Number 7 in Islam

Number 7 in Islam

There are seven verses in the first sura (chapter)  in the Qur’an.

During the rituals of Hajj, the pilgramage to Mecca, pilgrims walk around the Kaaba seven times.

number 7 in IslamThe Kaaba is the most sacred site of Islam. Muslims believe it was rebuilt by Abraham and his son Ishmael.  

Pilgrims also walk/run between Mount Safa and Mount Marwah seven times. This is a reminder of Hagar (the mother of Ishmael) when she desperately ran between the two hills in search for water to save her dying son.

An angel appeared and as the angel hit the ground water from a well came to sight, thus saving the lives of mother and child.

The well was given the name Zam Zam. The water from the Zam Zam well is sacred to the Muslims. Now a day’s pilgrims may walk between the two hills in air-conditioned tunnels.

Pilgrims are also required to throw seven pebbles at each of the three walls representing the Devil. The “Stoning of the Devil” is performed at Mina, just outside of Mecca.

In the Qur’an chapter 18 we can read about the Seven Sleepers as told by Muhammad. God had sent the angel Gabriel to reveal the story of the Seven Sleepers to Muhammad. The name of chapter 18 is “The Cave”.


The Night Journey and the Seven Heavens

Dome of the Rock


The Dome of the Rock. The Muslim Shrine built over the Temple Rock in Jerusalem.

It is said that this is also the very same site that the Temple of Solomon and Herod’s Temple once was.

It is told that Muhammad one night flew on the winged steed, named Buraq, from Mecca to Jerusalem.Buraq 7 heavens Islam

He was accompanied by the Archangel Gabriel. 

He landed on the Temple Mount. His journey continued from the Temple Rock through the Seven Heavens until he met Allah. He met earlier profits in each of the Heavens.

Muhammad met with Allah and asked about the number of times each believer is to pray every day. The number five was agreed on. Muhammad returned safely to Mecca the very same night.

Heaven Prophet
 First  Adam
 Second  Yahya (John the Baptist)
 Third  Yusuf (Josef)
 Fourth  Akhnukh (Enoch)
 Fifth Harun (Aaron)
 Sixth Musa (Moses)
Seventh Ibrahim (Abraham)

The Seven Heavens in Islam:

Muhammed Night Journey

“The Night Journey of Muhammad” 1514  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

The Seven Gates of Hell

Jahannam is the Koranic word for hell. The unbelievers, the followers of Iblis (the devil) and the jinns will be driven to Jahannam, which is a place of fire that keeps burning at all times.

Jahannam has seven gates which are open at all times. (Qur’an – Sura 15:44). Hell also has seven layers and sinners are sent to different layers according to their sins.


Aqiqa is a Muslim custom in honor of a new born child. When the new born child is seven days old, the hair is shaved off and the child is given a name. Immediately after the child has received a name, sheep are slaughtered.

Two sheep (or goats) are sacrificed if the baby is a boy and one sheep if the baby is a girl.

This is a feast day. It is encouraged that some of the meat (a third) is given to the needy. Not all Muslims celebrate Aqiqa. 

20 thoughts on “Number 7 in Islam”

  1. I have been writing in a thesis called NUMBER 7 for over 50 years and have yet to finish it.
    Lately I decided to concentrate on the ABRAHAMIC Religions as it was already over 465 pages.
    I am giving myself another year to finalize it and I sometimes wonder who would be Interested to know so much
    P.S I have a lot in Judaism, enough in Christianity but not too much on Islam.

    • I am interested. In fact, because of the number 7, I arrived at this exact comment. May you dig deeper on Islam just like what I’m doing right now. Mashallah 🙂

  2. let me tell u
    7 days of the week
    7 ayas of the sura fatiha
    7 colours of the rainbow
    7 on the ronaldo shirt 🙂
    7 stages of paridise
    7 gates of hell
    7 stages in the woodoo (hair and ears are both one together)
    u go round caraba 7 times
    when praying when u go down 7 things go down (nose and 4head are 1)
    7 prayers (2 arnt so important)
    Extra Fact: and some muslims without knowing about the number 7 being so intresting it is there fave number already like me when i was a kid

  3. As Salaam Alaikum, appreciate your knowledge about Quran and the significance of number seven. But as you said about Aquiqa; it isn’t true. Neither it’s a feast nor a name is given to the new born on that particular day but name is given as soon as the baby is born, after adhan. And as per the shaving of head is concerned within seven days, it is for scientific reason; nothing connected with number seven. And nothing to do with the name and slaughtering the sheep,( the number mentioned two for a male baby and one for female baby is correct) but associating the name with slaughtering is not. Because Aquiqa if done earlier is good but if the parents are poor and have lots of responsibilities then the child himself/ herself can do his Aquiqa when able to earn.

  4. Not exactly 7 but close enough:

    blood pH 7.35, pH of 7 being considered neutral

    Earth’s Vibration or Earth’s frequency (Schumann Resonance): 7.83 Hz

    • Ronaldo, the Portuguese football player who plays for Real Madrid sure has a lot of supporters worldwide.

      He is truly awesome and his number as you pointed out, is number 7!

  5. It is good to know about No:-7 but I want to Know why No:-7 only.
    Why not No:-8 or No:-6?
    Can any one help me to understand this matter???

  6. Wrong, there are no such thing as seven major languages; there is One commonly spoken lingua franca i.e. English and the rest of the languages Hindi, not Chinese but Mandarin, France , Spanish ,German & Japanese are just subservient languages of their collective regions of influence. The true notion is Seven Sacred Languages influenced our World i.e. Hebrew, Sanskrit, Latin, Greek, Arabic & Hieroglyphs.

  7. Seven heavens.
    Seven earths (Qur’an mentions it, and Ibn Abbas, the Qur’an scholar of Prophet’s companions’ early generations — narrated that it meant the extracelestial earths, each has life).
    Seven levels of paradise.
    Seven gates of hell.
    Seven days of fasting after the Ramadan
    Seven verses of Al Fatiha, the mother of verses in Qur’an, which muslims read over and over

    Another is :
    seven Chakras.
    and iirc, the highest atom level is 7

  8. Seven gates of hell .. and seven heavens .. good good ..

    Happy to know .. weren’t the seven sleepers Christians?? Its good to know that there are parts of christian and Islam which co-inside ..

    • Hi John.. I m a muslim who studied in catholic schools, been in churches and love them so much and feel the peace in those holy places. I loved your comment and wanted to share with you that Christianity and Islam majorly coincide except in very few parts 🙂 Islam is a continuation of all the revelations previous to it

  9. Some additional Information

    There are seven colour in the rainbow all are immersing from just one color that is white. God is one who has created every thing , only god is real
    There are seven note in music sa, re ,ga ,ma pa, da , ni, sa .
    There are seven Sea
    Seven major religion
    Normal height of human being is upto seven foot
    Seven stage of life infant, child, teenage, adult, midage , old age, very old
    Seven Major language of the world Hindi, Chinesse, France , Spanish , English , German, Japanese


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