It is the opinion of some believers that the code of the Quran (19) confirms that the 24434 format of the Salat has been preserved across the ages. This paper aims in Sha Allah to verify this claim.
With the use of the 24434 format and various other variables, these believers proceeded to form linear arrangments (numbers placed side by side), all of which produced multiples of nineteen.
Consequently, it was declared that these findings are awesome signs which indicate the 24434 to be the correct format for prayer.
It is the aim here to verify mathematically the truth and validity of such findings, and whether these signs truly present divine signs for such a claim or not.
This paper also poses the question of (What is the possibility of obtaining similar results by using a different format than 24434?)
1- To conduct this comparative research let us assume that the 5 daily Salat is the correct number of Salat authorised in the Quran (for more info about this issue please go to “How Can We Observe The Salaat Prayers By Following The Quran Alone?”)
2- Let us also assume that the total number of daily Raka’s of 17 to be the authorised and preserved number for daily Raka’s.
3- For demonstration purposes, let us replace the traditional format (24434), with the format 43244.
Now, what is our chance of obtaining the same multiples of 19 by using this new format?
Well, take a look at the following:
Fact 1 The total of the 5 digits in 43244 = 17 (same as 24434).
Fact 2 The number 43244 is also a multiple of 19
43244 = 19 x 2276
the sum of the 4 digits 2276 is also 17
(2 + 2 + 7 + 6 = 17).
Fact 3 Now we place the number of Raka’s in the day (17) alongside the number of the Sura that we read in the prayer (1) alongside our new format 43244
We obtain the number 17143244
This is also a multiple of 19
Fact 4 Here we can start to use more variables that are all related to the prayer, and thus make the result appear more impressive. Let us write the number of prayers (5) followed by the total number of raka’s (17) followed by the number of the Sura (Key) that we read in the prayer (1), followed by the number of verses in the Key (7) then the Gematrical value of the Key (786) ….
This will give us 51717786
Alongside these digits we write the number 1423324454. This number is simply the number of each prayer followed by its number of raka’s (remember we are assuming the format to be 43244!). Thus the first prayer (1) will be followed by the number of raka’s (4) and the second (2) followed by (3) and so on till we have 1423324454.
The resulting long number will be :
51717786 1423324454 which is also a multiple of 19.
Fact 5 Many variations can be constructed to obtain further multiples ….. for example the number of the prayers (5) could be added to the total number of raka’a (17) …. This gives 22 ….. If we place that number after the number we used in the last example (1423324454) , we get :
1423324454 22 ….. = 19 x 19 x …….
Fact 6 The sceptics will soon say, ‘but these manipulations do not contain the four factors of the Prayer which are the (number of keys, bowing, prostration and tashahud in every prayer)!
Ok! Let us incorporate these factors. Here we include these 4 factors, and also the very important number of prayers in a day (5).
By similar arrangement we get the number :
114482 23362 32241 44482 54482 5
This number is also a multiple of 19
It is made up of the number of the Key (1) then the number of the first prayer (1) then the number Keys (4), Bowing (4), prostration (8) and tashahud (2) …. And the same for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th prayers followed by the total number of prayers (5). (remember we are still using the format of 43244).
Now! Are we justified in calling these multiples awesome signs that confirm that the Raka’s in our 5 daily prayers is in the 43244 format ?
If you are not convinced yet, take a look at the following :
Fact 7 The same results will stand for all variations that used the number 17 but did not use the individual raka for each prayer (24434) ….. these are :
|17||17||17||17||17||17||15||= 19 x ….|
Friday is written as 15 Raka due to the traditional deduction of 2 raka from the noon prayer (replaced by the sermon).
