The Real Origin of Species – Questions that Darwin missed

Both Charles Darwin (from Cambridge University) and Ibrahim ‘alayhi as-salam were great thinkers and great observers. They both observed the natural world and came up with amazing but different conclusions. Darwin observed the variations in species and came up with the theory of evolution by natural selection published in the Origin of Species (1859). Ibrahim observed the sun, the moon, the stars, the birds and other animals and discovered their Creator and Sustainer and their purpose. This is the difference between Darwin and Ibrahim. They were both great thinkers but Ibrahim’s thinking was far greater and deeper. This is precisely how Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala wants us to think – think like Ibrahim.

How do we train ourselves to think like Ibrahim? Welcome to Surah Al-Baqarah. Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi writes about Surah Al-Baqarah:

“This surah connects believers to Ibrahim and his family, whose iman was based on hanifiyyah, which means turning away from everything to God. The hanifiyyah of Ibrahim was gained through the most profound, determined enquiry, through reasoning and understanding, realisation and acceptance. When hanifiyyah is attained, true islam (submission) is attained. Without that effort, our islam cannot rise much above the level of a belonging and an identity. The islam of Ibrahim was not an islam of identity. God did not promise salvation to his creatures on the basis of a belonging or identity. We learn this through the accounts of those who reject the guidance or who accept it half-heartedly: the unbelievers, the hypocrites, and some of the People of the Book. This surah enables us to aspire to salvation whole-heartedly, and it teaches us how to connect iman and din, conviction and the religious life, so that we are worthy of its guidance and fully responsive to it. ” – Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Commenting on the creation and the origin of man described in Surah al-Baqarah, Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi states:

“Man is created in stages. It is of no importance for the religious life what these stages refer to precisely, whether it is slow change over long eons of time, or abrupt shifts in some evolutionary process, as those who believe in evolution claim. For the religious life what is of importance is that the coming-to-be of a human being is a process through time, through experience , history, engagement with the natural and human world into which the individual is born and where he matures and, eventually, dies. The coming-to-be of a person is through time, through the effort of living and learning, of being nurtured and nurturing; it is a process of coming to know and experience, of awakening to the importance of being human, and the realisation that death is a stage, as birth was, as maturing was, as adulthood was and senility. The being created in stages means being created in a movement that is directed from one moment on to the next, from here to hereafter. Because this being created in stages is by God, it is a sign also of the minute, subtle and particular care that He has invested in His creation. Creation is not a careless thing, a matter of no importance, a meaningless repetition like mass-produced goods. Life is not to be wasted. For every life, its time is irreplaceable. No stage is permanent; that is the meaning of “stage”. We are always moved on within this world. (Death is a break, marked by “thumma”. What comes after death follows directly, as marked by “wa”.)” – Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Starting this Saturday in Cambridge and Online Worldwide is an unmissable historic course taught by Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, an expert in Arabic language and Quranic Studies. Please enrol now as spaces are limited.

Surah Al-Baqarah – Diploma** in Advanced Quranic Tafsir Studies

Teacher: Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Dean of Cambridge Islamic College

Start Date: Saturday 15th August 2015  Time: 9:30AM – 6:30PM

Duration: 2 Years Monthly – Every second Saturday of the month

Venue: Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Rusking University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT

Online: Worldwide – Live, 7-days, 30-days and 180-days recording options


** There are various registration options available. If you want to take exams and gain an academic qualification, you can choose the ‘Diploma’ option. Or, if you want to attend the classes alone with no further commitments, you can choose the ‘Certificate’ option. You can do all of this with a 50% discount by becoming a Friend of Cambridge Islamic College.

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