Most depiction of our ancestral cousins have 2 additions to shape your thought pattern.
These additions have no scientific evdience and are only purposely implemented to mislead our understanding.
Can you spot them in the picture below?
Extensive hair. There is more evidence to suggest our cousins were more like Aborigines and Africans.
Nose shape. Not bone. Does not stand the test of time.
Just with these slight changes we can see a more humanoid appearance. I thought I should mention this before beginning.
Its not that I reject the idea of Evolution nor does it go against the Quran or its teachings. It still did happened and still continually does.
(For anyone who rejects the idea of evolution because it goes against their religious concept, the Quran explains in many ayats, all living things were created from water, or mankind came from dirt.)
What I will prove wrong however is the idea we evolved from apes.
In the Quran when the angels are asked to prostrate, they respond by ASKING;
2.30 And your Lord said to the angels:
"I am placing a successor on the earth."
They said: "Will You place in it he who would make corruption in it,
and spill blood; while we praise by Your glory, and exalt to You?"
He said: "I know what you do not know."
Why should we show any respect to one who causes mischief/corruption and shed/spills blood?
Angels don't know the future.
This is obvious because of the question itself. If they had known, they would have prostrated before Allah requested.
At this stage Adam has not committed a sin nor has Iblis been removed. More importantly, Angels aren't meant to ask questions.
So why do they?
The question was asked because of previous existence and their behavior.
When Adam appeared roughly around 12-15 thousand years ago, he proved his intelligence and recieved the angels prostration from respect.
12-15 thousands years ago (based on the evidence) was the first appearance of homo sapien sapien (meaning modern wise man).
This new homosapiensapien breed;
1. (Humans) starting use tools to a much higher degree than any other animal,
and are the only extant
2. evidence of building fires (preparation and maintenance )
3. cook their food,
4. Only known species to clothe themselves
Adam would have appeared around this time in the evolution cycle (all of the above fit Quranically (or does not go against the word of Allah in any way))
Especially point 4 "clothing"
I agree with evolution, substantial evidence to support the claim, I believe however the connection between us and our cousins lies in DEVOLUTION.
Why I believe in devolution?
Quran speaks about those who broke sabbath and how he made them become grotesque apes.
TWICE we are told BE apes
2.65 You have come to know who it was among you that transgressed the Sabbath,
We said to them: "Be despicable apes!"
7.166 So when they persisted in that which they had been prohibited from,
We said to them: "Be despicable apes!"
and once we are told.......
5.60 Say: Shall I inform you of (him who is) worse than this in retribution from Allah? (Worse is he) whom Allah has cursed and brought His wrath upon, and of whom He made apes and swine, and he who served the Shaitan; these are worse in place and more erring from the straight path.
Notice it says “who served the Shaitain.”
The apes and swines contain those souls who served shaitain ( I will explain this in a future article by his permission titled "Re-Creation NOT Reincarnation")
The reason the Quran mentions the becoming of apes “twice” is because we have two related cousins. A 98%+ match with our DNA.
One is the Bonobo (renown for excessive sex)
And the chimpanzee (famously causing mischief)
The only difference between us is a single difference in our chromosome....
The famous "Chromosome 2"
Besides this chromosome we are 99.6% related to apes.
All great apes apart from man have 48 chromosomes.
Humans have 46 chromosomes (23 from each of your parents)
Currently science believes a fusion of the chromosome led to the creation of humans. In other words, they managed to perfectly align themselves and connect together at the initial stage of reproduction.
There is only one flaw in this ideology that science tends to forget.
It is extremely rarity of such a phenomena (fusion of chromosomes) to produce intelligent design
the rarity of such a phenomena occurring in 2 chimps (the male and the female) at the EXACT SAME TIME is near impossible.
It is more feasible and plausible (even in the world of genetics) that instead of a precise FUSION (that the possibilities of it occurring are near impossible) to create humans,
It all ready came Fused and broke.
i.e We did not come from Apes, it seems they came from us