NOTICE: This article is a reproduction from Submitters Perspective No 7, August 1985.
During the past 15 years, an overwhelming miracle has emerged in Qur’an. An intricate mathematical system based on the number 19 was discovered throughout Qur’an, providing the first physical, incontrovertible proof that Qur’an is God’s final message to the world. Millions of Muslims around the world have been following this most exciting
discovery, and thousands of them have truly appreciated its historical significance. Details of the miracle have been published by this Masjid in several books and pamphlets.
Now comes an equally exciting discovery: THE SAME NUMERICAL CODE HAS BEEN FOUND IN PREVIOUS SCRIPTURE. The excerpts shown below are direct photocopies from the book STUDIES IN JEWISH MYSTICISM, edited by Joseph Dan and Frank Talmage. (THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL WAS WRITTEN 900 YEARS AGO):
The people [Jews] in France made it a custom to add [in the morning prayer] the words: “’Ashrei temimei derekh [blessed are those who walk the righteous way],” and our Rabbi, the Pious, of blessed memory, wrote that they were completely and utterly wrong. It is all gross falsehood, because there are only nineteen times that the Holy Name is mentioned [in that portion of the morning prayer], 18 …and similarly you find the word ‘Elohim nineteen times in the pericope of Ve- ‘elleh shemot…19 Similarly, you find that Israel were called “sons” nineteen times, and there are many other examples. All these sets of nineteen are intricately intertwined,20 and they contain many secrets and esoteric meanings,21 which are contained in more than eight large volumes.22 Therefore, anyone who has the fear of God in him will not listen to the world of the Frenchmen who add the verse “ ‘Ashrei temimei derekh,” and blessed are the righteous who walk in the paths of God’s Torah,23 for according to their additions the Holy Name is mentioned twenty times….. and this is a great mistake. Furthermore, in this section there are 152 words, but if you add “ ‘Ashrei temimei derekh” there are 158 words. This is nonsense, for it is a great and hidden secret why there should by 152 words… but it cannot be explained in a short treatise. (PLEASE NOTE THAT 152 = 19 x 8)
Another aspect of the same process is the attitude towards the text of the prayers. Rabbi Judah warned his neighbors in France and Britain that if they allow even the most minor changes in that text, their prayers will become “like the songs of the uncircumcised non-Jews.” Free expression of feelings, religious or secular, was regarded by Rabbi Judah as a non-Jewish song, which has no place in the framework of worship. While this argument was not directed against rationalistic philosophers but against fellow halakhists and pietists, the problem faced in this commentary by Rabbi Judah is the same one that bothered the philosophers and all thinkers of that period: Why does God insist on a repetitive prayer, said again and again several times every day in exactly the same words, instead of allowing free expression of the individual’s religious feelings in his personal words, reflecting every special occasion? The framework of rationalistic philosophy did not offer a popularly accepted answer to this question, a fact that necessarily weakened the position of the traditional text of the liturgy in the eyes of the intellectuals of the age. It seems that the school that Rabbi Judah represented was the first to offer an answer to that problem – a nonrational answer, bordering on a mystical attitude, namely, the existence of a hidden, esoteric harmony between the text of the prayer and a divine structure, mainly a numerical structure, which is also reflected in the Scriptures, in history and in the creation. Therefore, every deviation from this structure destroys that harmony and secularizes the text of the prayers, turning them simply into collections of words and meanings, like the songs of the non-Jews.
It is possible that this new approach was merely “academic,” and it was not regarded as necessary to keep all the numerical combinations and associations in mind when actually praying. However, there can be no doubt that this new attitude had two results, one of which is manifested in this treatise, while the other is evident from all Ashkenazi Hasidic treatments of the subject: (a) No change can be tolerated in the text of the prayers, not even a minute one, because every change – even of one letter – would destroy the numerical harmony inherent in the text. It does not matter, therefore, whether the change is beneficial from the point of view of meaning and content, for this level of meaning is not the most important one in the prayers. The text was formed to reflect mystical harmony, and any change would destroy it. (b) The liturgy received new importance and new meaning within the framework of religious practice. A completely new dimension was added in this way to the daily prayer service; it stopped being just a reciting of requests and praises of God in ancient formulas, and became a vehicle for becoming a participant in a mystical, divine harmony. The prayers suddenly received a new depth of meaning and importance, which was undreamed of in the thousand years that had passed since they were formulated.
According to Rabbi Judah and the Ashkenazi Hasidic school in general, there can be nothing accidental in the Bible, not even the forms of letters, the punctuation, the vocalization, and especially – in the numerical structures – the number of certain letters, consonants or vowels in a certain verse; the number of words from the same root; the number and variety of divine names in a certain pericope, the absence of one or more letters from a chapter, and many other elements of the Scriptures besides their content.
With the discovered of the Qur’an’s extensive 19-based code, the great mystery has now been unveiled. As detailed in my two books, “THE COMPUTER SPEAKS,” and “QUR’AN: VISUAL PRESENTATION OF THE MIRACLE”, the number 19 is God’s personal stamp, not only in His Holy messages to the world, but also throughout the universe. For example, the sun, the moon, and the planet Earth line up in the same relative position once every 19 years (see Jewish Encyclopedia under “Calendar”). Haley’s Comet, the most profound heavenly phenomenon, visits our solar system once every 76 years (19×4).
19 is the numerical value of the Arabic Word for ONE (Waahhid), and Arabic is the language of Qur’an. Thus, the secret of the scriptures’ numerical code was destined to remain mysterious until God’s messages have been completed through the revelation of Qur’an.