Bridging the gap between Evolution & Faith

“For many years I thought that evolution was incompatible with Islam but then I started reading more about the tradition of Islam and about science of evolution and came to believe that there are many areas of compatibility,” said Nidhal Guessoum, professor at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. “If you do not insist on a materialistic interpretation of Darwinism, then it has no problem with Islam.”

In fact, Guessoum quotes several Muslim scientists between the 9th and the 14th century who studied natural sciences and adopted various forms of evolution.

But professor John Hedley Brooke of the University of Oxford, UK, thinks that evolution and some faiths cannot be fully reconciled. “I believe that ultimately [faith and evolution] are compatible, but there are problems, and history shows that. And we need to discuss them.”

For many years a debate has gone on amongst the Muslims about whether the theory of evolution is compatible with Islam. And we know that;

several Muslim scientists between the 9th and the 14th century who studied natural sciences and adopted various forms of evolution.

A theory is a possible scientific explanation for certain observations. It may be correct or incorrect. Islam embraces all scientific enquiry so it is extremely dangerous to ban something on the ground that it is unIslamic.

Original Source: On Islam

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