Pearl of Wisdom

'Decorate the Qur'an with your voices.'

Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafa [sawa]
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 92, p. 190, no. 2

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We have seen earlier that the mathematical miracle in lexical concordance can be presented in many different ways. The concordance in the Quran is sometimes given as lexical concordance with the universe and sometimes as lexical concordance merely. We shall see a different type of miracle in this section. The 18th sura, The Cave, relates the story of seven sleepers who had slept in a cave for 300 years, 9 years were added to this time period. We shall see why this number was not given directly as 309, but mentioned as above in the sections on the 19 miracle. If this number was given as 309 then the total of the numbers given in the Quran would not be a multiply of 19.

In the 9th verse of 18th sura, the youth who stay in a cave are mentioned. Until the 25th verse, all the verses are about these young people and in the 25th verse, it is told that these youths stayed in the cave for 300+9 years. If we start counting the words from 9th verse which talks about these young people, the word that comes right after the expression “And they stayed in their cave...” is the 309th word. From the beginning of these young people’s adventure until the end of the time they stayed in the cave, the story is told in 308 words and the 309th word is the word 300+9 years which is the time they stayed in the cave. The following verse is given below:

25- They stayed in the cave: three hundred years and nine.
                                                                             18. The Cave, 25

How many years did the youngsters stay in the cave?



How many words are used from the beginning of the verses that describe the youngsters still the end of the time they stayed in the cave is mentioned?


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