Muslims: The Origins of Human Beings
With more than 1.67 billion followers, Muslims are the second biggest religious population on Earth.
The major sacred text of the Muslims is the Quran (also spelt Koran), which they believe is the word of God (or Allah in Arabic). The Quran consists of 114 chapters which were verbally revealed to Muhammad through an angel called Gabriel (the same archangel mentioned in Christian and Hebrew texts) about 609 AC.
There are some similarities and differences between the Quran’s account of creation and that of the Bible. While the Biblical chapter, Genesis, separates and details the Christian creation story, the Quran does not contain a centralized tale of creation, but rather pieces creation together through many different passages. The Quran also mentions that man was created in Paradise (Janna) and not on Earth; however, the first couple was later banished on Earth.
Plurality when referring to God is also evident in the creation story in the Quran.
And We said, Go down, [all of you], as enemies to one another, and you will have upon the earth a place of settlement and provision for a time.Quran 2:36
As in Genesis, the God of the Quran also needs 6 days for the creation. Yet there are no clear details as to what happened each day, and the text can be interpreted as thousands or even millions of years.
In Genesis, man was created naked and only after eating from the tree they realized that they were naked. However, in the Quran it seems that Adam and Eve were wearing some kind of clothing prior to the Fall.
Two trees (the tree of life and the tree of knowledge) are also mentioned in the Quran and both were forbidden to Man. However, they were not allowed to even approach those trees, whereas such a restriction did not exist in Genesis.
In conclusion, it is clear that the Quran and the Bible and Hebrew texts have a similar ‘creation’ story.