I do agree that Islam and Evolution are at ONE. There is no contradiction. The only contradiction that arises is when we follow creationist or neo darwinist thought patterns, and then, only then, do contradictions occur.
My only hic-up with Usama’s undertsanding is that Adam has a father. To affirm evolution Islamically wouldn’t mean that Adam has to have a father.
We all believe in the science of geology, but can someone chuck all the books of geology out of the window because a a rock said ‘salaam’ as a miraclous event? Of course not! Can we chuck our understanding of conbustion theory because Ibraheem Alayhisalaam did not burn? Of course not! Likewise we can’t chuck evolution out of the window because there may of been Adam like beings on earth before he came.
Scientifically speaking we can say ‘ man has decended from apes’ because science deals with the generalities. But religiously speaking we should say ‘Adam had no father’ because the concpet of God creating Adam AS with his two hands and out on earth was a MIRACLE event being scientific remit.
Could you please explain how Eve fits into the evolutionary theory, particylarly in the context of the Hadeeth from Ibn Abbaas that Eve was created from the left back rib of Adam while he was asleep.