Meem1The Arabic Letter

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 Ilm Huroof Series, Secrets of Letters and Numbers

Abjad Table

Asma Husna with Asma Rasul {s}

Part 1                        Secrets of MEEM                                              Part 2

Realities of Letters and Numbers




The Arabic letter Meem is equivalent to the letter 'M' in the English alphabet.

It is the first letter in the name of our Prophet Muhammad [s]   (Sallal laahu Alaihi Wasallam). Meem in Arabic numerology which is known as Abjad is in 13th place and has a value of 40.


Therefore, Friday the Thirteenth is our Holiest Day.

That’s why unbelievers are troubled by number 13 because Sayedena Muhammad (PBUH) said:  when Truth Comes Falsehood must vanish. It is our luckiest number. Therefore, Friday the Thirteenth is our Holiest Day. It is our luckiest number.



What is the significance of the number 40?

  • 40 is the value of Meem in Arabic Numerology (Abjad)
  • Meem has the 13th Position in Abjad which is (Heavenly Coding)
  • Meem is 24th Position in Arabic alphabet. {For Dunya M=24 because Rasul is Light = Light is Time.}
  • Meem ( ) has the shape of a Turban
  • Semen is also in form of Meem
  • In our daily prayer, prostration has the shape of meem.  The poses in our prayer creates the name of Ahmad in Arabic  ; Alif ( أ  ) or ‘A’ = Standing, Ha ( ح )or H= Ruku, Meem (م ) or 'M'= Sajdah,  Dal ( د  ) or D = Tahiyyat is the Dalail Khairat or Guide to goodness.
  • Shaytan did not accept the Meem (Prophet Muhammad [s]’s   light that was shining on the forehead of Adam (as) and was Thrown from the kingdom.
  • Nations that accept the Meem ( Prophet Muhammad [s]  ) and make Sajdah are called Muslim.
  • There are 40 days of khalwat (Seclusion)
  • There are 40 Grandshaykhs in Naqshbandi Sufi order and the 40th Grandshaykh is Shaykh  Prophet Muhammad [s] Nazim Adil al-Haqqani
  • There are 40 Maqams of Perfection in Sufism
  • The difference between Ahad   (one of Allah’s names) and Ahmad   (another name of  Prophet Muhammad [s]   ) is a Meem
  • It takes 40 years before you reach manhood (maturity)





Where does this saying come from? The Quran of course, in Chapter 46, Allah says:


And We have commended unto man kindness toward parents. His mother bears him with reluctance, and brings him forth with reluctance, and the bearing of him and the weaning of him is thirty months, till, when he attains full strength and reaches forty years, he says: My Lord! Arouse me that I may give thanks for the favour You have given me and my parents, and that I may do good deeds acceptable to You. And be gracious unto me In the matter of my seed. I have turned to You repentant, and I am of those who surrender (unto You).
[Quran: Al Ahqaf Chapter 46]





From the spiritual point of view: the number 40 is also explained by Allah in the Quran:


And when We did appoint for Moses thirty nights (of solitude), and added to them ten, and he completed the whole time appointed by his Lord of forty nights; and ....
[Quran: Al Aaraf Chapter 7:142]


Musa (Moses (as ) spent 30 nights in seclusion hoping for guidance from his Lord on the Mount Tur. It was not enough. He had to wait for another ten nights in order to complete his spirituality. And then Musa (as ) conversed with Allah and Allah blessed Musa ( as ) with a divine Message for his people.


Prophet Muhammad [as] received the divine Message at the age of forty. Again to receive this message Prophet Muhammad [as]used to go into seclusion in a cave on Mount Hira.


Both these Messengers of Allah have Meem as the first letter of their names.


Musa (as ) had to complete forty nights of seclusion in order to understand the Meem of Ahmad (another name of our Prophet Muhammad  ).  Which means to understand the Spirituality of Prophet Muhammad [as].  Once he understood the Spirituality of Prophet Muhammad [as]the Beloved of Allah, then Allah spoke to him.



