The Moroccan Islamic scholar criticized Hawking’s stance on the creation of the universe, which claimed that “no God created the universe.”
Rabat – Moroccan Islamic scholar and member of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) Abouzaid El Idrissi sparked controversy on social media after he described physicist Stephen Hawking as “dumber than a donkey.”
The scholar criticized Hawking’s theory on the creation of the universe. Hawking has long believed that it is physics and science that govern the universe, not God.
In one of his final papers, Hawking said new theories revealed that a creator is “not necessary.”
“Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”
The theory received strong criticism from the Moroccan MP, who said: “If I dismiss this theory, then I am smarter than Hawking, or Stephen Hawking is dumber than a donkey.”
El Idrissi made his remarks during a lecture in Casablanca under the theme “Psychological and Cognitive Causes of Modern Atheism.”
The scholar added that Hawking has based his theory on “dubious evidence” to prove that there is no creator.
Hawking has long been criticized by world-renowned scholars, who reject his theory of the creation of the universe.
El Idrissi’s comments generated different responses from social media users. While some supported the scholar’s criticism, others strongly disapproved of his remarks.
“A person who holds degrees in Arabic Literature and Linguistics, is attempting to respond to physicist Stephen Hawking. Isn’t he the one who is dumber than a donkey,” said an internet user on Facebook.
“Stephen Hawking dumber than a donkey!!!! Well, scholars are smarter than scientists,” said a Facebook user sarcastically.