This month marks the 200 anniversary of one of the most profound scientists in the history of the world. Charles R. Darwin revolutionized the way we thought about the world (for better or for worse is debatable, but only by the extremists on both ends.) Putting aside religion and sentiment and even the “beliefs” of science, and talk about facts, the man put a seemingly ridiculous idea and turning it into a scientific fact. No one, not even the most devout of believers of God can deny evolution.
On the seventh day God created Man, or so goes the Bible, in the book of Genesis. In the Quran, Allah created man from a drop of blood, Surah Alaq. Every religion tells the story of the creation of the world and the human life. As a child, during that damned Jurassic Park days, I was fasinated by dinosaurs and geology and paleontology and all that. I read up so much stuff that I gave my parents the impression that I was some genius wiz-kid. But I think that was a phase on every kid living in the nineties. First, its space and then its dinosaurs and then comes in computers. But I being raised as a Muslim in a conservative environment, was lead to believe in a very strict Allah which performed miracles and answered your prayers with just the answer you were looking for. But I had no qualm of believing in evolution either. And I think my answer as a kid was the not just the politically correct one, but also the right and true one . That Allah has laid down the rules by which our universe works and His rules are never broken. And we would be naive to believe that we as moral humans with feable minds would know these divine rules. The order of natural selection and evolution is one of those rules. Over the years the original theory proposed by Darwin has been changed so much that it no longer remains a ridiculous idea, but a scientific treatise. It not only encompasses plate techtonics from geology and geo physics to genetic and DNA interactions from Chemistry to Mathematics (Genetic Algorithms) to Engineering (Biological, Chemical, Electrical, MEchanical and Civl). It is one of the most elaborate notion known to us, and we may not believe in it on paper but be all use it and think about it and trust it.
Humans were sent to this earth as a “Khalifah” of Allah. And I think with an open mind and beliefs we can be just that. When I asked one of my elders once about genetic, he said Man cannot creat life,only Allah can. Well I would agree to that. But Man can cut and paste Allah’s work to ‘create ‘ new variations now. And I think that is what a Khalifah is, to translate Allah’s work of justice and also creation in this world. But it WILL always remain a translation, a copy, even if we learn to create matter and energy out of nothing. Believers and aethists fail to see that their debate is pointless seen from either end. In the end, Allah will fit into any definition and set of rules that the atheists propose, while if seen the other way around, all fact can disprove the existence of a higher being. It comes down to a matter of faith. Believing in Allah (or God) is as much a matter of faith as not believing in Allah (or God) is.
I have read Harun Yahya and his points to reject Darwinism. Yes people, there is actually a “religion” called Darwinism. He makes a convincing point to rejecting evolution and creation by the supposed “Natural” means, but takes it too far and proposing some ideas that cannot not be proven either by science or religion.
My point is simple. A God can exist even with the belief of evolution and also while believing in the fact that Humans are a part of this world rather than descended onto it from a heaven. The point is, that the stories in the Quran are are deep with layers upon layers of interpretation that even the most obscure of truths in science can be found to be in those verses. If you cant see these truths in these verse and in the natural world then you are as blind and as fanatic as the other guy who proposes the opposite. Allah created Man from a drop of blood says it all. You dont need to go further than that to chalk out the details of when Hazrat Adam (Alaihi Salam) descended onto the earth, or whether he came by bus or train.
I m a simple man with simple tastes and try (but vainly) not to over-think things. At one end the atheists tend to ignore some very very fundemental truths while at the other, religious fanatic tend turn things into a fantasy. These are the people involved in a futile debate just to prove the other side wrong when the way to go is to move forward. In the days when Islam had nt turned into s rigid lore of beliefs, scientists and mathematician were being bred when the rest of the world declared them heretics. Islam is the religion of evolution.
In the end I give credit where credit is due. Charles Darwin was a scientist and a person we are indebted to for opening a world to us which allowed us to question rather than answer. And what I believe is that the ability to question is the greatest gift while the ability to answer is the greatest curse.