Throughout this book we have examined the scientific evidence for the origin of life, and what emerges clearly demonstrates that life was not the result of chance, as claimed by Darwinism and materialist philosophy in general. Living species could not have evolved from one another through a string of coincidences. On the contrary, all living things were independently and flawlessly created. As the twenty-first century dawns, science offers but one answer to the question of the origin of life: Creation.
The important thing is that science has confirmed the truth which religion has been witness to from the dawn of history to the present day. Allah created the universe and all the living things in it from nothing. And it was Allah Who created man from nothing and blessed him with countless characteristics. This truth has been sent down to man since the dawn of time by prophets, and revealed in holy books. Every prophet has told the communities to whom he was sent that Allah created man and all living things. The Bible and the Qur'an all tell of the news of creation in the same way.
In the Qur'an, Allah announces in a number of verses that it was He Who created the universe and all the living things in it from nothing, and flawlessly ordered them. In this verse, it is declared that creation belongs to Him:
Your Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days and then settled Himself firmly on the Throne. He covers the day with the night, each pursuing the other urgently; and the sun and moon and stars are subservient to His command. Both creation and command belongs to Him. Blessed be Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. (Surat al-A'raf: 54)
Just as Allah created everything that exists, so he created the world we live in today, and made it capable of supporting life. This fact is revealed in certain verses:
As for the earth, We stretched it out and cast firmly embedded mountains in it and made everything grow in due proportion on it. And We put livelihoods in it both for you and for those you do not provide for. (Surat al-Hijr: 19-20)
And the earth:how We stretched it out and cast firmly embedded mountains onto it and caused luxuriant plants of every kind to grow in it. (Surah Qaf: 7-8)
The above verses announce that all plants were created by Allah. All plants, known and unknown, all trees, grasses, fruit, flowers, seaweed and vegetables were created by Allah.
And the same thing applies to animals. All of the millions of different animal species that live, or have ever lived, on earth, were created by Allah. Fish, reptiles, birds, mammals, horses, giraffes, squirrels, deer, sparrows, eagles, dinosaurs, whales, and peacocks were all created from nothing by Allah, the Lord of infinite art and knowledge. Allah's creation of the different species of living things is mentioned in the verses:
Allah created every animal from water. Some of them go on their bellies, some of them on two legs, and some on four. Allah creates whatever He wills. Allah has power over all things. (Surat an-Nur: 45)
And He created livestock. There is warmth for you in them, and various uses and some you eat. (Surat an-Nahl: 5)
And Allah created man in exactly the same way. It is revealed in the Qur'an that Adam, the first man, was created from mud, and then all subsequent people came into existence from each other by a simple liquid (sperm). Furthermore, man had a soul breathed into him, unlike all the other species in the world. The Qur'an has this to say about the truth of the creation of man:
He Who has created all things in the best possible way. He commenced the creation of man from clay;then produced his seed from an extract of base fluid. (Surat as-Sajda: 7-9)
As we made clear at the start, science has once again revealed the truth of creation, as handed down in the Qur'an. Scientific discoveries show that living things possess extraordinary features, and that they were brought into existence by a superior intelligence and knowledge. Biological observations show that one living species cannot turn into another, and that for that reason, if one could go back in time, one would eventually come across, for each species, the first individuals that ever existed and that were created from nothing. For example, since eagles have always been eagles, if we could go back in time, we would arrive at the first pair, or group, of eagles who were created from nothing. In fact, the fossil record confirms this, and shows that different living species suddenly emerged with all their particular, individual features. These species may have been created at different points in time and settled in different parts of the world, but this all happened through the will of Allah.
In short, science reveals the proof we have considered that living things were all created by Allah.
However, science goes no further than that. It is the Qur'an, the holy book that has come down to us from Allah, that introduces us to the essence of Allah and is the sole source of truth on every subject that tells us why we were created and what the reason for our lives is.
It is stated in the Qur'an that the reason for our creation is so that we might believe in Allah, our Lord, and serve Him. In one verse, He says, "I only created jinn and man to worship me." (Surat adh-Dhariyat: 56) The duty falling to everyone who grasps the truth of creation is to live in accordance with that verse, and to say, "Why indeed should I not worship Him Who brought me into being, Him to Whom you will be returned?" (Surah Ya Sin: 22), like every believer, as described in the Qur'an.
As for those who still deny Allah and the truth of creation, despite all the evidence before their eyes, their minds have been conquered by their own pride. One of Allah's holy verses describes how helpless and powerless these individuals really are:
Mankind! an example has been made, so listen to it carefully. Those whom you call upon besides Allah are not even able to create a single fly, even if they were to join together to do it. And if a fly steals something from them, they cannot get it back. How feeble are both the seeker and the sought! (Surat al-Hajj: 73)