Why I Embraced Islam?
Maurice Bucaille is a surgeon by profession. He is also a renowned
scholar. In order to be able to read Quran in its original text and to study
its meaning and purport through direct access to its early and modern
commentaries, he devoted himself to the learning of Arabic language at the
ripe age of fifty.
Thereafter, he made a beginning by trying to reconcile proven scientific
truths with religious axioms. As a result of these studies, he wrote his
famous book “QURAN, BIBLE AND SCIENCE” in 1976, which caused a furor in high
academic circles – particularly in the Christian world.
After a deeper study of Islam and the Quran, he has authored another book
titled, “THE ORIGIN OF MAN”. It comprised Quranic explanations of some of
the queries raised much earlier than the period when those queries were
logically and satisfactorily resolved by scientific experimentation, to be
fully in conformity with the explanations provided by Quran about 1500 years
before. The Church acknowledged and accepted these researches of Dr.
Bucaille to be a valuable contribution to human knowledge and the author
became famous all over the world, like Cambridge, and Oxford Universities in
U.K. & Yale and Harvard in USA. He was invited to give Extension Lectures in
their academic institutions. By dint of his Quranic thought, and by virtue
of his unprejudiced and realistic approach to Quranic thought, and by virtue
of his unprejudiced and realistic discussion and 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 actually a Book of Revelations from Almighty God to His Last
Prophet, Mohammed, Peace Be Upon Him.
M. Bucaille is of the view that his findings in this behalf are a cause
of consternation and chagrin to Western scholars because of their earlier
exposure to false and fictitious propaganda against Islam and its Prophet (S.A.W.),
by the Christian clergy and by biased Western writers and authors. This
misguided class of people could not believe that Quran was the only
Scripture 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.
For over 1400 years it has been the only treasure house of ecclesiastical
and cosmic knowledge about the universe and life itself. Mankind has not yet
to progress and proceed to a stage where it can fully be au fait with all
the pearls and gems of wisdom and truth, garnered in its bosom by this
miracle of literacy, excellence and academic purity which could not be
matched even in one small sentence by the literary giants of yore, in spite
of an open challenge to this effect.
Q: What urged you so forcefully to undertake a study of the Quran and
other scriptures, and why?
A: Like all other Frenchmen, I was also
initially of the view that Islam was a religion conceived and introduced by
a genius and a remarkable man of great intellect, known by the name of
Mohammed (S.A.W.). Fifty years ago, by the Grace of God, I became
professionally qualified to practice as a surgeon, and used to discuss and
compare (views on) Islam and Christianity with my patients who came to
consult me (and with my co-professionals). I was told by some of them that
my knowledge of Islam and about its discipline was to a great extent
misconceived and mistaken. In the beginning I was inclined to doubt them,
but now and then some people produced actual and original Quranic Verses in
contradiction of my references, and I was compelled to revise my
conclusions. And, as a result of this revision and review, I felt that they
were right and I was wrong.
I found that those who had been my teachers had a wrong approach to the
problem and had imparted incorrect information to me. My knowledge of Islam,
until then, had been restricted to Radio and T.V. reviews, articles
published in various magazines and reproduced in biased treatise books. But
I was perplexed; what should I do? How should I amend my position and
rectify my understanding?
Q: When did this happen?
A: After the 8th Vatican Conference but before
the birth of a tolerant attitude on the part of European scholars
gravitating to unbiased thought, i.e. before 1926, when the cleavage between
Muslims and Christian scholars was at its zenith and there was no prospect
of a direct dialogue between them.
Q: How did you react to this situation?
A: There was only one road open to me then,
that of learning Arabic language so that I could study the Holy Book, Quran,
in its original form and try to get at its meaning directly. I devoted the
next two years to this task when I had acquired enough knowledge of Arabic
(in language and literature) to be able to make a dependable study of the
Quran faithfully as well as academically.
Q: And how did this benefit you?
A: I knew then that the Quran was the “Work of
Allah” and had not been authored by any human being. I was also convinced
that Mohammed (S.A.W.) was a true Prophet of God.
Q: The world is now celebrating the first centenary of Darwin, do you
subscribe to Darwinian theory or disagree with it?
A: No Sir, I oppose it vehemently. Darwin’s
theory is totally based on a misconception and is not at all the outcome of
such a scientific research as could prove that there exists the slightest
relation between man and the theory of evolution of species as propounded by
him. In fact his views are nothing but the misguided and misconceived
calculations of a purely materialistic mind. My latest book (Origin of Man)
contains a comprehensive “Rebuttal Article” on Darwin and his views.
