In the name of Allah , Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Dr. Campbell wrote a book with the title “The Qur’an and the Bible in the light of History and Science” in which he has asserted that Qur’anic verses are unscientific where as the passages from the Bible are scientific. In his book, Dr. Campbell also challenged the Muslims to refute his assertions.
This challenge was accepted by Dr. Zakir Naik…
Both these renowned scholars had a public dialogue on the topic “The Bible and the Qur’an in the light of Science” on Saturday, April 01, 2000 in Skokie, Illinois, USA. In this historic event of epic proportions, Dr. Zakir Naik emerged as a winner in his dialogue with Dr. William Campbell
During the rebuttal and subsequent question and answer sessions, Dr. Campbell repeatedly confessed that he was in trouble and that he had no answers to some questions that he was asked. On the other hand, Dr. Naik’s convincing answers to each and every question that was posed to him was widely appreciated.
On a humorous note, Dr. Naik challenged Dr. Campbell to prove himself a true Christian by just reading the phrase “one hundred rupees” in the seventeen languages of India as is depicted on a hundred rupee note of India - in this context, Dr. Naik referred to the claim of the Bible that true Christians can speak in new foreign languages.
Dr. Campbell was speechless at this. He later returned the hundred rupee note when Dr. Naik presented him with a copy of his newly released book, “The Qur’an and Modern Science - Compatible or Incompatible?”. This book authored by Dr. Naik was released by noted Islamic Scholar from Canada, Dr. Jamal Badawi, who was also present at the event.
Dr. William Campbell’s use of overhead and video projection was no match for Dr. Zakir Naik’s charismatic and convincing oratory. A humble Dr. Naik attributed this success to Allah, the Most High.
After watching Dr. Zakir Naik in action, many youth expressed a keen desire to attend the Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation’s Da’wah workshops. Dr. Zakir is the President of this foundation and has designed, developed and conducted several Da’wah training workshops.
Another unique feature of this program was that people of all ages, races and gender equally participated and lauded the superlative performance of Dr. Zakir Naik. Many people who had earlier expressed apprehensions about this dialogue came out supporting it in the end.
All who witnessed this historic dialogue will not forget it for a long time to come. This dialogue was organised by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).
Released by ICNA, Chicago, USA