Islam Under Scrutiny by Ex-Muslims

Numerical Miracles of the Quran

May 13. 2003

Hello Ali,

Hope you are doing well. I have been an avid reader of your site and an ex-muslim. I have read most if not all of the articles on some of the ridiculous miracles muslims claim, but I recently came accross this website that talks about the numerical miracle in quran:

I've heard this one before but This webpage seems to give very exact details on where certain words appear in the quran. For example, they claim that the word SHaHR" (Month) appears 12 times, the word "DAY" (AYyAM, YaWMaYN) appears 30 times, the word singular word "DAY" (YaWM) appears 365 times and so on. The webpage gives details on where each word appears in the quran, but I have not verified it.

Has anyone from FF looked into this?

If this is infact true, do you not think this is amazing if not a miracle?


May 14, 2003


I found some other references and answers to the numerical miracles in quran and the number 19 (some on your website). It seems like everytime I read your articles, you make sense. Then when I read muslim articles, they too make sense sometimes.

Guess faith is not easy to shed. Keeps coming back even when logic defies it!



Dear Nasir,

I do not have access to an Arabic Quran with word search. However do a search in the English Quran on these words to see their frequency.

Month = 7

Months = 14

Day = 507

Days = 40

My friend, Muslims lie and that is the best thing they do. They are also gullible and willing to accept any lie to confirm their belief. That is why few Muslims try to verify these lies but rather pass them on to others and before you know a lie that is repeated often is believed to be true.

I read the link you gave and as it appears an ex follower of Rashid Khalifa is arguing the validity of the submitters’ claim that Quran is a numerical miracle.

In that link Daniel Lomax, who is still a Muslim, says that he has done a word search on Yawm (day) in the Quran and has found 475 recurrences of that word. However the Submitters who claim that the Quran contains numerical miracles, establish self-serving criteria to eliminate some of those words to come up with the desired number. For example the “days” in plural are not counted. yawma'idh, which means, literally, "the day when” is not counted. The same cheating tactic is used almost for every other word to make it fit into their “miracle of 19 ” mold. You can find “miracles” like that in any text. Since you are the one who establishes the criteria to pick and choose which words to count and how the miracle should be interpreted, you can make any text look miraculous. For example to show that the occurrence of the word Allah is divisible by their magic number 19 the Submitters had to discard Allahumma (Oh God) from the count while other occurrences and variations of Allah are maintained. All the initial bismillahs are excluded except the first and the verse 9:128 – 129 are completely jettisoned. If you are given cart blanch to pick and choose at whim, can’t you find exactly what you are looking for almost in anything?

You can use the same trick and prove your miracle in every occasion. For example you can show that wherever a group of people is assembled that group is some how a multiple of 7. How do you do that? Suppose you go to a classroom and find 30 people. 30= (7 x 4) + 2. Then you discount the teacher and the student who uses the wheelchair and voila, you have reached your magic number. What if there are 32 people in the class? No problem! You do not count the shortest and the tallest students until you get at your magical number. You set the criteria as you already know what number you have to get at to make your miracle work. This is how these “Quran Only” Muslims have found numerical “miracles” in the Quran.

Now let us assume, (for the sake of argument) that Quran indeed contains magical numbers. Does that make this book a divine book? What is the message of the Quran? It is a message of hate and violence. How can we accept that the maker of this universe be so petty, so cruel, so unforgiving and so stupid as it appears in the Quran? Are we to close our eyes to the nonsense that Quran teaches about the cosmos, the shape of the Earth, and the firmament? Are we to forget the quranic childish tales about how the embryos are formed or accept the crazy story of splitting the moon and Muhammad’s ascension to heaven riding on a pony? It does not take a genius to find out that Quran is absurd and full of errors. Is really the creator of this universe an idiot?

It is obvious, to any person with commonsense and brains, that Quran is not from God. Now what about those numerical miracles that some Muslims attribute to it? First of all those so called miracles are forgeries. Secondly if that were true it only shows that Quran was dictated by an astute yet malevolent demon. Only an evil spirit could be so ruthless to demand so much blood and instill so much hate. “Ye shall know them by their fruits” The fruits of the Quran are wars, terrorism, dhimitude, women abuse, and raw hate. This book cannot be from God but the lord of hate, terror and darkness. However since Quran contains no mystery at all, we know that not even a demon made Muhammad write that book. The Quran is the figment of the imagination of a schizophrenic. It is nothing but the hallucination of a mentally disturbed man.

See also this excellent article written by a young ex Muslim girl on numerical Miracles of the Quran

All you have to do is see how stupid is this book in respect of science and almost anything else. Then you won’t fall prey to the charlatans and liars such as Ahmad Ibn Naqib al-Misri who wrote:

"When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible " (Ref: Ahmad Ibn Naqib al-Misri, The Reliance of the Traveller, translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller , Amana publications, 1997, section r8.2, page 745).

Kind regards

Ali Sina

Ali Sina is the editor of He is has contributed in 'Beyond Jihad - Critical Voices from Inside Islam'.  His latest book is Understanding Muhammad: The Psychobiography of Allah’s Prophet.