Sura 92 Word and Letter Counts Bring Surprising Revelations

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This represents Ulam’s Number Spiral , where a doodle (this image) revealed unexpected previously-unknown diagonal patterns in prime numbers. The name ”Ulam” is similar to the Arabic root for ”knowledge” or “scholar.”


This study brought entirely unexpected results on closer examination. The Quran expresses its message, its truth, in powerful and eloquent words, and also within these words, numerical relationships of precision and beauty, using the language of math like a true language, complete with nuance, even rhyme and reason, certainly complexity that is beyond the scope of my knowledge. To interpret them requires viewing numbers as more than mere quantitative bits of data. No, they have qualities and are symbolic as well, which doesn’t occur in a vacuum but rather in their context — in the world around us, in life and everything else. Here are numbers that give precision to this sura’s beauty, and reveal how much Allah has put into simply guiding us. Imagine then this is from Allah the Almighty All-Merciful, and imagine Who then is Allah and what does He give us in this Quran — nothing less than a lifeline to His love. 

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Sura 92 Al-Layl’s Beautiful Structure and Meaning

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Surat Al-Layl 91 is the gift that keeps on giving unexpected insights, tightly integrated on many levels. Its 21 ayat/verses can be divided into 3 parts of 7 ayat each, a striking symmetry, and this within a separate ring arrangement based on the division between this world and the Hereafter — even word and letter counts augment the meaning which, due to their complexity as a separate subject, will be addressed soon in a separate post. Here the sura’s emphasis on the primacy of charitable acts as proof of faith and other meaningful details are powerfully reflected in its structure as well. 

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The Meaning of the Quranic Word Al-Husnaa

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This word in Arabic, Al-Husnaa, has been variously interpreted and used and, in working on sura 92 Al-Layl, I found it essential to explain its multiple dimensions in a separate post for people to understand its use in the Quran as well as that sura in particular. Like many Quranic words, its meanings change according to the context. The root H-s-n basically means “good,” but even in English that has a broader meaning. So we examine how it is used in the Quran where it can be understood from context. Its most well-known usage is for the names of Allah — al-asma’ Allah Al-Husnaa, the most beautiful names of Allah. It can also mean “the best,” “good,” and other, always positive, connotations. 

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The Significance and Power of 100 in the Quran

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The number 100 is mentioned in the Quran 10 times in 7 verses. Its meaning therein, according to its usage, is shown in the following verses to have a celestial value that augments that which it “touches” in some way. For each verse, I point out the number of mentions of the word “hundred” itself, the value of “hundred(s)” in context of the verse’s meaning or simply its mentions, and the overall count of the numbers in each verse as a separate category. Also discussed are additional relevant (or interesting) details. The overall counts can show us additional information regarding the celestial value of certain numbers and how they are presented in the Quran, applicable to other verses and number combinations as well. 

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The Quran on Fossil Fuels and Modern Travel – New Tafsir

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There are still many scholars who insist we should not “re-interpret” the Quran but only take the interpretations of prior scholars from hundreds of years ago. Whereas finding new relevant additional interpretations that are applicable to our current developed world (and could not have been known in prior eras) show the timeless, eternal applicability of the Quran to all eras, acknowledging that each era changes and therefore has its separate circumstances. Therefore it is imperative to be able to understand how the Quran is relevant to people of each “world” and timeframe, taking into account how it applies to one’s own time and place. To deny such interpretations is to deny that change occurs or that we are living in a world of time which is indeed ever-changing. So will they not use their minds? Or would they prevent us from using ours?? 

Among the fascinating new applications for Quranic ayat are these from Surat Ya Seen 36 and Surat Al-Waqi’a 56 below, referring generally to the benefits Allah gives to humankind from trees, specifically how they are used as fuel to ignite fire. In a modern context this meaning is expanded even further.

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Sura 98 Al-Bayyinah, Sign of the Hour’s Approach

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Examining the latter suras in the Quran, we may consider them as showing us signs of the  approach of Judgment Day, starting with the sending of the Quran itself described in Surat Al-Qadr 97. Sura 98 Al-Bayyinah, or “The Evidence/Proof,” further strengthens that understanding, describing the Quran, the final revelation, as a Proof, where such a proof’s denial is not a matter of a single community as were previous messages, but given to all humankind. This sura tells us it is prophet Mohammad as the messenger, and the Quran itself that separates those who deny from those who trust in Allah and His way (presented in the Quran as universal, a system of ethics and compassionate behavior) — for all humanity over time, which is now rapidly approaching its end. 

