25 October 2014

Miracles of Al-Quran ( Pt 3 ) – Maurice Bucaille.

( 1 Muharram 1436 ) 

Quran and Science

It is befitting to start another year of Hijriah with another posting on the Miracles of Al-Quran.

About 30 years ago I purchased in London a book by Maurice Bucaille, a French medical doctor and a member of French Society of Egyptology.  I was amazed by its astounding contents. Sadly, I can no longer find this prized copy on my bookshelf.  Somehow, a new copy, purchased later, does not satisfy my love for the first copy which had flicked through on so many occasions.

 Maurice Bucaille

Bucaille ( born in 1920 and passed away in 1998 ), a medical specialist, practiced medicine from 1945–82. He had great interest in identifying words from the bible and Quran and interpreting them against his medical practice. He, then, found it necessary to learn Arabic in order to understand what Al Quran had to say. Many aspects in the Quran relate to deep understanding of science and he could not rely on pure translation.  In order to be able to read Quran in its original text, he devoted himself to the learning of Arabic language at the ripe age of fifty.    

His deep involvement in the preservation of Egyptian mummies brought him closer to the Arab world. In 1973, Bucaille was appointed family physician to king Faisal of Saudi Arabia. Another of his patients at the time included members of the family of then President of Egypt, was Anwar Sadat.

Thereafter, he made a serious beginning by trying to reconcile proven scientific truths with religious axioms. Finally he was convinced that of all the sacred books, Al Quran was the only one which had remained sacrosanct and free from all additions, alterations and interpolations, and, consequently it still retained the purity to guide mankind in all ages, places and in every conceivable crisis.   

He was convinced of the exact specific scientific details mentioned in AlQuran and such details were absent in in other scriptures. He realised that those details, could never have been understood during Prophet Muhammad’s era. The various stages in the process of pregnancy have all along been described in great details in Al Quran but the absence of scientific knowledge did not make it possible for proper interpretation and understanding. Being a specialist in that field he found Al Quran very specific in its description on processes involved in pregnancy. What is described with so much detail could never be understood 1400 years ago. This fact alone is enough proof of the authenticity of Quran against any other sacred books.

On the basis of the great wonders he discovered in Al Quran, Maurice Bucaille adopted Islam.

As a result of these studies, he wrote his famous book "QURAN, BIBLE AND SCIENCE" in 1976, which caused a furore in high academic circles - particularly in the Christian world.

What is the origin of man 
&  The bible the Quran and science
After a deeper study of Islam and the Quran, he has authored another book titled, "THE ORIGIN OF MAN". He was invited to give Extension Lectures in academic institutions. By virtue of his unprejudiced and realistic approach to Quranic thought, and by virtue of his unprejudiced and realistic discussion and his research work, Dr. Bucaille has converted a number of high ranking scholars to agree with him and to subscribe to his view that the Quran is a Divine Book, not authored by any human being, and was truly revealed by the Almighty God to His Last Prophet, Mohammad, Peace Be Upon Him.


It is never my preference to make an unnecessarily long posting. Insya Allah, I will have another posting on Professor Maurice Bucaille’s amazing finding on the death of Pharoah and his mummy as specified in Al Quran, but absent in other religious books.


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Ismail aka Pak Mail said...

Pak Cik,

Assalamualaikom. Not many came to know about this miracle of Quran except few chosen people who are interested in studying deeply about Quran. You read this 'findings' about 30 years ago by reading whereas I came to know about less than 20 years ago when I attended weekly 'tafsir Quran' class. I managed to record this teaching on to a cassettes tape and kept it until today. Indeed, many astounding findings as we get into deeper and deeper the Quran.
Alhamdulillah. May Allah swt guide us all with the knowledge we learnt. Ameen.

madame blossom said...

Salam pakcik. Dr Bucaille, learning to master Arabic at the ripe age of 50, is an inspiration to me.

In fact with regards to trying to memorise the Quran, I'm also thinking.. masyaa Allah.. Rasulullah SAW started receiving the revelations at about 40 yrs old - and the Qur'an completed in 23 years.. Slowly, insyaa Allaah, may we be able to memorise and internalise more.

Al-Manar said...

Dear PakMail,

I marvel at your effort to keep on tapes what you value from a lecture. To day our younger generation have everything in computers.

Let us do whatever we feel right at our age and hope to receive His approval

Al-Manar said...

Madam Blossom,

There is no age limit to improving our religious knowledge. Perhaps studying AlQuran and trying to memorise some of the Surah may give a better return as we grow older, having learnt the areas we truly lack. I do not think you mean to try to start now to join the Tilawah AlQuran.

Keep it up and I hope you progress well, dear lady.

Anonymous said...

Pak Cik,

It has often been said that there is nothing like the original. This is especially true of the Al-Quraan. You should read its Arabic text if you are able to, otherwise be satisfied with its translation. As a translator in a law firm, I know that some message can be lost in translation. What more with Arabic which is one of the most difficult languages(English is very much easier to master). Dr Bucaille is perhaps lucky in the sense that being a Frenchman, it's easier for him to master Arabic compared to native speakers of "easier" languages. It's well known that French is also a difficult language.

Idris Mamat

Al-Manar said...

Idris Mamat,

I do not know French but it is certainly more difficult than French and I think Arabic is even more difficult. For most of us we have to rely on selected translations to understand Quran but it can never be the same. Experience in a law firm as a translator helps to appreciate such difficulties.