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Numbers in the Qur’an

PS: At the end, Pdf of this compilation is given for download, InshaaAllah.

Taking these two sayings of our glorious Prophet sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam, as a motivation, I thought of compiling the numbers used in the Qur’an so that when we learn and say them, we can expect a reward from Allah, InshaaAllah.

1. “Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a ten-fold reward. I do not say that ألم Alif-Lam-Meem is one letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Meem is a letter.” At-Tirmidhi, Riyaadhus Saliheen

2. “(The value of) an action depends on the intention behind it. A man will be rewarded only for what he intended.” Sahih Muslim …

These are the cardinal numbers that are used in the Qur’an:

1. Wahid = One
2. Ithnain = Two
3. Thalathah = Three
4. Arba’ah = Four
5. Khamsa = Five
6. Sitta = Six
7. Sab’a = Seven:
8. Thamaniyah = Eight
9. Tis’a = Nine
10. ‘Ashara = Ten
11. ahada ‘ashara = Eleven
12. Ithna ‘ashara = Twelve
19. Tisa’ ‘ashara = Nineteen
20. ‘ishroon = Twenty
30. Thalatheen = Thirty
40. Arbaeen = Forty
50. khamseen = Fifty
60. Sitteen = Sixty
70. sab’oon = Seventy
80. Thamaneen = Eighty
99. Tis’a wa Tis’oon = Ninety Nine
100. Mea = One Hundred
200. Me-atayn = Two Hundred
300. Thalaatha Mea = Three Hundred
1000. Alf = Thousand
2000. Alfayn = Two Thousand
3000. Thalaathata aalaaf = Three Thousand
5000. Khamsata aalaaf = Five Thousand
50, 000. Khamseen Alf = Fifty Thousand
100,000. Meata Alf = One Hundred Thousand

Let us now learn the respective ayahs wherein we find the above mentioned numbers, inshaaAllah: 

1. Wahid = One:

وَإِلَـٰهُكُمْ إِلَـٰهٌ وَاحِدٌ ۖ لَّا إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الرَّحْمَـٰنُ الرَّحِيمُ

“And your god is one God. There is no deity [worthy of worship] except Him, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.” [2:163]

2. Ithnain = Two:

إِلَّا تَنصُرُوهُ فَقَدْ نَصَرَهُ اللَّـهُ إِذْ أَخْرَجَهُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا ثَانِيَ اثْنَيْنِ إِذْ هُمَا فِي الْغَارِ إِذْ يَقُولُ لِصَاحِبِهِ لَا تَحْزَنْ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ مَعَنَا

“If you do not aid the Prophet – Allah has already aided him when those who disbelieved had driven him out [of Makkah] as one of two, when they were in the cave and he said to his companion, “Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us.” [9:40]

3. Thalathah = Three:

لَّقَدْ كَفَرَ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا إِنَّ اللَّـهَ ثَالِثُ ثَلَاثَةٍ

“They have certainly disbelieved who say, “Allah is the third of three.” [5:73]

4. Arba’ah = Four:

قَالَ فَخُذْ أَرْبَعَةً مِّنَ الطَّيْرِ فَصُرْهُنَّ إِلَيْكَ

“……[Allah] said, “Take four birds and commit them to yourself……” [2:260]

5. Khamsa = Five:

مَا يَكُونُ مِن نَّجْوَىٰ ثَلَاثَةٍ إِلَّا هُوَ رَابِعُهُمْ وَلَا خَمْسَةٍ إِلَّا هُوَ سَادِسُهُمْ

“… There is in no private conversation three but that He is the fourth of them, nor are there five but that He is the sixth of them” [58:7]

6. Sitta = Six:

الَّذِي خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا فِي سِتَّةِ أَيَّامٍ ثُمَّ اسْتَوَىٰ عَلَى الْعَرْشِ

“He who created the heavens and the earth and what is between them in six days and then established Himself above the Throne….” [25:59]

7. Sab’a = Seven:

اللَّـهُ الَّذِي خَلَقَ سَبْعَ سَمَاوَاتٍ وَمِنَ الْأَرْضِ مِثْلَهُنَّ

“It is Allah who has created seven heavens and of the earth, the like of them…” [65:12]

8. Thamaniyah = Eight:

وَالْمَلَكُ عَلَىٰ أَرْجَائِهَا ۚ وَيَحْمِلُ عَرْشَ رَبِّكَ فَوْقَهُمْ يَوْمَئِذٍ ثَمَانِيَةٌ

