Westerners Find $cience in the Quran!
18 Apr, 2001
The tales of Bucaille and Moor, two occidental charlatans
The new Mullahs and other Islamists feel very happy whenever they find occidental (western white person) talks in favor of their faith (Islam). This is especially true when these western people try to associate Qur'an and Hadith with anything resembling an inkling of scientific truth. For the last 25 years or so, the Islamists have found an infidel supporter (pseudo) of their faith. He is none other than Dr. Maurice Bucaille who was in France in 1920. At one time, he was the chief of the surgical clinic of the University of Paris. In 1976, he published a book entitled "The Bible, The Qur'an and science." Ever since its publication, the Islamists have found a great sanctuary in this book whenever the question of science and Qur'an is raised. Bucaille´s writings have become not only a source of inspiration for them, but it also has become their principal source to confront the secularists who point out the various ambiguities, inconstancies and the unscientific nature that one could find scattered all over Qur'an.
In his book, Dr. Bucaille discusses the following main topics as revealed in the Qur'an
The Creation of the heavens and the Earth
Astronomy and the Quran
If one reads Dr. Bucaille's discourse on these topics, it does not take much intelligence to note the twisted logic and his clever selection of only those verses that serve his purposes. There is not enough space in this short essay to deal with each and every aspect of Dr. Bucaille's topics. One striking point however is that he only elucidates a natural phenomenon as described in the Quran and interprets that natural phenomenon as the scientific explanation in the Quran. (For details to a rebuttal to Dr. Maurice Bucaille please visit www.freespeech.org/rationalthinking, or refer to "The Qur'an and the Bible in the Light of History & Science" by Dr. William Campbell, publisher Middle East Resources 1992). This is absolutely unacceptable to anyone who has the slightest idea what scientific knowledge is all about.
Take for example the case of "water cycle." Dr. Bucaille tries to depict that the Qur'an had the advance knowledge of this natural phenomenon before anyone could discover it. This is totally untrue. Water cycle is really an observable natural fact that is understood even by an illiterate and uneducated (in modern science) person. This water cycle consists of the following phases. (1) Water evaporates from the land, lakes, rivers; seas etc. (2) Water is transformed in to cloud. (3) Cloud gives rain. (4) The rain replenishes the water in land. (5) Water runs to the rivers, lakes and then to the sea. The cycle then repeats. There is no doubt that this phenomenon was clearly understood even by the pre-historic people that enabled them to invent the system of agriculture, which is largely dependent on this cycle. Today, even the primary school children are aware of this cycle of nature. To say that the "water cycle" is something that is discovered by the Qur'an is simply laughable and reveals nothing but the real motive as to why Dr. Bucaille is so inclined in pleasing the Islamists. Let us look for some clues to this matter.
Dr. Bucaille was appointed the family physician of the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. King Faisal introduced him to the Islamic religion and its source, that is, the Quran and Hadith. At that time, Dr. Bucaille was a stereotyped westerner who had prejudicial ideas about Islam and the Quran. He was acutely aware of the perceived de-humanized face of Islam outside the Islamic world. This charlatan found a great opportunity to make good money out of this situation. He thought that if only he could please the Islamists by writing a few good things about Islam he can have a good share of the petro-dollar that was pouring in Saudi Arabia. This will be better than remaining as a lowly physician to the king. So he learned the Arabic language and started to study the Quran and wrote the book, "The Bible, The Quran and Science". Money'\he did make and plenty of it. This is due to the fact that almost all the Islamic countries have translated his book in their languages and it is a must read book for the new Mullahs. Also, consider how much blessings he had received from all the oil rich Seikh doms. For all of these, he is deeply grateful to his paymaster, the Arabs. In fact, in the lengthy introduction part of his book he writes "The debt of gratitude I owe to the late King Faisal, whose memory I salute with deepest respect, is indeed very great: the fact that I was given signal honour of hearing him speak on Islam and was able to raise with him certain problems concerning the interpretation of the Quran in relation to science is very cherished memory. It was an extremely great privilege for me to have gathered so much precious information from him personally and those around him".
Dr. Bucaille's book leaves one with the impression that he (Dr. Bucaille) is convinced that Islam is the truest religion of all on earth and the Quran is indeed the words of Allah. Now when a person is so much convinced in a faith we naturally expect him to be a Muslim, isn't it? But Dr. Bucaille is not so stupid to follow this path. Having digested the Quran and the Hadith thoroughly he knew what fate awaits him (and his family) if ever he changes his mind on Islam (death for apostasy in Islam). He also realized that he could make more money if he does not convert to Islam. Therefore, until today, he is a Catholic. What bugs him to become a Muslim and follow the Quran, which he claims to be so divine and scientific? Being a man of science why does not he lend his ultimate allegiance to the scientific Quran? What answer the Islamists have for this enigma of Dr. Bucaille?
