Monday, 23 January 2017
Quora Answer: Was Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) a Creationist?
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following was my answer on Quora: Was Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) a creationist?
Question: Was Muhammad a creationist?
Answer: Creationism is the belief that the universe and all life is by Divine Action. Since he is a prophet, Muhammad (s.a.w.) was certainly a Creationist. However, I believe the question you are really asking is whether he believed in evolution.
There are various forms of Creationism, and some believe in evolution and some do not. There is a form of Christian Creationism that believes that the account of Creation in Genesis should be taken literally, for example.
There are many anecdotal verses in the Qur’an itself that support the idea of evolution such as creation in stages, the origin of life from water and the spread of species. The vast majority of Muslim scholars believe in evolution. In fact, it was a Muslim scientist, Abu ‘Utsman ‘Amr ibn Bahr al-Kinani al-Baswri, better known as al-Jahizh, who proposed a theory of evolution a thousand years before Charles Darwin. Modern Muslim Creationism by people such as Harun Yahya are based on nothing more than pseudo-science.
As for the Prophet (s.a.w.) himself, he was silent on the matter.