Scientific topics from sermons- lesson (123)- Numerical Congruity in the Quran- The words "land" and "sea"
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Praise be to Allah, the Lord of Creations, and Peace and blessings be upon our prophet Muhammad, the faithful and the honest.
 Oh, Allah, we know nothing but what You teach us. You are the All- Knower, the Wise. Oh Allah, teach us what is good for us, and benefit us from what You taught us, and increase our knowledge. Show us the righteous things as righteous and help us to do them, and show us the bad things as bad and help us to keep away from them.
  O Allah our Lord, lead us out from the depths of darkness and illusion, unto the lights of erudition and knowledge, and from the muddy shallows of lusts unto the heavens of Your Vicinity.

 In Allah’s Book, the Holy Quran, there are different kinds of miracles: rhetoric, mathematical, legislative, informative, …etc. But in this article, we will talk about the remarkable numerical congruity in the Holy Quran. For example, the word “Barr”(land) is mentioned 13 times , while the word “Bahr” (sea) 33 times , taking into consideration that Allah’s Messenger, (PBUH), never saw the sea or was at all concerned about it. Now, if we add up the times the word “Barr” (land) is mentioned and the times the word “Bahr” (sea) is mentioned, the total number is 46 Verses. If we divide the number of the times the word “Barr” (land) is mentioned by the total number of both land and sea words, i.e. 33/46, we get the same actual percentage of land and sea on the surface of the earth.

 This percentage is 71% sea and 29% land. In other words, percentage of the occurrence of the word “land” and the word “sea” in the Holy Quran is exactly the same as it is in reality. Is the Holy Quran the words of a human being? That is impossible! It is certainly Allah’s Divine Book! The percentage of the occurrence of the “land” words to the “sea” ones in the Holy Quran is in absolute conformity with the real percentage of the land to the sea on the earth’s surface: 29% land and 71% sea. This kind of numerical miracle, which religious scholars sometimes call “Mathematical Accuracy of the Holy Quran” provides crystal clear evidence that the Holy Quran is definitely and certainly Allah’s Divine Book.

 Also, the word “Shahr” (month) is mentioned only 12 times in the Holy Quran. Is this a mere coincidence?! Are these the words of a human being? Absolutely not! By the way, the more developed science becomes, the more new miracles scientists discover in the Holy Quran.

 In fact, the foregoing facts provide crystal clear evidence that the Holy Quran is, beyond a shadow of doubt, Allah’s Divine Book; and Allah’s Words are by no means matched by any human words, just Allah, All Mighty, is Unique and Absolutely Unmatchable by any of His creatures.

 Yes, indeed! The Holy Quran is Allah’s Book! It is the Book that Allah, All Mighty, enjoined on all mankind; and He, All Mighty, will certainly question us all about it. Happy and prosperous are those who learn it and apply its rules and enjoinments! Happy and prosperous are those who teach it and explain its meanings, rules and laws to other fellow humans! Happy and prosperous are those who commit themselves to its bidding and forbidding! Happy and prosperous are those who adopt it as their constitution! Happy and prosperous are those who believe in it and abide by its rules and enjoinments! It is, indeed, Allah’s indispensable Divine Book, which guarantees happiness and prosperity in the life of this world and the world to come.

 Yes, indeed! We must stick to Allah’s Book, the Holy Quran, because it is the first and foremost source of Allah’s Religion of Islamic Monotheism. To this effect, Allah, All Mighty, says,

“Verily, this Quran guides to that which is more just and right.”

[XVII; 9]

 He, Glory to Him, says,

“Then, whoever follows My Guidance shall neither go astray nor shall be distressed.”

[XX; 124]

 He, Praise to Him, also says,

“And whoever follows My Guidance: there shall be no fear on them nor shall they grieve.”

[II; 38]

 Undoubtedly, Quranic miracles are unlimited and innumerable; and the foregoing examples are only a few.

Translation  : Khaled Al-Athmeh
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