Quran has 114 Suras and thousands of verses. Why Dr. Bucaille deliberately chooses those verses that deal with a handful of natural phenomena? He very cleverly chooses to quote the following benign verses
"There is no compulsion in religion" (2:256)
"(God) has not laid upon you in religion any hardship" (22:78)
This is deliberately done by him to give an impression that Islam is very merciful and tolerant religion. This is aimed at people who have very little knowledge about the real Islam (especially the western people). Does not this tactic sound like the tactics used by our new Mullahs? Dr. Bucaille cleverly avoids the political, social and the violent parts of the Quran. Are not political and social matters scientific too? After all, there are such subjects as political science, social science, etc. Dr. Bucaille writes that he could not find any verse in Quran that is against science. If we have to believe this blatant lie emanating from his pen, then
Hilla marriage must be scientific.
Mut´a marriage must be scientific.
Hijab must be scientific.
Having four wives at any time and plenty of concubines (possessions of the right hand) must be scientific.
Cacophony of azan (loud prayer call, a chief source of noise pollution in Islamic world) must be scientific
Tayammum (ablution with dirt and stones) must be scientific
Slavery must be scientific
Death for apostasy must be scientific.
Islamic genocide (like Bangladesh) must be scientific.
Cutting off hands and feet for petty theft must be scientific.
Using stones to relieve oneself must be scientific.
Drinking the Camel´s urine must be scientific.
Beating the wives to make them obedient must be scientific
Killing infidels must be scientific.
All the actions of the Talibans must be scientific.
And so on.
If the Quran is scientific then why not Kama Sutra (Sanskrit treatise to love making) scientific too? Why not the Bhagabat Geeta, Monu´s Sanghita, the Vedas and the Mahabharata scientific? If the Hindus could generate billions of petro-dollar they can surely employ many western professors to do just that. When I was in high school, I had a devout Hindu teacher. He always used to say that Hinduism is the basis of all science. How? He used to give examples of the mention of Vimana (air craft), Garuda (probably flying saucer or space ship), Trishul Chakra (probably rotary space station), Agni Baan (ballistic missiles), etc., to prove that the Hindus knew how to make those things, which are very common in to-days world. 'Do not these examples prove that Hinduism is more scientific than any other religion?' he used to say. We just used to nod our head in agreement. That was just to please him and to ensure a good mark in his subject. Dr. Bucille is there to please the Arabs, the Islamists and to make money; tons of it. He also employs another tactic. He declares that his own faith (Catholic Christianity) is not as scientific as Islam is. What a great news for our new Mullahs! There can be no news sweeter than this, no news happier than this, no news more pleasant than this. Nonetheless, he actually fools the Islamists by throwing dust in their eyes. Never does he covert to Islam. But Mullahs are too docile and cretinous not to see his stratagem. How sad!
Dr. Keith Moore
Another great sanctuary for the Islamists and the new Mullahs is the embryologist Dr. Keith Moore. He was the former President of the Canadian Association of Anatomists and professor Emeritus, Department of anatomy and cell biology, University of Toronto. When he was offered a faculty position in King Abdul Aziz University, right away he smelled the sweet scent of petro-dollars and plenty of it in Saudi Arabia. He worked with the embryology committee of the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah. His job was to interpret the many statements in the Quran and Sunnah referring to the human reproduction and prenatal development. One wonders why the Saudi Government has to employ an infidel to interpret the Quran when there are no shortages of Islamic scholars for this job. Why did not the Saudis have qualified people from the 'Islamic brother' countries? How come the Saudis cannot trust the interpretation of the Quran from their 'brothers'? The answer lies in the fact that the Arabs practice overt and covert form of racism (call it Islamic racism if you would like). Any dark skinned people who have worked in the Arab countries will attest to this fact. There are separate pay structures and perks for the whites and the dark skinned people in most Arab countries. A statement from a dark skinned people no matter how much education and knowledge he or she does have is not acceptable to the Arabs. Whereas, a sworn statement by a western white skinned person with a very little expertise is totally acceptable to them. As you know, bulks of American Muslims are blacks. However, the Arabs will seldom employ a black American to do the job of Dr. Keith Moore even though the Black American may be as competitive as a white American. The white population knows this craving by the Arabs for white recognition. And they take full advantage of this weakness of the Arabs to make more money out of them. Any way, let us hear what Dr. Keith Moore had to say to please his paymaster. At a conference in Cairo, he presented a research paper and stated:
"It has been a great pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the Quran about human development. It is clear to me that these statements must have come to Muhammad from God, or Allah, because most of this knowledge was not discovered until many centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammad must have been a messenger of God or Allah".
