On Saturday September 27, 2014, Jay Smith and Dr. Shabir Ally debated on “Which is the Word of God? The Bible or the Qur’an?”
Jay Smith is an Evangelist and Apologist to Muslims, he holds a Masters degree in Islamic studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently working on a Ph.D at Melbourne School of Theology. Jay is an expert in Christian-Muslim Apologetics, having worked with Muslims for over 33 years. He is famous for his unique evangelistic ministry. Every weekend he leads dozens of Christians to the Speakers Corner in Hyde Park in London, where they meet with hundreds of Muslims face-to-face, to make friends, answer tough questions, debate the latest research and ideas, and share their faith.
Dr. Shabir Ally holds an M.A. and PhD in Islamic studies from the University of Toronto. He completed his B.A. in Religious Studies from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, with a specialization in Biblical Literature. For over 30 years, he has been an active member of the Muslim community in Toronto, as well as an active participant in interfaith dialogues and initiatives. He is an internationally sought after speaker, scholar and theologian, and is the author of numerous books on Islam and the Abrahamic faiths. He has recently taught courses on Arabic, the Quran, and Islam at the University of Toronto in the Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations department. He is President of the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International in Toronto.
The Moderator of the Debate, Steven Martins, is a Christian Apologist with the organizers Evangelium & Apologia Ministries. He holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management, is working towards a Masters in Religious Studies, and specializes in evangelism, apologetics, and training & development. He has agreed to take on the neutral role of the moderator to facilitate fair and open debate between both highly-esteemed speakers and to encourage positive conversations between the Christian and Muslim communities.