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9/2/2013 12:36:21 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
There is no doubt that there is a raging controversy over the theory of evolution. Evolution has been denounced across the board by the clergy and scholars of the Abrahamic religions which include Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The controversy surrounds Charles Darwin"s anti-Biblical publication, The Origin of Species. Charles Darwin"s theories of evolution, however, should be labeled as Darwinism. Darwin neither originated the theory of evolution nor is his book the definitive statement regarding the origin of species. There is a current alternate theory of evolution which Wikipedia in its article Theistic Evolution describes as:

Theistic evolution or evolutionary creation is a concept that asserts that classical religious teachings about God are compatible with the modern scientific understanding about biological evolution. In short, theistic evolutionists believe that there is a God, that God is the creator of the material universe and (by consequence) all life within, and that biological evolution is simply a natural process within that creation. Evolution, according to this view, is simply a tool that God employed to develop human life.

Theistic evolution is not a scientific theory, but a particular view about how the science of evolution relates to religious belief and interpretation. Theistic evolution supporters can be seen as one of the groups who reject the conflict thesis regarding the relationship between religion and science " that is, they hold that religious teachings about creation and scientific theories of evolution need not contradict"(end quote)

Western scholars are ignorant of the fact that evolution (defined as the development and mutation of species into other species through a process of natural selection) was first described in the Quran. Verses from the Quran were elaborated upon by Muslim scholars as far back as the 9th Century. According to the above article:

Ideas on theistic evolution can be found in Islamic philosophy as far back as the Islamic Golden Age (8th to 15th centuries), when early ideas on evolution were taught in Islamic schools. John William Draper, the 19th-century scientist, philosopher and historian, discussed the 12th-century writings of Al-Khazini as part of what he called the "Mohammedan theory of evolution". He compared these early ideas to later biological theories, arguing that the former were developed "" much farther than we are disposed to do, extending them even to inorganic or mineral things"

The first Islamic biologist and philosopher to speculate in detail about evolution was the Afro-Arab writer Al-Jahiz in the 9th century. In the Book of Animals, he speculated on the influence of the environment on animals and developed an early theory of evolution. Al-Jahiz considered the effects of the environment on the likelihood of an animal to survive, and first described thenatural struggle for existence. He described the struggle for existence in terms that anticipate natural selection. Al-Jahiz"s ideas on the struggle for existence in the Book of Animals have been summarized as follows:

"Animals engage in a struggle for existence; for resources, to avoid being eaten and to breed. Environmental factors influence organisms to develop new characteristics to ensure survival, thus transforming into new species. Animals that survive to breed can pass on their successful characteristics to offspring."

Ibn Miskawayh"s al-Fawz al-Asghar and the Brethren of Purity"s Encyclopedia of the Bretheren of Purity (The Epistles of Ikhwan al-Safa) set forth ideas on how species developed: from matter into vapor and thence to water, then minerals into plants and then animals, leading to apes and, finally, humans. (End Quote)

Another Islamic scholar who advocated the theory of evolution was Ibn Khaldun. According to the Wikipedia Article entitled Muqaddimah (Universal History), a book written in 1377 by the renowned Islamic scientist and philosopher Ibn Khaldun:

Some of Ibn Khaldun"s thoughts, according to some commentators, anticipate the biological theory of evolution. Ibn Khaldun asserted that humans developed from "the world of the monkeys", in a process by which "species become more numerous" in Chapter 1 of the Muqaddimah:

This world with all the created things in it has a certain order and solid construction. It shows nexuses between causes and things caused, combinations of some parts of creation with others, and transformations of some existent things into others, in a pattern that is both remarkable and endless.

One should then take a look at the world of creation. It started out from the minerals and progressed, in an ingenious, gradual manner, to plants and animals. The last stage of minerals is connected with the first stage of plants, such as herbs and seedless plants. The last stage of plants, such as palms and vines, is connected with the first stage of animals, such as snails and shellfish which have only the power of touch. The word "connection" with regard to these created things means that the last stage of each group is fully prepared to become the first stage of the newest group.

The animal world then widens, its species become numerous, and, in a gradual process of creation, it finally leads to man, who is able to think and reflect. The higher stage of man is reached from the world of monkeys, in which both sagacity and perception are found, but which has not reached the stage of actual reflection and thinking. At this point we come to the first stage of man. This is as far as our (physical) observation extends.

Ibn Khaldun believed that humans are the most evolved form of animals, in that they have the ability to reason. The Muqaddimah also states in Chapter 6:

We explained there that the whole of existence in (all) its simple and composite worlds is arranged in a natural order of ascent and descent, so that everything constitutes an uninterrupted continuum. The essences at the end of each particular stage of the worlds are by nature prepared to be transformed into the essence adjacent to them, either above or below them. This is the case with the simple material elements; it is the case with palms and vines, (which constitute) the last stage of plants, in their relation to snails and shellfish, (which constitute) the (lowest) stage of animals. It is also the case with monkeys, creatures combining in themselves cleverness and perception, in their relation to man, the being who has the ability to think and to reflect. The preparedness (for transformation) that exists on either side, at each stage of the worlds, is meant when (we speak about) their connection.

