Abjad for “Dal”

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ 

Arabic numerology is known as abjad.  This article is about the spiritual meaning of the letter, Dal. 

The Arabic letter, “Dal”, has no equivalent sounding letter in the English alphabet.  The nearest sound is “th” sound found in words such as “the”.  In abjad, “Dal” has the value 4.  In the Arabic alphabet, “Dal” is the 8th letter. 

The letter “Dal” is neither one of the letters in the Basmallah, nor is it one of the huruf al-muqaththa’at.  Dal” comes first in the Attribute of Allah (s.w.t.), which is ad-Da’im, The Everlasting.  While “Dal” is the first letter in “Da’im”, it is the last letter in “Muhammad”.  Conversely, “Mim” is the last letter in “Da’im”, it is the first letter in “Muhammad”. 

The letter “Dal” also represents a da’irah, a circle.  All Creation moves in a circle.  Everything orbits something, which orbits something else, starting from electrons around a nucleus, to the planets around the Sun, to the stars around the galaxy, to the galaxy around the local cluster, and so forth.  Our lives move in circles: we come from Allah (s.w.t.), and to Him we return.



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