The Significance of the Number 40 in Islam

MV: The number 40 is repeated in Islam a lot of times. Only Allah knows the answer, so gathering a lot of information I have found lots of things that took place with the number 40.

  • The Prophet (Pbuh) revealed his Prophethood at the age of 40 year as instructed by Allah (swt).
  • Musa Alahi salam traveled 40 years in the desert.
  • Musa spent 40 days on Mount Sinai where he received the 10 commandments.
  • Prophet Ibrahim spent 40 days in a fire and lived because Allah made the fire like flowers.
  • Prophet Yunus was in a whales mouth for 40 days.
  • On the 40th ayat of surah baqarah Allah changes the topic.
  • Forty was the number of days that Prophet Ilyas spent in the wilderness before God appeared to him in a cave on Mount Horeb.
  • Forty was the number of days that Prophet Isa was tempted in the desert by Satan.
  • Muhammad (PBUH) was praying and fasting in the cave for 40 days.
  • Muhammad (PBUH) then had 40 followers to spread the religion of Islam.
  • Prophets Dauud and Suleiman each ruled for forty years.
  • Regarding the flood that Noah encountered, it is said that for forty days water continued to pour from the heavens and to stream out over the earth.
  • Prophet Isa walked the desert and fasted in the wilderness for forty days.
  • There is also a hadith from Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) that the prayers of a person who gossips would not be accepted for forty days and nights. (Al-Kafi, Vol. 6, p. 400)
  • Imam Ali has narrated from Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) that one who memorizes and preserves forty hadith relating to their religious needs shall be raised by Allah as a learned scholar on the Day of Resurrection.
  • It is said that a person’s intellect attains maturity in forty years, everyone according to his own capacity.
  • It is believed that one who assists a blind man for forty steps becomes worthy of entering heaven.
  • Imam Baghir has said: “The prayers of someone who drinks wine are not accepted for forty days.”
  • Believers have also been encouraged to devote themselves to God Almighty for forty days to see the springs of wisdom break forth from their hearts and flow from their tongues.

So as you can see 40 is represented many times in Islamic matters, but also took place in the other books (Bible, Torah). There are probably more then this, What do you think is the reason for the high value?

Allah knows all.

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19 Comments on “The Significance of the Number 40 in Islam”

  1. Tanya
    August 14, 2009 at 8:19 PM #

    Thank you for putting this together! I have been finding that 40 days is very significant in breaking bad habits and creating true change in our lives. Many behaviorlists believe it takes 40 days to change a habit and truely change and have attempted to prove this through studies. From addiction recovery to weight loss it is a common lenght of time for programs that make lasting change in peoples lives. How wonderful it is that Allah has given us this gift and told us this secret in how to become better Muslims. Islam is truely amazing in it’s truth and grace.

  2. May 9, 2010 at 4:35 AM #

    I found something interesting about other religons also.
    The reverence for December 25, as the Day of Birth for the Sun (Son of God) goes back into pre-history. The hollowed reckoning for this day did not begin two thousand years ago with the Christ. Jesus Christ, so called, was simply the latest personage to be linked to this ancient date of December 25, depicted as the birth of the Sun God.
    Chrishna, of India, born on December 25, his mother was a virgin, mother’s name was Maia.
    Mithra, of Persia, born on December 25, his birth was witnessed by Shepherds that brought gifts to honor him.
    Horus, of Egypt, born on December 25. His mother, Isis, gave birth to him in the swamp, she was warned by the god Thoth, to flee and conceal the child from the evil Set. Set had killed the father of Horus, whose name was Osiris, and sought to kill Horus, |also. Isis was able to keep Horus hidden from Set, till he (Horus) grew to manhood. Horus sought to avenge the murder of his Father, and made war against Set, and defeated him.

    Buddha, of India, born on December 25, his mother’s name was Maya (similar to Mary) she was a virgin. He was immaculately conceived, and at birth, he announced that he was a savior to the world. His birth was announced by a star. At his birth, he was visited by Wise Men who declared that they had seen Signs of his birth, that is to say, signs of the royal birth (coincidence?).

    Hercules, son of the god Zeus, predestined by birth to inherit the throne of Argos. Hera, the jealous wife of Zeus desired the throne for another and sought to delay the birth of Hercules, and subsequently tried to kill Hercules while in his crib, by sending two snakes to strangle him. Hercules killed the snakes, though he was less than a year old. Later, He was sent away to the countryside where he became a shepherd.

    Attis, of Phrygia, his mother was a virgin, her name was Nana. He was a shepherd, and reported to have died by self emasculation under a pine tree. He was alleged to have risen from the dead at Easter i.e. The vernal Equinox.

