Twelve Letters

The number of letters in (La ilaha illa Allah) is twelve, an allusion to the number of the months in each year. Allah (most high) said: {the number of months with Allah is twelve months…} (9:36). So whoever says the Word of Tawhid has filled his twelve months with reward, and his days will bear witness to him for goodness as per the hadith: ‘Every day calls out: O son of Adam, I am a new creation, and I am a witness over your actions.’ From these twelve, four are for the letters of Allah’s Greatest Name, ‘Allah.’ This is an allusion to His (most high)’s saying: {…among them, four are sacred} (9:36).

– Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari

Translator’s Note: Interestingly, among the four letters of the great name ‘Allah,’ three are attached to each other, and the Alif, the one that alludes to Allah (most high), is separate. Likewise, among the four sacred months, three are attached to each other, and Rajab, known as ‘the month of Allah,’ is separate.

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