By Hakim Jensen
The subject of evolution is extremely incendiary among Muslims, which is a surprise to me as a convert.
I was raised on evolution, and would have considered anyone an ignoramus who denied itâ€”until I accepted my faith.
I had previously accepted the lies spoon-fed to me from infancy to age 24. Now, however, things are different. My religion states clearly that Adam and Eve were the first members of our race of people, and all of todayâ€™s people are descended from themâ€”and Allah made nations and tribes from them. My job is to believe my religion if I want to adhere to it. And I believe itâ€”it makes more sense to me than any alternative. And now I actually devote some thought to it instead of mindlessly parroting the stupidities of those who taught me evolution.
Belief in the unseen is part of Islam. There are many miraculous events which are described in Qur`an which cannot be explained according to the natural laws of this universe. The only explanations come from belief in the unseen worldâ€”there is not really any way around that. The essential distinction between believers and unbelievers is belief in the unseen world. Allah, angels, messengers, holy books, the Day of Judgment, and destiny, both the good and the bad: these are elements of our faith which we must believe in or our faith is not complete. And you cannot explain away those unseen things, or reduce them to footnotes in an otherwise purely physical world.
But now I see that many Muslims donâ€™t want to believe. They consider all of the actual beliefs and practices of Islam to be anachronistic embarrassments better tucked away as far as possible towards the back of the closet. As Muslims, our lives do not rotate around seen things, or around the physical world. And certainly our lives do not rotate around imitating unbelievers in their unbelief. Let them be rich and fat and happyâ€”they are still living off the fat of the accomplishments of Muslims, whether algebra, trigonometry, medicine, astronomy, or other creations of Muslims, which in reality make their modernity possibleâ€”and unfortunately they lose themselves completely in their lives of waste and dramatic overconsumption. Islam is what gave unbelievers the very comfort and prosperity in which they take so much pride. But now Muslims imitate those unbelievers, in their stupidity, because they want the wealth and pleasure which Allah gave the unbelievers.
Those who run after this life, leaving Islam behind or covering it up, are making a mistake. Allah gave us difficulty in this life. Those who love Allah, and those who love Prophet (s), face extreme difficulty and poverty. Prophet (s) told Companions that. That is not an indication that we are on the wrong way. Our Holy Prophet (s) faced hunger beyond our imagining, saw his Companions tortured and killed, faced people who wanted to kill him and all his people, was himself wounded and tormented. Some Companions were tortured, forced to revoke their faith. It is actually an indication of our being good Muslims when we also face difficulty, although we hope not to face so much difficulty as those who came before us. It is not a dishonor to us that we face difficulty, or that Muslims are poor around the world. That is an indication of our goodness. Some people from other religions prefer this world over the nextâ€”so in this world they get to enjoy themselves, but we Muslims hope for the next world, and we seek our Godâ€™s pleasure in this worldâ€”believing in Him despite our being unable to see Him; acting on our belief in Him sometimes to our own physical detrimentâ€”it builds our own honor that we do this. That said, if someone becomes wealthy but keeps his religion properly, that is tremendous good luck for him; it is good, not bad. A grateful wealthy person is better than a poor worshipper.
In imitating the unbelievers, Muslims betray us and support the arguments of the unbelievers, for example in evolution.
There are fundamental logical flaws in evolution. Evolution is a theory which pretends to explain a process of development that leads to the multiplicity of organisms that exist today. And yet the essential underpinning of that system is missing. There is no explanation for how the first life came into being. As Harun Yahya has shown, scientists are unable to create from primordial soup even the building blocks of life, simple proteins, let alone coalesce millions of proteins into a living organism and breathe life into it in one go. It is completely impossible. You can shoot lightning at ocean water all day long, and no frog is going to jump out of the soup. No amoeba will ever be created and pulse and migrate around a petri dish, inspired to life by a scientist who didnâ€™t first put that amoeba there after bringing it from wherever God had previously put it.
There are other flaws with evolution. Darwin could not have known that the mutations of organisms only happen within preset boundaries. A cat can be bred through multiple generations to favor only characteristics that were hidden within the genetic material of its ancestors. It cannot be bred into a dog, no matter how many generations you devote to the task. Nor can an antâ€™s grandchildren be fish; nor can a crow, however bred, produce an ostrich or a chicken. If that is true under the direct manipulation of human breeding, then how can random mutations progress in ordered fashion from one species to another to build millions of species? If I am wrong, prove it. Breed any pair of cats into a dog (no direct genetic manipulation by injecting canine genesâ€”thatâ€™s cheating). If your friend is on a train on tracks between Washington and New York, donâ€™t sit at the Berlin train station waiting for him, because he is never going to arrive there. He is also not going to arrive in Paris or London, unless there is direct intervention from the unseen world. You have to wait at some point on the connected tracks between Washington and New York.
