"7" Seven : 44 ways to make it a Special Number

  La in Shakartum la Azeedannakum : If you do shukr for the ne'mat with which I have blessed you, then I will increase it for you  

In the year 2007 AD, 7th of July fell on Saturday, the 7th day of the week. And the format of the date looked like 07/07/07. This was an uncommon coincidence which flashed on News channels. It's not new that such occurrences give a golden opportunity for soothsayers, astrologers and numerologists to come out with their interpretations and opinions. These so called advices and views have vast relations right from the political stability to the personal life of the people of various sun signs; from the marriages to the date of deliveries and the future of the new born babies. These spiced up drinks of views and analysis are served in various glasses of news channels and at the receiving end, audiences and innocent people are the sufferers of its side effects.

By the grace of Allaah, we are not deprived of the purest of knowledge


of Ahl ul-Bayt (AS). We cannot be overwhelmed or influenced by the evil or ill rooted knowledge because we belong to the group of people who are guided by Allaah Himself. A'immat it-Taahereen (AS) has endowed us with the glory and blessing of the pious and pure knowledge with the help of which we can sail through any storms of confusion and difficulties. It is an attempt to make mumineen aware about the importance of number 7 in our aqeedah and shari'at.

7 is closely related to our aqeedah. It is a very auspicious number for us because it encompasses many facts of our principles. Here are 44 ways to make it more special for us...

  1. There are 7 Ambiyaa Notaqaa. There are 6 naatiq (lit. – speaker; the one who brings shari'at) from Maulaana Aadam (AS) till Rasoolullaah (SAWS) and the last 7th naatiq is Maulaana Qaa'im ul-Qayaamah who will be the leader on the day of Qayaamat.
  2. 7 days of the week starting from Sunday till Saturday.
  3. 7 Da'aaim ul-Islaam i.e. pillars of Islaam. Walaayat, Tahaarat, Namaaz, Zakaat, Saum, Hajj and Jehaad.
  4. The period of pregnancy is 9 months and the stages of development of the foetus are 7 as mentioned in the Qur'an. The first stage is of wet mud till the completion (khalqan aakhar).
  5. There are 7 orifices on the face. 2 eyes, 2 nostrils, 2 ears and 1 mouth.
  6. The succession of A'immat it-Taahereen (AS) is divided into factions of 7 Imaam and the 7th Imaam of each faction is called as Motimm. Imaam Mohammad bin Ismaa'il (AS) is the motimm of 1st faction, Imaam Mo'iz (AS) of 2nd and Imaam Taiyeb (AS) of 3rd faction. Till the day of qayaamat, the succession of A'immat it-Taahereen (AS) will run into 14 factions – the 98th Imaam being the last of them.
  7. One tawaaf (circum-ambulation) around Ka'atullaah consists of 7 times encircling the Ka'bah.
  8. It is mandated upon us to hit the stones to the pillars of Shaitaan in 7 sets during the days of Hajj.
  9. A mumin does sa’y between Safaa and Marwaa 7 times.
  10. There are 7 manaazil (pl – manzil; sections) of the Qur'an.
  11. The time of Zohr and ‘Asr is due after 7 hours from the sunrise.
  12. There are 7 Aflaak (pl – falak; skies, celestial spheres). There is 7 stars – one in each of them; Zohl (Saturn) , Mushtari (Jupiter), Mirreekh (Mars), Shams (Sun), Zohraa (Venus), ‘Otaarid (Mercury) and Qamar (Moon).
  13. There are 7 continents viz.  Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia and 7 seas viz. Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Black Sea, Adriatic Sea, Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean .
  14. There are basic 7 minerals present in the earth's crust namely: Silicon, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, sodium, aluminium.
  15. Allaah has created 7 Jahannam (hell) for the cursed.
  16. 7 parts of the body touch the ground while doing sajadah; face (forehead and tip of nose), palms of the hands, both the knees and great toes.
  17. There are 7 colours in a Rainbow.  They are Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet.  These are the colours in the visible light.
  18. There are 7 orbits in an Atom. The nitrogen atom is composed of exactly 7 protons, 7 neutrons and 7 electrons, and this alone brings about the significance of this number, even in the very roots of creation. The atomic number of nitrogen is 7.
  19. Geologically there are 7 layers of the Earth.
  20. Most Mammal's neck have 7 Bones even giraffe’s.
  21. There are 7 rows in a periodic table.
  22. All halogens have 7 electrons in their outer shells.
  23. The Ph of pure Water is 7.
  24. The International System of Units (SI) defines 7 units of measure. These SI base units and their physical quantities are meter for length, kilogram for mass, second for time, ampere for electrical current, kelvin for temperature, candela for luminous intensity, and mole for the amount of substance.
  25. There are 7 atmospheric layers of earth viz. troposphere, stratosphere, ozonosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, ionosphere and exosphere.
  26. There are 7 stellar visible objects to the naked eye in the skies viz. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn.
  27. Parents should instruct their wards to offer namaaz at the age of 7.
  28. There are 7 faraa’iz (compulsory points) in every pillars of Islaam.
  29. Rasoolullaah (saws) - Nabi and M. Ali (as) - Wasi lived for 63 (7x9) years.
  30. A believer is required to do istighfaar for his misdeeds 70 (7x10) times daily.
  31. Allaah has sent the destructive wind on the People of "Aad" for 7 nights.
  32. People of the Yusuf Nabi were tested with 7 years of famine.
  33. Aqeeqah of the new-born child should be done on 7th or 14th or 21st day after his birth.
  34. The first surah of Qur’an Surat ul-Faateha has 7 verses.
  35. There are 28 (7x4) alphabets in Arabic language in which the Qur’an is revealed.
  36. In the Qur'an Surat un-Nahl mentions 7 types of liquids viz. semen, water, blood, milk, date, grape juice, honey.
  37. 7 is the sum of any two opposite sides on a standard six-sided die. When rolling two standard six-sided dice, seven has a 6 in 36 (or 1/6th) probability of being rolled (1–6, 6–1, 2–5, 5–2, 3–4, or 4–3), the greatest of any number.
  38. There are 7 mahram-daar with whom Nikaah is forbidden.  Mother, sister, daughter, father’s sister, mother’s sister, brother’s daughter and sister’s daughter,
  39. The only verse in the Qur’an where the word “Allaah” is there 7 times is the last verse of Surat ul-Muzzammil.
  40. The mention that Allaah has created earth and heavens in 6 days is repeated 7 times in Qur’an.
  41. There are 7 virtues which lead to the Paradise viz. Chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, kindness, patience and humility. 
  42. There are 7 vices which lead to the Hell-fire viz. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride.
  43. The Da’wat of Allaah is established with 28 (7x4) hudood which includes the Imaam himself.
  44. There are 7 mountains mentioned in the Qur’an and in Ahaadees viz. Abi Qubays, Hiraa, Ohud, Judi, Toor-e-Sinaa, Toor-e-Tainaa, Toor-e-Zaitaa.
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