Is Islam compatible with Evolution?


31 Oct 2009


Safiyyah Ally

Shabir Ally

In this undated clip from an episode of “Let the Quran Speak” hosted by Safiyyah Ally and broadcast on Canadian television, Shabir Ally, then President of the Islamic Information Centre, addresses the question of whether the process of evolution is compatible with his understanding of Islam.

Ally’s answer is a clear-cut yes, interestingly using Maurice Bucaille as a source for this confirmation, including the evolution of human beings.  He clarifies the “humans evolved from apes” misconception.

A more recent episode addressing the same material can be found here.


The material on Islam is within the bounds of what Muslims have historically understood as acceptable, although some Muslims object to human evolution.

Most evolutionary biologists would agree with this material.

There is insufficient historical material on which to base an evaluation.

About Safiyyah Ally

Safiyyah Ally is known for hosting the Canadian TV show Let the Quran Speak from 2006-2014. Before this however, Ally graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Near and Middle Eastern Studies (2005) and a Ph.D. in Political Science (2013) from the University of Toronto. It appears that Ally held the associate editor position of the online news website, (“Global Perspectives on Muslim life, politics & culture”), at some point, though it is unclear when exactly she occupied the position. In addition she began working as a teaching assistant for the University of Toronto in 2008 and as of 2015 still holds this position (according to her LinkedIn). One can connect with Ally through her ​LinkedIn page for more information.

Selected Bibliography:

About Us.” Let the Quran Speak. N.p., n.d. Web. Accessed 13 June 2015.

Ally, Safiyyah. “Safiyyah Ally.” LinkedIn. LinkedIn, n.d. Accessed 13 June 2015.

About Shabir Ally

Shabir Ally is a Muslim scholar who specializes in religious debates, specifically on Islam v. Christianity. He received an undergraduate degree from Laurentian University in Ontario, Canada in religious studies and also holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Qurʾānic exegesis from the University of Toronto; the Muslim Debate Initiative notes his dissertation’s completion in 2012. As of 2018, Ally is the president and Imam of the Islamic Information and Dawah Centre International in Toronto, Canada in addition to appearing on the TV show Let the Quran Speak.  The organization also runs a Facebook page.

For more information, and a collection of Ally’s work, see his site on Islamio. He also updates a Facebook page regularly.  Some videos of his lectures may also be found on Let the Quran Speak’s YouTube page.

Selected Bibliography:

Dr. Shabir Ally.” Islamio. Islamio, n.d. Accessed 13 June 2015.

Shabir Ally.” Facebook. Facebook, n.d. Accessed 13 June 2015.

Meet Dr. Shabir Ally!” The Muslim Debate Initiative Blog. N.p., 15 Nov. 2012. Accessed 13 June 2015.

Shabir Ally.” Veritas. W3 Creatives, n.d. Accessed 13 June 2015.