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Magnificent Seven

A Presentation by
Najib Khan Surattee
Why is the number 7 so special?
General Knowledge

We know that there are 7 special facts:

[1] 7 days in a week

[2] 7 colors in a rainbow
[3] 7 layers of heavens
[4] 7 continents in the world
[5] 7 oceans in the world
[6] 7 orbits in an atom
[7] 7 layers of the earth

 1 x 7 + 3 = 10
 14 x 7 + 2 = 100
 142 x 7 + 6 = 1000
 1428 x 7 + 4 = 10000
 14285 x 7 + 5 = 100000
 142857 x 7 + 1 = 1000000
 1428571 x 7 + 3 = 10000000
 14285714 x 7 + 2 = 100000000
 142857142 x 7 + 6 = 1000000000
 1428571428 x 7 + 4 = 10000000000
Most mammals’ neck have 7 bones
The no. of openings into the human’s
head is 7: mouth, 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2

The most abundant gas on Earth,
Nitrogen, has Atomic No 7
There are 7 Rows in the Periodic Table
The Halogens are found in Group 7
The pH of pure water is 7

There are 7 SI Base units: Metre, Kilogram, Second,

Kelvin, Ampere, Mole and Candela

There are 7 colours in the visible light: Red, Orange,

Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet

The atmosphere consists of 7 layers: Troposhere,

Stratosphere, Ozonosphere, Mesosphere,
Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Exosphere


There are 7 visible (to the naked eye) stellar objects:

Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn
For us, Muslims, the number 7 is very significant.

We prostrate (sujud) on our 7 bones

We circumambulate (tawaf) around the Kaaba 7 times

We walk between Safa and Marwah (sa’i) 7 times

We stone at Satan (at the Jamarat) 7 times

There are 7 gates to Hell

Our Prophet s.a.w.said about young children: “Command

him to pray upon reaching the age of 7.”
There are 7 Shades provided in the Hereafter

We clean (purify) something that is ‘najis’ 7 times

The takbir during the ‘Eid prayer (for 1st raka’at) is

made 7 times

Allah made the creation of mankind pass through 7


Our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. lived for 63

(7x9) lunar years

We are required to say ‘Istighfar’ at least 70 (7x10)

times a day
Allah has sent the destructive wind on the people of
‘Aad for 7 consecutive nights

The people of Prophet Yusof (a.s.) was tested with 7

years of famine

When Allah gave the example of charity, He compared

it to a grain (of corn); it grows 7 ears and each ear has
a hundred grains

Charity is multiplied 700 times

There are 70 000 members of the Muslim Nation who

will enter Paradise without questioning
It is a sunnah to perform aqiqah for the new born baby
on the 7th day

We are advised by our Prophet s.a.w. to treat our

children differently every 7 years of their growth:
1–7 : play with them
8 – 14 : discipline them
15 – 21 : be a friend to them
22 – 28 : give them freedom to take action

In the war of Badr, there were 77 Muhajirin fighting. It

ended with 70 dead among the musyrikin and 70
prisoners of war.

Our Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. went for Isra’ and

Mi’raj on the 27th day of the 7th month of the Hijr
Code 7 in the Qur’an
The following are observed in the Qur’an:

[1] The first surah, Al Fatehah, has 7 verses

[2] The first number to be mentioned is 7

[3] The first surah that has a verse for prostration is

Surah No. 7

[4] The first kalimah ‘Allah’ mentioned in Surah Al

Baqarah is in verse 7

[5] The maximum number that the kalimah ‘Allah’ is

mentioned in a verse is 7, in Surah Muzzammil,
Verse 20
[6] The 7th surah counting from surah An-Naas
is Surah Al Kautsar. It is the only surah
which does not contain any letter “mim”

[7] The number of times the 7 heavens are

mentioned is 7 and the number of times the
phrase “established on His Throne” is also 7

[8] Surah Yasin (the heart of the Qur’an)

contains 7 ‘mubin’. The 7th ‘mubin’ is found at
verse 77.
[9] Both Prophet Adam (a.s.) and Prophet Isa
(a.s.) are mentioned 25 times. The first time
their names are mentioned together in the
same verse is at the 7th time each of their
names are mentioned (Surah No. 3, verse

“Verily, the likeness of Isa before Allah is

the likeness of Adam…”
[10] In Surah Al Kahf the word ‘cave’ is
mentioned 7 times. The maximum number of
people mentioned is also 7

[11] Surah An-Nahl mentions 7 types of liquids:

sperm, water, blood, milk, date juice, grape
juice and honey

[12] The saga of Prophet Adam (a.s.) and Iblis is

mentioned 7 times
[13] The no. of times Allah mentions that He
created the heavens and earth in 6 days
(period) is 7

[14] The word sabbath is mentioned 7 times

(“Sabbath” - abstinences for the Jewish
people, is on the seventh day of the week)

[15] Prophet Hud (a.s.) is mentioned 7 times.

