“Darwin is blasphemy”

A British university scientist who is also an imam of his mosque received death threats for saying in a lecture that Darwin’s theory of evolution is consistent with Islam.

Masjid Tawhid is a prominent mosque which also runs one of the country’s largest sharia courts, the Islamic Sharia Council. In January, Dr Hasan delivered a lecture there detailing why he felt the theory of evolution and Islam were compatible – a position that is not unusual among many Islamic scholars with scientific backgrounds. But the lecture was interrupted by men he described as “fanatics” who distributed leaflets claiming that “Darwin is blasphemy”.

“One man came up to me during the lecture and said ‘You are an apostate and should be killed’,” Dr Hasan told The Independent.

You would think that he would leave such an intolerant mosque and join another but such is the hold that religion has on people that he preferred to apologize and say he was wrong.

Instead his father, Suhaib, head of the mosque’s committee of trustees, posted a notice on his behalf expressing regret over his comments. “I seek Allah’s forgiveness for my mistakes and apologise for any offence caused,” the statement read.

“I want to go back – I’ve been going to the mosque for 25 years. It is my favourite mosque in London, and I have been active in the community for a long time. I hope my positive contribution will outweigh their feelings towards me.”

(via Machines Like Us)


  1. says

    So sad. I had the same exact thought when I first read about this days ago. He would rather go back to his father’s mosque than reach for a new life. However, I think it might be telling (read: suspect and weird) that his father had to post the note/statement saying that he was going back. Perhaps a certain amount of coercion was in play? Just thinking…

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