Collection: The Number 19

The number 19 is numerologically encoded in Quranic chapters, with a specific mention in Chapter 74, Verse 30 (Chapter Al-Muddaththir), which reads, "It (Hell) is overseen by nineteen (keepers)."

The following verse, 74:31, provides further clarification regarding the significance of the number 19

. وَمَا جَعَلْنَآ أَصْحَـٰبَ ٱلنَّارِ إِلَّا مَلَـٰٓئِكَةًۭ ۙ وَمَا جَعَلْنَا عِدَّتَهُمْ إِلَّا فِتْنَةًۭ لِّلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ لِيَسْتَيْقِنَ ٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُوا۟ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ وَيَزْدَادَ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓا۟ إِيمَـٰنًۭا ۙ وَلَا يَرْتَابَ ٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُوا۟ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ وَٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ ۙ وَلِيَقُولَ ٱلَّذِينَ فِى قُلُوبِهِم مَّرَضٌۭ وَٱلْكَـٰفِرُونَ مَاذَآ أَرَادَ ٱللَّهُ بِهَـٰذَا مَثَلًۭا ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ يُضِلُّ ٱللَّهُ مَن يَشَآءُ وَيَهْدِى مَن يَشَآءُ ۚ وَمَا يَعْلَمُ جُنُودَ رَبِّكَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۚ وَمَا هِىَ إِلَّا ذِكْرَىٰ لِلْبَشَرِ ٣١

We have appointed only ˹stern˺ angels as wardens of the Fire. And We have made their number only as a test for the disbelievers,1 so that the People of the Book will be certain, and the believers will increase in faith, and neither the People of the Book nor the believers will have any doubts, and so that those ˹hypocrites˺ with sickness in their hearts and the disbelievers will argue, “What does Allah mean by such a number?” In this way Allah leaves whoever He wills to stray and guides whoever He wills. And none knows the forces of your Lord except He. And this ˹description of Hell˺ is only a reminder to humanity.

We have made their number only as a test for the disbelievers,1 so that the People of the Book will be certain, and the believers will increase in faith, and neither the People of the Book nor the believers will have any doubts...

Here are some interesting facts about the number "19":

The alignment of the Sun, Moon, and Earth occurs every 19 years.

Halley’s Comet passes through the Solar System every 76 years (19 x 4).

The Quran consists of 114 chapters (19 x 6).

The first chapter to be revealed (Chapter 96) is the 19th from the end.

The first verses of the Quran to be revealed are the first five verses of Chapter 96, and the total number of words in these verses is 19.

The first chapter to be revealed, Chapter Al-‘Alaq (Chapter 96), consists of 19 verses and 285 letters (19 x 15).

Chapter Al-Nasr (Chapter 110), the final chapter to be revealed, consists of a total of 19 words.

Furthermore, the first verse of Chapter Al-Nasr, which speaks of the help of Allah, contains 19 letters.

The sum of all the occurrences of the name “Allah” in all the verses whose numbers are multiples of 19 (i.e., verses 19, 38, 57, 76, etc.) is 133, or 19 x 7.

The “abjad” value of the word “wahd” meaning “one” is 19. This word is used with various other words in the Quran, such as one door, one variety of food. It is used 19 times together with the name “Allah.”

The total of the chapter and verse numbers of the occasions when the word “wahd” appears 19 times is 361: (19 x 19).

The chapter from the beginning to possess 19 verses is Chapter Al-Infitar. Another feature of this chapter is that its final word is “Allah.” At the same time, this is the 19th appearance of the name “Allah” from the end.

The number 19 is the total of the numbers 9 and 10 to the power of 1. The difference between the numbers 9 and 10 to the power of 2 is again 19.

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