The first time he is mentioned is in Surah
No. 7
[16] The Qur’an is made up of all the 28 (7x4) letters of
the Arabic alphabet

[17] In Surah Al Hijr, Verse 9:

“Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the

Dhikr (Qur’an) and surely We will guard it (from

This verse contains 28 (7 x 4) letters equivalent to

the no. of letters of the Arabic alphabet. It starts
with an ‘Alif’ and ends with a ‘Nun’ just like in the
Qur’an, the first Al Muqattaat letter is ‘Alif” and
the last is ‘Nun’. It consists of 7 letter ‘Nun’
suggesting that the Qur’an has a large percentage
of its verses ending with letter ‘Nun’.
[18] There are 14 (7x2) Al Muqatta’at
(Abbreviation letters) or Futuhat
(Introductory letters) eg Alif Lam Mim, Ya
Sin, Ta Ha etc

[19] These 14 Al Muqatta’at form 14 (7x2)

different symbols (spreading over 29

[20] Of the 14 (7x2) Surahs with the command

for prostrations, 7 of them contains Al
Muqatta’at. The 7th is one which begins with
“Yaa ayyuhal ladzi na amanu”
[21] There are 7 consecutive chapters that begin with
the initials “Ha Mim” (Surah No. 40, 41, 42, 43,
44, 45 and 46)

[22] Only in Surah 42 (7x6), there are 2 sets of Al

Muqatta’at in separate verses : Ha Mim and Ain Sin

[23] The surah that has the phrase “wa ma adra

kama*” and is answered with the most number of
times (i.e. 10 times repeatedly) is Surah Al Mursalat
or Surah No 77. In this surah, this question is
asked at verse no.14 (7x2) with the last (10th)
answer is at verse no.49 (7x7)
[24] Between the first surah with “wa ma adra
kama” (Surah 69) and the last one (Surah
104), there are exactly 28 (7x4) surahs.

[25] The number of surahs that has verses which

command for prostrations is 14 (7x2) as
agreed by all scholars. However, Imam
Syafi’e suggested prostration at Surah Al
Hajj, verse 77. As such, this becomes the 7th
verse for prostrations.

*: ‘And what will make you know what…’

[26] The last surah that mentions the name “Allah” is
surah No. 112 (7x16)

[27] Both Surah Al Fatehah & Surah Al Ma’uun consist

of 7 verses and have their name spelt with 7 letters.
Both of them are related to solat.

[28]* Between the first surah that mentions the

number 7 (i.e. surah no. 2:29) and the last surah that
mentions the number 7 (i.e. surah no.78:12), there
are exactly 77 (or 7x11) surahs.

*Contribution by Abd Adaem Alkaheel

7 Facts of Al Fatehah

[1] Its name is spelt with 7 Arabic letters


[2] It consists of 7 verses

“And indeed, We have bestowed upon

you seven of Al Mathani (seven
repeatedly recited Verses) and the Grand
Qur’an.” (Al Hijr, 15: 87)
[3] It is made up of 21 (7x3) of the letters
of the Arabic alphabet

‫ض ص سر ذ د ح ت ب ا‬

‫غ ع‬ ‫ه ن م ل ك ق‬ ‫ي و‬
[4] As such it does not have 7 letters of
the Arabic alphabet

‫ج ث‬ ‫خ‬ ‫ظ ش ز‬ ‫ف‬
[5] According to some ulama, these letters
have connections (initials) with the
following names of 7 Hells:

[5.1] Thabur

[5.2] Jahim or Jahannam

[5.3] Kholidin

[5.4] Zamharir
[5.5] Fariqoh

[5.6] Syaqowah

[5.7] Zulmah

[6] It contains all the 14 (7x2) of the Al-

Muqatta’at letters

[7] It has 14 (7x2) ‘syadda’

* The total number of times the
letters ‘‫ ’ل‬,’‫ ’ا‬and ‘‫ ’ه‬forming the
name “‫ ”ال‬in the entire surah is
49 (7x7)
*(Based on a study done by Abd Adaem Alkaheel)
Wirid after Friday’s prayer

While still sitting in “tahiyyah akhir”

position, recite the following:

Surah Al Fatehah (7x)

Surah Al Ikhlas (7x)
Surah Al Falaq (7x)
Surah An Naas (7x)

Then, recite the following doa 4 times:

“Allahumma ya ghaniyyu ya hamid, ya mubdi’u ya
mu’id, ya rahimu ya wadud, aghnini bihalalika ‘an
haramika wa bitha’atika ‘an ma’shiyatika wa fidhlika
‘amman siwak.”

(Some ulama suggested to be read 3 times)

The above amalan has been taught by Al Marhum

Ustaz Syed Abdillah Al Jufri
Al Mussabba’at (The Seven)

To be read before syuruk (after solat

subuh) and/or just before magrib

This wirid is practised by most ahli sufi

like Imam Al Ghazali, Sheikh Abdul Qadir
Al Jailani and Imam Syed Abdullah Al
Hadad. It is also known as a gift from
Nabi Khidir (a.s.)

It is also a wirid never missed by Al

Marhum Ustaz Syed Abdillah Bin Ahmad
Al Jufri
1. Surah Al Fatehah (7x)

2. Ayatul Kursi (7x)

3. Surah Al Kafirun (7x)

4. Surah Al Ikhlas (7x)

5. Surah Al Falaq (7x)

6. Surah An Naas (7x)

7. Read Tasbih, Tahmid, Tahlil and Takbir (7x)

8. Send Blessings on the Prophet s.a.w. (7x)

9. Istighfar for yourself, your parents, the
righteous people, muslims whose alive and
dead (7x)

10. Doa, Munajat to Allah s.w.t. (7x)

(Please write an e-mail to me if you need the details of this wirid)

End Of Presentation

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May this presentation brings you closer

to Allah s.w.t. Amin!