Do not blame the messengers for distorting the Message! Here is the most damning critique of the false beliefs of modern Muslims; In the introduction to his history of the world written by Ibn Khaldun (born 1332, died 1406 CE, in modern day Morocco) called” The Muqaddimah” (translated by Franz Rosenthal, Bollingen Series, Princeton University press,) page 7, he writes:-
“One should then look at the world of creation. It started out from the minerals and progressed, in an ingenious manner to plants and animals. The last stage of minerals is connected with the first stage of plants, such as herbs and seedless plants. The last stage of plants, such as palms and vines, is connected with the first stage of animals, such as snails and shellfish, which have only the power of touch. The word “connection” with regard to these created things means that the last stage of each group is fully prepared to become the first stage of the next group.
The animal world then widens, its species becomes numerous, and in a gradual process of creation, it finally leads to man, who is able to think and to reflect. The higher stage of man is reached from the world of monkeys, in which both sagacity and perception are found, but which has not reached the stage of actual reflection and thinking. At this point we come to the first stage of man.”
If a Muslim 600 years ago could write about an evolutionary process, then who are Dr Zakir Naik and Harun Yahya to oppose it?
The concept of a common primitive ancestor is not written by Khaldun but an evolutionary process is most apparent (the Greeks made some references to an evolutionary process so the idea was not new. However, the Quran contains only known, proven scientific facts, the absurdities of some of the Greek phiosphers are not present within its pages). The above was written almost four hundred years before Charles Darwin was born (1809 CE) and represents the knowledge that had been obtained by the great Muslim scientists of Spain, the Middle East and North Africa, for example Ibn Tufail, Ibn Badja, Abu Nasar Farabi, Ibn Maskawaih, Ibn Arabi, Ibn Sina etc. Yes, my dear brothers and sisters, Muslims used to be the greatest scientists on earth and discovered many things that were later re-discovered, or more truthfully, copied from them by the west. A certain Sir William Draper called Darwin’s theory “the Mohammadan Theory of Evolution” as it was understood then that Muslims had this all worked out already! Darwin’s Father and Grandfather were fully aware of translations of Arabic scientific books which mentioned the evolutionary processes so Darwin just refined and elaborated upon others works.