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New Amazing Numerical Miracles in the Quran

There is a myth that is widely accepted by Muslims that the Quran contains dozens of what they call ‘numerical miracles.’ According to the myth, the number of times the Quran mentions certain words carries special significance. Muslims believe that the abundance of such interesting patterns in the Quran cannot possibly happen by chance and must be a miracle. The myth is fairly new; in fact it is a computer based myth because it only came to light after the computers became widely available to Muslims. It is remarkable that whenever Muslims meet a new technology, it becomes a priority for them to adapt it to have a useful Islamic application. They have a long track record to support such a salient observation. The following are a few examples:

  • When Muslims had access to printing machines, a few centuries ago, the first priority was to print the Quran.

  • When Muslims had access to watches, the first priority was to ask the manufacturers to adapt them for Islamic use by adding an azan (call for prayer) facility.

  • When Muslims had access to loud speakers, the first priority was to use them day and night for azan, prayers and recitations of the Quran.

  • When Muslims had access to modern compasses, they asked the manufacturers to customize them to display the qibla(Mecca direction).

  • When Muslims had access to mobile phones, the first priority was to ask the manufacturers to adapt them to play the azan (call for prayers) on time.

  • When Muslims had access to radio and television broadcasting, they employed them to broadcast the Quran and other Islamic material.

  • When Muslims had access to medical research, they employed it to prove the accuracy of the so-called prophetic medicine, which advocates healing through reading some verses from the Quran and drinking a glass of camel’s urine.

  • When Muslims learned about the science of geology, they used it to prove that Mecca is at the center of the earth.

  • When Muslims had access to the Internet, the first priority was to use it to propagate Islam by creating thousands of websites to propagate Islam and Islamic culture, like beheadings and destroying others’ websites. 

Therefore, it was only natural that when Muslims had access to computers and word processing softwares, their priority was to apply it to the Quran for the purpose of digging out some new miracles. 

The Background

Few decades ago, Rashad Khalifa, who was an American Muslim and founder of the Submission sect, claimed that the Quran is based on the number 19. Khalifa used complex calculations to claim that the Quranic verses, suras and letters have some kind of connection, no matter how remote, with the number 19. Despite the weird and confusing methods used in Khalifa’s deceitful work, the numbers did not add up. He even decided to remove some verses from the Quran in his frantic attempts to support his claim. With no regard for the Ummah’s sensitivity and the rage Rashad Khalifa removed verses 9:128 and 9:129 from the Quran. Khalifa became so obsessed with his theory that he eventually claimed that his own name was encrypted in the Quran as a messenger from Allah. He was killed shortly after that, of course by other Muslims.  

Here are a few verses where he has inserted his name: 

25:56] .We have sent you (Rashad) as a deliverer of good news, as well as a warner

[36:3] Most assuredly, you (Rashad) are one of the messengers.

[42:24] Are they saying, "He (Rashad) has fabricated lies about GOD!"? If GOD willed, He could have sealed your mind, but GOD erases the falsehood and affirms the truth with His words. He is fully aware of the innermost thoughts.

[81:22] Your friend (Rashad) is not crazy.

When computers became widely available, more Muslims indulged in a frenzy of discovering interesting patterns in the Quran. The abundant Arab oil money encouraged any work on anything that remotely suggests a scientific miracle in the Quran. Without any peer review, such works are always welcome for publication in the Islamic press. Currently, there are dozens of such claims that are considered by Muslims to be coded signals from Allah to help them believe in the divinity of the Quran.   

This is how the deception works: 

The Muslim’s strategy in claiming a miracle in the Quran is to overwhelm and confuse the reader. When Muslim scholars write about a scientific miracle in the Quran, they start by haranguing the reader with many scientific details that neither the readers nor the writers understand, but it gives the impression that there is some serious science involved in this Islamic stuff. The lengthy scientific introduction prepares the Islamic brain to accept whatever they will claim next. In the case of numerical miracles, the Muslim scholars do not publish one claim at a time, but dozens of them in a long list, such as:

  • The word yum (day) is repeated 365 times

  • The word shahar (month) is repeated 12 times

  • The word malayka (angels) is repeated 88 times, on the other hand, the word Shaytan (Satan) is repeated 88 times.

