What does ‘tawafuq’ mean? What is the meaning of “the miracle of tawafuq in the Qur’an”?
Tawafuq means “things being in a pleasant coherence, correspondence, and conformity with one another.” Especially the incidences that are beyond chance and behind which it is felt that a Divine intention and will exists are called tawafuq.
The miracle of tawafuq in the Qur’an is the ‘congruous alignment’ of 2806 words of “Allah” in the Qur’an with very few exceptions. The word “Allah” is repeatedly mentioned in the majority of 604 pages of the Qur’an. These words are aligned with one another either under one another on the same page, or face to face on opposite pages, or back to back on two pages of a leaf, or overlapping interpages. The words “Rabb”, “Qur’an” and “Rasul” have the same tawafuq type. There are also other kinds of tawafuq in the Qur’an.
This miracle in the writing of the Qur’an was first recognised by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi last century. It is a wondrous miracle of the Qur’an pertaining to eyes in this age when people have been deeply influenced by the materialist irreligious philosophy and become an empirically-minded who says “we don’t believe what we cannot see”. It is rather meaningful and completely a grace of Allah (swt).
There is also wisdom in the fact that such a miracle appeared 1350 years later after the first revelation of the Qur’an. And it is impossible to deny. It is as follows: If this miracle had appeared in the first copy of the Qur’an, the polytheists and the non-Muslims in the following centuries would say “Muhammad [pbuh] and his companions worked on it and made it happen.” After all this time and at such an age when people have started to say “we don’t believe what we cannot see”, the discovery of this miracle is a thing that will refute any objection.
Imam Bediuzzaman said the following about the subject: “A new copy of the Qur’an was written which will show one of five or six miraculous aspects of The Qur’an of Miraculous Exposition pertaining to eyes. We preserved the pages and line numbers of the copy written by Hafiz Uthman. We understood that although the word “Allah” is repeated in the Qur’an just 2806 times, they are all in tawafuq (congruous alignment) with some exceptions which are very few and have subtle meanings. We did not change pages or lines. We have just organized them. Then a marvellous tawafuq has appeared thereafter. We learned that some people of heart have seen our copy and accepted that it is similar to the script of the Preserved Tablet.” (See The Letters, The Index of The Letters and Rumuzat al-Thamaniya”