“And the angels are at its edges. And there will bear the Throne of your Lord above them, that Day, eight [of them].” [69:17]

9. Tis’a = Nine:

وَكَانَ فِي الْمَدِينَةِ تِسْعَةُ رَهْطٍ يُفْسِدُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا يُصْلِحُونَ

“And there were in the city nine family heads causing corruption in the land and not amending [its affairs].” [27:48]

10. ‘Ashara = Ten:

تِلْكَ عَشَرَةٌ كَامِلَةٌ

“Those are ten complete [days].” [2:196]

11. ahada ‘ashara = Eleven

إِذْ قَالَ يُوسُفُ لِأَبِيهِ يَا أَبَتِ إِنِّي رَأَيْتُ أَحَدَ عَشَرَ كَوْكَبًا

“When Yusuf said to his father: O my father! Indeed I saw in a dream eleven stars…” [12:4]

12. Ithna ‘ashara = Twelve

إِنَّ عِدَّةَ الشُّهُورِ عِندَ اللَّـهِ اثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْرًا

“Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months…” [9:36]

19. Tisa’ ‘ashara = Nineteen

عَلَيْهَا تِسْعَةَ عَشَرَ

“Over it are nineteen [angels]” (74:30)

20. ‘ishroon = Twenty

إِن يَكُن مِّنكُمْ عِشْرُونَ صَابِرُونَ يَغْلِبُوا مِائَتَيْنِ

“If there are among you twenty [who are] steadfast, they will overcome two hundred.8:65

30. Thalatheen = Thirty

وَوَاعَدْنَا مُوسَىٰ ثَلَاثِينَ لَيْلَةً وَأَتْمَمْنَاهَا بِعَشْرٍ فَتَمَّ مِيقَاتُ رَبِّهِ أَرْبَعِينَ لَيْلَةً

“And We made an appointment with Moses for thirty nights and perfected them by [the addition of] ten; so the term of his Lord was completed as forty nights.” 7: 142

40. Arbaeen = Forty

قَالَ فَإِنَّهَا مُحَرَّمَةٌ عَلَيْهِمْ ۛ أَرْبَعِينَ سَنَةً ۛ يَتِيهُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ

“[Allah] said, “Then indeed, it is forbidden to them for forty years [in which] they will wander throughout the land. ” 5:26

50. khamseen = Fifty:

وَلَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَا نُوحًا إِلَىٰ قَوْمِهِ فَلَبِثَ فِيهِمْ أَلْفَ سَنَةٍ إِلَّا خَمْسِينَ عَامًا

“And We certainly sent Noah to his people, and he remained among them a thousand years minus fifty years…” 29:14

60. sitteen = Sixty:

فَمَن لَّمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَإِطْعَامُ سِتِّينَ مِسْكِينًا

“…..and he who is unable – then the feeding of sixty poor persons…” 58:4

70. sab’oon = Seventy:

ثُمَّ فِي سِلْسِلَةٍ ذَرْعُهَا سَبْعُونَ ذِرَاعًا فَاسْلُكُوهُ

“Then into a chain whose length is seventy cubits insert him.” 69:32

80. Thamaneen = Eighty:

وَالَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ الْمُحْصَنَاتِ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَأْتُوا بِأَرْبَعَةِ شُهَدَاءَ فَاجْلِدُوهُمْ ثَمَانِينَ جَلْدَةً

“And those who accuse chaste women and then do not produce four witnesses – lash them with eighty lashes” 24:4

99. Tis’a wa Tis’oon = Ninety Nine

إِنَّ هَـٰذَا أَخِي لَهُ تِسْعٌ وَتِسْعُونَ نَعْجَةً

“Indeed this, my brother, has ninety-nine ewes…..” 38:23

100. Mea = One Hundred

مَّثَلُ الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ كَمَثَلِ حَبَّةٍ أَنبَتَتْ سَبْعَ سَنَابِلَ فِي كُلِّ سُنبُلَةٍ مِّائَةُ حَبَّةٍ

“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains”. 2:261

200. Me-atayn = Two Hundred

فَإِن يَكُن مِّنكُم مِّائَةٌ صَابِرَةٌ يَغْلِبُوا مِائَتَيْنِ

“So if there are from you one hundred [who are] steadfast, they will overcome two hundred.” 8:66

