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Published Monthly by Masjid Tucson

November 1986                                               Rabi' I 1407

Editor: Rashad Khalifa, Ph.D.




incurring the ultimate curse

Sura Muhammad, Verse 38 (19x2)


Arabs forbidden from seeing the miracle of Qur'an because of their unappreciative disregard of God’s message to them.

The last ten years of the fourteenth Islamic century witnessed the great oil bonanza for the Arabs. This appears to mark the beginning of the end for them. Verses 44 through 46 of Sura 6 teach us that, along with the oil bonanza, God has taken away the Arabs’ ability to hear, see, or understand. The evidence is overwhelming that the Arabs' ability to comprehend God’s signs has been taken away. Seemingly intelligent Arabs who would talk to you about this world’s sciences and philosophies, suddenly turn utterly dumb when it comes to Qur’an and its irrefutable mathematical miracle. Verse 44 of Sura 6 states: Because they disregarded the message given to them, we opened for them the gates of everything. Then, just as they rejoiced in the material things given to them, we seized them suddenly, and they became utterly stunned.

Verse 46 then informs us that God takes away their hearing, their eyesight and seals their minds. Of course, this curse refers to anything and everything having to do with God; they can no longer hear, see, or understand God’s message.



The top religious scholars of the Arab World held a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to look at the Qur’an’s mathematical miracle, under the leadership of Saudi Arabia’s grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Ben Baz. The official title of Ben Baz is: President of the Departments of Scientific Research and Rules and Da’wah and Guidance (see Arabic inlay from his official stationary). Ben Baz, by the way, is the notorious scholar who still believes that the earth is flat (see the New York Times, December 14, 1984). The top Arab scholars published their findings throughout the world, including their English publication IMPACT INTERNATIONAL (8-21 August 1986, Page 3).

I challenge all Arabs to show me one of them who can see &/or understand the Qur'an's mathematical miracle.

Judging from this report, it is obvious that these leading Arab scholars are hopelessly stuck on the very first item of God's undeniable mathematical miracle. As shown in the photocopy from IMPACT, they decided that Bism Allah Al-Rahman Al-Raheem, which is the first verse of Qur’an, "contains neither just nineteen letters nor four words."

Now, they are even trying to remove the Basmalah from Qur’an altogether! Apparently, the idiots think that if the Basmallah is removed, the whole miracle will collapse. This is the first proof that they are utterly forbidden from seeing the miracle. In my translation of Qur’an, Footnote 1:1 stated that the Basmallah is "the foundation upon which a great miracle is built." The great Arab scholars figured that if they destroy the "foundation," then the whole structure would come down!

First the committee thanked Dr Khalifa for what appeared to he his interest in supporting the miraculous nature of the Quran by making use of modern technology and pointing out to new factors which have hitherto been unknown to the Muslims.

Afterwards it went on to record the Arabic translation of his booklet and lectures and put forward its findings and recommendations.

Basically the learned Doctor has founded his theory on number 19 and its multiple. According to him the first Quranic verse "Bismallaahirrahmanirrahiim", or al-Basmallah, - meaning ‘In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful’ - consists of nineteen Arabic letters!

From linguistic point of view, it is clear that ‘al Basmallah’ contains neither just nineteen letters nor four words. Besides, it is not the first Qur’anic verse as Dr Khalifa has claimed.

In fact there is no unanimous agreement among the Quranic scholars as to consider whether al-basmalah’ is a part of the first Sura and of the subsequent Suras, or whether it is an independent verse by which we start reciting the Quran, or whether it is meant as an indicator of the end of a Sara and the beginning of a new one. All these aspects are discussed extensively by these Muslim Qur’anic scholars themselves.

Once there is in, consensus achieved on all these points - except Sura 27 (al-Naml) where al-Basmallah, mentioned in verse 30, is a part of it - a solid foundation cannot thus be laid down for a theory which claims the miraculous nature’ of the Quran. This means that many points claimed to rest upon the figure 19, and hence the whole theory, will crumble.



