Zoheir Ali Esmail,
Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD from the University of Exeter in the philosophical and mystical readings of Mulla Sadra in the context of the schools of Tehran and Qum.
Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi,
Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to religious questions. In the past, he has also spent significant time in India guiding the community.
Shaykh Saleem Bhimji was born and raised in Canada. After completing his post-secondary education at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), he moved to Medina, New York, to study at the Imam al-Asr Theological Seminary. He later continued his religious studies at the Hawza of Qum. To date he has translated over 40 full-length books into English that have been printed worldwide.
Dr Rebecca Masterton graduated with a BA in Japanese Language and Literature; an MA in Comparative East Asian and African Literature and a PhD in Islamic literature of West Africa. She has been teaching for seventeen years through different media, and has also worked in media for ten years, producing and presenting programs for several TV channels.
Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the Islamic College in London and also the Managing Editor of the Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies.
The evidence of real Islam can never be compared with any other claim
from any other faith and those who study and compare between our
evidence and the evidence of other faiths reach to this fact after
only a little bit of sincere research. Islam encourages those Muslims
who are able to go through different faiths and try to prove to people
that among all the religions and faiths, the real faith is the Islam
of the Holy Prophet (SAWA) and the Ahlul Bayt (AS).
It is highly recommended to study other faiths for those who are well
equipped with knowledge to research other faiths and take
from their own books points which support the fact that the real faith
is nothing but Islam of the Holy Prophet (SAWA) and the Ahlul Bayt.
Those who don’t have enough knowledge can be misguided if they read
the different contradicting claims of other faiths, that is why we
advise them to study other faiths under the guidance of trusted
scholars who can take them step by step to research different books of
different faiths. The Holy Prophet (SAWA) and all the infallible Imams
(AS) encouraged their learned followers to research the faith of
others and debate with them to clarify the facts to them. The Holy
Prophet (SAWA) sent to Madinah before his own migration a young Muslim
by the name of Mus’ab Ibn ‘Omair to teach the new Muslims and to
invite non-Muslims to Islam through dialogue based on evidence. Hisham
Ibn Al-Hakam was a young student of Imam Ja’far As Sadiq (AS) who was
taught and encouraged to debate with the people of other faiths.
Islam encourages dialogue based on knowledge. We don’t have any fear
or reluctance from debating with others because we are equipped with
the strongest evidence up to the extent that our Imam Ja’far As Sadiq
(AS) is reported to have said : If our ignorant follower did not defeat the
learned of the others, then we are not on the right path. Every Muslim
who has knowledge is encouraged to research other faiths and try his
best to spread the truth among people.
Thank you for your question. If researching other religions will negatively effect your belief in Islam then you should not do it, as it means you have not adequately understood Islam itself. If your study of other religions brings you a greater appreciation of Islam then there is no problem.
May you always be successful