Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Allah's Different Forms of Creation

Another important point ignored by those who believe in the error of evolutionary creation is Allah's different forms of creation. Allah has produced living things that differ significantly from humans and animals, such as angels and the jinn. This matter will be discussed in the following pages.

Two-, Three-, and Four-Winged Angels

Angels are beings that always obey Allah's commands. Allah describes their creation in the Qur'an as follows:

Praise be to Allah, the Bringer into Being of the heavens and Earth, He Who made the angels messengers, with wings – two, three, or four. He adds to creation in any way He wills. Allah has power over all things. (Surah Fatir, 1)

As we can see from this description, the forms of angels differ considerably from those of human beings. Allah draws attention to the different forms of creation in the above verse.

Allah also informs how angels are at His command and obey Him:

Everything in the heavens and every creature on Earth prostrates to Allah, as do the angels. They are not puffed up with pride. They fear their Lord above them and do everything that they are ordered to do. (Surat an-Nahl, 49-50)

The Messiah would never disdain to be a servant of Allah, nor would the angels near to Him. If any do disdain to worship Him and grow arrogant, He will in any case gather them all to Him. (Surat an-Nisa', 172)

You who believe! Safeguard yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones. Harsh, terrible angels are in charge of it, who do not disobey Allah in respect of any order He gives them and carry out what they are ordered to do. (Surat at-Tahrim, 6)

In addition, angels were created before man. In fact, Allah told the angels when He was going to create the Prophet Adam (pbuh), the first human being, and commanded them to prostrate before him.
At the same time, Allah gave the Prophet Adam (pbuh) knowledge that was different from that of the angels, and taught him the names of things. Angels do not possess that knowledge. As it is revealed in the Qur'an:
When your Lord said to the angels, "I am putting a vicegerent on Earth," they said, "Why put on it one who will cause corruption on it and shed blood when we glorify You with praise and proclaim Your purity?" He said, "I know what you do not know." He taught Adam the names of all things. Then He arrayed them before the angels and said, "Tell me the names of these, if you are telling the truth." They said, "Glory be to You! We have no knowledge except what You have taught us. You are the All-Knowing, the All-Wise." He said, "Adam, tell them their names." When he had told them their names, He said, "Did I not tell you that I know the Unseen of the heavens and Earth, and I know what you make known and what you hide?" We said to the angels, "Prostrate to Adam!" and they prostrated, with the exception of Iblis. He refused and was arrogant and was one of the disbelievers. (Surat al-Baqara, 30-34)

Jinn are Created from Fire

Like angels, the jinn's appearance also differs from that of man. The verses below show that man was created from clay, while the jinn were created from fire:
We created mankind out of dried clay formed from fetid black mud. We created the jinn before, out of the fire of a searing wind. (Surat al-Hijr, 26-27)
He created man from dry earth like baked clay, and He created the jinn from a fusion of fire. (Surat ar-Rahman, 14-15)
In the Qur'an, Allah also reveals His purpose in creating man and the jinn:
I only created jinn and man to worship Me. (Surat adh-Dhariyat, 56)
It is clear from this that even though man and the jinn are very different beings they both were created to worship only Allah by living by the values He prescribed. He has revealed in many verses that both angels and the jinn have some characteristics that differ from human characteristics. For instance, both can transport matter:
He (Solomon) said, "Council! Who among you will bring me her (the Queen of Sheba's) throne before they come to me in submission?" An audacious one among the jinn said, "I will bring it to you before you get up from your seat. I am strong and trustworthy enough to do it." (Surat an-Naml, 38-39)
The Qur'an also reveals that the jinn, just like the angels, were created before man. When He created the Prophet Adam (pbuh) Allah commanded the angels and the jinn to prostrate before him. After that, He reveals that satan is one of the jinn:
When We said to the angels, "Prostrate yourselves to Adam," they prostrated, with the exception of Diabolis. He was one of the jinn and wantonly deviated from his Lord's command. Do you take him and his offspring as protectors apart from Me when they are your enemy? How evil is the exchange the wrongdoers make! (Surat al-Kahf, 50)
Creation is an easy matter for Allah, Who can create from nothing and with no previous cause. Just as He created the angels and the jinn in different forms from nothing, He also created man as a separate being from nothing and with no need for evolution. The same applies to other living things, such as animals and plants. Allah created all of these spontaneously out of nothing and without having them evolve – in other words, without turning one species into another. Every one of these is a product of the flawless systems Allah's might and sovereignty brought about.

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