Mysterious Letters

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"The Quran is characterized by a unique phenomenon never found in any other book; 29 suras are prefixed with 14 different sets of "Quranic Initials,” consisting of one to five letters per set. Fourteen letters, half the Arabic alphabet, participate in these initials. The significance of the Quranic initials remained a divinely guarded secret for 14 centuries." (Appendix 1).

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Q (Qaaf)

N (NuN)

SS (Saad)

A-L-R (Alef Lam Ra)

A-L-M-R (Alef Lam Mim Ra)

Y-S (Ya Seen)

HH-M (HHa Mim)

A'-S-Q (Ayn Seen Qaf)

A-L-M-SS (Alef Lam Mim Sad)

K-H-Y-A'-SS (Kaf Ha Ya Ayn Sad)

A-L-M (Alef Lam Mim)

HH, T-H, T-S, T-S-M

Q

The letter Q (Qaaf) "ق" occurs twice: chapter 42, chapter 50.
Frequency of initial

Chapter 42: 57 [19 x 3]
Chapter 50: 57 [19 x 3]
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Major Sign

The very existence of these initials hint at a mathematical code. The phrase, “these are the miracles of this book” (10:1, 12:1, 13:1, 15:1, 26:2, 27:1, 28:2, 31:2) is found only in conjunction with the Quranic initials. 

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[10:1] A. L. R. These (letters) are the proofs of this book of wisdom.

 

[12:1] A. L. R. These (letters) are proofs of this profound scripture.

 

[13:1] A. L. M. R. These (letters) are proofs of this scripture. What is revealed to you from your Lord is the truth, but most people do not believe.

 

[15:1] A.L.R. These (letters) are proofs of this scripture; a profound Quran.

 

[26:2] These (letters) constitute proofs of this clarifying scripture.

 

[27:1] T. S. These (letters) constitute proofs of the Quran; a profound scripture.

 

[28:2] These (letters) constitute proofs of this profound book.

 

[31:2] These (letters) constitute proofs of this book of wisdom.

Historical Understanding

Traditional scholars unanimously claim the true wisdom behind these letters is unknown. Since the Quran's miracle was destined to be after Muhammed (10:20), this prolonged uncertainty was in accordance with God's will, preserved for the technologically sophisticated generations.

 

[10:20] They say, "How come no miracle came down to him from his Lord?" Say, "The future belongs to GOD; so wait, and I am waiting along with you."

Quranic Challenge

Additionally, the Quran’s challenge, to “produce a sura like it” is only found within initialed chapters: 2:23, 7:106, 10:38, 11:13, 26:31, 28:49.

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[2:23] If you have any doubt regarding what we revealed to our servant,* then produce one sura like these, and call upon your own witnesses against GOD, if you are truthful.

[7:106] He said, "If you have a sign, then produce it, if you are truthful."

[10:38] If they say, "He fabricated it," say, "Then produce one sura like these, and invite whomever you wish, other than GOD, if you are truthful."

[11:13] If they say, "He fabricated (the Quran)," tell them, "Then produce ten suras like these, fabricated, and invite whomever you can, other than GOD, if you are truthful."*

[26:31] He said, "Then produce it, if you are truthful."

[28:49] Say, "Then produce a scripture from GOD with better guidance than the two, so I can follow it, if you are truthful."

Chapter List

14 Initials

ا – ل – م – ص – ر – ك – ه – ي – ع – ط – س – ح – ق – ن

 

14 Combinations

الم – المص – المر – كهيعص – طه – طسم – طس – يس – ص – حم – عسق – ق – ن

 

29 Chapters

2, 3, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 36, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 50, 68

 

In short, there are 14 initial letters — found in 14 different combinations (‘initial sets’) — which prefix 29 different chapters.

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Breakdown

Chapter 2: ا ل م Alef Lam Meem

Chapter 3: ا ل م Alef Lam Meem

Chapter 7: ا ل م ص Alef Lam Meem Saad

Chapter 10: ا ل ر Alef Lam Ra

Chapter 11: ا ل ر Alef Lam Ra

Chapter 12: ا ل ر Alef Lam Ra

Chapter 13: ا ل م ر Alef Lam Meem Ra

Chapter 14: ا ل ر Alef Lam Ra

Chapter 15: ا ل ر Alef Lam Ra

Chapter 19: ك ه ي ع ص Kaf Ha Ya Ayn Saad

Chapter 20: ط ه Ta Ha

Chapter 26: ط س م Ta Seen Meem

Chapter 27: ط س Ta Seen

Chapter 28: ط س م Ta Seen Meem

Chapter 29: ا ل م Alef Lam Meem

Chapter 30: ا ل م Alef Lam Meem

Chapter 31: ا ل م Alef Lam Meem

Chapter 32: ا ل م Alef Lam Meem

Chapter 36: ي س Ya Seen

Chapter 38: ص Saad

Chapter 40: ح م HHA Meem

Chapter 41: ح م HHA Meem

Chapter 42: ح م ع س ق HHA Meem, Ayn Seen Qaf

Chapter 43: ح م HHA Meem Chapter 44: ح م HHA Meem

Chapter 45: ح م HHA Meem Chapter 46: ح م HHA Meem

Chapter 50: ق Qaf

Chapter 68: ن Noon

Counts

'Alef Lam Meem' = 19874 = 19 x 1046

'Alef Lam Meem Saad' = 5320 = 19 x 280

'Alef Lam Ra' = 9462 = 19 x 498

'Alef Lam Meem Ra' = 1482 = 19 x 78

'Kaf Ha Ya Ayn Saad' = 798 = 19 x 42

'Ya Seen' = 285 = 19 x 15

'Saad' = 152 = 19 x 8

'HHa Meem' = 2147 = 19 x 113

'Ayn Seen Qaf' = 209 = 19 x 11

'Qaf' = 114 = 19 x 6

'Noon' = 133 = 19 x 7 ['Ha, Ta Ha, Ta Seen, Ta Seen Meem' = 1767 = 19 x 93]