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Numerical Miracles of the holy Quran - a HOAX of Rashad Khalifa 

  

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The Hoax of the Numerical Miracle of the Qur'aan

Written by Dr. Bilal Philips
Friday, 04 August 2006

Rashad Khalifa, an Egyptian biochemist educated in the United States claimed to have discovered an intricate mathematical pattern involving 19 and its multiples throughout the Qur'aan and especially in what he calls the Qur'aanic initials which precede 29 chapters (Alif, Laam, Meem, etc.). However, when critics began checking his numbers, they found numerous discrepancies and some outright fabrications in his data

The most famous proponent of this idea was Rashad Khalifa, an Egyptian biochemist educated in the United States. According to Dr. Khalifa, there is a miraculous numerical code to the Qur'aan based on its "first" verse (Bismillahir-Rahmaanir-Raheem), which consists of 19 letters. This miraculous code is supposedly referred to in verse 30 of Chapter 74 (al-Muddath-thir) which states "Over it are 19." Based on these two premises, Dr. Rashad claims to have discovered an intricate mathematical pattern involving 19 and its multiples throughout the Qur'aan and especially in what he calls the Qur'aanic initials which precede 29 chapters (Alif, Laam, Meem, etc.). From this discovery, Dr. Khalifa concludes that the complexity of this mathematical code's pattern in a literary work of the Qur'aan's size is far beyond human capabilities, and that it alone constitutes the only real miracle of the Qur'aan which proves its divine origin. He further concludes that 19 and its multiples represent the key to the correct interpretation of the Qur'aan and Islam, and the reason why 19 was chosen is that 19 means "God is One," which is the message of the Qur'aan.
Many Muslims at first received Khalifa's theories with uncritical enthusiasm. However, when more rigorous critics began checking his numbers, they found numerous discrepancies and some outright fabrications in his data. His claims were based on the number of times a given letter or word occurs in a given soorah or group of soorahs. It was discovered that he would sometimes treat hamzahs like alifs and sometimes he wouldn't, depending on the totals he needed in a given soorah to confirm his theory. Sometimes he counted letters that weren't there, sometimes he failed to count existing letters, sometimes he counted two words as one, sometimes he added to the Qur'aanic text and sometimes he deleted from it, all for the purpose of making the letter and word counts conform to his theory. On top of that, his letter counts changed over time, depending on whether he wanted to establish a pattern for a soorah by itself or as part of a group of soorahs. When confronted with inconsistencies in his data, he began claiming that certain verses had been inserted into the Qur'aan that did not belong there. After this clear statement of disbelief he went on to claim knowledge of the exact date of the Day of Judgment and eventually claimed prophethood for himself. He attracted a group of followers in Tucson, Arizona, but his career was cut short when he was stabbed to death by an unknown assailant in 1990.

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1. See Rashad Khalifa's presentation of his theory in the article "Problem of 19," Impact International, 13-26 Nov., 1981, pp.14-15.
2. Quran: Visual Presentation of The Miracle, pp.70-73, 243.Note: This calculation is based on the Abjad system of numerology in which the letters of the Arabic alphabet are given numerical values, a system borrowed from the Jewish mystical system known as Kabbalah.
3. See Mission to America, pp. 137-168. A detailed refutation of this theory can be found in my book, The Quran's Numerical Miracle: Hoax and Heresy.
 

About Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was born in Jamaica, but grew up in Canada where he accepted Islam in 1972.

He completed a diploma in Arabic and a B.A. from the College of Islamic Disciplines (Usool ad-Deen) at the Islamic University of Madeenah in 1979.

At the University of Riyadh, College of Education, he completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology in 1985 and in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, U.K. he also completed a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology in 1994.

He taught Islamic Education and Arabic in private schools in Riyadh for over ten years and for the past three year he has been lecturing M.Ed. students in the Islamic Studies department of Shariff Kabunsuan Islamic University in Cotabato City, Mindanao, Philippines.

Since 1994 he has founded and directed The Islamic Information Center in Dubai, U.A.E. and the Department of Foreign Languages at Dar al Fatah Islamic Press in Sharjah, U.A.E.

Among the author's published works are translations of "Ibn Tayameeyah's Essay on the Jinn", "The Devil's Deception" and Arabic Calligraphy in Manuscripts.

He has also co-authored "Polygamy in Islam", and authored "Evolution of Islamic Law", "Through Repentance", "Islamic Studies", "Hajj and Umrah According to Qur'aan & Sunnah", "Islamic Rules on Menstruation", "Arabic Reading & Writing Made Easy", "Arabic Grammar Made Easy" and "The Purpose of Creation".

Author's published works are translations of "Ibn Taymeeyah's Essay on the Jinn", and Arabic Calligraphy in Manuscripts.

He has also co-authored "Polygamy in Islam" and authored "The Qur'aan's Numerical Miracle - Hoax and Heresy", "Evolution of Fiqh", "Islamic law and The Madh-habs", "Tafseer Soorah al-Hujuraat", "The Ansar Cult", "The Fundamentals of Tawheed", "Hajj and ' Umrah According to Qur'aan and Sunnah", "Islamic Studies (Book:1)", and "Salvation Through Repentance".

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