300. Thalaatha Mea = Three Hundred:

وَلَبِثُوا فِي كَهْفِهِمْ ثَلَاثَ مِائَةٍ سِنِينَ وَازْدَادُوا تِسْعًا

“And they remained in their cave for three hundred years and exceeded by nine.” 18:25

1000. Alf = Thousand

وَلَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَا نُوحًا إِلَىٰ قَوْمِهِ فَلَبِثَ فِيهِمْ أَلْفَ سَنَةٍ إِلَّا خَمْسِينَ عَامًا

“And We certainly sent Noah to his people, and he remained among them a thousand years minus fifty years…” 29:14

2000. alfayn = Two Thousand:

وَإِن يَكُن مِّنكُمْ أَلْفٌ يَغْلِبُوا أَلْفَيْنِ بِإِذْنِ اللَّـهِ

“And if there are among you a thousand, they will overcome two thousand by permission of Allah.” 8:66

3000. thalaathata aalaaf = Three Thousand:

إِذْ تَقُولُ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَلَن يَكْفِيَكُمْ أَن يُمِدَّكُمْ رَبُّكُم بِثَلَاثَةِ آلَافٍ مِّنَ الْمَلَائِكَةِ مُنزَلِينَ

“[Remember] when you said to the believers, “Is it not sufficient for you that your Lord should reinforce you with three thousand angels sent down?” 3:124

5000. khamsata aalaaf = Five Thousand:

بَلَىٰ ۚ إِن تَصْبِرُوا وَتَتَّقُوا وَيَأْتُوكُم مِّن فَوْرِهِمْ هَـٰذَا يُمْدِدْكُمْ رَبُّكُم بِخَمْسَةِ آلَافٍ مِّنَ الْمَلَائِكَةِ مُسَوِّمِينَ

“Yes, if you remain patient and conscious of Allah and the enemy come upon you [attacking] in rage, your Lord will reinforce you with five thousand angels having marks [of distinction]” 3:125

50, 000. Khamseen Alf  = Fifty Thousand:

تَعْرُجُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ إِلَيْهِ فِي يَوْمٍ كَانَ مِقْدَارُهُ خَمْسِينَ أَلْفَ سَنَةٍ

“The angels and the Spirit will ascend to Him during a Day the extent of which is fifty thousand years.” 70:4

100,000. Meata Alf = One Hundred Thousand:

وَأَرْسَلْنَاهُ إِلَىٰ مِائَةِ أَلْفٍ أَوْ يَزِيدُونَ

“And We sent him to [his people of] a hundred thousand or more.” 37:147

In the next post, we will learn the ordinal numbers mentioned in the Qur’an and also the difference between Wahid and Ahad Inshaa’Allah.

Allaahumma Baarik Lana Feema A’tayt = O Allah, bless for us in what You’ve given us.

Sal-lal-laahu Ala Muhammad, Sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-Sallam.

Download Cardinal Numbers in the Quran as Pdf, InshaaAllah


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  1. […] 2. “(The value of) an action depends on the intention behind it. A man will be rewarded only for what he intended.” Sahih Muslim …Continue reading @ my Qur’an website→ […]

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  2. Jzk!

    Comment by Papatia | February 23, 2016 | Reply

    • Sister, always better to use in full.
      Jzk = Jazakallahu khayr.
      As Islam teaches one to proceed from being good to better to best, InshaaAllah.

      Comment by MuQeet | March 5, 2016 | Reply

  3. great effort taqabal Allah

    Comment by radaallah | February 23, 2016 | Reply

    • Aameen.
      Jazakallahu Khayra.

      Comment by MuQeet | February 23, 2016 | Reply

  4. Salaam Alaikum!
    very interesting one, jazakallahu khair.

    Comment by Akram | February 23, 2016 | Reply

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu, dear brother.
      Baarakallaahu Feekum.

      Comment by MuQeet | February 23, 2016 | Reply

  5. Assalam u Alaikym sir
    indeed a great work and a piece of great help to learn from your posts such things from our Quran
    May Allah help us all and reward you for your work.JazakAllah Khair
    your student

    Comment by Mohammed | February 24, 2016 | Reply

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
      Aameen, wa iyyakum.
      Thank you, dear Mohammed for your kind words and regards.
      May Allah bless you with abundant of eeman, knowledge, health and prosperity.
      Baarakallaahu Feekum.

      Comment by MuQeet | February 24, 2016 | Reply

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