Sh. Dr. Hatem al-Haj describes the reason behind using the term “apologetics”. Islamic apologetics is about defending the doctrines of the faith in rational terms. When people hear the term “Islamic apologetics” they can understand that this is an academic discipline that requires research.
Dr. Hatem al-Haj has a PhD in Comparative Fiqh from al-Jinan University. He is a pediatrician, former Dean of the College of Islamic Studies at Mishkah University, and a member of the permanent Fatwa Committee of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA).