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The Modernists in Light of Evolution

One of the difficulties that face the Muslim nation today is the pressure to conform to dominant discourse and popular culture. The battle for hearts and minds is constant – it is waged through 24 hour media (otherwise known as the 24 hour propaganda machine), through the educational establishments that teach our children truth mixed with falsehood, and by the hypocrites in our own ranks: people who appear to be from us, yet their hearts incline towards evil, slowly drip feeding their pernicious falsehood to fit their agenda of reforming and modernising Islam. Their desire is to make Islam more palatable to the philosophy of liberal secularism because they themselves have an affiliation to it. The modernists suffer a crisis of sophistication that infests their hearts with doubts leading to a chronic inferiority complex. Their longing to be accepted by those whose approval they crave and their want for an epitaph of ‘Islamic reformer’ and ‘thinker’ leads them to stoop ever lower, perhaps even selling their hereafter for a miserable price.

Taught in classrooms throughout the western world is Darwin’s theory of evolution. It is taught as fact that human beings evolved from other species and is often used erroneously by atheists as a basis for their disbelief in God. Evolution theory has undergone significant amendments since Darwin posited his theory. Those amendments which gave rise to what we can now term ‘neo-darwinism’ can best be described as a ‘science of gaps’. In other words there are certain things you observe, you cannot really explain them scientifically and you do not want to resort to explaining them spiritually because you have a basic philosophical pre-supposition that nothing exists except matter. So rather than leave any gaps through which you fear a divine being may slip through you fill the cracks with hypothesis and certify it as scientific knowledge so that it becomes a theory of everything. To put it simply, the conclusion is arrived at because of the assumption. Anti-religious philosophy gave birth to science instead of science giving rise to its atheistic connotations.

The theory that man evolved is in clear contradistinction to the account given in the Qur’an and Sunnah of the creation of man. From time to time the modernists unambiguously expose their chameleon reality by imposing their distorted unislamic beliefs upon the wider Muslim body who they believe to be mere credulous laypeople. Recently an attempt was made to reconcile the texts of the Qur’an and Sunnah with the theory of evolution of man using lurid and patently absurd interpretation. However, the scriptural evidences are so copious in number and so clear cut that these are considered issues of Muslim belief wherein attempts to make ta’wil (allegorical inference) are considered disbelief of the revelation and thus disbelief in Islam.

The Qur’an clearly states that Adam was created by Allah, by His own hands, “He said, “Your Lord said to the angels, ‘I am going to create a human being out of clay.’” (38:71) ‘Iblis, what prevented you prostrating to what I created with My own two hands?” (38:75) Abdullah ibn Umar said, “Allah created four things with His hand: the Throne, the Pen, the Garden of Eden and Adam. To the rest of His creation He said, ‘Be!’ and it was.” (Lalika’i #729-730, authenticated by al-Albani in Mukhtasar al-Uluw) This narration clearly shows that the Companions believed that these four things, Adam included, were created in a way different to other animals and creatures. The authentic hadith furnish further detail that leave no doubt whatsoever that this was an actual act performed by Allah, for example the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said that on the Last Day, mankind would go from Prophet to Prophet requesting intercession, they would go to Adam and say, “You are the father of mankind, Allah created you with His hand, had the angels prostrate to you, and taught you the names of all things.” (Bukhari and Muslim, a mutawatir hadith) “Allah created Adam from a handful of earth which He took from the whole earth. Hence the sons of Adam come like the earth, some are white, red, black and in between. Some are vile and some are pure. Some are easy and some are difficult with others in between.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi who said it was hasan sahih, Abu Dawud, and authenticated by al-Albani)

Allah has explained the stages involved in Adam’s creation. Imam Ahmad states in his book, The refutation of the Heretics and the Jahmites, vol. 1 pp. 9-10: ‘As for His saying, the Mighty and Majestic, “He created you from dust” (35:11) then He said: “From sticky clay” (37:11), then “extract of clay” (23:12), then “altered black smooth mud” (15:26) and then “sounding clay” (55:14). They complained about the Quran and said that it was confusing; part of it contradicting other parts. We say these verses describe the beginning of Adam’s creation: He created him in the first instance from dust, then red, black and white mud; good mud and salty and swampy mud. His progeny are like this as well: good and bad, black, red and white. Then that mud dried and became clay and that is His saying: “from clay”. When the clay stuck together, it became sticky clay. Then He said: “extract of clay,” which is said when it is squeezed and it slips through the fingers. Then it began to decompose and became moulded black smooth mud, so he was created from black mud. When he dried as dry clay like pottery, He says he had a ringing like the ringing of clattering clay that has a noise like the noise of dry clay.’

It is very important to note the great detail that has been mentioned here concerning the creation of Adam. Also of note is that Imam Ahmad mentions all of this in a book of theology where he is responding to the heretical views of the open hypocrites (zanadiqah) and the Jahmites.

The angels were commanded to prostrate to Adam when Allah created him, “(Call to mind) when your Lord said to the angels, ‘I am creating a human being out of dried clay formed from fetid black mud. When I have formed him and breathed My spirit into him, fall down in prostration in front of him!’” (15:28-29) “And (remember) when We said to the angels: “Prostrate yourselves before Adam.”. And they prostrated except Iblîs (Satan), he refused and was proud and was one of the disbelievers. And We said: “O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the Paradise and eat both of you freely with pleasure and delight of things therein as wherever you will, but come not near this tree or you both will be of the Zâlimûn (wrong-doers).” Then the Shaitân (Satan) made them slip therefrom (the Paradise), and got them out from that in which they were. We said: “Get you down, all, with enmity between yourselves. On earth will be a dwelling place for you and an enjoyment for a time.” Then Adam received from his Lord Words . And his Lord pardoned him (accepted his repentance).

Verily, He is the One Who forgives (accepts repentance), the Most Merciful. We said: “Get down all of you from this place (the Paradise), then whenever there comes to you Guidance from Me, and whoever follows My Guidance, there shall be no fear on them, nor shall they grieve” (2: 34-38). How does this square with the theory of evolution? Adam was in the heavens when Allah asked the Angels to prostrate to Him. So if we were to believe Allah created Adam upon the Earth via the process of evolution how did this event occur? I guess we would have to further speculate and conjecture that Allah took him up to the heavens after having been on the Earth! We also know that Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden. The Qur’an mentions that eating from the forbidden tree resulted in them being sent down to the Earth, which of course we must remember was a punishment for eating from the tree. If being upon the Earth was a punishment why was Adam initially created upon it when no crime had been committed? What these simple questions demonstrate is that when one follows a path of conjecture they will end up creating seeming contradictions in the revelation “If it were from other than Allah you would find much discrepancy therein” [4: 82]. All manner of twisting the Quranic verses and denial of many prophetic traditions would be required to conform to the original assumption that evolution theory is true.

Anas reports that the Prophet (saw) said: “When Allah shaped Adam in Paradise He left him for however long He wished to leave him, so Iblis began going around him and looking to see what he was. When he found him to be hollow he realised that he was a creature that could not exercise self restraint.” (Muslim). From this hadith it is clearly evident that Adam was an empty form before life was given to him and was left in that state for a period of time. These points clearly contradict the theory of man’s evolution in themselves and clearly lays the creation of Adam in the hands of Allah alone in a completely direct manner. There is a clear denial of Adam being the descendent of any other being or species in the unequivocal establishment of Allah shaping Adam Himself.

Abu Hurairah reports that the Prophet (saw) said: “Allah created Adam upon His form, his height being sixty cubits …” [Bukhari and Muslim]. Ibn Hajr commenting on this hadith reminds us and makes it very clear that the Muslims believe that Adam did not go through the normal stages of human life as his children do: birth, infancy, youth and then adulthood as evolution suggests. He states: ‘rather Allah created him a complete and well proportioned man from the moment the soul was blown in to him …’ (Fath al-Bari 6/366). Again, this hadith clearly contradicts the theory of evolution which requires the stages of life from birth to death to be applied throughout the differing species and their descendants.

Allah says, “The likeness of Isa in Allah’s sight is the same as Adam. He created him from earth and then He said to him, ‘Be!’ and he was.” (3:59) This verse was revealed to repudiate the Christian argument that Jesus having no earthly father was a proof that he was divine. The verse states that Adam had no parents whatsoever, being created instead from earth, yet this did not make him divine; the comparison then was between the absence of a father in the case of Jesus and the absence of any parents at all for Adam. Ibn al-Qayyim states that this is an example of analogy by effective cause (i.e. no father in both cases). He says regarding this verse, ‘So how can a person deny the existence of Isa without a father when he affirms the existence of Adam without father or mother and the existence of Hawwa without a mother…’ (I’lam al-Muwaqqi’in 1/150). He also says, ‘As Adam was created without intercourse and the coming together of the two genders so was the body of Isa a creation without intercourse and the coming together of the two genders.’ (Daqa’iq al-Tafsir 1/319). Ibn Taymiyah says: ‘So He (Allah) created Adam without a male or female, He created his wife Hawwa from a man without a woman as He has said: “and created from it its mate” (4: 1) and created the Messiah (Isa) from a woman without a man and created the rest of the creation from male and female …’ (al-Jawab al-Sahih 4/54). In fact, the reputable scholars of tafsir all mention the fact that Adam was created without father and mother or a seed when explaining this verse. (cf. Tabari, Qurtubi, Baghawi, Baydawi, Ibn Abi Hatim, Razi, ibn Kathir etc)

There are mutawatir texts that show that Adam and Hawwa lived as man and wife and that mankind came from these two. Allah says, “O mankind! Be mindful of your Lord who created you from a single soul and created its mate from it and then disseminated many men and women from the two of them.” (4:1), “It is He who created you from a single soul and made from him his spouse so that he might find repose in her.” (7:189) “Mankind! We created you from a male and female, and made you into peoples and tribes so that you might come to know each other.” (49:13) If mankind had a different origin to mention these statements would not be considered true but rather a distortion of the truth and Allah is exalted above such attribution and is the best in articulating what He intends.

Allah says, “We have honoured the sons of Adam,” (17:70), yet elsewhere Allah mentions a group of people who were cursed by being turned into apes and pigs (cf. 5:60, 7:166). Being turned in to these creatures caused them to be degraded and humiliated. If evolution asks us to believe that Adams ancestors were apes we then have a clear contradiction. To affirm one’s lineage and origin is obligatory in the Shariah so there can be no shame in it, so where is the dishonour in being turned into an ape if it was our origin? Rather, the punishment was for their disobedience to Allah’s commands due to their chasing their desires and lusts over what they had been commanded with. The commands were part of the revelation which is an honour given to man and not given to animals, so when man turned away from it; following and chasing after his desires and thus behaving like an animal, Allah punished him accordingly by turning those people mentioned in the Quran in to apes and pigs. (cf. Sayyid Qutb, In the Shade of the Quran)

Allah and His Messenger (SAW) spoke in great detail about the creation of Adam leaving no confusion or obscurity in the matter. The Muslims all clearly and unanimously understood the verses and Prophetic statements concerning this. The verses and hadith on this topic are unequivocal on the issue, the understanding of the Muslims is also unequivocal. The immediate recipients of the revelation: The Prophet (SAW), the Companions and the early Muslims all understood that this was the case. It is unimaginable that with such detail and clarity, Allah was not able to convey the truth regarding this issue just as it is impossible that Allah lied concerning it. Thus the issue was conveyed clearly and understood as intended. It is also impossible that the Prophet (saw) knew the reality of this issue and hid it or lied about it to his followers. It is also unimaginable that the Prophet (SAW) would have couched the matter in such vague or allegorical language as to give one impression when another was meant since this would mean that he did not convey the message clearly, to think this would mean that he betrayed his mission and did not discharge his duty in explaining the revelation to his followers; something Allah would never leave uncorrected.

Therefore, it is unimaginable to think that Allah revealed verses that were incorrectly understood by all of the immediate addressees and left them upon misguidance. A person who comes along centuries later and decides that a contradictory position can and should be held on this issue is in reality saying that not only does he understand the religion and Allah’s words better than the Prophet and his Companions, but rather that he understands Allah’s words and intent better than Allah himself. To put it in simpler terms: everyone failed to reach the truth or was lying until this person blessed the ummah with his vast intellectual prowess. It also clearly shows that such an individual feels that Muslims require the ever changing non-Muslim theories to understand the realities of his own religion. Indeed, the implication is that non-Muslims are superior and thus one should aspire to become like them and abandon what was taught by the Prophet to his Companions.

It is truly unfortunate to see some Muslims promote the theory of evolution by relying on equivocal, mutashabih, verses of the Qur’an, some of which are clear kinaya, and leaving the unequivocal, muhkam verses. This is precisely what Allah warns us against: “Those with deviation in their hearts follow what is open to interpretation in it, desiring conflict, seeking its interpretation.” (3:7). It is due to this that anyone who promotes this theory will always look for reasons and avenues to deny the details mentioned in the prophetic traditions and promote an unrestricted interpretation of scripture and the rejection of classical scholarship, obviously dressed up as breaking the shackles holding back the advancement of ‘Muslim’ thought. Such reasoning contradicts the revelation and emanates from speculation without a comprehensive reading of the revelation and was exactly the type of evil that the Companions and the early Muslim scholars denounced. (cf. Ibn al-Qayyim, I’lam al-Muwaqqi’in 2/125-126)

Evolution is a theory, not fact: it has been greatly modified since the days of Darwin, and will likely be modified more in the years to come. Theory cannot override the Qur’an and Sunnah since they are absolute truth which transcend time and place.

In conclusion the mechanism of evolution as forwarded by the evolutionists to explain the emergence of man is at complete odds with revelation. The theory contradicts and opposes clear and unambiguous verses of the Qur’an and traditions from the Prophet (saw). A person who holds such a view is without doubt rejecting revelation on this issue. Not only are the textual evidences numerous and clear but the wealth of detailed explanation from the Prophet (saw) and his Companions leaves no room for interpretation at all, rather such explanations necessitate that opposition to them falls under the saying of Allah: “Whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers’ way. We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell – what an evil destination” (4:115). Interpretation in this issue is not similar to interpretation in issues in which such detail is not explicit but rather derived, as such, analogy between the two issues and their consequential rulings is merely whimsical and holds no true Islamic credibility.

 

 

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About Sheikh Shaqur Rehman

Sheikh Shaqur Rehman has completed a PGCE along with an MA in Applied Linguistics. He preceded his secular studies with a traditional Islamic education beginning in Egypt in 1999-2001 which he further developed in Syria and Saudi Arabia whilst teaching English in various universities and institutions. During his Islamic studies, he managed to memorise the Holy Qur’an and attain authorisation (Ijaza) in recitation and various Islamic sciences including theology and jurisprudence. Shaqur is currently a Senior Advisor at the Islamic Council of Europe.

25 comments

  1. Sean Thompson

    Evolution does not contradict Islam…and it is a fact….
    Complete rubbish. Evolution does not contradict the Koran.

    Check this out: http://www.deenresearchcenter.com/Blogs/tabid/73/EntryId/126/Interview-with-T-O-Shanavas-Islam-and-Science.aspx

  2. about group C which is not that important but rather fishy..
    I have to agree with lala at one point which is useless to debate over two issues based on two different fundamental. But i’m curious lala, did u deliberately exclude group C who believes that 1+1=2?

  3. Agreement all round
    This is one area where Muslims, Jews and Christians (in the main) all agree.
    Evolution is a delusion which has been repeated so often that so many people think it is fact.
    Once you discount the fact that there was a worldwide flood which laid down all those bones which then became fossilised in the sediment you have to dream up the millions of years idea.
    In the New Testament Peter writes that in the last days scoffers will come who will say that all things have gone on exactly the same since the beginning and they deliberately ignore the fact in the beginning the land was under water and that there was also a global flood. 2 Peter 3

  4. Darwins evolution theory is a deceit
    Time and time again, scientist around the world have called into question this theory of evolution. Look around you, you will see a perfect order, in the way the plants grow, in the way the foetus developes in the uterus and in the way rocks form and split. A lowest bacteria with a flagellum is such a complex machine that to think that this all came around by chance is silly. Mathamatically the time it would take by chance alone to evolve into this complex structure that we see all around us is far, far more than the time that the earth has been thought to be in existence.
    There is a such a thing called the ‘The golden ratio” and it is no coincidence that we see it in all the living creatures, including plants, in the formation of our ear lobes, in the formation of our ears (the inner canals) into the developement of our bones that there is no way this came about by chance.
    Would it surprise you to learn that in the age of the dinosaurs, when man was still supposed to be an ape, they have found perfect human foot prints that are no different from those made today. All these and much more evidence are subjects of a book named “The forbidden archaelogy”. And indeed this evidence has been surpressed. NOT every scientist subscribes to this theory of evolution and yet those voices are never heard.
    Look around you, there are numerous sightings of humanoid like creatures from all over the world, “The big foot” is the most famous of them, and yet crucial evidence about this humanoid has always been supressed because it conflicts with the Darwins idea.
    Now, let us look at what Darwin himself proposed. He said that the cell is the simplest structure in a body and these then organised into complex structures. When the scientists looked at the cell they found instead a highly complex structure, literature about which fills entire libraries and is the subject of full time researchers who when they retire after 40 years of work into it, have still not understood it.
    Perhaps what might interest you more is that Darwin thought that the white european male was the pinnacle of the evolution. He was followed by the white Irish male, who was in turn followed by the males from mediterrian and subcontinent. In each race the females lagged behind their male counterpart.
    The chinese and japanese stood on the lower ladder with the black african races following them.
    With the japanese and chinese producing the most scientists in the world and with the achievement of the chinese in the production of the Olympic games and with the white european (Darwins race) not having a hope in hell of ever matching it, one will have to be seriously deluded to subscribe to this theory.
    for further reading please read Haroon Yahyas works and please review the book “Forbidden archaelogy”. The latter is a thick tome and I would suggest you read it first before acquiring it.

  5. Many Alleged Intermediaries are Humans or Monkeys Afterall! [Disproving Human Evolution]
    Alleged Intermediate Ape & Human Species:

    Many of the alleged intermediate species between ape and human, are argued to be Apes or Humans afterall. Here are some proposed missing links of Intermediaries:

    * Australopithecus anamensis 4.2 to 3.9 million years ago.

    * Australopithecus afarensis 4 to 2.7 million years ago.

    * Australopithecus africanus 3 to 2 million years ago.

    * Australopithecus robustus 2.2 to 1.6 million years ago.

    The false claims from Richard leakey and Donald C Johanson that the Australopithecus walked erected has been refuted and it seems the Australopithecus is closely related with urangutans which according to evolutionists is from a different branch than the one mankind originated from.

    * Homo habilis 2.2 to 1.6 million years ago (proposed in the 60’s as first humanoid that walked erect and used tools). New discoveries in 80’s showed a different picture and Bernard Wood and C. Loring Brace said that this was in fact nothing more then An Australopithecus habilis. So it’s just another extinct african ape.

    * Homo rudolfensis 1.9 to 1.6 million years ago. It refers to a single fragmented skull found in Kenia. However most scientists have accepted it again as nothing more then Australopithecus habilis [an extinct African ape].

    * Homo erectus 2.0 to 0.4 million years ago. Although this skeleton is exactly the same as human, evolutionists have classified it as a transendiery specie, based on the small skullcontents (900-1100 cc) and because of the big eyebrows (of the skull). However, there are humans alive today with that skullcontents (i.e. Pygmees), and that have such eyebrows (i.e. Australian Aboriginals)! So there is no reason to assume these skelletons are a missing link, they are just humans. In fact the New Scientists of 1998 14 march even wrote an excelent article of how Homo erectus had the technology to build and use transport ships.

    * Homo sapiens archaic 400 to 200 thousand years ago. Again there’s no reason to assume they weren’t human, in fact many researchers have even concluded that they are exactly the same as Australian aboriginals. They even found skeletons of them showing that they lived up to recently in villages in Italy and Hungary. The dramatic pictures of hary human-like apes you found in schoolhandbooks are just indulgance into imagenation, remmeber we’ve only found skelletons.

    * Homo sapiens neandertalensis 200 to 30 thousand years ago. Erik Trinkus, paleontologist of university of mexico writes: detailed study of the skelleton of the remains of the Neandertalensis with modern man show that nothing in the anatomy of the Neaderthalensis such as movement, manipulation, intelect and linguistic capabilities are inferior to that of modern man. [i.e. it is the skeleton of modern man].

    http://seemyparadigm.webs.com/evolution.htm

    Now I’m not going to claim there’s some sort of crazy conspiracy going on here, and that evolutionists purposely create false intermediate species. But perhaps people are just looking so hard for these unfound missing links that they start to see things that aren’t there.

    http://idawah.com/refutations/evolution.html#_intermediaries

  6. Speak agaisnt injustice done to Allah’s house
    Salama alayakum brother

    Its good that you realise righteous leaders are needed.

    why dont you help the ummah by making it clear that usama is kafir and so is his father?

    Dont you want to defend Adam alai salaam? Can suhaib hasan
    say taweel is possible in this issue?

    wont you defend the deen of Allah? what will answer Allah on judgement day?

    please help ummah!!!!

  7. Did life other than humans evolve?
    Salaams everyone….
    Please don’t take offense at my following questions, as I am a strong believer in Islam. I would however like to clarify certain issues to reinforce my faith.

    While the creation of humans is quite clear according to Islam (ie; created by the hand of Allah), what is ambiguous to me is the origin of the remaining life on earth.

    When it is mentioned that Allah created Adam with his own hands, but for the rest of the creation Allah said ‘be’ and it was. If we take a life form; for example a blue whale; does this mean that at one moment in time it was not existent, but the very next moment a male and female blue whale appeared, without any parents? Or does Allah saying ‘be’ mean that all other living organisms evolved, gradually over time.
    Is there anything in Islam that opposes the notion that, Allah saying ‘be’ for the rest of his creation, could imply that the organism comes into being after a long period of time (ie essentially evolving into what it is) as opposed to coming into life instantaneously? And that evolution occurs with the permission of Allah?

  8. nonsense
    Salaam alaikum to everyone,
    It is very simple – one group say Adam was created from clay and became a human being when Allah blew the soul into him (creationist argument) and the other believes in the single cell amoeba which developed over tens of thousands of years from this into a jellyfish, then a lizard, then a bird, then a monkey and finally a human being (evolutionist argument) (at which point there is a tremendous argument and what colour of human being it was, as what came afterwards is naturally therefore more evolved/superior for which you get the ‘blacks are more like monkeys than whites’ argument).
    It is quite impossible to square these two arguments are they are contradictary and anyone who claims to be an evolutionist creationist is simply suffering from delusion.
    It has been plainly proved in the science labs that you cannot ADD information to the DNA chain, thus becoming more complex. The DNA of a human being is a 2,000 long strand of adenine,thymine, guaine & cytosine. In order to become more complex you would need to add another couple of line of information (say 2,010 strand not the normal 2,000). That has never been observed of decades of research on animals and insects in these laboratories exposing them to extremes of heat, cold, radiation and so on. All it did was create scramble the genetic code NOT add to it causing harm to the lifeform in question- ie it mutated it for the worse not the better. No beneficial mutation has EVER been observed – only harmful ones like cancer or burns.
    The ‘theory’ of evolution is just that – a theory, and a very inexact and silly one. To give an example of exactly how silly, they say that the blue whale developed from an elephant climbing into the sea ‘over ten thousand years’. Lets be clear: if one elephant climbed into the sea every year over 10,000 years you would simply end up with a lot of dead elephants at the bottom of the ocean and not a blue whale. Even if two male and female elephant did miraculously turn into blue whales, when they had sex and produced a baby, what would come out would be an elephant which would then immediately drown! Why? because exterior alterations to your body has no bearing on the DNA held in the nucleus of the cell (according to real science). ie if i knock out all your teeth, and i chop your wife’s ears off, your baby will not be missing its teeth or its ears.
    These are some clear reasons for those who give thought to believe in God Almighty.

  9. evolution
    Salaam alaikum to everyone,
    It is very simple – one group say Adam was created from clay and became a human being when Allah blew the soul into him (creationist argument) and the other believes in the single cell amoeba which developed over tens of thousands of years from this into a jellyfish, then a lizard, then a bird, then a monkey and finally a human being (evolutionist argument) (at which point there is a tremendous argument and what colour of human being it was, as what came afterwards is naturally therefore more evolved/superior for which you get the ‘blacks are more like monkeys than whites’ argument).
    It is quite impossible to square these two arguments are they are contradictary and anyone who claims to be an evolutionist creationist is simply suffering from delusion.
    It has been plainly proved in the science labs that you cannot ADD information to the DNA chain, thus becoming more complex. The DNA of a human being is a 2,000 long strand of adenine,thymine, guaine & cytosine. In order to become more complex you would need to add another couple of line of information (say 2,010 strand not the normal 2,000). That has never been observed of decades of research on animals and insects in these laboratories exposing them to extremes of heat, cold, radiation and so on. All it did was create scramble the genetic code NOT add to it causing harm to the lifeform in question- ie it mutated it for the worse not the better. No beneficial mutation has EVER been observed – only harmful ones like cancer or burns.
    The ‘theory’ of evolution is just that – a theory, and a very inexact and silly one. To give an example of exactly how silly, they say that the blue whale developed from an elephant climbing into the sea ‘over ten thousand years’. Lets be clear: if one elephant climbed into the sea every year over 10,000 years you would simply end up with a lot of dead elephants at the bottom of the ocean and not a blue whale. Even if two male and female elephant did miraculously turn into blue whales, when they had sex and produced a baby, what would come out would be an elephant which would then immediately drown! Why? because exterior alterations to your body has no bearing on the DNA held in the nucleus of the cell (according to real science). ie if i knock out all your teeth, and i chop your wife’s ears off, your baby will not be missing its teeth or its ears.
    These are some clear reasons for those who give thought to believe in God Almighty.

  10. What happened to the “Thoery part” in the “Theory of Evolution?”
    Thanks for the article. Nicely put.
    We as muslims and in fact a majority of the People of the Book who believe in God, are represented as backward and illogical. All of this because we believe in our Creator and see order and beauty in creation, rather than chaos and random chance. The media is constantly propagating “evolutionary theory”, it is no longer presented as a “theory” but rather as fact. Even daily t.v. shows such as The Big Bang Theory (its intro), adds for red meat (the one with the monkey walking upright), popular magazines, Year 12 Biology books, movies etc all seem to have one agenda. Evolution is propagated as science, science is propagated as factual/logical and anything which falls away from science as backward and superstitious. There are a few verses of the Quran which describe past generations who disbelieve, describing the Quran and past revelations as “Tales of the ancients” and polytheism and other belief systems as more credible. It now seems we have a “modern” argument with evolution, equating science and religion/belief in the One and Only God as “tales of the ancients”. Correct me if I am wrong, but those muslims who choose to believe evolution and still claim to be muslim are sitting on the fence. You can’t have both. Check out harun Yahya’s site on the refutation of the evolutionary THEORY…www.harunyahya.com. This site puts the theory to the grave.

  11. the quran does not contradict darwin. we came from god to heaven to earth to animals

    your article is too longwinded for me to read, consider highlighting key points with special emphasis

  12. New book on Quran and Evolution
    I have recently published a book showing how the Quran proves macroevolution, including that of humans and how “Adam” fits into the whole picture. This year, the journal “Islamic Studies” of the IRI, which is part of the International Islamic University, will inshallah be publishing a book review. This book is the third in a series of books, this one focusing on evolution and is entitled: “From Microbits to Everything: Beyond Darwinism and Creationism: Volume 3: The Evolutionary Implications.” Br. Shakur has many valid concerns which I agree with but if you read Vol. 3 you will see the amazing nature of the Quran with respect to recent research. From the comments posted thus far, there appears to be a lot of misunderstanding on the issue.
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  13. Evolution is a SCIENTIFIC hypothesis. Science is based on facts, changes all the time and is always open to debate and reform, which is clearly not the case of religion.. So why compare the tow?? Why just stop whenever it is convenient not treat religion in the same rigorous manner as science is treated?
    Also, why do you people always resort to false dilemmas? If evolution is wrong, then religion is obviously right?! On what basis?!! And which religion is definitely right? Group A thinks 1+1 =3 while group B thinks 1+1=4. Group A is wrong, does that make group B right??

    Religion is based on faith, while science isn’t. If tomorrow someone brings IRREFUTABLE proof that evolution is wrong, be sure that scientists around the world will discard this theory and start working on something else, that’s how science works! Religion doesn’t work like this so don’t try to make the two compete against each other..

  14. Mr
    Alhamdulilah we are ower the “stem machine time” where darwinism originated. Almost all scientist belives in the universe came out of nothing (where Created By Allah), yet they have problems with beliveing that us as a irreducible complex organism also was created instantly?

  15. To Aires and Athono
    Whether the Arabs breed racehorses for better performances or not the horses do not become a flying Pegasus. nor do they become birds but remain within the same species. Islam and science does not doubt the betterment within species however there is no proof that one species becomes another. if that was true then please show me the half man and half monkey and why has this so called evolution process stopped? as for Athono, you are misreading the text and making unproven comments. can you prove to me that monkeys did not come from humans.. why cant it be the other way around? why do you insist that Humans came from apes and not vice versa. and based upon this analogy you claim that the prophet is a false one???

  16. mufti ababujey

    Darwin’s theory of evolution maintained that all living beings emerged as a result of chance and thus denied Creation. Yet the forthcoming evidence was proved to be otherwise. Different branches of science like biochemistry, genetics, and palaeontology have demonstrated that the claims that life originated as a result of “coincidences” is deceptive. This is a book you will read with pleasure… It has brief explanations about the scientific collapse of Darwinism with a rich visual touch.

  17. mufti ababujey

    Racist minds and Heart’s
    Most of you sound racist in your thought and prejudise. Allaah does what he want and nobody can question that. Better open your mind and heart and read the words of Allaah and then ponder on it’s meanin. You can also make some refernces here on this site:
    Darwin’s theory of evolution maintained that all living beings emerged as a result of chance and thus denied Creation. Yet the forthcoming evidence was proved to be otherwise. Different branches of science like biochemistry, genetics, and palaeontology have demonstrated that the claims that life originated as a result of “coincidences” is deceptive. This is a book you will read with pleasure… It has brief explanations about the scientific collapse of Darwinism with a rich visual touch.

  18. Clay
    Allah tells us in the Quran he created us from clay. Come to think of it, I am not muddy. Then why clay? Because we originated from the primordial soup, a mixture of soil, minerals and water. Through God we evolved.

  19. WHY Unfortunate?
    Why truly unfortunate?
    Do you think you are qualified to talk on this topic? How? Is it not truly unfortunate to quote holy aayaat out of context? Is it not truly unfortunate to take metaphorical and allegrical aayaat in literal sense?

  20. How can I forget?
    In bilogy last chapter, we studied evolution and I to be honest believed in the theory that Adam came from Apes. I have been lost and away from Allah, so I sank into this “I believe in evolution it makes sense where everything came from!”
    and after reading this, i no longer doubt that indeed Allah has created Adam from clay, and not a descedent from monkies. I guess sometimes you can lose the most imporetant thing, that is knowledge of course. yet I wonder why I never questioned this islamically speaking….:(

  21. I wonder why until today, no scholer has made takfir on that person. we often blame the youths of making accessive takfir while our scholers are going another extreme of not making takfir all together to protect the deen.

  22. then it is a lie
    If the Quran is not telling that mankind evolved from shared species then it is not the word of God. I think Muhammed just borrowed from other religions and interpreted theim literally. He is a false prophet. If saying so condems me to death, it only means I am right and others are afraid.

  23. Abrahamic father

    ??
    Aires – cousin, what you said dont even make sense!

  24. Courage for a Minority
    The hypothesis of evolution is a form of belief, which seems to be difficult to be disproven. However it doesn’t make sense after all. Good luck to all those monkeys.

    David

  25. evolution
    How can somebody believe in god and dont beleve in life.
    Even in your arab world the the sheiks race horses are breed for bether performance.
    And the worse thing is that we came from apes and seems that we are going back to them.

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