CONVERSION TO ISLAM*~{“I have converted to Islam and believed in this Qur’an.”}
~Y A S M I N~
MAURICE Bucaille was
born to a French parent and, 
like his family, he
grew up a Christian.. After his secondary education, he joined Faculty of
Medicine, France University. Later, he became the most renowned and cleverest
surgeon ever in modern France, but a story happened to change his life
France is known for
its unique interest in archeology and heritage. When French Socialist President
François Mitterrand assumed power in 1981, France asked Egypt, late in the
80’s, for the mummy of Egypt’s pharaoh so that it would conduct a string of monumental
and processing experiments. 
Actually the body of
Egypt’s most notorious tyrant was transferred to France, and, strangely, the
French president and his ministers as well as senior officials in the country
lined up near the plane carrying the pharaoh’s body and bowed down to him as if
he were still alive ! 
After the ceremonies
of the royal-like reception to Egypt’s pharaoh were over, the tyrant’s mummy
was carried nearly in the same red carpet reception way he received. Then the
mummy was transferred to a special wing at the French Monuments Center, and
renowned archeologists, surgeons and anatomists started to conduct a study on
this mummy in an attempt to delve into its mysteries. 
The senior surgeon and
the scientist in charge of the study on this mummy of the Pharaoh was Professor
Maurice Bucaille. While the processors were busy making restoration to the
mummy, their head (Maurice Bucaille) was thinking otherwise. 
He was trying to
discover how this Pharaoh died when, 
late at night, he
concluded his final analyses. 
The remains of the
salt stuck in his body was a shining evidence that he had drowned and that his
body was retrieved from the sea swiftly after he drowned; 
it was also obvious
that they rushed to mummify his body so that his body would remain intact !
 But Maurice
Bucaille puzzled over a question:
 How did this
body — to the exclusion of other mummified bodies of other ancient Egyptians —
remain that intact although it was recovered from the sea?” 
Maurice was busy
conducting a final report while thinking as to whether the pharaoh’s body was
recovered from the sea and mummified immediately after he drowned. But one of
his company whispered in his ear, saying 
“There is no need to
rush about this issue, since the Muslims say that this Pharaoh did
At first, he
vehemently rejected this and did not believe it, citing that such a discovery
would be reached only through sophisticated, modern and accurate
Another one
accompanying him surprised him more when he told him that the Muslims’
Qur’an in which they believe narrates the story that says he drowned and that
his body remained intact even after he drowned. 
He got more surprised
and kept on asking” Where did the Muslims’ Qur’an quote these data from while
the mummy was not discovered until 1898, i.e. about 200 years only, given that
the Qur’an has been recited by Muslims for over 1400 years, and given also that
until a few decades ago the entire mankind including Muslims did not know that
the ancient Egyptians had mummified their pharaohs ?
Maurice Bucaille
stayed up all this night gazing at Pharaoh’s body, thinking deeply of what his
fellow researcher told him about the Muslims’ Qur’an explicitly establishing
that this body was recovered after drowning, while the Christians’ Gospel
(Matthew and Luca) narrated only the story of Pharaoh when he was chasing
Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) without mentioning the fate of his body at
“Is it believable that
Muhammad (peace be upon him) knew about this over 1,000 years ago while I have
only just known it?” he thought.
Maurice spent a
sleepless night, and asked for a version of the Torah. But it only furthered
Bucaille’s astonishment; since even Torah did not narrate that the body was
recovered and remained intact due to the processing and restoration, which it
did undergo.
France sent back the
mummy to Egypt in a splendid glass coffin. But, since he knew about the story
circulated by Muslims on the intactness of this body, he decided to pack his
baggage and travel to Saudi Arabia where a medical conference happened to be
held with a galaxy of Muslim anatomists attending.
There, told them about
his discovery, i.e. that Pharaoh’s body was kept intact even after he drowned.
One of the conferees opened the Qur’an and read out the 
Ayah in which …
Allah Almighty said,
“So today We will (safely) deliver you with your body that you may be a sign to
the ones succeeding you; and surely many among mankind are indeed heedless of
Our signs.” (Yunus: 92)
In his excitement, he
stood before the attendants and loudly said… 
“I have converted to
Islam and believed in this Qur’an.”
Back to France,
Maurice Bucaille spent 10 years conducting a study as to how far the recently
scientific facts match that mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, trying to reassure
himself that the Qur’an has never contradicted with any single scientific fact,
so that he eventually came up with the conclusion that Allah Almighty said of the
Qur’an, “Untruth does not come up to it before (Literally: between its two
hands) it nor from behind it; a successive sending down from (One) Ever-Wise,
He came up with a
earth shaking book on the Holy Qur’an which jolted the entire Western states,
with the title of the book reading, “The Bible, The Qur’an and Science, The
Holy Scriptures Examined In The Light Of Modern Knowledge.”
The book sold out and even
hundreds of thousands of it were translated from French to Arabic, English,
Indonesian, Persian, Turkish and German, extending to include nearly all East
and West bookstores; one has come to see it with any Egyptian, Moroccan or Gulf
person in the US.
In the preface of his
book, Maurice Bucaille said, 
“These scientific
areas which Qur’an established to the exclusion of other Scriptures filled me
with deep surprise early on, since it never struck my mind to see such a large
amount of scientific issues in such a variable and accurate way that they are a
mirror image of what has recently been discovered in a book which has existed
for more than 13 centuries…!!!
The Bible, The Qur’an
and Science, The Holy Scriptures Examined In The Light Of Modern Knowledge was
such a marvelous piece of writing that, in the year 1988, the French Academy
awarded him its prize in history.

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