An intricate mathematical
code, far beyond the ability of human intelligence, has been
discovered imbedded in the fabric of the Quran. Like an ancient
time capsule, it remained hidden until our knowledge grew
sophisticated enough to decode its intricacies. This code was
deciphered by computers.
The discovery of mathematically coded scripture
assures us that the verses, words, letters and all parameters of
the original scripture were written down in accordance with an
intricate pattern that is clearly superhuman.
DOES IT MEAN?
IMPORTANCE TO OUR
SUBJECT The discovery of mathematically
authenticated scripture provides a totally unexpected
opportunity to explore the validity of our understanding
regarding religious disputes such as divinty of Christ or Moses
parting the red sea. If there were a scripture which was proven
to be unaltered by human beings, it would give us a safe point
of reference for our study.
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In a recent translation of the Quran, the translator
emphasizes the role of the number nineteen as an authenticating
code for the Quran. In 1968, through computer decoding Dr.
Rashad Khalifa discovered that an extremely intricate 19-based
numerical structure encodes and guards every aspect of the Quran.
In the second edition of his translation QURAN: THE FINAL
TESTAMENT Dr. Rashad Khalifa suggests that nineteen
represents God's own signature on everything He created. He also
provides the first plausible explanation for the prominence of
the 19-based mathematical pattern throughout the scriptures, as
well as the universe.
This divine stamp appears throughout the universe in much the
same manner as the signatures of Michelangelo and Picasso
identify their works. For example: 1.The sun, the moon, and the
earth become aligned in the same relative positions once every
19 years (see the ENCYCLOPEDIA JUDAICA under "Calendar").
2.Halley's comet, a profound heavenly phenomenon, visits our
solar system every 76 years, 19x4.
3.God's stamp on you and me is manifested in the fact that
the human body contains 209 bones, 19x11.
4.LANGMAN'S MEDICAL EMBRYOLOGY, by T. W. Sadler, is used as a
textbook in most of the Medical Schools in the U.S.A. On Page 88
of the Fifth edition, we read the following statement: "In
general the length of pregnancy for a full term fetus is
considered to be 280 days or 40 weeks after onset of the last
menstruation, or more accurately, 266 days or 38 weeks after
fertilization." The numbers 266 and 38 are both multiples of 19.
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HOW IT WAS
How was this code discovered in the Quran?
Before we can answer that question we need to
know a little about a unique feature in Quran-a phenomenon not
found in any other literature. Twenty-nine chapters of the Quran
are prefixed with certain letters of the Arabic alphabet, or `Quranic
Initials.' Ever since the Quran was revealed more than 14
centuries ago, Muslim and orientalist scholars have been trying
to decipher the meaning and possible significance of these
mysterious Quranic initials, but to no avail. They remained a
mystery to all.
Finally, a Muslim scientist and computer expert
named Rashad Khalifa entered the Quran into the computer in
hopes of finding some pattern which would explain these
initials. Khalifa, a Ph.D. chemist, later on the roster of
scientists called `Technical Assistance Experts' with the United
Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), began his
computer study as part of the research for his translation of
the Quran into English. The result of his extensive research was
the discovery of an intricate mathematical system which pervades
the whole Quran and governs every possible parameter, including
Dr. Khalifa's discovery is extremely
significant, especially since it matches the findings of Rabbi
Judah the Pious. The common denominator of the Quran's
mathematical code, the number nineteen, was reported by Rabbi
Judah "in the liturgy, in the Scripture, in nature, in
historical events and throughout the universe."
Thus, God's `signature,' the number nineteen,
encodes and guarantees every letter and every parameter of the
Quran, and intact portions of the Torah. It also places the
Creator's stamp on our own creation, on major historical events,
on the sun/moon/earth interactions and throughout the universe.
KNOWLEDGE OF THE CODE
Why haven't you heard about this? Here in the West, Rashad
Khalifa's work has not received the attention it deserves. Only
two `Western' comments on his momentous discovery are
noteworthy. The first comment appeared in the SCIENTIFIC
AMERICAN of September 1980. Martin Gardner wrote of Khalifa's
initial publication in the West: I later discovered that the
author of this monograph, Rashad Khalifa, is an Egyptian who
received a doctorate in biochemistry from an American
university, where he also taught for a time. His monograph was
published privately in the U.S. in 1972.... Dr. Khalifa's
monograph attempts to show that 19 appears throughout the Koran
too often to be there by chance. The number of suras in the
Koran is 114, a multiple of 19. A famous verse called the
Basmala ("In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful"),
which opens every sura but one, has 19 letters. Its first word
(ism) appears 19 times in the Koran. The second word (Allah) is
found 2,698, or 142 x 19, times. The number of times the third
word (al-Rahman) appears is 57, which is also a multiple of 19,
as is the number of times the fourth word (al-Raheem) appears,
It's an ingenious study of the Quran, but it could have been
more impressive if Khalifa had consulted me before he wrote it.
