Muslim academic and imam Usama Hasan forced to retract evolution claim | People in the News | People | The First Post
Death threats from Muslim fundamentalists have forced a British imam to retract his claim that Islam is compatible with Darwin's theory of evolution. Dr Usama Hasan, a science lecturer at Middlesex University and a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, caused controversy in January when he delivered a lecture at an East London Mosque entitled "Islam and the theory of evolution".
In the lecture at the Masjid al-Tawhid mosque in Leyton Dr Hasan – whose erudite and liberal views are often expressed in the media – outlined why Darwin’s theory and Islam were in harmony. But his opinions weren’t well received by some of the audience with a vocal minority denouncing Hasan and accusing him of “blasphemy”
At the time Hasan dismissed his critics as “fanatics” and told the Independent: “One man came up to me during the lecture and said ‘You are an apostate and should be killed’… [but] I hope my positive contribution will outweigh their feelings towards me.”
Unfortunately Hasan has since received numerous threats and a planned return to the Mosque to lead last Friday’s prayers was cancelled on the advice of police who expressed fears for his safety. Instead the doctor’s father, Suhaib, head of the mosque’s committee of trustees, issued a humiliating statement on his son’s behalf which read: “I seek Allah’s forgiveness for my mistakes and apologise for any offence caused.”
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Isn’t that interesting? Have someone say that their religion and evolution are compatible, and you get the same reaction from the religious nuts on both “sides”!
When is humanity going to grow up? Probably never, since we spent a one-time bonanza of fossil fuel energy on growing “out” (more and more people) rather than using it to increase knowledge and provide for the long term comfort of many, many, many fewer people. That was a stupid decision. And it was caused in large part by religions seeking more and more power by increasing their “flock” in numbers to beat out the next religion. I mean, why else would most religions consider contraception a “sin”?