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Zakir Naik (1965 – ) is a Salafi (Wahhabi) Sunni Muslim who holds a medical degree (equivalent to an American MD degree) from a university in India. He gives lectures to Muslims throughout the world.
See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sonEvHTc59c for the complete lecture by Zakir Naik on evolution, where Zakir Naik makes one or more errors in nearly every sentence of his lecture.
My post about Zaklir Naik and geology is at https://wordpress.com/post/islamic-science.blog/282
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Zakir Naik (1965 – ) is a Salafi Sunni Muslim who holds a medical degree (equivalent to an American MD degree) from a university in India.
His television channel in India has millions of Muslim viewers, and he gives lectures to Muslims throughout the world.
Government prosecutors in India might be bringing criminal charges against him for inciting violence against Hindus, and as a result he is reported to now live in Saudi Arabia instead of India.
See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sonEvHTc59c for the complete lecture by Zakir Naik on evolution or see a critique of the lecture at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk5q9TeGo14
Zakir Naik makes one or more errors in nearly every sentence of his lecture attacking Darwin’s Theory Of Natural Selection.
For example, the birds on the Galapagos Islands were not pecking at niches but lived in different ecological niches (each niche being a different food available to be eaten or an island far from other islands), differences were not within a species but between species, and Galileo was not sentenced to death.
Zakir Naik makes a false accusation that Darwin merely used evolution to explain embryology but never believed in natural selection.
Zakir Naik falsely claims that scientists today do not believe in evolution but teach evolution because evolution contradicts religion, and scientists are the enemy of religion.
A video explaining what scientists actually believe about evolution is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlMjwPQS_Do
Evidence that evolution is caused by natural selection rather than it being directed by God’s plan is at https://youtu.be/rFxu7NEoKC8
Zakir Naik falsely claimed that Sir Alfred North Whitehead (calling him “Sir Whitemeat”) was a biologist. Sir Whitehead was not a biologist, but a Christian philosopher who inserted Lamarck’s incorrect animal behavior theory of evolution into Darwin’s correct “survival of the fittest” theory of evolution. Thus, Sir Whitehead’s theory would claim random mutations did not precede giraffes attempting to reach leaves high in the trees, but that giraffes tried to reach leaves high in the trees, and then later the random mutations created the long necks that aided giraffes in their decision.
A 2006 survey reported 25% of Turkish Muslims agreed that human beings evolved from earlier animal species (which contradicts a literal reading of Quran verse 15:26 or 35:11 that Allah created man from mud or dust).
Zakir Naik (borrowing from Rashad Khalifa) claims the Quran says the Earth is not flat, but shaped like an ostrich egg.
The post about Zaklir Naik and geology is at https://wordpress.com/post/islamic-science.blog/282
Image by maapu, via Wikimedia Commons.