    Today, many people in Western-based cultures refer to this holiday as “Christmas.” Yet a look into its origins of Christmas reveals its Pagan roots. Emperor Aurelian established December 25 as the birthday of the “Invincible Sun” in the third century as part of the Roman Winter Solstice celebrations. Shortly thereafter, in 273, the Christian church selected this day to represent the birthday of Jesus, and by 336, this Roman solar feast day was Christianized. January 6, celebrated as Epiphany in Christendom and linked with the visit of the Magi, was originally an Egyptian date for the Winter Solstice.

    The primary, motivating factor that inspired early man to worship god, was his fear and dread of the potential fierceness of his environment. His (primitive man) major impetus for worshipping and sacrificing to the Sun God was to assure that the Sun God would continue protecting mankind from the ravages of the dreaded winter.

    So for primitive man, the inception of winter, Dec. 22, was the worst day of every year for him. This day, Dec. 22 was the start of winter and marked the beginning of the worst stage of his yearly struggle for survival. This day, Dec. 22, is referred to by astronomers as the Winter Solstice. This word, Solstice, according to Webster’s Dictionary means “to stand still, pause, a turning point.” Primitive man even believed the Sun had died as he could detect no movement of the Sun in the sky for 3 days and and these 3 days were days having the shortest daylight of the year. This day, Dec. 22, the start of winter, was the harbinger of his potential perdition.

    On Dec. 22 of each year, the Sun reached its Winter Solstice, the lowest point of the trajectory (angle of rays) of the entire year. After Dec. 22 (the turning point), the Sun again rises northward, which is a sign that summer shall come again!

    Even though Dec. 22 marks the beginning of winter and the weather turns progressively worst from that point (Dec. 22) until the spring (March 21), all is not lost. Because the fact that the angle of the Sun’s rays projecting on the earth, was moving progressively northward told early man that the warmth and comfort of the summer Sun would eventually prevail. But there was a period of doubt, for early primitive civilization. Primitive man did not understand our universe and solar system as we do today. We, today, know exactly what causes the four seasons of the year. But early man did not. He did not possess knowledge of our Solar System, the axis of the earth, its rotation and revolving around the Sun. He did not understand that these forces operated by a Natural, Providential Law, that would stay its course, no matter what. Early man only understood the result, not the cause. Because of this he would “reason” such events as best he could and these resulting “myths” would be handed down among mankind until Science would advance to replace such foolishness. The problem is that such foolishness would be later personified into acts of each nation’s heroes and later ascribed to Jesus by the Sun-worshipping Romans who had control over the New Testament.

  3. secret keeper
    May 9, 2010 at 4:47 AM #

    What is the significance of the number forty in Christianity, Judaism and Islam? Punishment, testing, purification, for some it means Arba’een — the last of the forty days of mourning for Imam Hussein (PBUH).

    The number forty holds a particular significance in the monotheistic religions. Whether or not it refers to a precise number, or a long period of time is a matter of debate. Linguistically, the number forty conveys “many” in many Biblical tests. However, some theologians say that it is used to mean a “time of testing” or a period of “revival or renewal”.

    Because of the large number of occurrences of the number forty in holy books, it seems that forty could possibly be a literary cliche, such as ‘Once upon a time…’ or ‘It was a dark and stormy night…’.

    It is not just in the New Testament that the number forty plays an important role; forty is a key digit in the Torah, also. For violating a negative commandment, the Torah specifies a punishment of forty lashes. Therefore, some believe the number forty to be associated with punishment. Others believe forty to be the number of testing. In the time of Noah, the waters abated after forty days, referring to a time of judgment — the earth was judged by water. Moses spent forty years in Egypt; he was tested and trained there.

    To a member of the Church of Rome, the number forty represents preparation, penance and purification. The Lenten fast in preparation for Easter lasts forty days.

    To some Christians, forty signifies the testing of man’s weakness. It seems that forty might be the time required to test oneself. How far can we allow ourselves to trust God and rely on His provision?

    Another concept of forty is purification. According to Jewish commentator Maharal of Prague, the number forty has the power to improve the spiritual condition of things. Forty measures of water purify a person, forty days of rain purified the world, and Moses was purified during the forty days he spent on Mount Sinai.

    Throughout history and many religious teachings, we encounter the number forty. Saul, David and Solomon each ruled for forty years. Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) rose for service and reached prophecy after forty years. Regarding the flood that Noah encountered, it is said that for forty days water continued to pour from the heavens and to stream out over the earth.

    Prophet Moses was on Mount Sinai for forty nights and days worshipping God. His people walked the desert for forty years and searched for the Promised Land for forty days.

