Chapter 1: Darwinists are Looking for a Miracle
The record of evolution is still surprisingly jerky and, ironically, we have even fewer examples of evolutionary transition than we had in Darwin's time. By this I mean that the classic cases of Darwinian change in the fossil record, such as the evolution of the horse in North America, have had to be modified or discared as a result of more detailed information. What appeared to be a nice simple progression when relatively few data were available now appears to be much more complex and less gradualistic. So Darwin's problem has not been alleviated. 2 David Raup, an evolutionist paleontologist at the University of Chicago
In 1859, the theory of evolution, developed in a climate of terrible ignorance and emerged with a claim that people had never heard of before. That was the hypothesis that all living things evolved from one another as a result of completely random natural events, with no conscious divine intervention involved. Charles Darwin wrote his book The Origin of Species to showcase his theory's main idea, that living things are able to develop into other living species. On the basis of his completely imaginary scenarios, he attempted vainly to oppose the fact that living things are actually created.
In the climate of scientific ignorance prevailing in the 19th century, Darwin had no evidence at all to support his claim. He could not test it using any scientific method. The most important source of evidence that he hoped would back him up—the fossil record—had produced not a shred of evidence in his favor. That is why Darwin was keen to insist that his theory would be proved by future discoveries. He expected a miracle, one which, in his view, would in some way prove that evolution had actually taken place.
In Darwin's day, the science of genetics and DNA were unknown. There were very few fossil records, and technology was too primitive to permit any investigation into the anatomy of fossils or living things. Darwin hoped for a major discovery to substantiate his claim—a discovery for which Darwinists are still waiting.
His followers subsequently continued their quest for just such a miracle. But this time, the scale of the miracle that would be needed had increased considerably. Scientific advances showed in detail the complex structures within living things and revealed previously unknown molecular systems. The huge advances in the science of genetics revealed extraordinary structures such as DNA, and countless more species were discovered on Earth, all of which Darwinists would have to account for. In addition, the fossil record provided not a single example of the semi-developed life forms that the theory of evolution predicted. Actually, the record showed that species that had existed in the past and had even been described as transitional forms were still alive in the present, having undergone no changes whatsoever.
The theory of evolution could not answer any of the questions that had arisen since Darwin's time. It completely lacked any supporting evidence.
The search for a miracle that Darwin initiated is still being carried out by evolutionists today. Yet in all that time, there has not been one single development or discovery in favor of the theory of evolution. Quite the contrary, countless indisputable proofs have demonstrated its invalidity. Yet in their quest, Darwinists refuse to make any concessions. There are millions of questions that evolutionists need to answer. How did enormously sensitive systematic structures and the extraordinary complexity in life forms—which evolutionists maintain are evolved from one another—all come into being? No explanation has been offered of how the fictitious mechanisms of evolution actually work, or how they could have created life from nothing, or how one species could "evolve" into another totally different one. Darwin's theory cannot account for a single protein in living things.
Present-day Darwinists, whose hopes have constantly been dashed over the years, still maintain their absolute and essential faith in miracles and take no interest in the subjects they cannot explain. They say that the sublime attributes of countless living things all came about through luck. Asked who it was who wrought that luck, they reply chance. In effect, they equate chance with Allah (May He forgive us). They maintain that the magnificent and breathtaking life we all witness is a miracle, yes, but only one brought about by chance.
They suggest that chance is the only power that gave rise to splendidly attractive butterflies, leopards, cats, penguins, elephants, strawberries, peaches, violets, roses, extraordinarily lovely forests and to human beings who think, see, interpret and understand and possess a flawless molecular structure. In fact, rather than make a deity out of chance, any thinking person can see that there is intelligence even in a single living cell, and that this intelligence can never be explained in terms of unconscious processes.
Darwinists maintain that the astonishing and magnificent life forms we see are the products of blind chance fashioned by luck. They claim that chance brought about the genetic changes that gave rise to butterflies, tigers, birds, penguins, elephants, strawberries, peaches, violets, roses, gloriously lovely forests and human beings able to think, see, interpret and understand and possessed of their flawless anatomical structure.
Their aim is not to attribute the creation on Earth to Allah. They are aware of the genuine miracles in every life form they examine, but they are reluctant to accept these as miracles of Allah. Because they make a deity of themselves, refusing to accept their roles as servants of Allah, they close their eyes to these obvious miracles and suppose that random phenomena devoid of any conscious, controlled and purposeful intervention constitute a creative force.
Their aim here is to allay the fearful implications that follow if Allah actually does exist—Surely Allah is beyond this, and to turn people away from the threatening concepts of the eternal life of the Hereafter and the Day of Reckoning. Otherwise, the claims inherent in the theory of evolution are totally illogical to any rational human being. No logical person can acknowledge the consciousness present at every point in the living cell and yet still believe that all this emerged as the result of unconscious processes. If they have not been exposed to Darwinist indoctrination, no rational individual can find these claims logical. If they haven't been subjected to Darwinist propaganda, they will find it easy to admit that a power created life on Earth. They will declare that there is a consciousness manifest in living things' behavior, lives and bodies. They will clearly grasp the undeniable fact that a sublime Consciousness has brought these life forms into being.
However, Darwinist propaganda withholds the truth from children ever since grade school. They have no way of questioning the illogicality and scientific invalidity of the theory of evolution, which is the only alternative offered them by their textbooks and teachers. If students are rebuked for espousing any theory other than evolution, if they are deprived of any means of carrying out detailed research into the alternative, if they are exposed to one-sided Darwinian propaganda at all turns, and if books refuting evolution are withheld from libraries or their homes, then it becomes inevitable for them to become members of a bewitched society, just as Darwinists desire.
Darwinists monopolize the media in order to spread the totally illogical myth of evolution. They maintain that chance is the origin of anything and everything they cannot explain. And since there are so many things which they cannot explain, they find that the best, most effective solution is not to examine them. Never thinking, they continue to deceive themselves and those around them. But this deception's effects do not last long on an unbiased, consciously questioning individual.
In the Qur'an, Allah calls on people to reflect on what has been created in the heavens and Earth. If people are able to see and believe in the sublime works of our Lord, then reflecting on them will further broaden their horizons and understanding, strengthening their belief in the nearness of our Almighty Creator and in the Hereafter. Such people will see that there is artistry and intellect in everything they investigate, and will better comprehend the sublime intellect, might and artistry of our Lord.
It is easy for an unthinking society to trust in the illogical, unfounded theory of evolution and to be taken in by propaganda. Thinking people, on the other hand, will clearly see that all the worlds belong to Allah, He Who is worthy of the greatest praise, the Lord of majesty and greatness.
In the creation of the heavens and Earth, and the alternation of the night and day, and the ships which sail the seas to people's benefit, and the water which Allah sends down from the sky—by which He brings the Earth to life when it was dead and scatters about in it creatures of every kind—and the varying direction of the winds, and the clouds subservient between heaven and Earth, there are Signs for people who use their intellect. (Surat al-Baqara, 164)
2. D.M. Raup, "Conflicts between Darwin and paleontology," Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin 50:22, 1979.