Q: Are you of the opinion that Darwin was aware of his error?
A: Yes, I think he knew the error he committed.
The scholars, who are fond of materialism, have propounded innumerable
theories, mostly incorrect, and the fun of it is that they are aware of
their fallacies. However, being materialist, they stick to their wrong
attitude. In my book I have criticized some of these scholars, several of
whom are Nobel Prize winners.
Q: Do you think your writings have had direct repercussion on people
A: Yes, Recently, only a few days ago, I
visited Northern and Western African countries, where I was repeatedly
called upon to address innumerable gatherings of educated persons including
scholars, on the Origin of Man and about my first book: the Quran, Bible and
Science. I was closely cross- examined about my views by some of the most
qualified, even hostile, elements. Following this, countless students and
scholars contacted and congratulated me. They declared that after listening
to me, they had, for the first time, been able to feel convinced of the
truth of the Quranic statements about the creation of universe and origin of
man. Some of them frankly admitted that my writings and lectures had
restored in them a firm certainty of belief and faith and converted them
into True Muslims, who actually felt solace and pleasure now in saying their
“prayers”. They declared that the element of doubt and dilly-dalliance in
faith was entirely due to the misconceived theories of some of these
so-called Western scholars whose theories had been adopted as gospel truth.
Q: What is the verdict of Science on Man; and why this conflict between
Science and Religion on this score?
A: In my book, “Origin of Man”, I have
endeavored to explain what is dubious and what is proved according to
scientific findings. I have also dealt with the theories formerly supported
by scholars, but now their very basis is being demolished and proved to be
without sound scientific footing. In 1851, Darwin published his first book,
“Origin of Species”. In it he has pointed out that “All animals can
procreate amongst themselves”, but he did not take the trouble to
demonstrate and prove scientifically his view that the “Genealogy of Man”
extends up to monkey.
Q: Then who is responsible for propounding this frivolous theory?
A: The fact is that some other people
metamorphosing and without statements digesting his theories, assigned wrong
statements to Darwin, which comprised the assumption that “Man has evolved
from apes”. Nevertheless, it is also true that Darwin did not care to
contradict such false notions assigned to him as it was in this connection
and on this topic that confrontation occurred between the supporters of
Darwin and the Clergy, where both the parties roundly abused and maligned
each other. That is why it is now essential that a line of demarcation
should always be drawn between the results of scientific investigations and
arbitrary views of scholars like Darwin.
Q: By such scientific discourses, debates and discussions even
Scriptures, are exposed to scientific test resulting in exposing their
errors and pin-pointing their weaknesses. As such, may we inquire if you
have some across any such anomalies in the Quran, i.e. where its expositions
and explanations are in contrast to scientific findings?
A: The Scriptures of non-Muslims have been
copied and passed on from generation to generation and through different
personalities. The oldest document of this nature is “Jehovah”, which was
written some time during 9th Century A.D. This book, although not
voluminous, is still the most comprehensive document of its kind. The second
book (Sacrodotal), although generally treated as Preface to the Bible, came
to light in 600 B.C. It deals with the creation of universe and the
appearance of Man on earth and the stories narrating the events following
it. The Bible comes thereafter, but the books of the “New Testament” do not
throw much light on the problem of Man. They repeat the statements of the
Old Testament as adopted by St. Luke. Quran made its appearance six hundred
years after Jesus and furnished valuable material on Man and his creation
which was (and still is) totally lacking in the Old as well as the New
Testaments and other Scriptures. What is more important is this context is
that unlike the Bible’s Old and New Testaments, Quran is completely free
from errors and interpolations.
Q: In your opinion, what are the main causes of such plentiful errors in
A: The compilers of the Holy Scriptures, in
their vanity, presumed to have compiled them on the basis of heavenly
revelations. But all their efforts were the echoes of their period
resounding the thoughts prevalent in that particular environment. They
presented the conception of Man and the phenomenon of his creation as if
enunciated by God Himself, though it merely reflected the traditions the
rite and the perceptions well known and prevalent at that time. This fact is
admitted unanimously by all the exegetes of the Bible, be they Roman
Catholics or Protestants.
Q: Does the church also admit this fact and subscribe to this view?
A: Yes Sir. The church did accept this truth
which was incorporated in the proceedings on the occasion of the second
Vatican conference, which was held to declare the “Revolutionary Nature of
Old and New Testaments”. They admitted that some parts of these Bibles are
defective and contradictory in purport.
Q: What are your views about the Quran in this behalf?