But Islam explains everything without any flaw. Believers have a consistent explanation from their faith. In Islam there is an explanation for everything, for all of the so-called evidence that people use to argue against the underlying realities that are quite clearly explained in Islam. There is no logical flaw, the explanation is consistent and permits growth to our own understanding far beyond where we currently are scientifically. There is no religious limit to our scientific understanding as Muslims. Islam fed scientific inquiry, and did not retard it.
The basic explanation is this. There were 124,000 Adams, as stated in the hadith that Jibril (as) asked â€œWhich Adam do you mean?â€ Our grandfather Adam was the last of those 124,000. That is the explanation for the footprints and other evidence of mankind that have been found from before our Adam. There have only been approximately 7,000 years since the flood of Noah. In the past there were many creatures, some of which were destroyed by Allah, or some of which were transformed by Allah. Dinosaurs became small, punished by God. Even in Qur`an are examples given of communities of people who were transformed into other creatures, apes or pigs. Species found only in fossil form simply are extinct species, or much diminished species that could still be living as far from humans as possibleâ€”they are not transitional life forms. If Allah wants animals to transform, He can make them transformâ€”that does not invalidate Muslimsâ€™ understanding of the origin of all living things. But as a general pattern that is not how humans came into being. Allah could have made amphibious creatures, that does not mean that fish turned into frogs. If you look at Allahâ€™s creation, He makes things appear as treesâ€”many variations from a central themeâ€”the similarities and the multiplicity of small variations are only evidence of the beauty and symmetry of His all-powerful design. The existence of one leaf next to another does not indicate that the first leaf has just climbed from the spot now occupied by the other leaf.
The so-called transitional human forms much promoted in bumper stickers and false depictions of progression from hunch-backs to homo sapiens sapiens are all fakes, forgeries, or either humans or apesâ€”they are not as advertised, stepping stones between apes and humans. And this also Harun Yahya has shown in his arguments.
Everything about life indicates the existence of a planner, even the existence of a blueprint stamped on every cell of each creationâ€”DNA.
In fact, Qur`an is so perfect and magnificent that it itself can be studied scientifically. In the glory days of Islam, people did study Qur`an. There are amazing facts, much discussed by believers but much ignored by those who battle for evolutionâ€”there are many facts about Qur`an which show an inhuman beauty and symmetry and order, as a small example consider that the word angel appears exactly as many times as the word devil, 88. Or that if you look at the very middle two words in Qur`an, they say â€œBe softâ€â€”an instruction intended to be found by a diver who dove deep with belief into study of Godâ€™s Holy Words. There are many other examplesâ€”please forgive me if I have made any mistake in the two I have cited. But the fact of the awesome precision of the Holiest Book is evidence that it itself is a valid subject for scientific study. These are only small examples of Qur`anâ€™s central planning and order.
Islam itself can be studied scientifically. The Prophet (s) should be studied scientificallyâ€”his example is more beneficial than studying the number of legs on ants, or whatever scientists waste their time studying. Those who worship science should not try so desperately to pry our fingers away from the study of our own lovely religion.
Now if you donâ€™t want to believe what Allah said, you are free. You can contradict Islam, contradict Qur`an, try to argue that Qur`an is not literal, say whatever you want, say you donâ€™t have to believe. You are free. Say your grandfather is an ape. Say your grandfather is a mosquito. Marry an ape yourself. Marry a donkey, marry a mosquito. Do what you want. But if you say those things, as a favor to me I am just asking that you not say you are Muslim. If you worship science, and not God. If you imitate the unbelievers, and shun the practices of the Holy Prophet (s). We are Muslim, so we want to believe what Allah tells us in Qur`an, and we want to follow the example of our Holy Prophet (s). And we want to devote ourselves to what Allah saidâ€”so please do not try to distract us and dissuade us, persuade us and subdue us.
In fact, to sum up, there are two explanations for the â€œorigin of the species,â€ as the idiot Charles Darwin called it. One is Darwinism, logically incomplete, based only on the world that is visible to unbelievers; the correct one is creation, it is logically complete, but based on the world known only to believers, to those who believe in the unseen. So choose your camp, but choose wisely. Because there are consequences to your decision. Choose the logically consistent explanation that explains everything, or choose the idiotic explanation that unbelievers love, which does not even bear up to logical scrutiny, and for which you may be punished.
It is remarkable even that unbelievers are able to persuade themselves to accept the pure stupidity of evolution. But at least it makes senseâ€”cast adrift with no knowledge of the truth, they have to cast about and it is understandable that they could invent a childish explanation for the world around themâ€”after all they donâ€™t know any better. But it is a shame beyond shamelessness that Muslims and other believers bow and scrape and otherwise abase themselves to the abomination, the utterly moronic theory of evolution, which lies at the foundation of almost all of the pure evil of the last 100 years, Nazism first of all.