Hasan Moslem

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  1. I think that if we evolve, the changes that will be made are very tiny. For example, the 'blind spot' is considered to be an evolutionary left-over (just like wisdom teeth, appendix). I think that if those are truly evolutionary left-overs, they will eventually be removed after a long period of time, since they are considered to be useless. However, I don't really think mankind (as we are now) are going to evolve in the same spectactular fashion the single-cell creatures (don't know if they were said to be bacteria or fungi) are said to have evolved into us after a long period of time.
  2. I think Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (a.s) not only referred to cells (when he said that there are tiny creatures which are born in our body, multiply in our body, work in our body and die in our body), but I think he referred to both bacteria and cells simultaneously. Namely, bacteria also get 'born' in our body and they also work in our body, multiply in our body, die in our body, etc.
  3. I know it doesn't discuss common descent, but reading Imam Sadiq's (a.s) explanation it makes perfect sense how monkeys and humans are so similar and yet don't share a common ancestor. Just read the following sentence: '' It should serve as an admonition to man that he should bear in mind that in his nature and material he is animal-like, resembling them so closely and if he were not gifted with capability of reasoning, intellect and speech, he would have been just like animals.'' In other words, monkeys are the best example among all the other animals, how we are animals in material and nature also, weren't it for the several things Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì has bestowed upon us which put us on a higher level than them.
  4. Fair, enough, I apologize for that. Although there is a word in the Dutch language called na-apen, which means to copycat something or someone, I was unaware that they used the almost identical kind of word in the English language. Nonetheless, I hope people will understand the fundamental message I wanted to give with this quote of a specific of part of the Hadith; That is, it is not necessary for monkeys and humans to share a common ancestor to explain the many similarities, as one of the purposes behind the creation of a monkey was given in this section of the whole Hadith by Imam Sadiq (a.s).
  5. I did not add anything, though. Hence, why I put my own words in brackets. I did remove certain parts of the original, though, as it is poorly translated in English by whoever translated it. Just read the following sentence: '' It generally apes man's activities as it sees him. '' What should this sentence even mean???
  6. The Soul = Consciousness. Since we are our consciousness, then we are the soul. We are ( non-physical) souls/minds/spirits, and we have (physical) bodies.
  7. To put it simply: We ARE the soul. The soul= the self. Us being a soul is the reason that we have free will and are not slaves to the workings of the brain. Watch the following 4 videos for a better view of the soul: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1mr9ZTZb3TX_4LthrdGqACsqIWKd2gs-
  8. The following part of text is taken from ' Hadith of Mufaddal': The Monkey Just consider the creation of the monkey and the similarity that subsists between its design and that of man with, the head, both shoulders, chest and the internal organs. Moreover, it is gifted with brain and intellect because of which it understands the signals and the directions of its master. It is very close to man in its qualities, traits and constitutional build up. It should serve as an admonition to man that he should bear in mind that in his nature and material he is animal-like, resembling; them so closely and if he were not gifted with a mind/spirit/soul, intellect, capability of reasoning and speech, he would have been just like animals. ( The Imam meant that man would simply be monkeys then). There are certain additions in the constitution of the monkey differentiating it from man e.g., the mouth, the long tail, the hair covering the whole body. These differences, however, would not have hindered it to become human, if it had been gifted with a mind/spirit/soul, (the capability of) reasoning, intellect and speech faculties like man. The real line: of demarcation between it and man, as such, is due only the facilities of (the capability of) reasoning of man, intellect of man and speech of man. I think this Hadith by Imam Sadiq (a.s) should suffice that our Holy Prophet and Imams were well aware of the similarities of man and monkey, yet by reading Imam Sadiq's a.s explanation it makes perfect sense for monkeys and humans to be created seperately (and not be evolved from a common ancestor) for one of the reasons that man should be thankful with the gifts of a mind/soul/spirit, in the sense that they purify it, same goes for the other 3 differences between monkeys and mankind mentioned by Imam Sadiq a.s.
  9. You have kinetic energy and you have potential energy. If you add these two up, you will get Net Energy. The Net Energy content of the Universe= 0. Why? Because the amounts of kinetic energy and potential energy are also 0! However, you need motion (in time) to have kinetic energy and you need to have a potential field (in space) to have potential energy. So if space and time are not eternal, it's senseless to say Energy is still eternal. Because like I said, you need motion ( which requires time) to have kinetic energy and you need a potential field ( which requires space) to have potential energy.