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Adam (A) was the first human being and science

Fatwaa ID: 2061

Question:
Aoa,
It is commonly said that Hazrat Adam (AS) was the first human being on this earth and the time when he existed was about 10000 years ago. However, we have seen many archeologists who claims to find bones of humans who existed lacs or million years ago. Please if you could resolve this discrepency.

Regards

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

At the outset, we must understand that whatever comes from Allaah Ta’aala and His Messenger ﷺ will always be given precedence over scientific and/or archeological findings. The former is concrete while the latter is mere theory. The Qur’aan and the established words of Nabi ﷺ can never be wrong as they are divine. Everything else has the potential to be wrong and flawed. And if something does go against the former, then it certainly is wrong. This is our belief and conviction as Muslims. Should the findings complement the Qur’aan and/or the Ahaadith, then we will accept it. If it goes against it, then we will reject. If it does not complement nor reject it, then we may accept it as a possibility.

That being said, it is not clear where you got the time frame you refer to in your query. The Qur’aan and the Ahaadith do not stipulate this time frame or any other time frame rather from Sayyiduna Adam ﷺ until now. There is no discrepancy between the two. At the same time, we must remember that even the numbers claimed by the archeologists are merely suggestions. There is no way to truly confirm them.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

07/15/1445 AH – 01/27/2024 CE | 770

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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