Adam came about 6000 years ago (Saudi Salafi Mufti)

The largest Salafi Fatwa Website http://islamqa.info/en/20907 gave "Authentic Prophetic Traditions" about gap between different prophets from Muhammad to Adam. If we combine all these gaps, then it shows that Adam came about 6000 years ago. 

1) Gap between Jesus and Muhammad:

600 years (Reference: Sahih Bukhari)

Bible confirms the same as according to bible Jesus came about 2000 years ago, while Prophet Muhammad came about 1400 years ago. 

2) Gap between Adam and Noah: 

10 Centuries i.e. 1000 years (Reference: Authentic Tradition in Sahih Ibn Habban. Saudi Mufti also authenticated this tradition)

Bible confirms the same i.e. 1056 years (link). 

3) Gap between Noah and Abraham: 

10 Centuries (Reference: Mustadrak al-Hakim who declared it Authentic according to standards of Imam Muslim. Saudi grand Mufti Albani also graded it "Sahih")

Bible confirms the same (link). 

4) Gap between Moses and Jesus:

About 1500 to 1700 years (Reference: al-Tabqaat and Ibn Hajar al-Asqallani

Same as bible (link). 

5) Gap between Abraham and Moses: 

Bible says it was 245 years gap. And bible tells the genealogy of Moses as: 

Abraham-Jacob-Levi-Kohath-Amran(Imran)- Moses .

Islam gives the same genealogy of Moses as has been given by Bible. Ibn Kathir and Ibn Jarir Tabari (link) recorded that same genealogy in this tradition.

قد ذكرنا أولاد يعقوب , إسرائيل الله , وعددهم وموالدهم ، فحَدَّثَنَا ابن حميد ، قَالَ : حَدَّثَنَا سلمة بن الفضل ، عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ إسحاق ، قَالَ : " ثم إن لاوى بن يعقوب نكح نابتة ابنة ماري بن يشخر ، فولدت له : غرشون بن لاوى ومرزى بن لاوى ومردى بن لاوى وقاهث بن لاوى ، فنكح قاهث بن لاوى فاهى ابنة مسين بن بتويل بن إلياس ، فولدت له : يصهر بن قاهث ومردي ، فتزوج يصهر شميث ابنة بتاديد بن بركيا بن يقسان بن إبراهيم ، فولدت له : عمران بن يصهر ، وقارون بن يصهر , فنكح عمران يحيب ابنة شمويل بن بركيا بن يقسان بن إبراهيم ، فولدت له : هارون بن عمران ، وموسى بن عمران

The same genealogy of Moses has also been given by Ibn Sa'ad, ACCOUNT OF THE NAMES OF THE PROPHETS AND THEIR GENEALOGIES, Volume 1, Parts 1.10.3 (link):

.. .then Musa (Moses) and Hárun (Aaron) sons of `Imran (Amran) Ibn Qahith (Kohath) Ibn Lávi (Levi) Ibn Ya`qub Ibn Ishaq Ibn Ibràhim ... 

 Therefore, all in all, if we add the gap between all these prophets, then even according to Islam prophet Adam came around 6000 (+/-10%) years ago.

Al-Tabari, age of universe is 6000 years

Al-Tabari is the most important Muslim historian. He recorded following Traditions regarding the creation and age of universe:

Hitory of Tabari, Vol. 1, pp. 172-173 (Link):

According to Ibn Humayd -Yahya b. Wadih -Yahya b. Ya'qub -Hammad -Sa'id b. Jubayr -Ibn 'Abbas: This world is one of the weeks of the other world-seven thousand years. Six thousand two hundred years have already passed. (The world) will surely experience hundreds of years, during which there will be no believer in the oneness of God there.
Others said that the total extent of time is six thousand years.
Those who said this
According to Abu Hisham -Mu'awiyah b. Hisham -Sufyan -al-A'mash -Abu Salih -Kab : This world is six thousand years.
According to Muhammad b. Sahl b. 'Askar -Ismail b. 'Abd al-Karim -'Abd al-Samad b. Ma'qil i -Wahb : Five thousand six hundred years of this world have elapsed. I do not know which kings and prophets lived in every period (zaman) of those years. I asked Wahb b. Munabbih: How long is (the total duration of) this world? He replied: Six thousand years.