Nineteen is an unusual prime. For example, it's the sum of the
first powers of 9 and 10 and the difference between the second
powers of 9 and 10. (Scientific American, Sept. 1980, p. 22)
Three years later the Canadian Council on the Study of
Religion reported in its QUARTERLY REVIEW of April 1983 that the
code Khalifa discovered is "an authenticating proof of the
divine origin of the Quran."
Since 1983, little notice has been taken of this work. In
spite of that, Dr. Khalifa's work has been published in the
United States in six books:
1.MIRACLE OF THE QURAN:
Significance of the Mysterious Alphabets, Islamic Productions,
St. Louis, Missouri, 1973.
2.THE COMPUTER SPEAKS:
God's Message to the World, Renaissance Productions, Tucson,
The Final Scripture, Islamic Productions, Tucson, Arizona, 1981.
PRESENTATION OF THE MIRACLE, Ibid, 1982.
5.QUR'AN, HADITH AND
ISLAM, Ibid, 1982.
6.QURAN: The Final
Testament, Ibid, 1989.
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KNOWLEDGE OF THE CODE
In the Middle East, the story is a little
different. Beginning in the late sixties, this work received
wide publicity throughout the Islamic world, rendering Khalifa's
name a household word. By the end of 1973, Rashad Khalifa had
become a popular hero, commanding full-house audiences as he
lectured at the universities, mosques, organizations, and even
royal and presidential palaces.
However, his discovery led to unavoidable
conclusions which ran contrary to certain basic beliefs of the
traditional Muslim clergy. These conclusions boil down to a
total rejection of the `Islamic traditions' which have been
added onto the religion over the centuries, and a return to the
pure teachings of Quran alone. Consequently, Khalifa's
popularity was reversed and his life threatened in a number of
Before Khalifa incurred the wrath of the Muslim
clergy, many popular magazines and newspapers in the Middle
East, from Morocco to Pakistan, reported his discoveries.
Millions of summaries in pamphlet and bulletin form are still
secretly circulating among the Muslims of the world.
Khalifa's first publicized report appeared in
the most popular magazine of the Middle East, Egypt's AKHERSA
(January 24, 1973). Updates of his research were subsequently
published by the same magazine (November 28, 1973 and December
31, 1975). Many other magazines and newspaper articles by and
about Khalifa appeared throughout the world in many languages.
Then, very early in the morning on January 31,
1990, Rashad Khalifa's life was taken by one or more assassins
who had broken into his office in Tucson, Arizona, and waited
for him. There is no doubt that his life was taken in an attempt
to stem the growing rejection of distorted Islamic tradition and
a return to the Quran alone-a movement which he spearheaded.
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The Quran was recorded as it was revealed-in fragments which
were separated in both time and place, and positioned like the
pieces of a jigsaw puzzle into the final scripture. Since the
order of revelation is different from the order of final
position, two consecutive verses may be separated by as much as
two years and 300 miles according to their chronological
CODE - SIMPLE FACTS
Though the code was initially discovered by examining the
occurrences of Quranic initials in the initialed chapters of
Quran, there is a large number of much less complex parameters
to the code. Here is a brief listing of some of them:
are 114 chapters in the Quran, or 19 x 6.
total number of verses in the Quran is 6346, or 19 x 334.
you add the 30 different numbers which are mentioned in the
Quran's text (i.e. one God, two brothers, etc.), the total is
162146 or 19 x 8534.
first statement in Quran, "In the name of God, Most Gracious,
Most Merciful" consists of 19 Arabic letters. Known as the `Basmalah',
it prefaces every chapter except Chapter 9.
missing from Chapter 9, exactly 19 chapters later the Basmalah
occurs twice. Chapter 27 has this statement at its beginning and
in verse 30. This makes the total number of times the Basmalah
occurs in the Quran 114, or 19 x 6.
there are 19 chapters between the missing Basmalah and the extra
one, the sum of those chapter numbers is a multiple of 19. (The
sum of any 19 consecutive numbers is a multiple of 19.) But the
total, 342, is also the exact number of words between the two
occurrences of the Basmalah in Chapter 27. This number, 342, is
19 x 18.
word in the Basmalah occurs throughout the Quran a number of
times which is a multiple of 19.
very first revelation that was given to the prophet of Islam,
Mohammed, came as 19 words.
total number of letters making up the 19 words of the first
revelation is 76, 19 x 4.
they were the first revelation, these verses are placed at the
beginning of Chapter 96. This chapter is atop the last 19
96 consists of 304 Arabic letters, or 19 x 16.
last chapter revealed (Chapter 110) has 19 words, and its first
verse is 19 letters.
