The Arabic letter Za () in the Arabic character set is 11. In the numerical character set, Abjad, Za () has the value of 7. This article is about the spiritual meaning of the letter Za ().
The Letter Za () has a numerical value of 7. There are three Chapters in the Quran which are named with the initial Letter Za () in their names. These three Chapters are:
1 - Chapter 39 Az Zumar 75 Verses
2 - Chapter 43 Az Zukhruf 89 Verses
3 - Chapter 99 Al Zalzalah 8 Verses
Zakkee is one of the Attributes of Allah. Zakkee is also one of the names attributed to Allah's Beloved, Muhammad . We take the first letter Za from Allah's Attribute Zakkee and we take the first letter Za from Muhammad's name Zakkee and we have a pair of Za. What is a pair?
Pair is Zawj ().
The two Letters Za () equate to 7 + 7 = 14. In the Quran we find that Chapter 14 is Ibraheem. Ibraheem () was the father of Ismaeel () and Iss_haaq ().
If we look at THE HOLY QURAN commentary by Abdullah Yusuf Ali:
Ismaeel () was born when Ibraheem () was 86 years old (8 + 6 = 14). Iss_haaq () was born when Ibraheem () was 100. The difference between the age of the two brothers was 14 years (double Za -).
From the Quran Hadees and history we find that Ibraheem () left his wife Hajara () and son Ismaeel () in the desert at the place which is now Makkah. Hajara () prayed to Allah for water....
From pair of Letters Za (). We arrived at two more Letters which are a pair of Meem () and we have Zam-zam.
Allah has blessed that well of Zam-Zam. Allah sent Jibreel () to dig the water of Zam-zam for the ancestors of Muhammad . So how can the water of Zam-zam not be special ? Allah wanted Muhammad's ancestors to live there. And Allah chose that place for His first House of worship.
After centuries, Allah sent the same Jibreel () to the same place (Makkah) to reveal the Quran to His Chosen One, Muhammad whose name has two Meems ().
From double () to Zam-zam. From Zam-zam to double Meem (). If we look at the word Zam-zam it is Double Zam () ! Or a pair of Zam
And what is Zam ?
We have to keep in mind, that Allah is the same Allah, during the time of Ibraheem () and Ismaeel (). Allah is the same Allah, during the time of Muhammad . Allah is the same Allah even today. There is no change in Him. He always existed. And He will always exist. Everything else will perish.
To show the beauty of the Quran, Kalaam Allah and its divine nature:
Zam is : 40 + 7 = = 47
What is the name of Chapter 47 in the Quran ? MUHAMMAD .
In the water from Zam-zam there are healing qualities. In the Quran there are healing qualities.
Zam-zam was made available to Ismaeel () and his descendants as a Mercy from Allah. The Quran has been revealed as a Mercy and Healing for the Believers. But Muhammad has been sent as a Mercy to all the worlds from Allah, the Rabb (Lord) of all the worlds.
Because Muhammad is Zaeem ul Anbiyaa - Chief of the Messengers () of Allah.
Finally, let us look at the number 7 the numerical value of Za (). What is so special about the number 7 ? Why do most people feel that the number 7 is Lucky ?
One of the reasons is that there are 7 openings in the human head. Subconsciously most people associate the number 7 with those openings in the head without realising. It is through these 7 openings we tend to take in the majority of information. The information can be good or evil. We have to guard ourselves against the evil. That is the physical aspect for this world. And this is explained by Allah in the Quran as follows :
How does Shaytan try and lead us astray ? By making us use our 7 openings in the head for evil purposes. Everything in the Quran has relevance to this world and there is a spiritual side to the meaning of the Quran in the next world.
There are 7 other gates (or openings) that Allah has given to the Muslims. That is the Al Fatihah, Chapter 1 of the Quran.
Salah - The five daily prayers are not accepted by Allah unless we recite these 7 most repeated verses in every Rakah.
And finally how do we do Sajdah (prostrate) to Allah ?
By touching 7 parts of the body on the ground. The toes of both feet, both the knees, the palms of both hands and the forehead which include the tip of the nose.
And after each Rakah, there is double Sajdah. Or a pair of Sajdah. That is touching the 7 parts of the human body on the ground. That is 2 x 7 parts of the body touching the ground. We are back full circle to PAIR OF ZA ().
May Allah have Mercy on us all and guide us to the Sirat al Mustaqeem - The Straight Path. Ameen.