The Arabic Letter Haa () in the normal Arabic character set is 27. In the numerical character set, Abjad, Haa () is the 5th Letter with numerical value 5. This article is about the spiritual meaning of the Letter Haa ().
The Letter Haa () is a Muqattaat Letter. That is, it is used as a Letter in the opening verses of two Chapters of the Quran. These two Chapters of the Quran are:
Since the value of the Letter Haa () is 5 and it is used 2 times as a Muqattaat Letter we get:
5 () times 2 = 10 = which is Knowledge.
If we look at the first usage of the Letter Haa () as a Muqattaat Letter, we find that it is followed by the Letter Ya (). Knowledge (= 10) leads the '0' to '1'. Knowledge comes from Allah through Hidayat Guidance. And Hidayat leads to Knowledge and Knowledge leads to Allah.
Hidayatis Guidance. How do we take in Guidance ? We rely on the 5 senses given to us by Allah. These 5 senses are:
1- Hearing, 2 - Sight, 3 - Touch, 4 - Taste and 5 - Smell
Everyone of us relies on these 5 senses.
The disbelievers are servants of these 5 senses. The disbelievers want a physical 'form' to worship. They will not believe unless they can 'see' or 'touch' or 'hear' physically with some of their senses.
The believers are masters of these 5 senses. The believers use their senses as servants. The believers only rely on these senses in order to gather information. They accept the existence of Allah because they have heard the teachings of Allah through the Messengers () of Allah. After careful consideration they have accepted what the ears have told them. Muslims are a community of witnesses because they recite the Shahadat. A Shahid is one who witnesses There is no god only Allah Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah with his / her intelligence based on the information gathered by the senses.
Hidayat is knowing the truth from falsehood. Hidayat is controlling our 5 senses to be our servants and not our masters. What do we find in Quran ?
We find in the Quran:
(To keep the article short and simple, only one example will be shown per sense)
What we can eat and what is forbidden - Taste
What we can see and what is forbidden - Sight
What we can touch and what is forbidden - Touch
What we can hear and what is forbidden - Hearing
What we can sense with our nose - Smell
An important point to note is that 4 of the 5 senses are localised to the organs, namely smell, sight, taste and hearing. But the sense of touch is spread all over the body.
Why do we need to control the 5 senses ?
Because the punishment or reward is based on these 5 senses.
Since the sense of touch is spread all over the body, the punishment of burning in the fire is the most difficult to bear. May Allah have Mercy on everyone of us.
How do we control the 5 senses ? By taking 5 steps, and then again another 5 steps. 5 + 5 = 10 = Knowledge. The first 5 steps are Wudu.
Step 1 is a body free of impurities.
Step 2 is clothes free of impurities.
Step 3 is saying Bismillah Hir Rahman Nir Raheem at the start of Wudu.
Step 4 is performing the Wudu.
Wudu is essentially washing or cleaning the 5 senses. We need to wash the hands (touch), the mouth (taste - 3 times), the nose (smell - 3 times), the face (eyes are included in this - touch and sight - 3 times), the arms (touch - 3 times, starting with the right arm and then repeating with the left arm). Run moistened hands from forehead, over the head to the back of the neck and back to the forehead (touch). Then we wipe the ears with moistened fingers (hearing), and finish of with washing the feet (touch - washing the right foot first and then the left foot).
To conclude the Wudu we take the fifth step.
Step 5 is the recitation of Kalima Shahadat:
Notice that we have to clean the sense of touch in the Wudu in 5 stages.
The other 5 steps are the 5 Daily prayers.
There are 5 prayers (Salah) per day. These are Fajr, Zuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Ishaa. The purpose of the prayers is to communicate with Allah. The purpose of the prayers is to keep remembering Allah throughout the day and the night. The purpose of the prayer is keep ourselves pure physically and spiritually. The purpose of the prayer is to attain 'nearness' to Allah.
If we look at the numerical values of the names of the prayers:
Fajr = 283 = 200 () + 3 () + 80 ()
Zuhr= 1105 = 200 () + 5 () + 900 ()
Asr= 360 = 200 () + 90 () + 70 ()
Maghrib= 1242 = 2 () + 200 () + 1000 () + 40 ()
Ishaa= 372 = 1 () + 1 () + 300 () + 70 ()
If we add all of the above totals we get :
283 + 1105 + 360 + 1242 + 372 = 3362
If we reduce the overall total to a single digit we get :
3 + 3 + 6 + 2 = 14
1 + 4 = 5 =
The 5 prayers are named in such a way that the overall total numerical values of all their names can be reduced to the number 5 which is the numerical value of the Letter Haa (). That Letter Haa () is connected to Hidayat - Guidance. The Hidayat came from Hu to His Messengers () and they in turn taught it to their communities.
Hidayat comes from Allah. And Allah is Hu . Husent the Hidayat Guidance to a Hadee Guide chosen by Him. That Hadee Guide is Muhammad . That Hidayat is recorded for us in the Quran.
May Allah and His Rasool Guide us and keep us on True Guidance. Ameen.