Muslim thought on evolution takes a step forward
A high-quality debate of a sensitive topic did not disappoint, as all panellists bar one accepted the scientific consensus
An imam of an east London mosque, Usama Hasan, received a death threat for arguing in support of human evolution two years ago. On Saturday, London played host to a riveting intrafaith dialogue on Islam's stance on the theory of evolution. The east London imam was one of the speakers – but this time there were others who shared his viewpoint.
The event, organised by the Deen Institute, was titled Have Muslims Misunderstood Evolution? The speakers included an evolutionary biologist, a biological anthropologist, two theologians and a bona fide creationist.
It lasted seven hours, yet almost everyone stayed till the end. There were more than 850 people in the audience and even though the topic was sensitive and controversial, there was no heckling or disruption. At least from my limited interactions, it seemed that the audience was comprised mostly of young professionals. Most had no strong opinion, but their interest was evident as they were willing to spend their entire Saturday hearing about Muslim positions on evolution.
They were not disappointed.
Have Western Biologists mis-understood evolution??
Evolution is a general term at it can be used to describe gradual change and development in any field. For example:
1. Evolution in the field of computer. Computer evolved from a large computer of a room size with very little memory and processing capabilities and speed to nano technology and we can see very small gadgets with very high speed, processing capabilities and memory.
2. There is an evolution in living beings also, they adapt to changing environment. As we study modification of leaves to thorns in plants in deserts. Cecum in human intestine can also be considered evolution in human being.
Having said that the evolution described by Darwin and co is just fiction, they have no concrete proof to support this fiction. People in this era of science and technology are promoting evolution just to weaken the belief in religion, especially in Islam.
Immi khan is saying, he didnt join the qadri march cuz he didn't want to topple the government by any unconstitutional way!!! so!! for what the hell has he been after nawaz sharif for last 4 years!!! shameful politics of establishment only!! shameful slogan of muk muka!!
THERE WAS NO CONSTITUTIONAL WAY WHAT SO EVER BY WHICH PMLN COULD HAVE REMOVED PPP GOVERNMENT!! ONLY WITH THE HELP OF ESTABLISMENT, WHICH HE WISELY DIDN'T!!