No change should there be in the creation of Allah [Quran 30:30]
In Surah Fatir, it states:
Then do they wait except (the) way (of) the former (people)?
The term ‘correct religion’ [الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ] has been used in the Quran at 9:36, 12:40, 30:30, 30:43 and and surmised in 98:5 as ‘And they were not commanded except to worship Allah , [being] sincere to Him in religion, inclining to truth, and to establish prayer and to give zakah. And that is the correct religion.’
[Al-Quran 13:10-11] (It is) same (to Him) [of you] (one) who conceals the speech or (one) who publicizes it and (one) who [he] (is) hidden by night or goes freely by day. For him (are) successive (Angels) before him and behind him, who guard him by (the) Command of Allah.
Indeed, Allah (does) not change the condition of a people, until they change what (is) in their NAFS.
And when Allah wills for a people misfortune, then (there is) no turning away of it, and not for them besides Him any protector.
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Corruption of Creation
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Al-Quran 20:123 informs us that, at the time of their expulsion from the Garden to the Earth, Adam and his wife are yet again warned of the enmity between humans and Satan, but that whoever follows God’s guidance will neither lose his way nor fall into misery. The subsequent ayaat of Surah 20 expand upon the result of not heeding to God’s message.
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The Quran 2:200-210 discusses the types of pilgrims who undertake the Hajj. Then Q2:204-206 inform us: And of the people (is the one) who pleases you (with) his speech in the life (of) the world, and he calls to witness Allah on what (is) in his heart, and he (is) the most quarrelsome (of) opponents. And when he turns away he strives in the earth to spread corruption [in it], and destroys the crops and progeny. And Allah (does) not love [the] corruption. And when it is said to him "Fear Allah," takes him (his) pride to [the] sins. Then enough for him (is) Hell - [and] surely an evil [the] resting-place.
The Quran 2:208 then commands us thus: O you who believe[d]! Enter in Islam completely, and (do) not follow footsteps (of) the Shaitaan. Indeed, he (is) for you an enemy open.
Son of Man: The Quran mentions the phrase بَنِي آدَمَ (bani Adam [son/children of Adam/Man]) ten times. According to Wikipedia: 'The expression "the Son of man" occurs 81 times in the Greek text of the four Canonical gospels, and is used only in the sayings of Jesus. The singular Hebrew expression "son of man" (בן–אדם i.e. ben-'adam) also appears in the Hebrew Bible over a hundred times.'
Sons of God: according to the Al-Quran 34:41, it is the jinns who are worshipped as gods, and according to Q37:158 the polytheists concoct the jinns lineage with God.
The wife of Lot is mentioned at least six times in the Quran as one of those punished.
Q53:52 informs us that the people of Noah were more unjust and more rebellious, as compared to the Aad and Samood civilisations which followed them, both of whom were corrupters; but curiously the adjective for corrupters is not specifically used for the People of Noah anywhere in the Quran. The people of Lot have been termed as both transgressors and corrupters, as quoted above. However, having noted that, it is important to mention here Q7:56 which warns: 'And (do) not cause corruption in the earth after its reformation. And call Him (in) fear and hope. Indeed, (the) Mercy of Allah (is) near for the good-doers.' The Surah then goes on to narrate about the unjust civilisations starting with the People of Noah from Q7:59 all the way till the community of Bani Israel who were converted into apes, as mentioned in Q7:166.
It seems that humans have repeatedly erred, with various civilisations having indulged in various forbidden acts. Hence, it is not surprising that Leviticus 18-20 specifically forbids cross-breeding and other harmful practices.
Mighty giants, hybrid monsters and strange creatures are the characters that dwell in these incredulous stories. Were these imaginary creatures in the minds of story-tellers or were these real-life creatures that roamed the earth and inspired stories that have endured through millennia and are still part of the pantheon of polytheists?
Comparative studies in mythology have uncovered a number of parallels between the myths of different cultures. Cultures around the world tell stories about a great flood such as the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, Hindu Mythology, Aztec Mythology, Greek Myth of Deucalion, The Norse Ragnarok, the Bible and the Quran.
As Al-Quran 69:11-12 states: ‘Surely We bore you in the ship when the water rose high, So that We may make it a reminder to you, and that the retaining ear might retain it.’
Statues and engravings of mythological creatures are found in many of these ruins. Some of the imagery and symbolism is echoed across several ancient civilisations, hinting at similar practices and some common origin.
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Al-Quran 27:82 warns us that: ‘And when the word is fulfilled against them, We shall produce from the earth a Beast to them: he will speak to them, for that mankind did not believe with assurance in Our Signs.’
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Regarding the Flood which destroyed the people of Noah, water came from the sky and from the earth. Q23:27 speaks of ‘the fountains of the earth gush forth’ or ‘the oven gusheth water’, and Q54:11-12 ‘… caused the earth to gush forth springs, so that the waters met for a predestined purpose.’
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Q41:13 also warns of a "a thunderbolt like (the) thunderbolt (of) Aad and Thamud."
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However, the Quran is repeatedly inviting to faith, with glad tidings and warnings. The life of this world is temporary and destined to end, but the life in the Hereafter is to last forever, or till God wills. Where we spend our future life depends on the choices we make now.