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Sura 103 Al-‘Asr: Time

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The second-shortest sura, with only 3 ayat (verses), gives us much to think about: time, eternity, and how we spend our time in this world. It’s been said that the sahaba (followers) of Prophet Mohammad used to recite this sura whenever they departed, and this sura is considered of great importance, perhaps surprising for such a small sura. But it poses an important question. Shall we invest our limited time and resources towards this world or the next? And what does it actually mean to “invest towards the next” life?

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The Heart of Thikr Allah, Thikr Allah of the Heart

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Listening to a khutba on thikr Allah today, a more comprehensive definition of thikr was brought to my attention: “anything you do to remember Allah.” Examples were salat (formal prayer connection), tasbih (glorification), du’a or supplication to Allah, acts of charity whether obligatory (zakat purification) or voluntary (sadaqa), making the Hajj pilgrimage, or even simply being honest in one’s work, or helping others in innumerable ways from thoughtful acts or greetings, bringing comfort to someone in distress, or acknowledgement of another’s point of view, or helping jump-start a car, anything really one does for no personal benefit or gain such as money but only for the sake of Allah, or out of innate charitable feelings if one is fortunate enough to have them. Often such things involve going out of one’s “way” (think “habit” or “ease”) to do it. In that sense such acts are “powered” by thikr Allah: we may want to remind ourselves that this will ultimately help our souls, and thus one cultivates an attitude that brings benefit to others, and in return to oneself. Remembering Allah the Exalted, Almighty, All-Merciful is itself the heart of thikr, but it is proven by how one acts in one’s life too.

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Beyond Ramadan, Let’s Work Toward Saving the Planet

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Pollution has appeared in the land and the sea by the hands of humankind for what they earned. He will make them taste some of what they have done, perhaps they will revert (from corruption).

Al-Ruum 30:41

If ever humankind has tasted ”some of what they have done” in terms of corruption and pollution, it would be now. The word ”pollution” has also frequently been translated ”corruption,” but the Arabic word fasad can mean either or both. ”What they earned” shows us that greed and corruption in the sense of short-term greed for long-term harm played a major part in this. Most people now know that plastics, toxic chemicals, an imbalance of nutrients, and other products of modern human development have corrupted earth’s precious resources that sustain us, without which we cannot survive. But to take effective action, even to save the planet for our children’s future, is the hard part, left to political leaders whose power depends on the very corporations who produce and thrive on the pollution-producing systems in place. The solution? Faith-based cooperative activism such as the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change. Nothing motivates people to take action like faith; cooperation between religions has been shown to create a grassroots movement that in turn can affect how corporations conduct themselves. And the beneficiary? Humanity itself. Solutions and Faith-based organizations working on them are linked below.

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Surat Al-Ma’un 107: The Importance of Being Kind

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The title word ma’un is translated “aid, assistance, small kindnesses,” or simply “help.” So the sura begins with this word as its title and ends with it as the last word in its last verse/aya. But what is most striking is its central aya: “Woe to those who pray!” And the word salat is what is translated “pray,” all the more striking because salat is obligatory in Islam, the first thing mentioned in sura 74:42-43 when those in paradise asked those in hell “what put you in hell?” And they answered, “we were not of those who prayed (salat).” So why is this person called out for doing what Allah required us to do, even to avoid going to hell?

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Fascinating Details about the Basmalah

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Relating the Basmalah to Allah’s Name

The name Allah in Arabic is written using 3 unique letters to form a 4-letter name. This pair of numbers — 3,4 — can be found reflected throughout the Quran in various ways. In the Basmalah it can be found in its verbal structure: 3 names of Allah in a 4-word statement. It can also be found specifically in the name Al-Raheem which is mentioned 34 times as it exactly appears in the Basmalah as a name, and 3⁴ times if one counts the adjective raheem

From 3,4, we can also derive the numerical perimeters of the Basmalah: 3+4=7, the number of letters in the first 2 words of the Basmalah, and 3×4=12, giving us the number of letters in the last 2 words of the Basmalah. These two resulting numbers, 7 and 12, are significant Quranic numbers, which added together result in the third significant Quranic number, 19. This then is an “apex” number, expressed in how the Quran introduces it: “Over it is 19.” The “it” was referring to hell using the word saqar. But as a separate indefinite phrase, this expression is open to wider interpretation, as are other such expressions in the Quran. Below I have found another correlation between the Basmalah and the Quranic numbers 19, 7, and 3 that have bearing on its meaning and centrality to Quranic architecture. 

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The Scales of Justice in the Quran, with Stunning Precision

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Surat Al-Rahman 55:7 introduces the concept of the Scales of Justice in the Quran as follows:

And He raised the heaven and He established the balance.