A: Now this is a matter of entirely a different
nature. All scholars of the Quran are unanimous that the Quran is the “Word
of God” as revealed to His Last Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.) through Gabriel
(The Angel of Revelation). I have studied the Book (Quran) very carefully
and have not come across one single instance of scientific fallacy any where
in it. On the contrary, I have felt that the (higher) truths and realities
inherent in Quranic Text have been, throughout the history of 1400 years,
beyond the comprehension of ordinary human beings which in itself, is
positive proof that the Quran is the Word of God and it is (at places)
beyond intellectual potential of mortal man; be he an excellent scholar or
philosopher of the highest caliber, who is not always able to explain the
inherent realities of nature as revealed in the Quran. What obviously
conflicts with scientific truth is the assumption of the Bible that although
life erupted in the form of various species, which have endured, there has
been no evolution or improvement in their functions. On the other hand
according to the Quran, Man has transgressed through gigantic changes in the
course of the entire history of humanity. I felt it very necessary to inform
the Christians of the world of this very serious discrepancy in the Bible.
As it happen to be impartial, truthful and very outspoken in my studies, I
have been repeatedly called upon from time to time to express my views
regarding these matters before distinguished gatherings. On all such
occasions, I have always dealt with the subject from the scientific point of
view, ignoring the ecclesiastic or theological context. Whatever has
appeared to be dubious or fit for further investigation, I have tried to put
it on the touchstone of criticism and have not allowed to pass it
Q: Have you embraced Islam?
A: I wanted to make it quite clear in the very
beginning that even before I learnt the first letter of Bismillah, I was
convinced that God was unique and all- powerful and when God guided me to
undertake a study of the Quran, my inner soul cried out that Al- Quran was
the Word of God revealed to his Last Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.).
In my book “Quran, Bible and Science,” I have mentioned these facts and
the book has met with instant success in the entire Christian world. In this
book I have devoted myself to discuss all problems from purely academic
angle, rather than that of faith or belief which would have revealed only my
personal convictions. This was because I desired to be treated by the world
as an academician rather than a theologian. About my faith and belief, God
knows what is in one’s heart. I am convinced that if I identify myself with
any creed, people will invariably dub me as one belonging to such and such
group and feel that whatever I say or do, I do so from only the angle of
such and such creed group. I know my fellow beings very well and understand
their mentality only too well. I wanted to assure them that all my
pronouncements are based on scientific knowledge and not on any religious
Q: This is O.K., but since you have referred to God’s complete awareness
with what is in one’s heart, may we ask what is your opinion about human
A: Heart is not an apparent and perceptible
organ of the body. It is the abode of faith and source of eternal light.
Q: What are your views on Islamic mission and its future in the west?
A: The best method is to approach the people
through in their own language. I am using the world language in its broadest
sense, i.e. comprehensive of all the factors which go to make any language
complete and expressive of peoples’ views and beliefs. The principles and
the regulations towards which you are inviting their attention, should be
presented in the style with which you are familiar and which is popular
among them. In my book “Quran Bible and Science”, I have adopted a new style
to acquaint the readers with Quranic truths and to understand the intrinsic
value of al-Quran. This unprejudiced and impartial viewpoint of mine gave an
impetus to the wide circulation in my books. Firstly, I tried to find out
the central point of attention of the Christians and the style that appeals
to their common sense. Thereafter I achieved this success. After the
publication of these books I received a number of letters from great
academicians and research scholars as well as commoners in which they
expressed their interest in my study of Al-Quran and appreciated it. They
felt satisfied with my views about the Bible and confirmed the fallacies
pointed out by me. I once entertained some Christians at home, in which they
expressed their astonishment over the literature I produced regarding Islam
and inquired the names of exegesis to acquire correct information about it.
Q: What are your activities now?
A: We are now trying to produce a film on
“Science, the Quran and the Origin of Man” as a matter of fact I have deep
friendly relations with Malaysia. The provincial branch of “Dawa-Islamia”
has passed a resolution to produce a film on the Quran and the director of
the producing company visited Paris to prepare a plan for it. This film is
to be in Technicolor. The duration of its presentation is fifty-five minutes
being devoted to the Quran and the history of the facts related to it, the
verses of the Quran are depicted in this film. Thus it is of great
importance. Six hundred thousand dollars have been collected to produce this
film. The preparation of this film has already been started. To begin with
it will be produced in five languages, and then it will be extended up to
ten. The first print will be in English, then Arabic and French, and
thereafter in other languages. It will be circulated throughout the world.