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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 6

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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 6

Q: 1. What is the name of the angel of death?

Q: 2. Name the two uncles of Prophet who em-

braced Islam.

Q: 3. Name the youngest commander of Islam.

Q: 4. Through which angel did God reveal the

Holy Qur’an?

Q: 5. How many Surahs are there in the Holy


Q: 6. Which was the Qibla before Ka’ba?

A: The name of the angel of death is Angel Izrail.

A: The names of the 2 Prophet’s uncles are Hazrat Hamza

(R.A.A.) and Hazrat Abbas (R.A.A.).

A: The youngest commander of Islam is Usama bin Zaid


A: The Holy Qur’an was revealed through the Archangel


A: There are 114 Surahs in the Holy Qur’an.

Dr. Maurice Bucaille is a surgeon

by profession. He is also a re-

nowned 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 commen-

taries, 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 an-

other 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. Bu-

caille 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. Bu-

caille 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 bi-

ased 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 eccle-

siastical 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 Mo-

hammed (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 scien-

tific research as could prove that there exists the slightest relation

between man and the theory of evolution of species as propound-

ed 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 atti-

tude. 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 outside France?

A: Yes, Recently, only a few days ago, I visited Northern andWestern

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 con-

gratulated 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


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 con-

nection 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 volu-

minous, 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.