A miraculous, subtle point of the All-Wise Qur’an that is manifested through ‘coincidences’1 is as follows:
In the All-Wise Qur’an, the divine names of Allah, Merciful (Rahman), Compassionate (Rahim), Sustainer (Rabb), and He (Hu) in place of Allah, are mentioned approximately four thousand times in all. The second type of abjad, reckoned according to the arrangement of the alphabet, makes the value of “In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate” around four thousand also. Small fractions of large numbers do not spoil ‘coincidence’, so have been disregarded. Also, together with the two conjunctival waw’s within “Alif. Lam. Mim.”, it makes approximately two hundred and eighty. In addition to coinciding with both the approximately two hundred and eighty instances of the word Allah in Sura al-Baqara, and the around two hundred and eighty verses of the Sura, if reckoned with the second sort of abjad reckoning, it again makes about four thousand. That coincides both with the five famous divine names mentioned above, and if the fractions are disregarded, with the numerical value of “In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.” That is to say, according to this mystery of ‘coincidence,’ “Alif. Lam. Mim.” is both a title denoting the One it signifies, and a name for al-Baqara, and a name of the Qur’an, and a concise index of both of them, and a sample, summary and seed of both, and a summary of “In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.”
According to the well-known Abjad system, “In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate” is equal in numerical value to the name of Sustainer. Similarly, if the doubled Ra in “the Merciful, the Compassionate (ar-Rahman, ar-Rahim)” is counted twice, it becomes nine hundred and ninety and a key to numerous important mysteries – with its nineteen letters, the key to nineteen thousand worlds.
Among the subtle ‘coincidences’ of the word Allah in the Qur’an of Miraculous Exposition is that in the whole Qur’an eighty instances of the
‘Coincidence’ (tevâfuk): the correspondence of letters or words in lines or patterns on one or several pages. (Tr.)