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The Marvels of Surat Al-Fatiha - A Miracle Like No Other

The Marvels of Surat Al-Fatiha - A Miracle Like No Other

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Divine Precision: The Numerical Miracle of 
the Qur’an’s Opening
Chapter 
– 
A Miracle Like No Other.
Introduction
In describing the Holy Qur’an,
the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) onceexplained that this is a Book whose wonders shall not cease, and whose marvels shallnever be old.
It is every Muslim’s belief that this Holy
Book is one for all people and all ages, andone that will forever stand the test of time and never become obsolete. And in
today’s age of technology and numbers, we are co
nfronted with a new and profound
Qur’anic miracle that speaks the language of this age; a mesmerising indication of the truth of the Holy Qur’an, and a proof that its words could not have been altered.
 
The First Chapter of the Qur’an
 
One of our guides to this new type of miracle
 –
 
the numerical miracle of the Qur’an –
 is none other than the very
first Chapter of the Qur’an, n
amely
Surat Al-Fatiha
 (Chapter: The Opening), where we discover numerous examples of numericalphenomena centred around the number 7.And this is not strange, for
in the Qur’an,
God Almighty has in fact called this Chapter
“The Seven Mathani” i.e. The Seven Oft Repeated Verses:
(We have given thee seven of the oft repeated (Verses) (i.e. Surat Al-Fatiha) and the
Grand Qur’an
 )[Al-Hijr, 15:87] (Stone Land, 15:87).
 Therefore, we shall demonstrate that the numerical truths inherent in this openingChapter are all consistently multiples of this central number of 7, to declare that GodAlmighty, the Creator of the seven heavens and the universe, is also the One whoauthored
the divine words of the Holy Qur’an.
 Please note that various explanations of the abovementioned Verse, as well assayings of the Prophet Muhammad have come to show that the 'Seven Oft Repeated Verses' is a reference to Surat Al-Fatiha. Surat Al-Fatiha is indeed an oft-repeated Chapter, because Muslims repeat this Chapter in all of their daily prayers and it is theone Chapter which every Muslim has most certainly memorised by heart. In thecontext of Fact #6, we shall refer to Surat Al-Fatiha as the 'Seven Mathani' Chapter,and to the abovementioned Verse as the 'Seven Mathani' Verse. To put it briefly,'Mathani' is Arabic for 'Oft-Repeated'.
So why was the number 7 attributed to this Chapter?
 
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The following 20 facts represent a modest effort at proving the existence of anumerical miracle in Surat Al-Fatiha, which no human can possibly manufacture. Thefoundation of this miracle will always be the number 7.
Fact #1
The first Chapter in the Qur’an
, Surat Al-Fatiha
, which is considered “Umm Al
-
Kitab”
(The Mother of the Book), consists of 7 Verses.Similarly, the number 7 has a significant presence in the life of every person and
every believer in particular. There are 7 heavens, the Earth’s crus
t has 7 layers, thedays of the week are 7 and there are 7 continents. Specifically for Muslims, when
performing “Hajj” in Mecca, they complete 7 laps around the Ka’aba. In addition, a
Muslim in prayer prostrates on 7 body parts (face, 2 hands, 2 knees, 2 feet), and theimportance of this number is often noted in the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad.
Please note that the number 7, as discussed in other research articles, has many 
wonderful implications throughout the Qur’an, and is the basis for all rese
arch
relating to the Qur’an’s numerical miracle. Indeed, God Almighty has organised the
letters, words, Verses and Chapters of his Book based upon this number, as proof that the author of the
Holy Qur’an is in fact the Creator of the seven heavens
and theuniverse.
Furthermore, according to Muslims, God Almighty has created 7 doors to Hellfire,and the word
Hellfire
 
(
مو 
)
happens to be repeated in
the Qur’an exactly 77
times; this number is our first example of a multiple of 7:
“ 
Hellfire
” 
is mentioned in the
Qur’an 77 times, or 11 x 7 
 
Fact #2
 
We don’t expect people to be convinced yet; this is only the start.The Arabic language is the language of the Qur’an, and t
he number of letters in theArabic alphabet is 28. This number, of course, is divisible by 7:
There are 28 Arabic letters
in the Qur’an
 , or 4 x 7 
In addition, out of these 28 letters, only 7 letters are not used in Surat Al-Fatiha
(
ف ،ع ،ص ،ز خ ، ،ج 
)
. This means that 21 Arabic letters are used in this Chapter,and again, this number is a multiple of 7:
Number of Arabic letters used in Surat Al-Fatiha is 21, or 3 x 7 
 
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Fact #3
 
The Holy Qur’an contains some ‘
special letters
which create
special words
that areused as the opening Verses of 29 Chapters. We
call them ‘special’
because the fullmeaning behind these seemingly disconnected characters (
(صعيك ،مسط ،ما...
has notyet been fully understood, but the number of different
special letters
used
 –
 without any repetition
 –
is exactly 14:
‘ 
Special letters
’ 
 
used in the Qur’an
(without repetition) are 14, or 2 x 7 
Interestingly enough, all 14 letters are used in Surat Al-Fatiha, and these 14 lettersare repeated exactly 119 times in this Chapter; another encounter with a multiple of 7:
‘ 
Special letters
’ 
used in Surat Al-Fatiha (without repetition) are 14, or 2 x 7 
‘ 
Special letters
’ 
used in Surat Al-Fatiha (with repetition) are 119, or 17 x 7 
Fact #4
This is one of the more intriguing examples.
The letters comprising the word “Allah”
in Arabic, namely
(
ا
)
, are 3, and these are “Alif” (
أ
), “Laam” (
ل
), and “Haa’” (
ه
), andcounting the instances when these letters are repeated in Surat Al-Fatiha, we findexactly 49, a multiple of 7:
The letters making up the Arabic word for Allah
(
ا
)
:
‘ 
 Alif 
’ 
 ,
‘ 
Laam
’ 
and 
‘ 
Haa
’ 
arerepeated in Surat Al-Fatiha 49 times, or 7 x 7 
Fact #5
We mentioned that there are 14
special letters
 
in the Qur’an
. We also mentionedthat these letters make up
special words
which are used as the opening Verses of 
29 Qur’
anic Chapters. This number, however, includes repetitions. For example,
(ــار )
is a
special word
which is used as the opening Verse of several Chapters.And ignoring any repetition, the number of different
special words
is also 14, justlike the number of 
special letters
.That being said,
the first ‘special
word
’ in the Qur’an
is
(مــا)
, which is the firstVerse in Surat Al-Baqara (Chapter: The Cow), the second Chapter
of the Qur’an.
 Now, taking the three letters which create
(مــا)
separately, we will look for therepetition of each separate letter in Surat Al-Fatiha
. We find that ‘Alif’ (
أ
), ‘Laam’ (
ل 
)
and ‘Meem’ (
م 
) are repeated 22, 22 and 15 times respectively as follows:

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