The Most Curious Letters of the Qur‖an:
Mystery and Masterpiece
This work represents an ambitious contribution to the literature on the ever-exciting
subject that is the disconnected letters of the Qur‖an. Without claiming to have deciphered
their secrets, the paper argues
using a consistent and thorough technique
that aglimpse of their magnificence indeed manifests itself through the language of numbers.
Though controversies have surrounded many studies of the Qur‖an‖s numbers, it is believed
that these should not discourage further research into the topic, as long as this isperformed using a clearly defined approach. Whilst focusing primarily on the numberseven, the paper also gives examples which illustrate the importance of other numbers,including 114 and 309.It commences with a brief overview of the disconnected letters, the simple method used toexamine them and the significance of the number seven. The established method is thenapplied to a variety of examples accommodating most of the disconnected letters, tohighlight both its originality and the consistency of its outcomes. The paper concludes witha series of examples that attempt to ascertain a numerical explanation as to why the samewords and phrases are often repeated a certain amount of times, and in their precise
locations, across the Qur‖an as
well as within particular chapters. For instance, when Abdel
expounds why the 31 repetitions of the refrain in Surat Al-Ra
man are fitting in
terms of context and structure, let alone why the refrain ―occurs 31 times, why it could not
earlier, or occurred more times than it does‖, the language of numbers
strongly supports these claims, as will be shown.The disconnected letters have been an enduring mystery for centuries, and the presentpaper contends that, perhaps, the minutest glimpse of its secrets may have beendiscovered.
ammad A.S. Abdel
Understanding the Qur’an: Themes and Style
, London: IB Tauris (2011), p. 170.