Islamic views on evolution are diverse, ranging from theistic evolution to Old Earth creationism. Most Muslims around the world believe “humans and other living things have evolved over time,” evolution of international society pdf some others believe they have “always existed in present form.
Muslim thinkers have proposed and accepted elements of the theory of evolution, some holding the belief of the supremacy of God in the process. One modern scholar, Usaama al-Azami, suggested that both narratives of creation and of evolution, as understood by modern science, may be believed by modern Muslims as addressing two different kinds of truth, the revealed and the empirical.
Unlike the Bible, the story of creation in the Qur’an is not told in one chapter, but rather can be pieced together from verses all over the book. According to Professor Christine Huda Dodge, the first chronological mention of creation in the Qur’an is in Sūrat al-Anbiyāʼ, which hints that the universe was “joined together as one unit, before We clove them asunder.
Further, some scholars such as Faheem Ashraf of the Islamic Research Foundation International, Inc. Sūrat al-Aʻrāf states that “heavens and the earth” was created in the equivalent of six yawm. Some interpret the Arabic word yawm to mean “day” akin to the story of creation in the Book of Genesis, which states the creation of the universe took seven days.
However other scholars interpret the term yawm to mean an “eon” or unit of time much longer than a day, seeing as the term appears elsewhere in the Qur’an such as in Sūrat al-Maʻārij where it denotes “50,000 years” and Sūrat al-Ḥajj where it denotes “1,000 years. After completing the Creation, Allah “settled Himself upon the Throne” to admire his work. The concept of a “day of rest” does not appear in the Qur’an. The only explicit reference to the creation of life in the Qur’an appears in the aforementioned Sūrat al-Anbiyāʼ, which Allah proclaims “We made out of water every living thing.
According to Muhammad Asad, “only water has the peculiar properties necessary for the emergence and development of life. Sunni theologian Said Nursî stated the Earth was already inhabited by intelligent species before humankind. He considered, supported by the hadiths from Ibn Abbas and Tabari, the Jinn lived here before but were almost wiped out by fire. Some interpreters of the Quran believed that even before Jinn, other creatures like Hinn lived on the earth.
Qur’an as the first man and woman. However, no explicit mention is made of how the two people developed. Therefore, it is open to speculation of whether Adam and Hawwa evolved naturally from a common ancestor as Islamic scholar Mohamed Ghlian asserts or were supernaturally created through a miracle by Allah as Islamic scholar Yasir Qadhi asserts. 9th century scholar al-Jāḥiẓ references several parts of modern-day evolutionary theory such as animal embryology, adaptation, and animal psychology.