lousness and the miracles of Muhammad (UWBP), the great majority of similar phrases manifest coincidences, but they appear only on a single page, while the two above phrases appear throughout the two treatises and in most of the others. We have said repeatedly that essentially coincidences may be found in other books, but not to this extraordinary extent, which demonstrates an elevated will and intention. Now, although it is not possible to refute what we claim, there are one or two ways that it might appear to be thus if glanced at superficially.
One is that they may say: “You had these coincidences in mind and brought them about in this way. It would be easy to do that intentionally.” In reply we say this: in any matter two truthful witnesses are sufficient, but in this case a hundred truthful witnesses may be found who will testify that our will and intention played no part and that we became aware of it only three or four years later. I want to say in this connection that this wonder of the Qur’an proceeding from its miraculousness is not similar in kind to its miraculous eloquence, or equal in degree. For that is beyond human power. But this wonder of its miraculousness could not occur through human power either; human power could not intervene in such a matter. If it did, it would be artificial and spoil it.1
In connection with particular signs and general signs, we shall indicate a fine point of dominicality and mercifulness:
One of my brothers said something very good; I shall make it the subject here. What he said was this: one day I showed him a clear example of a coincidence and he said: “That’s good! In fact all truths and realities are good, but the coincidences in the Words and its success are even better.” “Yes,” I said, “everything is in reality good, or in itself good, or good in respect of its results. And this goodness looks to general dominicality, all-embracing mercy, and universal manifestation. Like you said, the sign from the Unseen in this success is even better. This is because it takes the form of a particular mercy and particular dominicality and particular manifestation.” We shall make this easier to understand with a comparison. It is like this:
In one copy, on a page of the Eighteenth Sign of the Nineteenth Letter, the word “Qur’an” coincided nine times in this way. We drew a line through these and the word “Muhammad” appeared. Then on the opposite the page, the word “Qur’an” appeared eight times, and from all these the name of “Allah” emerged. Many wondrous things like these have been observed in the coincidences. We saw them with our own eyes. Signed: Bekir, Tevfik, Suleyman, Galib, Said