This is a guest post by Leyton Oriental
We have all read about how moderate/liberal minded Muslims have been the target of assassinations in Pakistan and how some of them have been forced to flee conservative Islamic societies in order to stay alive. But here in the UK, the Muslim community is far more religiously conservative than many Muslim majority societies.
It is shocking but not surprising to learn that one of Britain’s leading moderate Muslim Imams is being hounded out of his job for expressing views which are unpalatable to the conservative Muslims.
There has been a concerted campaign by many Muslims to remove Usama Hasan from his post as Imam of Masjid al-Tawhid in Leyton, East London. The “charges” against him are:
- Seeking to reconcile Islam with the theory of evolution
- Claiming that the Hijab is not mandatory
- Acceptance of secularism in the practice of good governance
It’s important to note that the elements of religious intolerance which are seeking to remove him are not extremist Muslims but mainstream conservative Muslims. It just goes to show how intolerant and thuggish traditional Muslims have become and how liberal Muslims are the real victims, even here in the UK. This campaign to denounce Hasan have included calling him an unbeliever and an apostate. Needless to say that these accusations come with the calls for his execution which some have been “brave” enough to make. This is an episode straight out of the Middle Ages in Europe when scientists were attacked for challenging conventional wisdoms like the earth being flat or a geo-centric universe.
Here is a video of the events last Saturday which gives an indication of the chaos and backwardness that Hasan was subjected to at the meeting when he presented his thesis in support of evolution at Masjid Tawhid.
The evidence that exists for evolution today is undisputable. The fact that we have evolved from less sophisticated species and have origins in Africa has also been proven by DNA records. There are also records which prove that humans have been around for over 200,000 years and the sheer diversity of humans on this planet makes the belief that we are all the offspring of a single couple from Arabia look laughable. In truth, the Adam and Eve story in my view is merely the story of the Semitic people. It is highly likely that this couple moved to Arabia from Africa or the Yemen at some stage and started from there. Even then it is highly unlikely that their children married each other, if that was the case then they wouldn’t have survived at all.
So when Abrahamic faiths talk of Adam and Eve being their ancestors, they are probably right. But obviously the writers of the Quran and Bible were not aware of what was going on in the rest of the world. Obviously the story of Adam and Eve had been passed down through generations and so they assumed that they must have been the first human beings. The fact that people still believe this nonsense in 2011 is very worrying indeed.