History of Tabari, Vol. 1, pp. 183-184 (Link):

All these facts taken together make it clear that of the two statements I have mentioned concerning the total extent of time, the one from Ibn 'Abbas, and the other from Kab, the one more likely to be correct in accordance with the information coming from the Messenger of God is that of Ibn 'Abbas transmitted here by us on his authority: The world is one of the weeks of the other world-seven thousand years.'
Consequently, because this is so and the report on the authority of the Messenger of God is sound-namely, that he reported that what remained of the time of this world during his life was half a day, or five hundred years, since five hundred years are half a day of the days, of which one is a thousand years-the conclusion is that the time of this world that had elapsed to the moment of the Prophet's statement corresponds to what we have transmitted on the authority of Abu Tha'labah al-Khushani from the Prophet, and is 6,500 years or approximately 6,500 years. God knows best!
Our statement about the duration of the periods (azman) of this world from its very beginning to its very end is the most firmly established of all the statements we have, on account of the testimony to its soundness as explained by us. Information has (also) been transmitted on the authority of the Messenger of God to prove the soundness of the statement that all of this world is six thousand years. If its chain of transmitters were sound, we would have to go no further. It is Muhammad b. Sinan al-Qazzaz'43 -'Abd al-Samad b. 'Abd al-Warithf -Zabban -'Asim' -Abu Salih-Abu Hurayrah: The Messenger of God said: AI-hugb is eighty years. The day of them is one-sixth of this world."" According to this tradition, it is clear that all of this world is six thousand years. That is because, if one day of the other world equals one thousand years and a single such day is one-sixth of this world, the conclusion would be that the total is six of the days of the other world, and that is six thousand years.

Shia Islam also claims Adam (as) came about 6000 to 7000 years ago

Please see the Tafsir al-Mizan by Shia Alim Tabatabai (link).

Conclusion:

  • Islam claims Adam (as) came about 6000 years ago
  • Nevertheless, this universe is billions of years old.
  • And science has already found fossils of modern Human, which are over 20000 years old. 

Side Note: What does "Qaran" means?

Few Muslims claim that difference between Noah and Abraham was 10 "Qaran قرن", which in Arabic means (1) Century and also (2) Generation. While age of Noah was more than 950 years, therefore 10 Qaran means about 10,000 years. 

But this argument is not valid, while:

  1. All dictionaries (link) are unanimous that Qaran means Century. While 'generation' is a rear meaning (if any).
  2. And why only take the Age of Noah for standard age of generation? Why not take the age of Abraham as standard who lived for 175 years?
  3. And Prophet Muhammad (saw) was talking with an average person of his era, for whom average age of a generation was not more than 100 years. And it is claimed by Muslims and Quran and Hadith were revealed in simple language for the people of that era. 
  4. Even if we take it for 'generation' and that too of only 'Noah', still it is not going to solve the problem, while human fossils are much much older and date back to 200,000 years old.
  5. It seems all of the Salaf (earlier) Islamic Scholars were of opinion that 'qaran' means 'century'. The excuse of 'generation' seems to be a new trend among the few Muslims of this century, while they want to avoid the collision between science and religion. 

Here is a tradition, which tells that earlier Scholars were of opinion that 'qaran' means 'century'.

Tabqat Ibn Sa'ad, Account of Generations and period between Adam and Muhammad (online Link):
He (Ibn Sa`d) said: Muhammad Ibn `Umar Ibn Waqid al-Aslami informed us on the authority of more than one scholar; they said:
There were ten qarns between Adam and Nuh and every qarn is a span of one hundred years. There were ten qarns between Nuh and Ibrahim and a qarn was of the span of a century. Between Ibrahim and Musa Ibn `Imrán ,there was a span of ten qarns and a qarn was equal to one hundred years. 