    Jesus walked the desert and fasted in the wilderness for forty days; God gave Nineveh 40 days to repent (Jonah 3:4). It had been prophesized that Egypt would be barren and desolate for forty years. According to the Talmud, it takes forty days for an embryo to be formed in its mother’s womb.

    Imam Baghir (PBUH) has said: “The prayers of someone who drinks wine are not accepted for forty days.” (Al-Kafi, Vol. 6, p. 400) There is also a hadith from Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) that the prayers of a person who gossips would not be accepted for forty days and nights.

    The unacceptance of prayer is the highest punishment for a Muslim. Based on the two hadith, it is understood that drinking wine and gossiping are intolerable acts.

    Imam Ali has narrated from Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) that one who memorizes and preserves forty hadith relating to their religious needs shall be raised by Allah as a learned scholar on the Day of Resurrection. It is said that a person’s intellect attains maturity in forty years, everyone according to his own capacity.

    It is believed that one who assists a blind man for forty steps becomes worthy of entering heaven. In this case, ‘blind’ can be extended to a person who lacks inner vision or guidance. Helping another person who needs physically to see in order to cross the road is rewarded. Assisting a person who cannot find their path in life and needs help to discern the correct way to take is also rewarded.

    Believers have also been encouraged to devote themselves to God Almighty for forty days to see the springs of wisdom break forth from their hearts and flow from their tongues. Devotion can have many meanings. For Instance, when one begins every task in the name of God and for God, everyday activities become worship.

    No matter what the significance of the number forty, in the hearts of countless Muslims, forty stands for Arba’een, when these devout followers mourn the tragedies of Karbala and the hardships endured by Imam Hossein’s family and the family of his companions. This year, Arba’een falls on February 16.

  4. najam
    July 3, 2010 at 3:48 AM #

    please see surah Al Ahkaf 46 surah of Quran verses no 14, which says” And we have commended unto man kindness toward parents. His mother beareth him with reluctance, and bringeth him forth with reluctance, and the bearing of him and the weaning of him i s thirty month, till , when he attaineth full strength and reaches FORTY years , he saith: My Lord Arouse me that I may give thanks for the favour wherewith thou hast favoured me and my parents, …….. ” any who can explain this

  5. sam
    October 30, 2010 at 3:11 PM #

    Excellent article on the significance of 40 days in Islam…but let me correct the following;
    •The Prophet Pbuh was 40 years old when he became a prophet of Allah
    Our beloved Prophet(ALAY SALAAM)revealed his Prophethood at the age of 40 year as instructed by ALLAH.Our beloved Nabie was a Prophet from the time of his creation.

  6. February 7, 2011 at 4:07 AM #

    Thanks. The efficacy of 40 and connected spirituality is appreciated.

  7. August 30, 2011 at 4:20 AM #

    Interesting posts here.. gracias for sharing so much in your blog.. Greets.

  8. September 3, 2011 at 2:53 AM #

    I am glad to found such useful post. I really increased my knowledge after read your post which will be beneficial for me.

  9. September 5, 2011 at 9:48 PM #

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  10. June 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM #

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  11. Naeem
    September 3, 2012 at 7:32 PM #

    A sufi spends 40 days in seclusion to observe the divine disclosures and a Satanist needs 40 days in Satan’s obedience to get the evil powers from Satan.

  12. sethi
    October 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM #

    28 nakshtra i& 12 raashi = 40 days all based on nakshtra astrology based on god rule

  13. sethi
    October 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM #

    i m lal kitab astrologer , red book mention all remedies in 40 days

  14. sethi
    October 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM #

    before death or before 40 days birthday god show u all sign.
    wht will happen in next

  15. sethi
    October 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM #

    i m belongs to sikh family , before 40 min birth of my son a heared a voice , you will get a son his name should be ameen , &honestaly i do;t care about anytthing his name is ameen he is maasha aalah too much sohna

  16. sethi
    October 24, 2012 at 4:19 AM #

    i have lot of respect for every religion in world , thnx for Excellent article on the significance of 40 days in Islam

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    February 14, 2013 at 3:27 PM #

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  18. June 5, 2013 at 6:49 AM #

    see the paper Human Development in the first 40 days

    http://islampapers.com/2012/05/01/40days/

    This paper reviews the hadith of the Prophet which describes the embryo in the first 40 days (narrated in Saheeh Muslim and Saheeh Al-Bukhari):

    In every one of you, all components of your creation are collected together in your mother’s womb by forty days…

    The paper also reviews the views of Muslim scholars in the light of philology, semantics, and the principles of religious text exegesis. Then, the relevant established scientific facts are underlined and the surprising aspects of the hadith is highlighted.

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