There are subtle differences in the way Muslims and Christians approach evolution. For example, the age of the Earth is not an issue for Muslims. The account of creation in the Qur'an, like its Biblical counterpart, involves six stages or 'days'. The length of each period, however, is not specified in the Qur'an. In one passage, the period is defined as "in a day the measure of which is a thousand years of what you count" (32:5) and in another as " ... a day the measure of which is fifty thousand years" (70:4).
The resulting ambiguity leaves open the possibility of a very old Earth. Indeed, so-called young Earth creationism – which asserts that the planet is between 6000 and 10,000 years old – is wholly absent in the Muslim world and a universe billions of years old is commonly accepted.
In addition, there are religious scholars who find evolution to be compatible with Islam. For example, Dr Israr Ahmed in Pakistan believes that God works through the process of evolution. Similarly, south Asian poet and philosopher Mohammad Iqbal, writing in the early 20th century, accepted evolution and even credited the idea to Muslim philosophers of the 9th and 11th centuries. So there are voices within Islam that do not find evolution fundamentally opposed to religion.
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