  • The word hayat (life) is repeated 145 times, on the other hand, the word Mawt (death) is repeated 145 times

  • The word bihar (seas) mentioned 32 times, while barr(land) mentioned 13 times. This ratio of 32: 13 is the ratio of surface area of seas to that of land.

  • And so on… 

The list may go on for pages and is designed to stun the reader. The length of the list intimidates the besieged reader from investigating any of the claims, because even with the assumption that some of the claims were incorrect, still there are too many of them to be explained on the basis of coincidence alone. It would never occur to the readers that most, if not all, of such claims are false. The errors are not the result of innocent mistakes in counting but are deliberate fabrication by those Muslims who make or propagate the claims to mislead their readers. Whenever those Muslims are reminded that their numbers are wrong they never apologize, but try all means to justify their count.

Investigating any of the above claims can be a very tricky exercise. The Arabic language is probably the most difficult when it comes to word search. In Arabic, the same word can come in different forms, which is all controlled by the Arabic grammar. For example, the word yum (Arabic for day), in the first example in the above list, may appear in many other forms with no difference in the meaning. The word yum may appear as alyum, yamun, yawman, yawmin, yawmikum, yawmihum, biyawmin, biyawmihim, and many more! Therefore, performing word search/ word count in Arabic requires some fluency in the language. There are few computer programs available to help in this task but they do not always give the same results. The most accurate way to count is to read the whole Quran every time you want to count a word, but no Muslims bother to do that in the presence of computers. However, the major trick in Arabic word counting is to choose the forms of the word that you like to include in your count. In the case of the word yum in the above example, missing one or two forms of the word can make all the difference without being noticed.

All the claims in the above list are wrong. Depending on the forms of the word yum you include in your count, you can get results ranging from 3 to 385, in the case of the word shahar (month) you get results ranging from 8 to 18. As to the counts of the word malayka (angels) and the word Shaytan (Satan) both counts are wrong, the word shaytan is repeated 77 times while the word malayka is repeated only 44 times. The Islamic claim that the mentioning of the words bihar (seas) and barr(land) comes in a ratio of 32:13, which is the ratio of surface area of seas to that of land,  is also a completely false claim. The word bihar is actually mentioned 41 times in the Quran, not 32.

I am afraid the Islamic claim of a coded signal in the Quran to prove its divinity is nothing more than a damning proof of Muslims’ fraudulence. It is also laughable to imagine how Allah would tell off the unbelievers, according to the Islamic beliefs, on the judgment day. He would say to them “ didn’t you notice that I mentioned the words seas and land in the ratio of 32:13?”

Many of the Muslims who actively propagate claims similar to the above, never actually check the numbers for themselves; their job is merely to copy and paste somebody else’s work. Probably they were stunned when they read the numbers for first time and expect others to be equally astounded by the findings. They naively think they have unearthed a treasure of science and mathematics. Nothing can be more disappointing to them than being told its all fake!

The numerical patterns in the Quran are no more frequent and no more interesting than in any other book of the same size. It is useless to debate such issues with Muslims, and it is a waste of time to investigate the claims they make. However, as I was busy performing the above word counts for the sake of this article, I stumbled upon some other interesting numerical findings, which Muslims can add to their collection of miracles.

The first finding is that the name Mohammed is mentioned four times in the Quran. This is not a computer finding, but an unquestionable fact known to Muslims for centuries. There is also another name that is mentioned four times in the Quran and it happens to be the name of the most hated animal in Islam. Yes you guessed it, it is khanzeer, the Arabic name for pigs! Does it get any more interesting? Yes it does, as more word search reveals an interesting word that is also repeated four times in the Quran and it is the Arabic word kazzab(liar). Can this happen by chance? Mohammed, pig, liar- or was it meant to be Mohammed big liar?  subhan allah!

The second interesting finding is to look at the number of times Mohammed’s titles, that is Rasul and Nabi, were mentioned in the Quran. The word rasul(messenger) is mentioned twice, the other form of the word al rasul (the messenger) is mentioned 45 times. The word nabi( prophet) is mentioned seven times and the other form of the word al nabi ( the prophet) is mentioned thirty times. The total number of mentioning Mohammed’s titles is 84 times. On the other hand, the number of times the following words are mentioned in the Quran is also 84 times: kazzaba (25 times), iftarahu (7 times), iftara (14 times)(all of which mean lied), kazzab (4 times), affak (2 times) ( all of which mean liar), majnun (6 times)( means mad), saher (7 times), asharr (2 times), atheem(5 times), muatadi (3 times), mureeb (7 times), zalim (2 times)(all of which are evil descriptions). Subhana allah!

