Creationism and Darwinism have long been seen as incompatible. But these two powerful ideas are reconciled in Dr Imad Hassan’s new book, Shajara Code Decoded: Written by an Arab, Edited by a Jew, proving the Darwinian Theory from the Qur’an and Bible (published by AuthorHouse).
The literal notion that God created man out of dust strains belief in today’s scientific climate. Darwin ’s theory of evolution makes sense, but leaves no room for a Creator. Beginning with the idea that all life on Earth evolved from a common ancestor, and in particular that humans descended from apes, Hassan re-examines the meaning of those passages in the Qur’an and the Bible that address the Creation. Shajara Code Decoded shows that creationism, properly understood, describes the Darwinian evolution of life on Earth.
Shajara Code Decoded provides extensive linguistic interpretations of scripture to make its case. In Arabic, ‘Adam’ comes from a root word meaning ‘modifiable’. Thus, a divine power selected 16 males and 16 females to be modified from apes into intelligent modern humans. This conversion required the enlargement of the skull to house a larger brain, a process Hassan sees revealed in the phrase, ‘breathing the spirit of life into Adam’. ‘Shajara’, meaning ‘tree’ in Arabic, comes from a root word meaning ‘interaction’. When these modified ‘Adam’ first humans were prohibited from eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, Hassan explains they were being told not to interact, in other words, not to have sex – the original sin. He shows that this conversion into intelligent, civilised humans is imitated every year by Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca and represents the missing link in Darwin ’s theory.
Shajara Code Decoded unravels several other mysteries in the scriptures that support Darwinism without abandoning creationism. The story of Noah’s ark is presented as a selective breeding programme initiated by the divine power. Camels, cows, goats and sheep are shown to have extraterrestrial origins, existing independent of evolution. These animals were brought to Earth by the divine power to domesticate the newly formed humans.
Shajara Code Decoded takes aim at both the scientists and the devout who cling to dogmatic views. The compatibility of creationism and Darwinism can only be appreciated from the evidence – often stranger than fiction – presented in this book.