Using letters instead of numbers to mark paragraphs and sentences
Q 2: The poets used to write dates in their poems
using numbers' values given to the Arabic alphabetic letters according to the order known as Abjad-hawwaz in Arabic.
What is the basic ruling on using the numbers corresponding to these letters? If the letters in this order are Hebrew or Syrian words, what do they mean? We found that magicians use them - the letters and the corresponding numbers - in their sorcery. Do they include anything against the sanctified Shari`ah? Have they been laid down by (Part No. 26; Page No. 382) the Jews and the magicians and are therefore not permissible to use in poetry and the like?Here are the numbers corresponding to the letters:أب ج د ه وز ح ط ي ك ل م ن س ع1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 20 30 40 50 60 70ف ص ق ر ش ت ث خ ذ ض ظ غ80 90 100 200 300 400 500 600 900 1000
There is no harm in using letters instead of numbers to mark paragraphs and sentences. This has nothing to do with sorcery, because the person who uses them in the mentioned way is not using them for magic or astrology.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.