Pervez Hoodbhoy, the Pakistani secular modernist, has taken this opportunity of “covid crisis” to praise Darwin, Modi, Mohammad bin Salman, and, of course, the Enlightened West. Us Muslims, however, are so backwards because we reject Darwin and we know that Allah controls all affairs.
Pervez’s misunderstanding of Islam is only overshadowed by his ignorance of science.
To keep it brief, Pervez says:
“CHARLES Darwin is a name Pakistanis are taught to hate. School teachers and university professors tasked with teaching his evolutionary theory usually skip the subject or, if they go ahead, first soften it with a ton of scorn.”
This is great news. I’m glad that Pakistan is holding strong against the long-debunked Darwinian delusion. Has Pervez not kept himself abreast of the latest developments within biology, where even evolutionists are admitting that Darwinism plays no appreciable role in the origins and development of life?
Oxford biologist Denise Noble has written extensively on his claim that, “The gene-centric model of neo-Darwinism has failed.” Biologist Kevin Laland and his colleagues confirm this negative appraisal of Darwinian natural selection in the authoritative journal Nature, saying, “Does evolutionary theory need a rethink? Yes, urgently.” Atheist philosopher Jerry Fodor and biologist Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini co-wrote an entire book dedicated to “What Darwin Got Wrong” about ultimately rejecting his theory. Prominent atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel made waves with his short book, “Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False.” Recently, Yale professor and computer scientist David Gelernter made headlines with his essay “Giving Up Darwin.”
And the list goes on. Yet, Prof Hoodbhoy seems to be blissfully unaware of these developments and continues to subject Pakistan to garish displays of devotion to a long-ago fallen idol of atheistic materialism.
“Darwinian selection is as fundamental to biology as Newton’s Law is to physics. Denying the theory of gravity will not cause gravity to disappear.”
Again, Prof Hoodbhoy is living in the wrong century. Modern physics has demoted Newton’s Law of Gravitation to a useful, but ultimately false model of the gravitational force. General Relativity is now believed to be the true account of the attractive celestial mechanism known as gravity.
“Without Darwinian selection one can’t even begin to understand microbial-host interaction, the evolution of pathogens, or start developing drug and vaccines.”
Laughably false. A basic review of history will prove that an understanding of inoculation against diseases was known as early as the 10th century in China. Vaccines in their modern conception were invented by physician Edward Jenner against smallpox in 1796, thirteen years before the birth of Darwin. Isn’t it amazing how he was able to effectively wipe out the plague of smallpox without knowing anything about Darwinian selection?
Interestingly, Jenner was not an atheist materialist, but a Christian who remarked: “I am not surprised that men are not grateful to me; but I wonder that they are not grateful to God for the good which He has made me the instrument of conveying to my fellow creatures.”
The inventor of the contemporary vaccine understood God as the Source of all good. How ironic that today’s materialists balk at religious devotion and meekness before God, while pridefully attributing salvation from contagion to themselves and their puny brains.
“Even ultra-conservative and science-rejecting world leaders are now begging scientists to speed up the rescue work.”
What a transparent projection of his own insecurities onto believers!
Muslims aren’t begging anyone except Allah. Those who have no faith and have no understanding of the Divine Qadr of Allah are the ones who have no choice but to resort to begging mere men to save them. All the science and technology in the world could not stop one of the smallest creatures of Allah from bringing the globe to its knees. If science were such a powerful savior, why could it not prevent this ongoing catastrophe? How flimsy and insecure is this “edifice” of science and modern civilization if a single mutated virus can bring it to the brink of destruction?
More importantly, what other creations of Allah exist or will exist in the future that could obliterate man off the face of the earth and make covid look like a cuddly teddy bear in comparison? Science cannot answer this question because science does not even know what it does not know. Yet, materialists like Hoodbhoy aim to foist this broken, inadequate epistemology onto the world.
No thank you.
Allah says, “Has it ever occurred to man that there were eons of time when he was nothing even to be mentioned?” [76:1]
This “nothing” now has the audacity to pretend like his naturalistic delusions are the end all, be all of existence, as ultimate savior. How fitting for that arrogance and the sinful heedlessness of modern man to be shattered by viral punishment.
Believers reject the materialist’s hubris and return their affairs to the Creator, who can begin and end all crises as He sees fit, how He sees fit.
May Allah rectify our hearts and minds and protect us from His punishment.