Here is the details of Allah’s number miracle:

Mohammed (4):  3:144, 3:40, 47:2, 48:29

Pigs (4):  2:173, 5:3, 16: 115, 5:60 plural

Kazzab( 4):  38:4, 40:24, 40:28, 54:25

        Kazzba (25):  3:184, 6:21, 6:148, 6:157, 7:37, 10:17, 10:39, 12:18, 15:80, 17:59, 20: 48, 25:11, 26:176, 29:18, 29:68, 35:25, 38:14, 39:25, 39:32, 50: 14, 53:11, 67:18, 75:32, 92:16, 96:13.

        Iftarahu (7): 10: 38, 11:13, 11:35, 21:5, 25:4, 32:3, 46:8

        Iftara (14):  3:94, 4:48, 6:21, 6:93, 6:144, 7:37, 10:17, 11:18, 18:15, 20:61, 23:38, 29:68, 42:24, 61:7.

        Affak (2): 26:222, 45:7

        Majnun (6): 37:36, 44:14, 51:39, 51:52, 52:29, 54:9.

        Saher (7): 7:112, 10:79, 20:69, 38:4, 40:24, 51:39, 51:52.

        Asharr(2): 54:25, 72:10.

        Atheem(5): 2:276, 26:222, 45:7, 68:12, 83:12. 

        Mutadi(3): 50:25, 68:12, 83:12.

        Mureeb (7): 11:68, 11:110, 14:9, 34:54, 41:45, 42:14, 50:25.

        Zalim(2): 18:35, 35:32.

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Name: Ibn Kammuna
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 07:12:55 -0700


How Muslims Believe: In an assembly of donkeys, a mule (i.e. Zakir) is a pretty wise pundit

Name: Thanks to Geert Wilders!
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 07:16:30 -0700


His recent anti-Muslim racist film "Fitna" on the Quran, based on pure lies and deceptions, can be considered as a Million-Dollar Advertisement on behalf of Muslims! Non-Muslims are, in fact, helping Muslims to spread the Message of the Quran - no matter what it is. Because after publishing his film, more and more Dutch people are going to Islamic centers to learn about the Quran, out of curiosity, and some of them are converting to Islam or at least gaining knowledge about it! The same was happened after 9/11 drama performed by Bush-Cheney terrorist gang. Because Quran is indeed a Revelation from God. Ali Sina and his clowns are doing the same job in FFI site! So, racist and liar non-Muslims are, in fact, working as true slaves of Muslims! Good job indeed!

Name: Nice article!
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 07:16:30 -0700


It is very important to expose how ridiculous Islam is because this is not funny at all. Egypt, Mesopotamia and Persia had been leading civilisations in the past, now they are struggling to keep pace in the third world league. What the muslims are really waiting for is a blame-the-west-detector which alarms them when there is any criticism. They have no democracy, no freedom, no unions, no education but all they are fighting for is the right to say inshallah. In a few decades, inshallah, many muslim countries will run out of oil, then out of gas, then out of water. Then all the foreign workers and experts will return home leaving a handful of very poor somalias with no resources, no know how and no control. But don´t worry, the west will help with food and anything, inshallah!

Name: Who is the real terrorist?
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 07:38:24 -0700


Name: To Mumin Shah
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 08:02:42 -0700


Rashad Khalifa was a fraud. That is well known. It looks like you love those numbers too. Perhaps you once followed his teachings? As far as your "salient observations" about Muslims and technology you clearly are very narrow in your view. Technology is used in many ways good and bad by all people of the earth. It is people like you with an ax to grind, fomenting hatred with technology that is most noticeable to me in your article.

Name: Godot to Mumin Salih
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 08:04:18 -0700


Excellent article except for your very first example regarding the introduction of printing in the Muslim world and the fact that Quran was the first book to be printed. It's natural to print the Quran since it would be the "best-seller", I would have chosen the Quran to print if I wanted to make my printing profitable, wasn't Johannes Gutenberg's first printed book the Bible? We need to be more rational, fair and objective in our mission to expose Islam, otherwise we would become the "infidel" version of Rashad Khalifa.