Plants do not have the same fineness and power that animals have. Therefore, the sages rarely turned to them. Animals are the last and final stage of the three permutations. Minerals turn into plants, and plants into animals, but animals cannot turn into anything finer than themselves.

His evolutionary ideas appear to be similar to those found in the Encyclopedia of the Brethren of Purity. Ibn Khaldun was also an adherent of environmental determinism. He explained that black skin was due to the hot climate of sub-Saharan Africa and not due to their lineage. He thus dispelled the Hamitic theory, where the sons of Ham were cursed by being black, as a myth. (End Quote)

The above articles fail to mention that the inspiration for the Theistic Evolution proposed by the above Islamic scholars, actually came from the book they studied most, the Quran. According to modern scholarship, evolution began with the Big Bang which is described in the Wikipedia article Big Bang:

The Big Bang was the event which led to the formation of the universe, according to the prevailing cosmological theory of the universe"s early development (known as the Big Bang theory or Big Bang model).
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9/2/2013 12:37:34 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
According to the Big Bang model, the universe, originally in an extremely hot and dense state that expanded rapidly, has since cooled by expanding to the present diluted state, and continues to expand today. Based on the best available measurements as of 2010, the original state of the universe existed around 13.7 billion years ago, which is often referred to as the time when the Big Bang occurred. The theory is the most comprehensive and accurate explanation supported by scientific evidence and observation. (End Quote)

The Big Bang theory closely parallels the Quran"s assertion that the universe was once a single unit:

(Al Anbiya) 21:30: "Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before we clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?"

After the formation of the universe, the Quran goes on to state that Allah created every living thing from water. This assertion is being investigated by researchers who propose that life began around hydrothermal vents in the deep ocean. The discovery of extremophiles (organisms that thrive in what, for most terrestrial life-forms, are intolerably hostile environments) has prompted renewed speculation about the conditions under which the first terrestrial organisms appeared. Some researchers favor the hot environs of undersea hydrothermal vents as a likely birthplace for life, a hypothesis given further credence in 1999 with the announcement by Japanese researchers that they had managed to synthesize peptides around an artificial deep-sea vent. Others, most vociferously Gold, have promulgated the notion of a deep (and also hot) subterranean place of origin.

A theory proceeding from the thermal vent as the origin of life theory, is that land bound life began in tidal pools where it was deposited by ancient oceanic tides. Here life developed in the mud or clay that was deposited along with the marine life. Scientists argued that some way of concentrating polymers, proteins and nucleic acid (the basic ingredients of life) was needed and that lagoons and tidal pools around the early oceans would have served this purpose well. Polymerization may have taken place with the aid of clay minerals, which would have provided a surface for the adsorption of organic molecules, a means of holding them while they joined together, and protection from the disruptive effects of solar ultraviolet. The possible role played by clay and a semi-dry, lagoon-like environment has since been stressed by others, notably Cairns-Smith and Miller.

Scientists have been exploring a multitude of possibilities for the generation of earthly life. However, according to the Quran, life began with Allah"s (swt) decree:

(Hud) 11:7: "He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days " and His Throne was over the waters " that He might try you, which of you is best in conduct. But if thou wert to say to them, "Ye shall indeed be raised up after death", the Unbelievers would be sure to say, "This is nothing but obvious sorcery!"

One of Allah"s names in the Quran is Malik or King (see Quran 20:114 & 23:116). The Arabic word "malik" is derived from the root malaka which means to own, to possess, so a king is one who owns or possess his territory or kingdom. Thus, Allah (swt) names Himself as King because He is the sole owner and disposer of his creation. Kings issue decrees from their thrones. In the above verse, Allah (swt) is depicted as issuing from His throne a decree commanding the waters to produce life. The waters then began to produce life, which resulted in the evolution of life; plants, animals and man according to the following verses in Suras An Noor and Al Furqan:

(An Noor) 24:45: "And God has created every animal from water: of them there are some that creep on their bellies; some that walk on two legs; and some that walk on four. God creates what He wills for verily God has power over all things."

(Al Furqan) 25:54: "It is He Who has created man from water: then has He established relationships of lineage and marriage: for thy Lord has power (over all things)."

Allah (swt) goes on to explain that man was created from a mixture of earth and water or clay:

(Al Muminoorn) 23:12: "Man We did create from a quintessence of clay""

It is very important to point out that Allah (swt) stresses that He created human beings from a quintessence of clay or the water and the minerals from which clay is composed. According to scientists as Haldane and Cairns-Smith, clay was critical to prebiotic evolution. Clay minerals seem to have played a vital role in the manufacture of large prebiotic molecules " their lattice structures acting as templates for the organization of organic matter into polymers. The clay or mud from which man was created was black mud altered or formed:

(Al Hijr) 15:26: " Verily We created man of sounding clay of black mud altered."

