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Abjad
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Pronunciation: ab-jad
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(From the four letters of the Arabic alphabet 'A', 'B', 'J' and 'D') The ancient Arabic system of allocating a numerical value to letters of the alphabet, so that numbers may be represented by letters, and not to be confused with numerology (the study of the occult meaning of numbers). Shoghi Effendi explained in a letter written on his behalf: 'In the Semitic languages - both Arabic and Hebrew - every letter of the alphabet had a numerical value, so instead of using figures to denote numbers they used letters and compounds of letters. Thus every word had both a literal meaning and also a numerical value. This practice is no more in use but during the time of Bahá'u'lláh and the Báb it was quite in vogue among the educated classes, and we find it very much used in the Bayán. As the word Bahá  also stood for the number nine it could be used interchangeably with it.'6 The letters and their valuse are:
Abjad Chart
Abjad Chart
Photo Credits ] [BD 5-6]
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"The name of the arithmetical arrangement of the alphabet, the letters of which have different powers [numerical values] from one to one thousand. It is in the order of the alphabet as used by the Jews as far as 400, the six remaining letters being added by the Arabians." (Hughes).
[BG 5]
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The ancient Arabic system of allocating a numerical value to letters of the alphabet, so that numbers may be represented by letters and vice versa. Thus every word has both a literal meaning and a numerical value.
[KA-G 252]
 
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