Tymmyiah, and Ibn Al Qyyem wrote books refuting christianis’ arguments before the country of James was discovered.

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  5. I really don’t like James’ attitude. He has always been arrogant when he approachs muslims.
    And yes! , his companionship with people like Sam & David should give us an impression of who James really is because those people are literally NOTHING regarding the full meaning of engagement .

    The most thing I hate with that man is that he is full of pretending!
    I’m wondering when he can stop that or even if he can?!
    He presents himslf as an ” expert” in Islam while his immatureness is rather than clear in this field. He wrote a whole book about Quran while I doubt if he really knows any thing about it ( .i.e has he read any commentator in Quran? Has he known any thing about what Quran is reagrding interpretation, Isnad, and the conception of revelation in Islam)? … Well I doubt that .
    He keeps saying that most muslims don’t have the level of understaning ( i.e muslims are stupid) that Shabir has, and he doubts if muslims can understand the core of his debate with Shabir!
    I’m not exaggerating, and you may listen to his programm whenever he addresses muslims.
    However, the fact is that James the one who doesn’t have that level of understanding. You wanna proof ? Just listen to his ” debates” before he started debating muslims. Those ” debate” were mere preaching and changing in the tone of his voice as any christian preacher ( i.e the holy spirit came upon me matter) , but we know firmly that this type of engagement doesn’t work with muslims. In fact, the favor must be given back to Shabir , Bassam, and I smaeil who elevated James form that swamp of engagement, yet he is still below their level by miles.

    Look to his lectures about Islam. One of them he talked about Shabir as a judge and with and attitude which is like…. ” .hmmm look to this man who has no idea about Christianity ”
    In fact, this type of attitude is found also with Licona & WLC.
    WLC took his thesis from Islamic scholars who wrote about his arguments against atheists almost before 1000 years ago, yet he still has this attitude somehow

    Just note for James and some christians, the engagement in the field of comparison of religions with very professional manner started with Islamic scholars in a time christians cannot read their own bible without the permission of the church. Ibn Hazam, Al Ghazali, Ibn Tymmyiah, and Ibn Al Qyyem wrote books refuting christianis’ arguments before the country of James was discovered.
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