Why did Musa (as) have to know about the spirituality of Prophet Muhammad [as]? Because Allah says:

In The Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
1 To you We have given the Fount (of Abundance)
2 Therefore turn to your Lord in prayer and sacrifice.
3 He who insults you, will be cut off.
[Quran: Kawsar Chapter 108]


The Fountain Kawsar is heavenly grace and knowledge and it has been granted to Prophet Muhammad [as].

He is the fountain of knowledge of Allah.

No one can attain spirituality without acknowledging Prophet Muhammad [as] superiority over all the creations.

To believe in Allah and not acknowledge Prophet Muhammad [as], a person cannot be considered a Muslim. Think about it!


Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. You who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation.
[Quran: Al-Ahzab Chapter 33:56]


What an incredibly high status that is for a Messenger of Allah which no other Prophet holds apart from Prophet Muhammad [as]. If a person ignores Prophet Muhammad [as], then not only is he/she insulting him but he/she is also insulting Allah by insulting His Beloved. If a person insults the Prophet Muhammad   then he/she will be cut off from any goodness in this life or the next life.


Prophet Muhammad [as] is the First and the Last Messenger.

Allah created his Light First before any other Messengers and Allah sent him Last as the Seal of all the Messengers.

The Quran is Allah's Uncreated Word part of a Book from which all the previous Books have been revealed .

Hence the Fountain was already given to Prophet Muhammad [as]according to the Book from which the Quran has been revealed.

Prophet Muhammad [as] had to attain the age of forty to receive his Message. He was born in Makkah and emigrated to Yathrib which changed its name to Madinah. He is also called Muzzammil and Muddassir, in the Quran.


What is the mystery of the Meem in Ahmad?


The Meem in Ahmad is the door that leads to Ahad which is the Oneness of Allah.

Allah has no partners.

That is Prophet Muhammad [as] position in the creation must be acknowledged before Allah will allow anyone to get close to Him. Looking at it in Arabic:

Ahad is spelled  أحد

Ahmad is spelled  أحمد


The difference between Ahad and Ahmad is the Arabic letter Meem also written as  . {Meem  Semen is a Meem that goes into an egg after 9 months of seclusion Human being is born from the Meem}


It is not a coincidence that Allah revealed the Quran in Arabic ·  عربي   From the Lord of all The Worlds راب .

The Arabic language having some mystical reality over the other languages.

To realize Allah's Oneness a person must send blessings to Allah's Beloved   because he is the door and no one can pass that door without realizing Prophet Muhammad [as] position in closeness to Allah.

By acknowledging the Prophet Muhammad [as] and sending blessings (Darood) on him [as] can a person have his/her prayers answered by Allah.

This is achieved by loving Prophet Muhammad [as] more than ones Self .

Knowledge comes from Allah through Prophet Muhammad [as].  Not without Prophet Muhammad [as].


Prophet Muhammad [as], THE SEAL OF PROPHETS


Prophet Muhammad [as] position in this life is the Seal of the Prophets or The Completion of the Prophets.

His position in the next life is

Maqamam Mahmood (the Highest Station).

How is the Prophet Muhammad [as]   the Seal of the Prophets?

What does it mean?

What is the Maqamam Mahmood?

See the next article. Only Allah Knows Best!



Now I want to take this point a little further. It is related in a Tradition that Allah created the Light of Muhammad   before any other creation including the angels. The Messenger of Allah said: I was a Messenger while Adam was between clay and water.


This makes Prophet Muhammad [as] the First Messenger.

Then Allah created Adam (as ). Allah completed his circle of Messengers starting with Adam and ending with Isa ( as ) of pure birth from Maryam مريم ( as).

Each of these Messengers were sent to their own communities and their mission was limited to their own people.

After completing the circle, Allah then sent our Nabee Muhammad [as]  as the Seal of all the Messengers of Allah.