Name: PAUL
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 08:11:51 -0700


It is an hanour to share these articles on the book called QOURAN, please take a look

Name: ChrisLA
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 08:49:47 -0700


For more information on the Code of 19, see

Name: Thanks islam watch for helping us!!
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 08:50:52 -0700


Catholicism overtaken by Islam: Vatican VATICAN CITY, March 30: Islam has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious denomination in the world, the Vatican said on Sunday. Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, who compiled the Vatican’s newly-released 2008 yearbook of statistics, said Muslims made up 19.2 per cent of the world’s population and Catholics 17.4 per cent.—Reuters

Name: How to make millions
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 09:18:55 -0700


in the muslim world. Just produce Tamagotchi-like gadgets for a few cents in large quantities. Then sell them for a few hundred Dollars in muslim countries under the Mahdi-Detector (TM) brand. Millions of muslim desperados will make you rich! Everywhere you go muslims are expecting the Mahdi. It is as if Jehovas Witnesses would go mainstream!

Name: Re: Real Terrorism, Genocide, Racism and Hatred in the Bible
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 11:03:40 -0700


You should indeed be thankful because it´s this site and their supporters who spend so much efforts to save the muslim countries from falling even more behind. In a few decades, there will be more and more muslim countries running out of oil and then turning into afghanistans and somalias, and the non-muslim world will have to decide how to treat them. Feed them? Leave them alone? Sell weapons to them and hope they will kill each other? You Islamists, did you ever realize that islam is responsible for all your problems, for backwardness, superstition and poverty? All statistics confirm that. Just read the UN Arab Development report, written by moderate muslims! 10 Million Hungarians read more books than 350 Million Arabs. Now you are waiting and hoping for the clash of civilisations? You have no idea what you are talking about! Do you still believe that you are made from clot? BTW, you are soooo great in your pasting business!

Name: Showan Khurshid
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 14:03:53 -0700


Thanks Mumin Salih, it is very nice article. Obviously, you must have spent many many hours researching your topic. This article is a significant contribution. I am certain that many Islamic minds will be disabused from their self-induced brainwashing and self-deception.

Name: agnostic
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 15:27:54 -0700


MUSLIM FILTH , sanctioned in their filthy quran to lie, deceive. 1) “Women are equally treated in Islam” – Why is there no female Islamic clergy, unlike {female} nuns, sisters, preachers, church-wardens, ministers, pastors, evangelists, etc in Christianity? Why is it in Islam, only men can be Imam, Ustaz, Ullama, Mufti, Kadi, etc? Aren’t women good enough in Islamic knowledge to hold these posts? 2) - Muslim women must cover themselves from head to toe to prevent muslim men who are by nature SEX MANIACS from getting tempted sexually. Why don’t they avoid staring at women, or wear blinkers or castrate those muscums who cannot control their dirty sexual minds? Proof is in 95% rapists in western countries are filthy SEX MANIACS muscums. 3) – Quran 2:223 “Your women are a tilth for you (to cultivate) so go to your tilth as ye will,” 2:228 “Women are equal in Kindness {only}, and men are a degree over women” 2:282 “one man witness equals two women witnesses.” 4:3 “marry up to four women, if you can do justice” {justice in sex? When Periods?} 4:4 “give women a dowry” {if equal why dowry?} 4:34 “Men are in charge of women.” 4:34 “Men must scourge {whip or lash} their disobedient wives {like animals} and desert them to separate beds” {men to decide, when enough is enough as it is not specified}. This is because the founder of this murderous cult called MO was a misygonist. He was born so ugly that his mother died an early death from having to see his ugliness daily. Her dying soul could already see the son of satan she had the bad luck to give birth to. MO never forgave her for that hence his revenge on all women. So evil was he that the Supreme had all his sons die and only a feeble, sickly daughter Fatima survive. What were his thoughts when his grandsons Hussein and Hassan had their heads chopped off in a place called Karbala in Iraq. The people who chopped off their heads were also muslims! The law of cause and effect, supreme as ever. Muslims are slotted for annihilation. Believe it, you filthy scourge of the earth. Your shared forefather Abraham's god so prophesied. It's coming! It's coming!

