No change should there be in the creation of Allah [Quran 30:30]
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.’
The first two occurrences of the triliteral root fā sīn dāl (ف س د) is in Quran 2:11-12: ‘And when it is said to them, “Do not cause corruption on the earth,” they say, “We are but reformers.” Unquestionably, it is they who are the corrupters, but they perceive [it] not.’
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.
Sons of God: according to the Quran 34:41, it is the jinns who are worshipped as gods, and according to Quran 37:158 the polytheists make the jinns lineage with God.
The wife of Lot is mentioned at least six times in the Quran as one of those punished.
It seems that humans have repeatedly erred, with various civilisations having indulged in cross-breeding. Hence, it is not surprising that we come across verses in Leviticus 18-20 specifically forbidding 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 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 some common origin.
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.’
Regarding the Flood which destroyed the people of Noah, Quran 23:27 speaks of ‘the fountains of the earth gush forth’ or ‘the oven gusheth water’, and Quran 54:11-12 ‘… caused the earth to gush forth springs, so that the waters met for a predestined purpose.’
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.
Quran 7:172-174 And [mention] when your Lord took from the children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants and made them testify of themselves, [saying to them], "Am I not your Lord?" They said, "Yes, we have testified." [This] - lest you should say on the day of Resurrection, "Indeed, we were of this unaware." Or [lest] you say, "It was only that our fathers associated [others in worship] with Allah before, and we were but descendants after them. Then would You destroy us for what the falsifiers have done?" And thus do We [explain in] detail the verses, and perhaps they will return.