I am 21 year old don't have enough knowledge about Islamic things. But I am notice that the digit 7 has a special importance in Islam . like seven earth, seven sky, seven ocean, seven Continent, seven round during hajj and umra, seven destinations in Quran, seven days in week. A lot of others example in universe. Can people clear me the actual meaning of digit seven and the history of this digit with some other examples?

  • Seven continents are entirely due to arbitrary human classification. Continents can be 5, 6, or 7 depending on how you want to classify them. 7 is just currently the most popular one. There are only five (or four) oceans depending on how you classify them. Why did you says seven oceans? Also, what do you mean by "seven destinations in Quran?" The rest is most likely coincidence. – The Z Jul 10 '19 at 8:28

The qur'an actually mentions many numbers the necessity to use them can have different reasons: To show the oneness of God to refute polytheism, to make clear that the statement of one witness is not enough based on the offense or sin which was committed and require a fix number, to add details to a story, to clearly define how heritance must be distributed, more generally as a fixed part in a ruling etc. so basically there's no reason why one should think that there's a special number. Nevertheless there are people and scholars that put emphasize on some mystic or numerological "facts" and "Observations" in and around the qur'an (I've pointed at some in the end of my answer on Does the idea of praying 5 times a day come from the Qur'an?. But most of these observations are pseudoscientific and shouldn't be taken too seriously. Even if they may help some people to raise their Iman. Note that the same actually applies to the hadith in ahadith our Prophet () mentioned some numbers, but there's always a clear reason why they were mentioned. And I doubt that this gives any special significance to this numbers for Islam in the whole, but it could have a significance in a specific context.

Numbers mentioned in the Qur'an

Here some examples of verses that mention numbers (not a full list):

  • One in (2:61), (2:213), (4:11) (6:19)… this number has the most importance as Allah is one and that's the main message of all the Prophets and Messengers ().
  • Two in (4:11), (5:106),(6:143), (6:144), (16:51).
  • Three in (4:3), (4:171), (5:89) and (18:22)
  • Four in (2:234), (2:260), (4:15), (9:2), (24:6) and (24:13)
  • Five in (18:22), (58:7)
  • Six in (7:54), (10:3), (11:7), (25:59), (32:4), (50:38) and (57:4) which all describe the creation of the earths and heavens in six days.
  • Seven (2:29), (2:196), (2:261), (12:43), (12:46), (12:47), (12:48), (15:44), (15:87), (65:12), (69:7), (78:12) … beside the story of Pharao and the creation of seven heavens also other stories and a reference on the qur'an itself include the number seven.
  • Eight in (6:143), (28:27) (39:6) and (69:17)
  • Nine in (17:101), (18:25) and (27:48)
  • Ten in (2:196), (5:89), (6:160) and (11:13)
  • Eleven in (12:4)
  • Twelve in (2:60), (5:12), (7:160) and (9:36) … mainly covering the twelve months of a year and the twelve leaders of Bani Israel.
  • Nineteen in (74:30).
  • Twenty in (8:65).
  • Thirty in (7:142) and (46:15)
  • you may also find verses quoting the numbers forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety, hundred, two hundred, three hundred, thousand, two thousand, three thousand and hundred thousand (Some of these are already covered in the examples above).

Commentary on your examples

like seven earth, seven sky,

This is actually quoted above and known in the qur'an. As none of us knows what Allah exactly means with this we must accept it and wait for a divine answer or explanation.

seven ocean

This is certainly false, but maybe during the middle ages people thought there were 7 seas or something. But also has no relevance to the teaching of Islam.

seven Continent

This is subjective: When I was a child I've been taught there are 5 continents, later people started separating the two America's and so on. There's no actual relevance to Islam in that.

seven round during hajj and umra

All acts of Hajj and 'Umra actually have relevance in the story of Hajar and her son who were left by at the location of the Ka'abah. We are mainly only following their foot steps when performing the Hajj or 'Umrah rituals.

seven destinations in Quran,

I don't actually know what you are referring to?

seven days in week.

I guess this has established due to Allah's teaching of working six days and resting the seventh.

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    "seven destinations in Quran" ... I think the OP means Manzil, the division of the Quran into seven parts. – UmH Jul 11 '19 at 8:33
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    @UmH Well that is a subjective choice of some scholars no more nor less. – Medi1Saif Jul 11 '19 at 10:39
  • this might be relevant from lisan al3arab "وفي الحديث: إِنه لَيُغانُ على قلبي حتى أَستغفر الله في اليوم سبعين مرة، وقد تكرر ذكر السبعة والسبع والسبعين والسبعمائة في القرآن وفي الحديث والعرب تضعها موضع التضعيف والتكثير كقوله تعالى: ك مثل حبة أَنبتت سبع سنابل، وكقوله تعالى: إِن تستغفر لهم سبعين مرة فلن يغفر الله لهم، وكقوله: الحسنة بعشر أَمثالها إِلى سبعمائة. " – Kilise Aug 22 '19 at 22:04

Ibn Qayyim mentions that the number 7 has significance in the Qur'an and hadiths. For example, the Prophet salallahu 3layhe waslama said to prostrate on seven parts of the body(the two hands, the two feet, the two knees, and the forehead). He prescribed saying particular prayers 7 times: "Hasbiallahu 3alayhe tawakalt wa howa rabbul 3arshil adheem" and many other statements which indicate the significance of the number 7. According to Imam Razi, (at least some) of these hadiths and verses are a shorthand for "many" and not a literal "7." It became custom to use the number 7 to mean many, and thus it may be a notion for multiplicity and not a literal 7. The number 7 can also be a notion of periodicity in many cultures. For example: the 7 days repeating, or the 7 white notes of the piano repeating. It's also mentioned in some Tafsirs(commentaries) that the number 7 was considered a perfect number, with the following verse as evidence:

And complete the Hajj and 'umrah for Allah . But if you are prevented, then [offer] what can be obtained with ease of sacrificial animals. And do not shave your heads until the sacrificial animal has reached its place of slaughter. And whoever among you is ill or has an ailment of the head [making shaving necessary must offer] a ransom of fasting [three days] or charity or sacrifice. And when you are secure, then whoever performs 'umrah [during the Hajj months] followed by Hajj [offers] what can be obtained with ease of sacrificial animals. And whoever cannot find [or afford such an animal] - then a fast of three days during Hajj and of seven when you have returned [home]. Those are ten complete [days]. This is for those whose family is not in the area of al-Masjid al-Haram. And fear Allah and know that Allah is severe in penalty. [2:196]

with the word for complete being Kamila, which can also denote perfection. Thus ten also being a perfect/complete number. This notion (of the perfect number 10) was also believed by the Pythagoreans.

For more information you can see my book "Mysteries of the Qur'an: Seven Heavens" under my pen name Israfil Sulayman, or if you are very interested in going deep into the significance of numbers, I suggest the book "Mystery of Numbers" by Anne Marie Schimmel.


Actually, in Islam the importance of digits are considered as shirk (like accepting them as Allah(c.c) ) as pictures. It is a reflection of Christianity on Islam like the legend about Adam and Eve.

  • Isn't that important that God is one? – truthcures Jul 10 '19 at 12:35

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