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The Muslim Theories of Evolution

There seems to be some issues with the Theory of Evolution. Let us use this opportunity to identify what they might be – if any… Please ensure you’ve at least read the Conclusion before you go. Thanks.

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Functioning ‘Mechanical Gears’ seen in Nature for the First Time

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God Questions – Part 1

There was an article entitled Functioning ‘Mechanical Gears’ seen in Nature for the First Time’. It began as follows:

This image shows cog wheels connecting the hind legs of the plant hopper, a plant-hopping insect found in gardens across Europe – has hind-leg joints with curved cog-like strips of opposing ‘teeth’ that intermesh, rotating like mechanical gears to synchronise the animal’s legs when it launches into a jump.

The finding demonstrates that gear mechanisms previously thought to be solely man-made have an evolutionary precedent. Scientists say this is the “first observation of mechanical gearing in a biological structure“.

Through a combination of anatomical analysis and high-speed video capture of normal Issus movements, scientists from the University of Cambridge have been able to reveal these functioning natural gears for the first time. The findings are reported in the latest issue of the journal Science…” CONTINUED >

 

I commented: “These gears are not designed; they are evolved” … Or rather- “These gears are ‘evolved’… by The Designer…”

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The Prophet’s Two-Day Fast

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An interesting phenomenon that I’ve noticed keeps occurring is how there are Islamic injunctions that Muslims are pretty familiar with. And then lo and behold, some extraneous discovery occurs in the secular world that ends up supplying further proofs of the benefits of the practice of Qu’ran, Sunnah from the Traditional Islamic milieu.

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What caused the decline of the Muslim Civilisation?

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The historian and former banker, Benedikt Koehler, in his lecture on ‘Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism’ appears at a loss to explain what happened to the critical inquiry and dynamic underpinning that was the distinctive feature of the Early Islamic zeitgeist (watch from 49.05).

A young Hamza Yusuf once remarked bitterly in an old lecture that he was trying to calculate the exact day when all the Muslims collectively got together and – crank! – ‘switched their brains off ‘. (I will try and locate the exact lecture in due course.) Despite his frustrations in the joke, this notion – the implication – posits the ‘Closing of the Gates of Ijtihad’ scenario. We will explore this train of thought in due course (see below).

But what is being probed is the issue that where once the Muslim world was in a position of power, leading the world in sciences, economics and culture, now the same world has fallen to an all-time low. So what happened?

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God-focussed or Self-focussed

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“And He has subjected for you the night and day and the sun and moon, and the stars are subjected by His command. Indeed in that are signs for a people who reason.” Qur’an (16:12)

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When the God-focussed people observe phenomena, God’s integral role as its Master/Controller1 (in recognition of His mighty handiwork) is evidential-clear even via our man-made (finite) parameters of Science – to be confirmed (in either case) by revelation2 (which are His words about Himself to us).

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When the Self-focussed people observe phenomena (impressed by the ‘might’ of their personal conjectures – and some possible angst), God’s apparent absence is presumed, assumed and “deduced” by implication – to be confirmed by what our man-made (finite) parameters of Science can ever possibly reveal about The Infinite via such interpretation.

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On Education, Philosophy and Science in Our World (Truth 5 of 5)

This is a MUST LISTEN lecture – probably one of Hamza Yusuf’s best.

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Dawkins on Religion

This was a very interesting discussion.

In brief, Mehdi Hasan explains that “in trying to disparage faith, Dawkins and his allies constantly confuse evidence with proof; those of us who believe in God do so without proof but not without evidence.” (Emphasis added – mine.)

This is an important point. The Qur’an constantly asks us to ‘reflect’, to use our ‘reason’, to look at nature, for instance, and see or recognise the clear ‘signs’ or ‘evidences’ for God. Why the sense of mystery? Or the sense of ‘seeking God’? Well that’s precisely because of a certain conception of life that this religion, Islam, takes – as opposed to an Atheist’s conception. Islam sees life as a sojourn, journey and a test, whereas Atheism doesn’t, necessarily. This conception will undoubtedly steer one’s perspective prior to any ‘debate’ to very different directions. That’s the first thing to mention.

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