name in Arabic, `Allah,' occurs in the Quran 2698 times, or 19 x
you add the numbers of the verses where `Allah' occurs, the
total is 118123 or 19 x 6217.
main message in the Quran is that there is only One God. The
number of times that the word `one' is used to refer to this
concept of One God is 19.
word `Quran' occurs in 38 different chapters, or 19 x 2.
total number of times `the Quran' is mentioned is 57, 19 x 3.
the 114 chapters of the Quran, 29 of them begin with the Quranic
initials discussed earlier. Intermixed between the first
initialed chapter (Chapter 2) and the last initialed chapter
(Chapter 68) are 38 non-initialed chapters, or 19 x 2.
that same group of chapters, from Chapter 2 to Chapter 68, there
are 19 alternating sets of initialed and non-initialed chapters.
total number of verses making up this group of chapters is 5263,
19 x 277.
this group of chapters there are also 2641 occurrences of the
word `Allah', or 19 x 139. Of course, that leaves 57, or 19 x 3,
occurrences of that word outside of this group.
you add the chapter and verse numbers of the 57 occurrences of
`Allah' outside the initialed section, the total is 2432 or 19 x
are a large number of discoveries having to do with the numbers
of the chapters and verses. Many of them are very complex and
interrelated. Here is a simple one to give you a feel for these
discoveries: If you add the numbers assigned to all the
chapters, plus the numbers assigned to all of the verses, plus
the number of verses in the Quran, the total is 346199 or 19 x
19 x 959.
you look at the initialed chapters separately and add the
chapter numbers, verse numbers and number of verses, the total
is 190133, 19 x 10007. Of course it follows that the total for
the uninitialed chapters, 156066, is also divisible by 19.
There are a great many more discoveries, most of them more
complex than the ones presented above. Additional discoveries
continue to be made as Dr. Khalifa's work is carried on by the
many students of pure Quran he left behind.
You may already be convinced that this interlocking
occurrence of the number 19 is too frequent to be accidental. If
not, the next section dealing with the Quranic initials should
dispel your doubts.
As we discussed earlier in this chapter, it was the search
for an explanation of the Quranic Initials which led to the
discovery of the code imbedded in the Arabic text of this
scripture. These initials exhibit many aspects of the code, when
looked at as individual sets and when looked at as a whole.
Let us begin by looking at the initials which use a single
letter. The first one we will examine is the initial which has
the English transliteration of `Q'.
THE INITIAL `Q.' (Qaaf)There are several special phenomena
having to do with the initial Q. Perhaps it can be seen as
standing for Quran. This is especially so since there are two
Q-initialed chapters, each with 57 (19 x 3) Q's in them. Thus,
the total of Q's in both chapters is 114 (19 x 6), the same
number as the number of chapters in the Quran.
The fact that both Q-initialed chapters contain exactly 57
Q's is quite remarkable because the first of them (Chapter 42)
is more than twice as long as the second (Chapter 50).
There is another remarkable phenomenon in the sum of the
number of each chapter with the number of verses in that
chapter. Chapter 42 has 53 verses; 42 plus 53 is 95, 19 x 5. If
we look at the other Q-initialed chapter, 50, it has 45 verses;
50 plus 45 is also 95.
THE INITIAL `N.' (Noon)This initial prefixes only one
chapter, number 68. The total number of occurrences of N in this
chapter is 133, or 19 x 7.
THE INITIAL `?.' (Saad)? prefixes three different chapters,
7, 19 and 38. The total occurrences of ? in these three chapters
taken together is 152, or 19 x 8.
Most of the time the initials occur together in sets. Next,
we will examine some of these sets.
THE INITIALS `Y.S.' (Ya Seen)These two initials are found at
the beginning of Chapter 36. The number of times that these two
letters appear in this chapter is 285, or 19 x 15.
THE INITIALS `H.M.' (Haa Meem)This set of initials is found
initializing the seven consecutive chapters 40 through 46. The
total occurrence of these two in all of these chapters is 2147,
or 19 x 113.
THE INITIALS `Á.S.Q.' (Ayn Seen Qaf)Chapter 42 is the only
chapter with a set of initials (H.M.) in the first verse and
another (Á.S.Q.) in verse two. The number of times the letters
of this second set of initials are in Chapter 42 is 209, or 19 x
There are more sets of initials which we could discuss. All
of them exhibit similar phenomena to those we have examined.
Much more detail is contained in the appendix of this book.
From this short presentation, it is easy to see that the
substitution or removal of any word containing one of the
initials in an initialed chapter would break the code in that
chapter. As the initials become more complex, the difficulty of
writing readable and meaningful sentences increases. In some
cases the only way that the code could have been written into
the Quran was for the language to have been invented around it!
The patterns exhibited in the initialed chapters added to the
simpler parameters discussed earlier make an awesome network of
coding which pervades the very fabric of the Quran. All this
clearly required divine control.
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