The Quran and Evolution by Dr Yasir Qadhi

Analysing the theory of evolution from scientific and theological perspectives.

Categories: Islam, Science

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  1. Yasir Qadhi is in error.

    The Qur’an says to use your brain in so many verses that the seams are almost bursting out of the book.

    Our DNA is nearly identical with other animals and plants and bacteria, etc.

    There is logically only two possibilities.

    Either God used one plan or there was evolution (far more likely, coherent).

    In addition there are innumerable other lines of evidence pointing towards evolution (enormous explanatory power through only evolution).

    This is all from using our brain which God commands us to do.

    Yusuf Ali: Say: “Travel through the earth and see how Allah did originate creation; so will Allah produce a later creation: for Allah has power over all things.

    And when we travel through the earth, we find that evolution is irrefutable.

    This does not at all mean that our essence is from ancestors shared by primates.

    No, God tells us in the Qur’an that only after God gave us our souls (poured into us His spirit…the grammar can mean either His spirit or our spirits whether His is referring to spirit of Him or spirits being made from Him), ….only then did He tell the angels and the jinn (who became satan) to bow down to Adam because of this spirit of Adam, not because he is descended from primates.


  2. Verses that Professor Qadhi gives are misunderstood by him. God is not going to tell 7th century tribal people something that is intellectually and culturally centuries out of their conceptual grasp. God will teach people in the language that they understand (Surah 14). And language includes cultural and intellectual concepts that they can understand. And these verses do not go against evolution.


  3. Sorry but I just wanted to clarify that when I meant either God created using one genomic plan each time He created any creature or there was evolution, I meant that God chose evolution as a process through which Hus creation unfolded through time.


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