Before the discovery of code 19, in 1959, Abdurrazzaq Nawfal of Egypt had discovered relationship between the meaning of the major Quranic terms/words and their frequencies in the Quran. Though I do not have proof, I heard that Rashad himself had participated in that study.
While writing his book “Al-Islamu Deenun wa Dunya” (Islam: both Religion and World) in 1959, Nawfal noticed that the frequency of the word “Dunya” (World) had exactly the same frequency as the word “Akhirah” (Hereafter), 115 times each, in the Quran. In 1968, while writing another book titled “Alemul Jinni wal Malayika” (Universe of Jinns and Angels), he noticed that the word “Shaytan” (Satan) had exactly the same frequency as the word “Malak” (Angel), 88 times each. This interesting literary symmetry in the frequency of certain words led him to make a more comprehensive study on the numerical structure of the Quran. Nawfal published his findings in early 1980’s in a book: “al-I’jaz al-Adadi fi al-Qur’an al-Karim” (Numerical Miracle Of the Holy Quran).
Some of his findings are striking. The following examples, I believe, leaves no doubt that the Quran is a mathematically designed unique book. Below are some examples from those early discoveries that left no doubt in the mind of objective people that the Quran was a Kitabun Marqum, that is, Numerically Coded Book as it is described by the Quran (83:9, 20): Before the discovery of the 19-based system, few people were aware of a symmetrical mathematical wonder in the Quran. For example:
The word “day” (yawm) occurs 365 times.
The word “days” (ayyam) occurs 27 times, the number of days in a sidereal month. Together with the dual plural form (yawmayn), all the plural form of the word occurs 30 times, the number of average days in a solar month.
The word “sabt” (the seventh day, saturday) occurs 7 times.
The word “month” (shahr) occurs 12 times in its singular form.
The word “sana” (year) occurs 7 times in its singular form and 12 times in its plural form, totaling 19, which is the number of years in Meton cycle.
The word “qamar” (moon) occurs 27 times, equaling the number of days in a sidereal month.
The expression “sab’a samawat” (seven heavens) occurs 7 times.
The words “satan” (shaytan) and “angel” (malak), each occur 88 times.
The words “this world” (dunya) and “hereafter” (ahirah), each occur 115 times.
The divine instruction “qul” (say) and the “qalu” (they said) each occur 332 times (excluding the “qul” of 9:129).
The word “qist” (justice) and “zulm” (injustice), each occur 15 times.
The word “shams” (sun) and “noor” (light), each occur 33 times.
The word land occurs 13 times while the word sea 32 times, 13/45 and 32/45 gives exact ratio of land and sea on earth.
The word “iman” (belief) and “kufr” (disbelief), each occur 25 times.
When we check all the derivatives of the root of these two words “AMaNa” (believe) and “KaFaRa” (disbelieve), we find and interesting detail: the frequency of all the derivatives of AMaNa is 811 and of KaFaRa is 697. They are not equal. However, the difference is exactly 114, which is equal to the number chapters of the Quran. A perfect example of nusemantics.
I learned these and many other unique and impressive Quranic facts while I was in my fourth year in Turkish prisons as a political prisoner. I checked them via the index of the Quran, al-Mujamul Mufahras. Though I found some of Nawfal’s purported relationships between the words to be semantically arbitrary or speculative, many like the ones I listed above were intriguing. In late 1983 and following years, I had also discovered more examples of numerical relationships between the semantically related words, which I now call NUSEMANTICS, combination of numeric and semantics. Below are some of the nusemantic observations originally made by me and were published in my books, such as, Kuran En Büyük Mucize/Quran, the Greatest Miracle (1983-1988), Kuran Görülen Mucize/ Quran the Visible Miracle (1987-1988), and Kuran’da Demirin Kimyasal Esrarý/The Chemical Secrets of Iron the Quran (1987-1988) and various published articles. Though these Turkish books are out of print, “Kuran Hiç Tükenmeyen Mucize” (Quran, the Perpetual Miracle), contains most of my discoveries with the addition of many new ones discovered by the Quranic Research Group. You may find the English translation of the book online at http://www.mucizeler.com or http://www.quranmiracles.com. This book is so far the best and most comprehensive book on the scientific aspect of the Quran. I highly recommend it. Here are some of my observations:
The word day, besides its singular form occurring 365 times, and its plural form 30 times, all its derivatives and forms occur exactly 475 times (19×25). (Interestingly, the number 25 is the number of rotation the Sun makes around its axis while the world makes one full rotation around the Sun. In other words, in Meton cycle, the sun makes exactly 475 rotations). The plural of the word day has a detail, since Arabic has two plural forms. Unlike English Arabic has a different plural form for two things. For instance, for two days the form YaWMayn is used, while for more than three the form aYyaM is used. We see that the frequency of the dual form is 3, while the frequency of the general plural form is 27. Those who are familiar with astronomy would appreciate the detail.