A terrible dilemma for the great Arab scholars is that any grade school student who looks at the Basmallah at the top of Sheikh Ben Baz’s own stationary and count the words, he or she will see four words and 19 letters. How would they convince that student that the Basmallah "contains neither just nineteen letters nor four words"?

It is noteworthy that the great Arab scholars did not tell us exactly how many letters and/or words are in the Basmallah. Lisa Spray of Masjid Tucson quipped, "They must be still counting the letters and words of Basmallah!"

Naturally, the great Arab scholars did not say a thing about the fact the letter Qaf is mentioned 57 times (19x3) in each of the Qaf-initialed suras (42 & 50). They said nothing about the physical fact that the SSaad-initialed suras (7, 19, & 38) contain 152 SSaads (19x8). They said nothing about the profound physical fact that the HHA MEEM-initialed suras contain 2147 HHA & MEEM (19x113). They said nothing about the established and easy to confirm fact that Sura YA SEEN contains precisely 285 YA & SEEN (19x15); and so on and on.




(Sura 6, Verse 46)

Now let us see how confused these scholars are.

Shown below is a photocopy of two letters from Dr. Muhammad Abdul Rauf, Rector of the International Islamic University, Malaysia. Dr. Abdul Rauf is an internationally recognized Muslim scholar. In his letter dated December 18, 1985, he stated that Basmallah is either 17 letters, or 20 letters (he doesn’t know). However, in a letter dated September 16, 1986, he counts 19 letters in Basmallah and adds up their numerical value, the famous number 786.


A book sponsored by the Saudi Rabitat A1-'Alam Al-Islamy was authored a few years ago by Brother Dr. Ahmad Sakr under the title "ISLAMIC ORATIONS." Dr. Sakr is the former Director of the Rabitat office in New York. On Page 209 (19x11) of his book, the subject "SEVEN EIGHTY SIX (786)" begins. The number 786 is famous throughout the Muslim world. Millions of Muslims write it at the top of their letters or notes, etc as a substitute for Basmallah. As shown from Dr. Abdul Rauf’s letter (shown above), the number 786 represents the total numerical value of the Basmalahs alphabet letters. The chapter entitled "Seven Eighty Six" in Dr. Sakr’s book deals with the numerical value of Basmallah. On Page 214, Dr. Sakr states: "Remember, dear Muslims, that if you read which is composed of 19 letters, you will be rewarded by Allah 190 times or 380 times accordingly." Please note that, in addition to Dr. Sakr’s statement that Basmallah "consists of 19 letters," the numbers of rewards that he lists (190 & 380) are multiples of 19.

But there is no greater sign of confusion on the part of the great Arab scholars than the fact that they thanked me at the beginning of their report (see the photocopy on above), then called me kafir, accusing me of disbelief and apostasy towards the end of the report!

Did they, all of a sudden, discover that I was kafir while writing the final report on their lengthy meeting? Did they thank me before discovering that I was a kafir?!

It is no surprise to the readers of MUSLIM PERSPECTIVE that the enemies of Islam around the world, be them orientalists or evangelists, etc. have gladly decided to leave the fight against Qur’an to the Arab scholars. Although they recognize the truthfulness and awesome power of the Qur’an’s mathematical miracle, they no longer need to oppose it; our Muslim scholars are doing a better job at keeping the people away from it.

I have to quote here Brother Abdul Aziz Kassim of Singapore:" A lot of people (including the learned) reject the miracle of 19 even though they know it is the truth. Do they ever think that the miracle can help mankind and the Muslims in the cause of God? To the non-Muslims, we can invite them, those of weak faith, we can help them, the Jews and the Christians we can invite them and those who have gone astray we have the opportunity to bring them back. Have they (the scholars) ever considered these benefits? What is wrong with them?"



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