RANDOM THOUGHTS: Darwin and the Creator - BY: Dr. A.Q. Khan

Darwin and the Creator
Dr. A.Q. Khan


In 1859, British naturalist, Charles Darwin (1809-1882), proposed a theory of biological evolution in his book On the Origin of Species. This later became known as the Darwinian Theory and originally included the broad concepts of the transmutation of species – evolution – which soon gained scientific acceptance. Originally the term referred strictly to biological evolution, have creationists have since appropriated it to refer to the origin of life and it is this aspect that I would like to discuss in the light of Quranic verses. The concept has now also been applied to cosmic evolution, neither of the last two have any connection to Darwin’s work. It has, therefore, become considered to be the belief and acceptance of Darwin’s work (and that of others) rather than acceptance of other theories, including divine design or extra-terrestrial origins.

Scientists, anthropologists, biologists, etc. have since proposed many modifications and new additions to Darwin’s theory. What the general layman has come to understand of this theory is that, originally we were monkeys and with time and evolution we have become what we are now. (This, of course, is not what the theory propounds. We have common descendants with monkeys, but then each species branched off and evolved in its own way. This is indicated by the fact that we have 99% identical DNA to a chimpanzee, 95% to other monkey species, 79% to a mouse, even 26% to a fruit fly, etc.) Once my daughter’s Ph.D. supervisor at the University of Kent, U.K. – an anthropologist – laughingly told me that we were all originally monkeys. I responded by saying that he might have been, but I was a descendent of Adam and Eve. In the Quran it has been mentioned in many places that the Almighty created the Heavens and the Earth and all that is in between, viz. 15:85, 21:16, 38:27, 46:3, 2:54, 59:24, 6:14, 12:101, 14:10, 35:1, 39:46, 6:102, 13:16, 15:28, 35:3, 39:62, 38:71, 40:62, 59:24, 15:86, 36:81, 23:14, 37:125, 52:35, 56:59. And in 42:11 it is mentioned: “The Creator of the heavens and the earth. He has made PAIRS of yourselves”. Creation in pairs has also been mentioned in 36:36, 43:12 and 42:11. In 53:45 it has specifically been mentioned that He created us in pairs – male and female. The Almighty has told us: “We have made every living being from water” (31:30) and further clarified by saying: “We have 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 legs (24:45). In 25:54 it is stated that He created man from water and then He established relationships of lineage and marriage. It is common knowledge that 70% of body weight is made up of water. We have also been told that we have been created from sperm, developed into a leech-like clot and then born as a child.

The Quran also tells us that Adam and Eve were abolished from Paradise (another planet) for disobeying the command of the Almighty, which brings me to a recently published, very interesting book written by Dr. Ellis Silver and entitled: Humans are not from Earth. This book almost destroys the Darwinian theory of evolution. Dr. Silver is a well-known ecologist and has given many reasons to prove his theory. He points out that the surroundings where humans were originally created was very comfortable – the soft structure of the human body reflects this. There was an ideal climate – no rigours of excessive heat or cold. Then there was a blunder and they were expelled from that environment (the story of Adam and Eve). This was done by a Creator who was all powerful and mighty and who could command everything. Earth was probably a place of punishment and banishment – on ground surrounded by water on all sides. He has mentioned 9 reasons of proof: Varying gravities between the two planets; Different diseases between human beings and other creatures on earth; differences in accommodating the sun’s heat between humans and other creatures on earth (the latter don’t feel such harsh effects of heat); illness due to change of weather (humans suffer, animals don’t); differences in DNA and genes (humans have developed many more); lack of efficient automatic body temperature regulation in humans; humans needs to produce their food while animals survive on what is available to them and humans have to cook their food while animals don’t; humans need soft beds to sleep in while animals don’t need such comforts, inferring that humans were used to a more comfortable surrounding; humans are totally different from other living beings on earth, proving that they are aliens here.

Dr. Silver further points out that the change of habits adopted by humans – aggression, items to make life more comfortable (cars, airplanes, air conditioning, heating, etc.) indicates that they have not been here long enough to have developed all the gadgets they need for personal comfort.

Muslims have always had difficulty accepting the Theory of Evolution. The reason that gorillas, monkeys, etc. have so many genes similar to ours lies in what has been stated in the Quran under 5:63. “Say (O Muhammad), shall I point out to you something much worse than this (as judged) by the treatment it received from Allah? Those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, of some whom he transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped evil, these are (many times) worse in ranks, and far more astray from the even path.”

Many things to keep one thinking, learning and reading!

NOTE: In my last column I mentioned that the family of Khalil Bhai (Khalil Nanitalwala) had donated Rs. 100 million to the noble cause of setting up KN Academy, while in actual fact they had donated Rs. 250 million for this.

Posted on Jul 09, 18 | 6:06 am