Name: agnostic
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 15:46:35 -0700


In Sura: 2:106, the Quran itself admits to changes, abrogation of sura, replacement of sura and improvement of better sura. No Muslim can deny these, as admitted in the quran. Is the muslim allah a bungler? Didn't the muslim allah demand of his morons to verify all his revelations by Christians. allah is not telling his prophet to seek christian expertise, but from those ‘who read the scriptures" i.e. ordinary bible reading christians. So allah is treating the Christians as the teacher and MO as the student in this sura 10.95. Is it not the muslm allah who decrees that the Bible overrides the muslim's quran, thta the quran has to comply to the Bible for authenticity? Are your imams and mullahs adhering to this? Now you know why if you allow yourself to be voluntarily braindead you are slotted for annihilation. Those who reedemable have left the filthy cult.

Name: ZuK
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 20:26:38 -0700


Hey, guys... do you remember Drosnin's "Bible Code" mumbo-jumbo? I bought his book during a transit stay in an international airport... by the time I got to page 35 I was already regreting the 20+ dollars spent in this crap. Here is a funny (yet mortaly serious!) website debunking his claims and system: I suggest that you check the "counter-examples" of Drosnin's system, based on...Moby Dick!!: There are a couple more links in the section "Michael Drosnin's books" of this article, including the prophecies of Princess Diana's assassination in Moby Dick :-O Once we go down that road, we can, like Kabbalists, make any book say whatever we want. I recommend all "Il Pendulo di Foucault" by Umberto Ecco.

Name: ZuK
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 20:31:24 -0700


More mathematical miracles:

Name: abraxas
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 21:04:29 -0700


re thanks islam watch for helping us. While Catholicism is a denomination, one of many christian denomination, Islam is not one denomination. Shiites damn the sunni who damn the shiites who damn yhe sunni, both of which damn the ismailis who all damn the ahmadis who likely damn the sufis who damn the... You get the point.And Barrack Obama is also Muslim because his step-father is muslim, and Ali Sina is still muslim eventhough he is an apostate. Muslim count whoever they want to make their case.

Name: Laughing at you
Date: Tuesday April 01, 2008
Time: 04:16:26 -0700


You do realise that this Rashad Khilafah chap and his sect hardly exist? why you pick at a sect in order to undermine islam? thats a pretty poor show! How clever of you :-)

Name: maxhas
Date: Tuesday April 01, 2008
Time: 08:36:04 -0700


why so many voices against jews and jewish religion in this comments.israel is less than one percent of the muslim world.and jews were never proselyticing today and in the past. dear exmuslim please forget your anti-jewish pattern. thank you !!!

Date: Thursday April 03, 2008
Time: 07:10:58 -0700


Re : Maxhas :- You are absolutely right. Only fraudulent creeds need proselytzation to harvest more followers- they do this by debunking other religions. Only islam and christianity do proselytize and both are fraudulent and intolerant - history is witness to both their 'bloody' existence- and of the two islam is far more intolerant and bigoted today!

Name: gym kit
Date: Friday April 04, 2008
Time: 08:39:43 -0700


what I find amusing right now is that several Islamic countries are trying to ban the latest exposé on Islam is now all over the Internet don't they realize it is so big that it would be impossible to ban the Internet unless they put parental controls on every computer in their state just look what happened when Afghanistan tried to ban you tube because they did not understand weather were doing they managed to shut the entire network down for a while I guess is true you have to have a seventh century mindset where a camel caravan was a fast form of communications in order to be a Muslim

Name: @Thanks to Geert Wilders!
Date: Tuesday April 08, 2008
Time: 08:46:09 -0700


You clearly don't live in The Netherlands to proclaim such an idiocy!

Name: sheik yer'mami
Date: Monday April 14, 2008
Time: 10:33:35 -0700


The only chance to save ourselves from the scourge of the Koranimals is their stupidity, their fanaticism and their devotion to terror. The resistance is growing!

Name: Servent of Allah
Date: Sunday May 11, 2008
Time: 15:08:02 -0700


I got pleasure by reading your all writings.Cause I came to know that Muslims are leading in numbers,Alhamdulillah.It is obvious as science and technology is progressing. you dont have respect for Quran as you have read only for counting various numbers.You wont be able to get the benifit out of this holy book since your senses are sealed. But you must show respect while projecting your views.Else people might raise question regarding your family back ground. Go on with your studies,go for endless pit.

Name: Tarikh
Date: Tuesday May 13, 2008
Time: 04:47:06 -0700


Peace, even though I think Khalifa was a fraud, I still believe in code 19 in the quran, please check out

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