Conclusion:

According to Islamic traditions, Adam came to the earth about 6,000 years ago. But science refuted this Islamic story, as it found thousands of human fossils which were way older than 6,000 years and the oldest human fossils are 300,000 years old. 

Thus, modern Muslims were compelled to deny their own traditions and come up with new claim that Adam came at least 200,000 years (or even earlier). 

But again, Science refuted this Islamic claim, while "Stone Age" ended only 10,000 years ago, and the first time "Cultivation of Crops" started only 10,000 years ago after the end of stone age.

While according to the Islamic story Adam was able to cultivate the crops and his son Qabeel offered the sacrifice of the grains of the crop, while another son Habeel sacrificed a sheep for Allah. 

Another problem occurred with the Arch of Noah. According to Authentic Islamic Tradition, Noah came 10 Centuries (1,000 years) after Adam. But then how was Noah able to build that grand Naval Ship with "Stone Tools". 

  • "Stone Age" means humans were able to make primitive tools out of stones or bones only.
  • While the "Bronze Age" started 5,500 years ago only. There are no bronze tools which are older than 5,500 years.
  • And the "Iron Age" started 3,500 years ago only. There are no iron tools which are older than 3,500 years. 
  • And the first Naval Ship is only 5,000 years old according to scientific research. 
  • The "Ice Age" also ended 10,000 years ago, but Islam has absolutely no "clue" of ice age. Also, bible has no clue about the ice age. 
  • Again Quran/Bible have zero clue about the dinosaur. 
  • Scientists have found thousands of human fossils and stone tools which are much older than 6,000 years (and going back up to 300,000 years).  Link.
  • And scientists also found cave paintings by human beings which are much more than 50,000 years old. Link.

All these scientific discoveries are again refuting the newer claim of the modern Muslims regarding Adam and Noah. 

Let us now deal with the issue in detail with proof. 

A reply by a Shia Scholar

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There is no inconsistence between these two. If we have heard that Prophet Adam has been created six to seven thousand years ago, this might refer to a different and new generation of human beings which started with Prophet Adam (A.S.) and might have been preceded by numbers of generations of human beings who have gone extinct. There is a lot of evidence in hand that suggests a whole different generation of humans unlike Prophet Adam existed before him.

This is also in accord with the teachings of the Quran and Islamic Hadith. [1]

Allamah Tabatabai (R.A.) comments under the first ayah of surah Nisa’: “The surface meaning of the verse suggests that the term “ نفس واحدة ” is referring to Adam and “ زوجها ” to Eve, who are the mother and father of mankind. We also are from this generation [2] of humans and judging by the Quran, mankind’s species goes back to them. The noble verse implies that the existing generation of human beings goes back to Adam and Eve and that nobody else has played any part in producing this generation.

In the history of the Jews we read that the human species we know of doesn’t surpass a history of approximately seven thousand years which seems to be reasonable. Therefore, logic suggests the same as what history dictates. But geological experts believe the history of human beings to be millions of years.

This is their point of view, but the proof they present isn’t convincing. We don’t have a reason that proves that these fossils belong to the ancestors of this chain of human beings we witness today. We also have no reason to believe that these fossils don’t belong to a generation or kind of beings who lived before Prophet Adam (The Father of Mankind) and were instinct way before our ancestor and were never connected to the chain of human beings we are from.

The Holy Quran has not explicitly explained the emergence of mankind on the planet earth, in terms of whether we were the only generation of mankind or if there were other generations before us making us the last generation.

