What is the Islamic stance on dinosaurs?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.
There is a possibility that dinosaurs did exist. Islam neither negates this notion nor does it confirm it. We are well aware that many creations have become extinct and are becoming extinct. On the other side of the coin, dozens of new species and living organisms are being discovered until today.
If dinosaurs existed, they too were certainly engaged in the dhikr and remembrance of Allah Ta’ālā like every other creation of Allah. Allah Ta’ālā mentions:
“The seven heavens and the earth and whatever is in them exalt Him. And there is not a thing except that it exalts [Allah] by His praise, but you do not understand their [way of] exalting. Indeed, He is ever Forbearing and Forgiving.” (Qur’ān 17:44)
To discuss and research the existence of dinosaurs for academic purposes is praiseworthy. However, we should always reflect and extract positive lessons from whatever we do. If dinosaurs existed, then despite their strength, size and might, they came to an end. They perished. In comparison to dinosaurs, our strength, size and might is next to nothing. We too will perish. Before we cease to exist, we must connect ourselves with the Creator of all creation, Allah Ta’ālā.
And Allah Ta’ālā Knows Best
Mufti Faraz al-Mahmudi,