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The Story of the Oceanographer Jacques Yves Cousteau

 

Islam seems to be the religion which is very quickly spreading in France. Among those, who preferred Islam, not only are natives of working class and civil servants, among them are also some certainly outstanding people.

Great French oceanographer and member of the “Academie Française”, Jacques Yves Cousteau, who initiated researches of sea and ocean depths is known in the entire world; but very few people know, that scientific researches carried out by him and reflections in the Holy Quran of many scientific signs have led him to accept Islam.

Cousteau says in a famous word: “I saw crystal-clear Ayahs of Allah in the seas which I explored for long years in my life, and I found that the Holy Quran had tackled and talked about these issues some 14 centuries ago.

Asked on his Islam, the authority on undersea exploration said: “I Investigated water open spaces in strait of Gibraltar and in Bab el Mandeb – the first separates between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea and the second separates between the waters of Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, and the Indian ocean. It was logical to assume that the two huge water weights would over-dominate the smaller water weights according to the communicating vessels theory. Still, this did not happen and will never happen. After further explorations, I found out that a third sea – a water curtain – separates them and does not allow them to mix up, and this third sea has its own inherent characteristics which are different from the other two seas in all aspects – salinity, density, form of life, and temperature. Furthermore, waves and other fish do not enter this curtain at all.

For a long time I tried to find a plausible excuse for this phenomena, but to no avail. One day I mentioned this fact to a colleague navigator from Yemen who told him this phenomenon is found in the Holy Qoran and he then recited the following Holy Ayahs from the Holy Qur’an:

{He (Allah) let free the two bodies of flowing water, meeting together * between them is a barrier which they do not transgress}- (Sura 55 Al Rahman: Verse 19:20)

{Is He (not best) who made the earth a stable ground and placed within it rivers and made for it firmly set mountains and placed between the two seas a barrier? Is there a deity with Allah? (No) but most of them do not know} – (Sura 27 An-Naml: Verse 61)

These scientific facts are clear cut evidence that Allah Al Mighty revealed these Ayahs and the Holy Quran on Mohammad (PBUHH); or else who told him about the water barriers and curtains that separate between seas and oceans? He is Allah and Allah only.

Cousteau further says:

“The other thing that called me to Islam is the following Surah: {By the mount * And a Book inscribed * In parchment spread open * And by the frequented House * And by the heaven raised high * and by the sea filled with fire} (Surah Tour: Ayahs 1 -6).

Yes the sea is on fire. Yes fire emerges out from the floor of all the oceans and major seas, and we have captured this phenomenon. Yes, we captured it and examined it. Didn’t I tell you that this Quran is from Allah and not from Mohammad (PBUHH)?

Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his achievements in Oceanography: A Brief History:

Jacques-Yves Cousteau is the man for whom millions of people are fully indebted for getting acquainted with that part of the world which is covered with water. Cousteau’s journey in the sea which lasted for 60 years was not a mere discovery adventure; in fact the “oceanographic technician” as he liked to call himself had contributed with innovations and projects on which many environmental technologies researches are based today.  

Cousteau was born in June 1910. He showed special interest in innovation at the age of eleven before he indulged his interest in filming. Then he expressed passion for the ocean, diving devices, and exploring the depth of the seas after he graduated from the École Navale and joined the French Navy.

During World War II, Cousteau worked for the information service of the French Navy. In 1943, he co-developed with his friend “Émile Gagnan” the first prototype Aqua-Lung which divers use today. This invention was a path-breaking that finally made extended underwater exploration possible.

The new invention was launched in the French market in 1946, and it reached the USA in 1952; afterwards it became a must in the underwater world.

After the war, he was promoted to a captain and came to be known as “le Commandant Cousteau”. In 1950, he founded the French Oceanographic Campaigns (FOC), and leased a ship called Calypso  for which he was famous. He refitted it as a mobile laboratory for field research and as his principal vessel for diving and filming.

Cousteau produced several television documentaries and books to fund his excavations and to spread knowledge on the underwater world creating a very successful new scientific way of sharing scientific concepts. He further won the Palme d›Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1956 for The Silent World.

Cousteau left the French Navy to dedicate himself for his researches and projects. In 1957, Cousteau took over as leader of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. He set up the “Groupement de Recherches Sous-marines (GRS)” (Underwater Research Group) of the French Navy in Toulon. He also was involved with a set of projects best known as Conshelf to build underwater «villages»; the projects aimed at increasing the depth at which people continuously lived under water.

His pioneer experiments on developing underwater experiments continued. In 1963, he conceived the self-contained amphibious underwater camera. Nikon took over production and sold it as the Nikonos. He also built «diving saucer» SP-350, an experimental underwater two-seat-vehicle which could reach a depth of 350 meters. The successful experiment was quickly repeated in 1965 with a vehicle which reached 500 meters. In 1980, he launched another version of a-one-seat propelling submarine: the Turbosail.

In 1968, the first episode of a TV series “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” was aired, and it ran for eight years. In these telecasts, Cousteau uncovered surprising underwater world of the seas, rivers and oceans before people. It was viewed as one of the most important educational TV series.

During his lifetime, Jacques-Yves Cousteau received numerous distinctions. Besides being elected to the “Académie Française”, he received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom twice from US president Carter and Reagan. He also received the UN International Environment prize, and then he became a regular consultant for the UN and the World Bank.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau died at the age of 87 of a heart attack on 25 June 1997 in Paris, but his work permitted many people worldwide to explore the resources of the oceans. However, some still doubt the truth of his embracing Islam and consider it mere rumors.

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