Bravo! What could be a better statement than this from an infidel to please the Islamists! Notice that he never mentioned whether the statements in the Quran are scientific or not. He simply stated what the Islamists wanted to hear, took his money and went home. He never converted to Islam. He just fooled the ever-gullible Islamists and the new Mullahs and laughed all his way to the bank. In the West, they say that a sucker is born every minute. I have to say that as long as Islamists are there they will produce gullible folks ad infinitum and in turn these new simpletons would be taken for a ride by the clever ones such as Maurice Bucille and Keith Moore. (For a full rebuttal of Dr. Keith Moore's findings visit www.freespeech.org/rationalthinking/)
Readers, have you ever noticed that most of the white skinned westerners that wrote anything good about Islam have either been on the enormous pay roll of the Arabs (petro-dollar) or were engaged by them (the Arabs) to do research work on Islam (in the infidels land) with a fat budget. This type of research works on Islam is very seldom properly supervised or checked by an independent third party. The only thing that matters is the white skin of the researchers. There are plenty of talented researchers in many Islamic countries. But the petro-dollar does not reach them. Why? This is because the researchers are mostly non-whites even though they (these researchers) are good Muslims and are dedicated to their work. Many a time I have received unsolicited research findings on Islamic matters from some obscure Universities in countries like US, Canada, U.K. The researcher's name involved is always the name of an Anglo-Saxon or similar race. At one time, I received a research finding that was designed to prove that the Islamic halal method of animal slaughter is better than the western style of slaughter (that is, halal meat is more scientific than non-halal meat). They used EEG machine to measure the pain threshold and pain duration of the animals when slaughtered in the halal way and compared that with the haram (forbidden) way of animal slaughter. Now, it does not take a genius to guess what was the conclusion of this research. If a genuine researcher reads these research reports, he will simply dump that in the dustbin. Because the report breaks all the rules in designing, conducting and presenting research findings. These research reports are aimed at the gullible new Mullahs who feel great in the scientific authenticity of their belief. The western researchers are very clever. They do the science a priori. They know what the Islamists want. So they do the research backward; that is, they draw the conclusion first (according to what the Islamists want) and then they conduct the research experiments in such a way that the conclusion is confirmed. This route of a priory research makes Islamists happy. The researchers are happy and money pours in to the starved faculty of the obscure University in the West. This is what I call is a ´Triple Win situations´ (win, win, win situation). Just imagine how much money the Islamists will throw if ever the research findings go against what the Islamists want to hear!
When will the new Mullahs learn the lesson that these infidel western white researchers on Islam have only the dollar sign in their mind and that they just want to fool the Islamists and make more and more money out of them? Islamists views are delusional. All these testimonials from some charlatan occidentals are not going to change the gross inanity and incongruities in Islamic holy book Quran. The Arabs do not realize it that within the next century all that black gold buried beneath their soil would be exhausted. When that happens (believe me, that would happened one of these days), how would they finance another Maurice Bucaille or Keith Moore? There is still enough time to give up on this shoddy practice of hiring testimonial givers from the West. Quran, which was compiled more than 1400 years ago, should stand on its two feet. The book may have served its purpose to Arab society then. But like any other book, its time has expired. All the testimonials from Nobel Laureates will not be able to bring back its original lustre, which may have dazzled the eyes of Seventh century´s Arab Bedouins. The sooner the modern-day Islamists realize it, the better it is for prejudicial Islamic world; because, they have a lot to catch up.
For a response to the ridiculous claim that Quran is scientific please see the following website. http://answering-islam.org/Responses/It-is-truth/
To read more about Dr. Bucaille and whether he became a Muslim please check this site. http://www.answering-islam.org.uk/Campbell/bucaille.htm
Abul Kasem is an Bengali ex-Muslim and academic. He has contributed in Leaving Islam - Apostates Speak Out and Beyond Jihad - Critical Voices from Inside and Why We Left Islam.. He has also written extensively on Islam in various websites and is the author of five e-Books: A Complete Guide to Allah, Root of Terrorism ala Islamic Style, Sex and Sexuality in Islam, Who Authored the Quran? and Women in Islam. Mr. Kasem leaves in Sydney, Australia. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.