Muhammad   set the seal on the circle of Messengers of Allah. He also surrounds that circle of Messengers.

"We did not send you[Muhammad] except as a mercy to human beings"

(Al-Anbiya' 107).

Prophet Muhammad [as] message is not limited like those of the earlier Prophets to just one community. Prophet Muhammad [as] was not sent just for the Arabs, not only for mankind, not only for jinns, but for all the creations,  however many creations there may be and wherever they may be, only Allah and His Messenger know best.

As Allah is the Lord of all the worlds, He has sent Prophet Muhammad [as] as a Mercy to all the worlds.




All the Messengers from Adam ( as) to Isa ( as) borrowed their Prophethood from the Prophethood of Prophet Muhammad [as].

Prophet Muhammad [as] is the Imam of all the Prophets.

Every Muslim should know that on the night of Ascension (Miraj) Jibraeel ( as) took Prophet Muhammad [as] to the Furthest Mosque (Al Aqsa) in Jerusalem.

There he entered and found all the leaders of angels of heavens and all the Messengers of Allah from Adam (as ) to Isa (as ) assembled, waiting for his arrival, so that they may greet him and follow him in the prayers.


Jibraeel after making the call to prayers, answers this question: "Ya Muhammad [s], Most Honorable of beings in the sight of Allah, proceed to prayer". That is lead the prayer so that they, the Prophets and the angels, may all follow him. So that each one could meet and see the Beloved of Allah of whom each Messenger knew about (see the previous article).

Muhammad   advanced to the front and led the prayer.

All the Messengers of Allah knew Prophet Muhammad [as] and his followers will be the first to enter heaven.  Then their communities. By following Prophet Muhammad [as] in prayer, all the Messengers of Allah, they themselves have become his followers, but their communities have not.


He was then taken to the heavens and he met all the Prophets again. It is clear from this that the Prophets of Allah are free to travel as they wish like the martyrs. They are Allah's guests not His prisoners. There are no constrains on them because they have pleased Allah, and they are pleased with Allah.


27 (To the righteous soul will be said:) "O (you) soul in (complete) rest and satisfaction!
28 "You come back to your Lord well pleased (yourself) and well pleasing unto Him!
29 "You enter among my Devotees!
30 "Yes you enter my Heaven"!
[Quran: Al Fajr Chapter 89:27-30]


What is interesting here is that prayer (or Salah) had not yet been given by Allah to our Prophet. Yet Prophet Muhammad [as] performed the prayer before going to heaven.

How did he know that was the gift which was going to be bestowed on him for his followers by Allah? How could he LEAD the prayer if he did not know how to pray?


26 "He (alone) knows the Unseen nor does He make any one acquainted with His Mysteries
27 "Except a Messenger whom He has chosen: and then He makes a band of watchers march before him and behind him
28 "That he may know that they have (truly) brought and delivered the Messages of their Lord: and He surrounds (all the mysteries) that are with them and takes account of every single thing."
[Quran: Al-Jinn Chapter 72: 26-28]


After the prayer at the Furthest Mosque, Prophet Muhammad [as] was taken to the heavens which is the Ascension or Miraaj in Arabic. (For the purposes of this article only the names of the destinations will be mentioned here.) He traveled to:


1. The first heaven, The Place of Peace - Dar as Salaam.

2. The second heaven, The Place of Constancy - Dar al Qarar.

3. The third heaven, The Place of Eternity - Dar al Khuld.

4. The fourth heaven, The Sheltering Garden - Jannat al Mawa.

5. The fifth heaven, The Garden of Beauty and Joy Jannat al Naeem.

6. The sixth heaven - The Garden of Eden - Jannat Aden.

7. The seventh heaven - The Garden of Firdaws - Jannat al Firdaws.

8. The Furthest Boundary - Sidrat ul Muntaha.


From there, Prophet Muhammad [as] traveled onwards until the angels Jibraeel (as ), Mikaeel (as ) and Israfeel ( as) stopped in succession at their stations beyond which they dare not pass. Then he passed the station of the Spirit. Still going further. He reached the place where Allah placed in Muhammad's heart the knowledge of the First and the Last, heaven and earth, then a voice was heard "Ya Muhammad! I have made you the intercessor for everyone." He   was placed in the Fields of Allah's Eternity and Endlessness. In the first he found no beginning and in the second he found no end. Then Allah revealed to him: "My end is my beginning and My beginning is my end." The Prophet knew that all doors were closed except those that led to Allah. Allah cannot be described within the confine of a place, He encompasses everything everywhere. This is the Secret of Secrets, that cannot be described. This is the place of Maqamam Mahmood. The Highest Station.



There are a few interesting points to be noted here.

•          First there was Allah,

•          Then He created the Light of Prophet Muhammad [as] .

•          Allah's name starts with the letter Alif ( I) or 'A'.

•          Then Allah creates the first human Messenger Adam .

•          Again Adam's name starts with the letter Alif or 'A'  .

•          Allah then completes the first circle of Messengers with Isa ( as) mother Maryam.

•          The Messengers start from Alif and complete from Meem .


It is Isa ( as) who is the Messenger of Allah and not Maryam ( as). That is true! Read the last sentence of the last paragraph again. The circle is completed FROM Meem not by Maryam (as ).

It is Prophet Muhammad [as] with a Meem, who came after Isa ( ) and set the Seal on the Messengers of Allah.

How does Maryam ( as) fit into this?

Look at the name Maryam in Arabic and compare it with the letter Meem which is written as pronounced.

Maryam  مريم

Meem   م ي م

The difference is the letter Ra (in Arabic  ) which stands for Rabb or Lord. Showing what's in her belly is from her Lord

Remove the letter Ra and you are left with the letter Meem.

19 He said: "No I am only a messenger from your Rabb (Lord) (to announce) to you

the gift of a holy son."

[Quran: Maryam Chapter 19] 19:19


Here Rabb (Lord) created Isa ( as) from Meem.

What is the significance of all this? Think about what has just been covered in the last few paragraphs.

Is it a coincidence that everything starts from Alif and finishes with Meem.

Starts with Allah and finishes with Prophet Muhammad [as] .

The Obligation to Increase the Love and Honor of the Prophet

Allah asks the Prophet to remind his Nation that it is essential for those who claim to love God, to love His Prophet :

"Say to them: If you love God, follow (and love and honor) me,

and God will love you" (3:31).


This obligation to love the Prophet means to obey him, to remember him, to follow his example, and to be proud of him as Allah is proud of him, since Allah has boasted about him in His Holy Book by saying:

"Truly you are of a magnificient character" (al-Qalam 4).


Love of the Prophet is what differentiates the believers in the perfection of their imaan. In an authentic hadith related in Bukhari and Muslim, the Prophet said:

"None of you believes until he loves me more than he loves his children, his parents, and all people." In another hadith in Bukhari he said: "None of you believes until he loves me more than he loves himself."

Perfection of faith is dependent on love of the Prophet because Allah and His angels are constantly raising his honor, as is meant in the verse:

"Allah and His angels are praying on the Prophet" (33:56).


The Divine order that immediately follows in the verse:

"O believers, pray on him,"

makes it clear that the quality of being a believer is dependent on and manifested by praying on the Prophet.

O Allah! Send peace and blessings on the Prophet, his family, and his companions.

Allah Said: Invoke Blessings on the Prophet

We are encouraged to pray on the Prophet and to praise him, which is an obligation on us through Allah's order in the verse:

"Allah and His angels are praying on (and praising) the Prophet ;

O believers! pray on (and praise) him and send him utmost greetings" (al-Ahzab 56).

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Darood (Blessings) and Salaam (Peace) on Muhammad, his Family, and his Companions.
Partially from Khalid M. Malik Ghouri