The same is applicable to the result obtained by inserting the number of the day before the units of prayer in each day. The resultant number is also a multiple of 19:
|117||217||317||417||517||617||715||= 19 x ….|
The same as the previous, except take Friday as the first day of the week, instead of the last day. The resultant number is also a multiple of 19:
|115||217||317||417||517||617||717||= 19 x ….|
Fact 8 Now replace every 17 by our new assumed format which is 43244 (remember we are still using the format 43244 as our assumption). Similary, and since the friday Congregational prayer is shortened by 2 Rakas , we do the same here ….. According to the 43244 format the friday noon prayer was 3 Raka … and thus it is shortened by 2 Rakas to become Sermon + 1 Raka …. therefore we replace 15 by 41244 (for Friday). The resultant number is also a multiple of 19:
|1 43244||2 43244||3 43244||4 43244||5 43244||6 43244||7 41244||= 19 x ….|
Fact 9 The same as the previous, except again take Friday as the first day of the week, instead of the last day. The resultant number is also a multiple of 19:
|1 41244||2 43244||3 43244||4 43244||5 43244||6 43244||7 43244||= 19 x ….|
May it be said that this research does not mean to tarnish the good work done by our dear brother submitters, but it means to give signs for those who are unbiased and are truly seeking the truth.
What this research hopes to have clarified In Sha Allah is the difference between numerical arrangments obtained from different sets of numbers that add up to the same sum ( e.g. the digits of 24434 add up to 17, so does the digits of 43244, plus they are both divisible by 19) … and between true signs from God that CANNOT BE DUPLICATED.
As shown, all the multiples obtained from 24434 can also be obtained from 43244 …. this is possible because of the rules of numerology. However, the miracle in the Quran (take the miracle in the first 4 words that makes up the basmalah as an example) cannot be duplicated. We cannot re-arrange the four words in the Basmalah or their letters (as we re-arranged 24434) and still obtain the same results. When we analyse the letters and words in the Basmalah, we find that they are bonded together in two separate patterns. First we have the 3-4-6-6 pattern which is the number of letters in each of the four words, then we also have individual gematric values for each of the 19 letters.
While as the rules of numerology allow us to obtain identical results from 24434 and 43244, numerology stands helpless in providing us with a dulpicate to the miraculous pattern in the basmalah.
This leads us ultimately to distinguish between what is no more than tricks of numerlogy and what is indeed signs from God. The first can be duplicated, the second CANNOT be duplicated.
If man was able to part the Red Sea today, that would make the same event that occured at the time of Moses un-miraculous. If someone can duplicate the miracle of the 19 in the Quran in another book, that would also render the miracle of 19 in the Quran un-miraculous. God in His infinite Wisdom knows that these events CANNOT BE DUPLICATED. That is why God offers His challenge to mankind with the words “produce one like it !” (2:23).
The rejectors of the great miracle in the Quran have always accused Dr. Khalifa of being obsessed with numerology …. but they done so because they were not able to comprehend the difference between tricks of numerology that can be duplicated and between the great miracle in the Quran which cannot be duplicated.
One excellent observation about the miracle of 19 was the words of the believer who said (in terms of probability it is more plausible to think that the Arabic alphabet was set to accomodate the miracle, rather than the miracle being set on a given alphabet) …. What this observation really points to is that God must have designed the Arabic language (long before the Quran was revealed) in relation to the great miracle to be revealed centuries later.
In his excellent article (Beyond probability), brother Abdullah Arik has demonstrated what makes the miracle in the Quran truly awesome, that being the fact that it presents a complete defiance of the laws of probabilities.
Consequently, we must be very careful before interpreting any calculations as AWESOME SIGNS FROM GOD. God has defined for us His signs as those that cannot be duplicated (that is what makes them miraculous) …. they are UNIQUE …. the claculations obtained from 24434 are NOT unique, they can be duplicated as shown in this research.
The true believers will take heed and will abide by the role given by God for the code of 19. In Sura 74, God tells us that the code of 19 is employed specifically to prove the divinity of the book as opposed to those who claimed that the Quran is man-made (74:25). Indeed the miracle of the Quran is IN THE QURAN ….. it is not in personal calculations worked out by employing non-Quranic data to prove non-Quranic issues!
For all those who employ the code of 19 to prove claims, assumptions and numbers that are not Quranic based, they will indeed obtain many numerical calculations that may look impressive, but as shown they are NOT UNIQUE … they can be duplicated …. and therefore, by definition, they are NOT SIGNS FROM GOD.