Is the Qur'an inspired by God? What about the Bible?
Representing the Muslim perspective was Mr. Shabir Ally, a prominent Muslim speaker and debater. He was formally trained with Dr. Jamal Badawi and is the founder of the Islamic Information and Da'wah Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Representing the Christian side was Mr. Jay Smith, a Ph.D. candidate in Islamic studies at Brunel University in London.
Mr. Smith is widely acknowledged as one of the leading authorities on Islam and the historicity of the Koran.
He has participated in many debates that have included distinguished opponents such as Benazir Bhuto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan.
The event format includes 3 hours of presentations and rebuttals with a exchange of ideas and worldviews. The dialogue was direct and challenging, yet handled with respect, cordiality and sometimes even humour.
The Topic of Debate: Which book is the word of God the Bible or the Qur'an?
Shabir Ally vs. Jay smith
Brother Shabir Ally is
currently the President of the Islamic Information and Da’wah Centre
He is a former student
of Dr. Jamal Badawi, professor of economics at St. Mary’s University
in Nova Scotia, Canada, who is considered the prominent Muslim debater
dealing in Christianity. Like Dr. Jamal Badawi, Brother Shabir Ally is
also an accomplished and experienced debater for Islam.
He is presently pursuing
a degree in Religious Studies in the area of comparative religion.
He is the author of
numerous booklets and articles on Islam and comparative religion.
He has held debates with
figures such as Tony Costa, Robert Morey, Sam Shamoun, Dr. Peter
Atkins, Prof. Kenneth Howkins, Rev. Bill Musk and many more.
He frequently delivers
talks on Islam and comparative religion across Canada, United States
and the United Kingdom.