Alhamdulillah, a great week of victory in two debates against FEMINISM & ANTI-THEISM
Alhamdulillah in the last seven days MDI has had two very successful debates. On friday, a MDI member attended the debate “This House Believes it is Wrong NOT to Identify as a Feminist?”, and won the motion by changing the minds of almost ONE THIRD the audience. The audience were about 95% non-Muslim. She was so successful, the audience vote yielded a total of 82% of the audience against the motion (weirdly, most of the minority supporting the motion were male students!?…#mystery).
MDI gained another good victory for our educational work, when I was invited to a debate on tuesday at a university on the topic “Has Religion Been Mainly the Cause of Peace or Violence?” set up by a debating society.
Alhamdulillah, our side won against a Secular Humanist and a Secular Liberal (Reform Judaism) Rabbi – where at the end, we won the motion by majority audience vote. Alhamdulillah, 75% of those who voted in the audience (not 70% as mentioned previously) agreed that religion had been mainly the cause of peace, not violence.
MDI’s Success Record at Audience Persuasion:
(N.B: record based upon events not organised by religious groups, and which are predominantly attended by majority non-Muslim audiences):
“By the grace of God, in two-vote Motion debates (measuring which side persuaded the most people), MDI and its members have maintained a 100% success record throughout its history of championing a position in debates. This means that in such debates where the winner of the debate motion was decided by which side changed the most audience members’ minds, MDI managed to change the most minds consistently for 100% of the time (al-hamdulillah).
Since two-vote Motion debates purely measures which side changed the most minds in the audience from their initial starting opinions (or lack of), we hold this to be a great reflection of MDI’s rigorous approach to research, debate etiquette, attention to detail, and experience in facilitating events for the pursuit of truth.
In all single-vote Motion debates participated in by a member of MDI, where the winner of the debate motion was decided by a simple majority of the audience, MDI has achieved a success rate of 10/14 (or approximately 72%). While the single-vote system of voting doesn’t take into consideration the initial biases of the audience, the law of averages state that an average debate speaker would have at least a 50-50 chance of winning any particular debate (if all other factors being equal). So considering that all the Oxford-style debates MDI has participated in to date, were organised by majority non-Muslim organisations, in irreligious venues, debating a topic in a secular Western context, where the biases may run quite contrary to the Islamic worldview. Therefore a 72% success rate is quite a significant achievement (al-hamdulillah)”
Please see our record here:
Since MDI was founded in 2009, MDI has been involved in hosting, or its members invited to, a number of debates, panel discussions and TV debates across the globe. Debates are a good way to critically discuss a subject, and more specifically, a question, in order to present the wider public with arguments and evidence they wouldn’t normally have access to or know of. The most important feature of such debates is primarily to facilitate the public to make an informed decision on their beliefs, politics, political ideology and worldview.
While the purpose of many people who engage in debates is to persuade, MDI holds as its ideal that the purpose of debate is to help discover truth.
MDI members therefore prefer to eschew cheap rhetoric, specious argumentation, or making unsubstantiated claims appealing to popular ignorance. MDI members are encouraged to base all arguments on use of facts, statistics…
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