I also found an interesting connection between the proper names of 27 messengers/prophets and the derivatives of the rood word “RaSaLa” (send messenger). I noticed that both the derivatives of the word RaSaLa and the names of messengers occurred 513 (19×27) times.
The Quran likens the creation of Jesus to of Adam. Interestingly, the frequencies of both names are also equal: each occurs 25 times in the Quran.
Verses 40:67 and 23:14 lists stages of human evolution and the total frequencies of the stages (dirt-17, drop of semen-12, embryo-6, bite-size fetus-3, bones-15, meat-12) and the frequency of the word “insane” (human) are the same: 65.
The chapter al-Hadid (The Iron) of the Quran is 57th chapter, and 57 is the atomic number of one of iron’s isotopes. The verse 57:25 mentions the importance of iron and we include the unnumbered Basmalah of the chapter, it is 26th verse from the beginning. This equals to the atomic number of iron, which is 26. Furthermore, the numerical value of the word HaDYD (generic iron) is also 26 (8+4+10+4). If we add the article AL (the), that is the word AL-HaDYD (the iron), its numerical value is 57 (1+31+8+4+10+4), equaling to the number of the chapter and atomic weight of a particular iron…
In 1989, I declared a hypothesis/prediction in a speech before a Friday prayer at Masjid Tucson that the number of elements should be maximum 114, equal to the number of Chapters of the Quran. Then, the biggest element discovered in lab was 109. A chemist (Dr. Sabbahi) was present there and he was impressed by my hypothesis because he had read a journal article discussing the issue theoretically. He later gave me a journal article about superheavy elements arguing that that 114 was a “magic number” for stable elements. Years later, in 1998, when a couple of scientists discovered the element 114 in lab, I suggested them to name the element, whose temporary name is ununquadium, Quranium.
Knowing only the facts about the frequency of the word day, month is sufficient to draw the attention of intelligent and unbiased people to the mathematical structure of the scripture. I had a lengthy argument with a Sunni disbeliever who tried every possible trick to deny the fact that the word YaWM (day) occurs exactly 365 times in the Quran. After several round of a long debate, finally he had to agree with these facts. Our argument is available at 19.org and other internet sites.
Though Ayman claims that he is following the Quran alone, it appears that he has not yet purified his mind from the cultural influence of the Sunni paradigm and attitude. The ignorance and backwardness of the followers of Hadith and Sunnah, unfortunately is reinforced by their arrogance. They are unable to see the evident miracles of the Quran. They only parrot their scholar’s empty rhetoric that the Quran is a literary miracle without even questioning its meaning and implications; such as the subjectivity of literal taste and its lack of universal appeal. They reduce the author of the Quran to the level of their simple-minded scholars. “How could God’s word have a mathematical pattern in it? Mathematics? No way!” they exclaim. They ignore the fact that all God’s creation behave, interact in the language of mathematics. Because of their math-phobia or religious dogmatism, they try all the tricks and deception to reject the obvious mathematical patterns existing in the Quran.
“On it is Nineteen” (74:30)
“This is one of the great (miracles). A warning to the human race. For those among you who wish to advance, or regress.” (74:35-37)