Saturday, April 12, 2014

Number seven in the Quran

Number seven has been mentioned in the stories which were stated in the Quran. In the story of Prophet Nooh (Noah), may Allaah exalt his mention, he asked his people to contemplate on the Creator of the seven heavens. Allaah says (what means):
"See you not how Allaah has created the seven heavens one above another." [Quran 71:15]
In the story of Prophet Yoosuf (Joseph), may Allaah exalt his mention, he interpreted the king's dream which mentioned this number. Allaah says (what means):
"And the king (of Egypt) said: "Verily, I saw (in a dream) seven fat cows, whom seven lean ones were devouring - and of seven green ears of corn, and (seven) others dry. O notables! Explain to me my dream, if it be that you can interpret dreams." [Quran 12:43]
This number has been frequently mentioned in the stories in the Quran such as the punishment inflicted on the people of Prophet Houd, may Allaah exalt his mention.
In the story of Prophet Moosa (Moses), may Allaah exalt him mention, number seventy which is the multiplication of 7, has been also mentioned. The same number has also been mentioned in the story of the People of the Cave.
Mentioning number seven is not only restricted to when mentioning the worldly affairs, but it also covered the Hereafter. The word "Resurrection" is mentioned in the Quran seventy times; again a number multiplying seven. The word "Hell" is also mentioned seventy seven times.
When mentioning torture in the Hell-fire, Allaah says (what means):
"(It will be said): "Seize him and fetter him. Then throw him in the blazing Fire. Then fasten him with a chain whereof the length is seventy cubits!" [Quran 69:30-32]
When talking about the reward of those who spend their money in the way of Allaah, Allaah says (what means):
"The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allaah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allaah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allaah is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All-Knower." [Quran 2:261]
There are seven chapters in the Quran that start with the glorification of Allaah. They are chapters Al-Israa`, Al-Hadeed, Al-Hashr, As-Saff, Al-Jumu`ah, At-Taghaabun and Al-A`laa.