Allah (swt) emphasizes that not only was man formed from water and the minerals contained in clay, but that the clay was black. The current theory of man"s evolution has his origins in the African continent. The above verse emphasizes that early man was dark skinned which is consistent with current theories of man"s African origins. Allah (swt) says that he created man in stages. He further states that this creation took place over a long period of time:

(Nooh) 71:14: "Seeing that it is He that has created you in stages."

(Ad Dahr) 76:1: "Has there not been over Man a long period of Time, when he was nothing " (not even) mentioned?"

The Quran depicts the origin and evolution of the universe and life as one of slow development. However, there are those that will argue a rapid development scenario based upon the following verse in Surat Al Hajj 22:47:

(Al Hajj) 22:47: "And they will bid you to hasten on the Doom, and Allah does not fail in His promise, but lo! a day with Allah is a thousand years of what you reckon."

The thousand years mentioned in this verse applies to Arab cultural history and not to the evolutionary aeons of the universe. The Arabic word, yawm, means, not only "day", but also time, era, age. The ancient Arabs divided their cultural history into ages of one thousand years. An example of this calculation would be the Age of Noah or Noah"s tribe which, according to Surah Al Ankabut 29:14, lasted "one thousand years less fifty." The interpretation that the word "day" (yawm) in this context means historical age is confirmed by the Arabic word "t3dwn" meaning "what you (Arabs) reckon." The Hebrews had a similar millennial concept of their history, which is expressed in the Book of Genesis, chapter 5.

According to the Quran, man"s evolutionary development took place over a period of time until he reached a point of evolution when he and his mate would beget the human race in all of its variations:

(Al Hujiraat) 49:13: "O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)."

(AnNisa) 4:1: "O mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single Soul, created, of like nature, His mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women;- Fear God, through whom ye demand your mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs (that bore you): for God ever watches over you."
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9/2/2013 12:37:55 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Once the genetic code for the sons of Adam had evolved enough to allow the human race to assume responsibility for establishing the moral code on planet Earth, Allah (swt) appointed him as His caliph on earth. The moral code consists of a set of laws which insure the worship of Allah (swt) alone and the establishment of a Quran based shariah which would allow man to live in harmony in his own society. Human conduct not only affects the man and his social environment; it also affects the planet and all of the species which call this planet home. Allah (swt) says in the Quran:

(Al Baqarah) 2:30: "Behold, your Lord said to the angels: "I will create a caliph on Earth." They said: "Will You place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood while we do celebrate Your praises and glorify Your holy name?" He said: I know what you don"t know."

According to the Quran, the angels were surprised at Allah"s choice of caliph. Allah (swt) created the angels before He created man so they had ample opportunity to witness this creature"s biological and social evolution. The creatures which preceded Adam were driven by the same violent tendencies as Adam"s descendants. However, Allah (swt) chose Adam and this act of choosing implies that Adam was not the only representative of his species:

(Aal e Imran) 3:33: "God did choose Adam and Noah, the family of Abraham, and the family of "Imran above all people""

Allah (swt) confirms that Adam was surrounded by the creatures from which Allah (swt) chose him. The fact the Allah (swt) chose Adam indicates that Adam may have been a unique development among his fellow creatures, but he was not alone in his uniqueness. Allah provided for mankind another example of Adam"s unique creation in the creation of the Prophet Jesus:

Al Imran 3:59: "Lo! the likeness of Jesus with Allah is as the likeness of Adam. He created him of dust, then He said to him: Be! and he is."

There is a compelling reason why Allah (swt) compared the creation of Jesus to the creation of Adam. They both were the result of evolution from water and the quintessence of clay and they both had normal gestations as well as normal births. Both, like every creation of Allah (swt), were commanded into existence. Most importantly for this discussion, both had ancestors who shared their genetic code. Jesus" birth was unusual in that he was conceived without a father. However, even this phenomena can be explained according to Dr. Irmak who explained that it is possible for a female chimera to self fertiilize and conceive a male child:

Self-fertilization in humans: having a male embryo without a father
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9/2/2013 12:39:48 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Last but not least. These views are actually not what I believe. I believe in parts of it but not all of it. I believe that evolution is real and is happening but that humans are unique and starting as humans than started to evolve slowly. Unlike animals which evolve slowly though millions of years.
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9/2/2013 3:38:25 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 9/2/2013 12:36:21 AM, Nemat wrote:
denounced across the board by the clergy and scholars of the Abrahamic religions which include Islam, Judaism and Christianity

Patently false. But don't let the truth get in the way of your story.
No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
George Bernard Shaw