The scales of justice are mentioned in a number of places, and in the process of analyzing suras that contain them, I noticed a distinct pattern regarding the scales, indicative of Allah’s justice and mercy enacted on Judgment Day, when the “balance” will be a measure of how people’s deeds will be judged. Here I’ve used word and letter counts, where the words represent Allah the Exalted’s “input” which would be decrees or commands, such as the word “Kun” in Arabic or “Be!” is a word-command mentioned in the Quran for creation. His “words” are then commands or decrees unlimited as per this aya from 31:27: “And if all the trees on earth were pens, and all the oceans were ink (with seven more such oceans to help), the Words of Allah would not be exhausted.” Letters, then, could represent our input, in this case the human deeds that are being weighed. And throughout the entire Quran, mentions of the Justice Scales used on Judgment Day to weigh good and bad deeds follow a precise pattern.

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The Quran Constant, a Divine Math-based Text Security System

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Extensive studies have been made regarding mathematical miracles, text-number relationships or elements, numerological patterns, structural details, and other aspects of the Quran, but none of these I’ve read is like this article regarding the Quran Constant by Dr. Khaled M. S. Faqih (a professor at Al al-Bayt University in Jordan) in the Journal of Arts and Humanities, which can also be downloaded as a pdf. Essentially, the Quran Constant QC is a number which is key to preserving the text of the Quran from any distortion whatsoever. The author’s expertise in systems analysis gives him the sophisticated mathematics understanding to develop such a constant using the Uthmani manuscript, which is both authenticated (in close relationship to the Birmingham Manuscript) and has been extensively analyzed by a team under the guidance of Dr. Al-Kaheel from which studies the numbers used were derived. Below is a summarizing description of the constant, its major perimeters, and what it does. It is nothing short of miraculous.

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On the Benefits of Fasting Ramadan: Health Expert

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Dr. Eric Berg DC describes the amazing benefits of the type of fasting done for the month of Ramadan.

Of course, the greatest benefits of fasting Ramadan are in Allah’s acceptance, and in the taqwa (God-consciousness) gained during this blessed month, especially in the last remaining days when our salat and dhikr intensifies insha’Allah. The physical and health benefits are in fact good “side effects.” May Allah the Exalted accept our fasting, prayers, and charity, and increase our knowledge of His Quran, our guidebook and source of comfort, enlightenment, and motivation.

Dr. Eric Berg is a best-selling author of The Healthy Keto Plan (KB Publishing, 2017) who specializes in weight loss and healthy ketogenic diet strategies as well as intermittent fasting. He has conducted over 4800 seminars on health-related topIcs and trained over 2500 doctors worldwide. And he is impressed with the benefits of fasting Ramadan as explained in the video above.

Surat Al-Qari’a 101: the Ultimate Warning

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Surat Al-Qari’a 101, analyzed in details below, has a close relationship with Surat Al-Zalzala 99. Both tell us something about the Day of Resurrection, and both feature descriptions of the Balance Scale, showing the weighing of good and bad deeds. What’s especially impressive is the close relationship between the word and letter counts in the two “scale” sections, despite their differences. In fact, the two suras’ “scale pairs” have identical features relating to how they are precisely equitable. 

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Mistranslation Alert: The Quran Does Not Condone or Advise Wife-Beating

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One of the most controversial ayat of the Quran that does not have anything to do with war/fighting but rather marital relations and recommendations for resolving disputes is Al-Nisa’ 4:34. A specific word daraba is used to refer to a “last resort” action to be taken when a husband is dealing with a situation where he feels an attitude of nushooz (ill-conduct/rebellion) from his wife. Most translations as well as tafseer have interpreted it to mean that as a last resort a man can or should “strike/beat” his wife. The Monotheist Group’s Quran translation (4th version, 2020) gives the best explanation in its preface (cited below) for why this interpretation is not the best or most reasonable/applicable one, but rather is entirely mistaken, from both a linguistic standpoint and in the context in which it is used. All the following quotes are from this source. 

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Why Being a “Good Person” Is Not Enough – On the Need for Islamic Faith-Based Ethics

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This article on Yaqeen Institute eloquently presents the profound truth about how ethics without a primal faith in God as Truth is not enough, leading to climate change and dysfunctional societies and more. It’s not just philosophy; it’s a matter if survival. The article is well-worth your time! A small excerpt is below:

…secular modernity—recall that the 19th century is precisely the time when Western populations began to embrace modern values—has killed the planet Earth. Even as the poor masses, including the majority of Muslims, of the world are being pressured to modernize and secularize, leading scientists and scholars are suggesting, in so many words, that the traditional, communal, and altruistic ethics they are leaving behind are necessary for humankind to survive.

https://yaqeeninstitute.org/read/paper/being-a-good-person-is-not-enough-why-ethics-need-islam