Q.1. I read the article about ‘The Ultimate Revelations’ in Islamic Voice. I found it very interesting and revealing. I have some doubts on that subject. My doubt is, why is the number 19 given so much important in the Qur’an? Does the number 19 refer to the 20th Century which may bring Qayamat at its close?

**Ans. 1. **No extraordinary importance has been given to number 19 in
Qur’an, as far as the Message of Qur’an and the guidance therein is
concerned. What you read in the said review of ‘The Ultimate Revelation’ was
actually about a miraculous ‘19-based’ mathematical arrangement through
which the letters, words, verses and the Surahs of holy Qur’an are related
together. Why do not you go through the book for a full perception of the above?

Why number nineteen? Why is the mathematical system not based on any other
number? Well, in that case you could have questioned the wisdom of using that
number. Describing the attitude of an unbeliever, the Almighty says: **Then
said he, this (Qur’an) is nothing but magic derived from of old. This is
nothing but the word of a mortal. Soon will I cast him into Hell-Fire. Would
that you knew what Hell-Fire is like! Naught does it permit to endure and naught
does it leave alone. Darkening and changing the colour of man! Over it are
nineteen (keepers). We have appointed none but angels to guard the fire and
fixed their number only as a trial for unbelievers so that those to whom the
scriptures were given may be convinced and the true believers strengthened in
their faith; that those to whom the scriptures were given and the true
believers, may have no doubts; and that those in whose hearts there is disease,
together with the disbelievers, may say; ‘What could Allah mean by this’?
Thus Allah leaves in error whom He will and guides whom He pleases. (Qur'an
74:24-31)**

But being a stout believer, your intention of asking the wisdom behind
19-based mathematical miracle, I am sure, is to increase your faith like Prophet
Abraham, when he said: **‘My Lord, show me how you raise the dead.’ The
Lord said, ‘Have you no faith?’ ‘Yes’, said Ibrahim, ‘But I wish to
reassure my heart.’**

The exact significance of the same is known by Allah only. However following is what I could think of.

It had to be a **prime number** (one that is not divisible by any number
other than 1 and itself). The miracle comprises of large numbers arrived at by
different relations between letters, words and Surah of Qur’an. All these
numbers are multiple of number 19, Nineteen is a prime number (which means it is
divisible by only two numbers viz., 1 and 19). Had it not been a prime number,
say, were it 18 (divisible by 2,3,6 and 9 besides 1 and 18), then the miracle
would not have been based on 18 only but upon its smaller factors also. Any
figure, which is divisible by 18, is also a multiple of 2,3,6 and 9. So it had
to be a prime number. There are other prime numbers, you may question, like
7,11, 13, 17,23,29 and so on. What is the speciality of 19 as a prime number? I
think the number had to belong to the family of basic number ‘1’ to retain
its unique individuality. 19 reduces to the basic number ‘1’ as it comprises
of digits 1 and 9, 1+9=10 and again in 10, 1+0=1, 19 is the smallest prime
number belonging to the family of basic number ‘1’. Those who are familiar
with a little of numerology can fully appreciate the importance of belonging to
the family of 1, of a number which is used in the mathematical miracle of
Qur’an.

There may also be other wisdom behind the use of number 19 as the base of miracle, but as hinted earlier, the main importance is of the miracle and not that of the number on which it is based.

The life on earth being extremely short in relation to the infinite life
Hereafter, Qiyamah has always been close. There is nothing to corroborate the
special proximity of Qiyamah in the 20th century. Moreover, the solar calendar
cannot form the basis of any Qur’anic prediction.

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