We cannot fully grasp how man was created out of elements taken from the earth. Nor, how he was given a beautiful form, and how Allah’s Spirit was breathed into him. However, it is quite clear that the story of man’s creation as stated in the Qur’an is quite different from Darwinism. According to this theoretical doctrine, the evolution of man has taken place from a non-human and semi-human state by a continuous process of elimination, selection, and adaptation. In this there is no line of separation to denote the end of the non-human state and the beginning of the species of `man’. On the contrary, the Qur’an says that man started his life as man. He has absolutely no connection with any non-human state. Allah created him as man from the very first day of his life on the earth and endowed him with wisdom and enlightenment from the very start of his life.
The Darwinian concept reduces man to one of the species of animals. Therefore, all the principles of human life will be based on the principles governing animal life, and any animal like behavior of his, will be regarded as natural. Then the only difference between human beings and animals will be the ability of the former to make use of instruments for the provision of his necessities. However, the adoption of the Divine concept raises man from the low position of animal to the high position of man, Allah’s noblest creation.
He is no longer a talking animal, but the Vicegerent of Allah on earth. Then what will distinguish him from all other creatures will not be his faculty of speech, but his moral responsibilities, the power delegated to him by Allah, and his accountability to Allah, on the Day of Judgment. This will change man’s entire outlook about his life on this earth, and will demand a different philosophy of life, system of morality, law and civilization. Then man will, of his own accord, look upwards in search of the principles of life and not downwards.