I have been looking into the assertion that the Quran was predictive of science. Sciences that could have have only been know, according to believers, well after the advent of the Quran. It has taken a while to sort things out. There has been a lot of misconception and outright deception over the years regarding the Quran and science and while this can in no way be considered the definitive work on the subject but it has been well researched.
Many of those who are introduced to Islam today are told of the science of the Quran. The problem is that no one questions what they are told. They accept the scientific ideas of the Quran without question as do their teachers. It’s easy to understand why one would want to accept this kind of information and it all boils down to faith. Faith in the Quran, as with any religious text, is unquestionable. Because it’s faith.
However, when one does look at the scientific claims of the Quran with a clear eye the claims become weak. The claims are made even weaker when you take a look at where these claims actually came from and the motivation therein then it seems one can discount the claims entirely.
There was no thought of Quranic scientific inquiry until a French Doctor named Maurice Bucaille. Bucaille was appointed family physician to King Faisal of Saudi Arabia in 1973.
The Bible, The Qur’an and Science was published in 1976. The book spoke of the Quran and how it matches science while the Bible does not.
Now, it would be easy to simply accept this book on its merits because it was, after all, written by a doctor. A gastrointestinal doctor by training. It didn’t take long before this book had sold millions of copies in the Islamic world. Bucaille had made a fortune from the publication of this book.
It is important to take a look at the political situation that surrounded the French doctor. During the 1970’s most of the world was held hostage by the world’s oil producing countries, most specifically OPEC. In North America, particularly the United States, many gas stations would run out of gas and other stations had lines that were blocks long. During this time OPEC was indeed making a fortune. They took advantage of the situation and it paid off handsomely for them.
It is certain that Dr. Maurice Bucaille was paid well in his profession. Not only did he see to the medical needs of the King of Saudi Arabia but also to those of Anwar Sadat, the president of Egypt, and his family. Still one has to wonder if Bucaille was seeing all this money rolling into the banks of the King of Saudi Arabia. The wealth of the King was simply phenomenal and one can suspect that perhaps Bucaille was desirous of some of those millions himself.
With this in mind, I believe that the motivation for the book written by the good Doctor was greed. The Doctor saw dollar signs all over the Arabian sands and conceived of a way for some of those dollars to float into his pocket.
Examining the Quran, Bucaille found enough questionable evidence that might or might not match the actually scientific realities that his book was easily sold to the believers. Bucaille has sold so many of these books that he indeed saw some of the dollars that lay on the sands of Arabia fall into his pocket.
So when you examine Bucaille’s claims in his book The Bible, The Qur’an and Science it is easy to see why this book was written. Not because of the actual scientific claims of the Quran but because of his own greed. He simply found a way to get rich.
One of the weirdest things about Bucaille is his religious beliefs. He remained a Catholic and did not convert to Islam. This is somewhat strange if what he had written about the science of the Quran were in fact true. One would have thought he would have converted to the religion whose Holy book made such claims.
It is also curious that these so-called scientific miracles were not discovered by Islamic scientists. For several hundred years after the Quran Islam had dominated the world in scientific discovery and such. But none of the Islamic scholars throughout history had discovered these. But no, it was a French Doctor.
Recently, this author has noted that Muslims don’t like some of the ideas presented here. Due to that they find it necessary to vote down this article. Perhaps more folks, Muslims included, should do more research into these topics where they might find the truth.