From paying attention to some verses of the Quran, we can slightly deduce that before the creation of Prophet Adam (The Father of Mankind) and his generation there were other human beings who lived here, where He says: “…And when your Lord said to the angels: I am going to place in the earth a khalif (representative), they asked: Will you place in it someone who will make mischief in it and shed blood”. [3]

Allamah Tabatabai says: “We can slightly deduce from ayah 30 of surah Al-Baqara that before the creation of Prophet Adam (A.S.) there was a different generation of human beings who caused the angels to ask: Will you place in it someone who will make mischief in it and shed blood .” [4]

This ayah implies that another generation of human beings was created before the generation of human beings we know and are part of what was created, which the angels were initially familiar with.

In some traditions coming from the imams (A.S.), we witness proof of the existence of eras of human beings prior to the current era.

Sheikh Saduq (A.S.) has narrated a hadith in which the imam tells the narrator: “You might believe that God Almighty has not created humans other than you. Well this is false because he has created millions of humans and you from the last generation of them.” [5]

In Khisal, Sheikh Saduq also narrates that Imam Baqir (A.S.) has stated: “From the time He created the earth, God Almighty has created within it, seven worlds (and made all of them instinct), none of which were of the generation of of Prophet Adam. God created all of them from the crust of this earth and created generation after generation with corresponding worlds for all generations till finally Prophet Adam was created and reproduced his descendants solely from him. [6] , [7]

On this account, if we conclude that the line of history for mankind extends to a million years based on fossils found perhaps in caves, they don’t belong to the current generation of human beings, because the story of Prophet Adam appears to be about 7000 years old. [8]

For more information on this topic, please refer to:

1. The Physical Creation of Prophet Adam, Question number: 399(415).

2. Quran and the Creation of Mankind, Question number: 5356(5578) .

Answer:

Off course there is contradiction between Science and Islam.

There is no proof of any human being before Adam is present in the Quran. 'At maximum, this Shia Alim tried to deduce human beings before Adam in Quran, using his "CONJECTURE", which is itself Haram in Shia Islam. The Quran claims at several places that Allah made the Quran clear and easy to understand. So, the question is, is this really a clear verse about humans before Adam?

And then he presented two Ahadith, which again nowhere stating explicitly that there were humans on this earth before Adam.

The first hadith is:

Sheikh Saduq (A.S.) has narrated a hadith in which the imam tells the narrator: “You might believe that God Almighty has not created humans other than you. Well this is false because he has created millions of humans and you from the last generation of them.”

Nowhere Shia Imam is telling about creation of humans before Adam in this tradition. Instead of Adam, Shia Imam is telling of creation of human before the man whom he was talking with.

And the 2nd Hadith is:

In Khisal, Sheikh Saduq also narrates that Imam Baqir (A.S.) has stated: “From the time He created the earth, God Almighty has created within it, seven worlds (and made all of them instinct), none of which were of the generation of of Prophet Adam. God created all of them from the crust of this earth and created generation after generation with corresponding worlds for all generations till finally Prophet Adam was created and reproduced his descendants solely from him

Again, Imam is not talking about humans on this EARTH, but he is talking about humans on other earths.

The Quran claimed there are 7 heavens and 7 earths. And people have always been asking where those remaining 6 earths are, and if there are people living on those 6 earths etc. Upon that Shia Imam is claiming in this tradition that Allah created humans upon those 6 earths too.

Thus, Adam and his descendants are alone on this earth according to this hadith too.

Please also consider this fact that human beings lived for 290,000 years in the stone age (i.e. the oldest human fossils are 300,000 years old, while stone age ended only 10.000 years ago).

How is it possible?

If Allah was sending prophets upon the so-called generation before Adam, how could then they stay in stone age for such a long period of time?

Also, human beings were hunter-gatherers till 10.000 years ago (i.e. no cultivation of crops etc.).

There are thousands of Cave-Paintings present, which are about 60,000 years old, but none of them show any one praying to any Allah or any mosques etc. Why?

If Adam came only 6000 years ago, then we have a lot of archaeological evidences from 6000 to 4000 years ago in whole world, but nowhere any monolithic God or his prophets or mosques could be seen in cave paintings, or upon skin paintings, or in stone writings except for the small area where Jews lived. Why?