The number 40 is significant in Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and other Middle Eastern traditions. It can represent an estimate, or many of something.
Rain fell for "forty days and forty nights" during the flood
Spies explored the land of Israel for "forty days." (Numbers 13)
The Hebrew people lived in the Sinai desert for "forty years". This period of years represents the time it takes for a new generation to arise.
Moses' life is divided into three 40-year segments, separated by his fleeing from Egypt, and his return to lead his people out.
Several Jewish leaders and kings are said to have ruled for "forty years", that is, a generation. (Examples: Eli, Saul, David, Solomon.)
Goliath challenged the Israelites twice a day for forty days before David defeated him.
Moses spent three consecutive periods of "forty days and forty nights" on Mount Sinai:
He went up on the seventh day of Sivan, after God gave the Torah to the Jewish people, in order to learn the Torah from God, and came down on the seventeenth day of Tammuz, when he saw the Jews worshiping the Golden Calf and broke the tablets
He went up on the eighteenth day of Tammuz to beg forgiveness for the people's sin and came down without God's atonement on the twenty-ninth day of Av
He went up on the first day of Elul and came down on the tenth day of Tishrei, the first Yom Kippur, with God's atonement
A mikvah consists of 40 se'ah (approximately 200 gallons) of water
40 lashes is one of the punishments meted out by the Sanhedrin, though in actual practice only 39 lashes were administered.
One of the prerequisites for a man to study Kabbalah is that he is forty years old.
Before the temptation of Christ, Jesus fasted "Forty days and forty nights" in the Judean desert.
Forty days was the period from the resurrection of Jesus to the ascension of Jesus.
In modern Christian practice, Lent consists of the 40 days preceding Easter. In much of Western Christianity, Sundays are excluded from the count; in Eastern Christianity, Sundays are included.
Masih ad-Dajjal roams around the Earth in forty days, a period of time that can be as many as forty months, forty years, and so on.
Muhammad was forty years old when he first received the revelation delivered by the archangel Gabriel.
The Quran says that a person is only fully grown when they reach the age of 40.
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.
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 was praying and fasting in the cave for 40 days.
Muhammad 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 Mohammad 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 Mohammad 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.
Mourning period officially last for 40 days
In the Yazidi faith, The Chermera temple (meaning “40 Men” in the Yazidi dialect) is so old that no one remembers how it came to have that name but it is believed to derive from the burial of 40 men on the mountaintop site.
Some Russians believe that ghosts of the dead linger at the site of their death for forty days.
In Hinduism, some popular religious prayers consist of forty shlokas or dohas (couplets, stanzas). The most common being the Hanuman Chalisa (chaalis is the Hindi term for 40).
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The number 7 in a dream, is a number from the bible. 7 is a prime number. Christianity: Seven Days of Creation - 1765 book
The number seven (7) in the seven days of Creation is typological and the number seven appears commonly elsewhere in the Bible. These include:
Seven days of Creation (Genesis 1) e.g., God rested on and sanctified the seventh day (Sabbath)
Anyone who dares to kill Cain 'will suffer vengeance seven times over' (Genesis 4:15)
Lamech in his "Song of the Sword" claims that 'if Cain shall be avenged sevenfold', he himself shall be 'seventy-sevenfold' (Genesis 4:24)
Seven years of plenty and seven years of famine in Pharaoh's dream (Genesis 41)
In regards to the sin sacrifice, the anointed priest was to sprinkle the bullock's blood seven times before the lord (Exodus 4:6)
Seven days of the feast of Passover (Exodus 13:3–10)
Seven day week and the pattern concerning distribution and use of manna (Exodus 16)
Seven year cycle around the years of Jubilee (Leviticus 25)
Jericho's walls fall on the seventh day after seven priests with seven trumpets march around the city seven times (Joshua 6:8)
Seven things that are detestable to the LORD (Proverbs 6:16–19)
Seven Pillars of the House of Wisdom (Proverbs 9:1)
Seven loaves multiplied into seven basketfuls of surplus (Matthew 15:32–37)
Peter asked Jesus if he should forgive those who sinned against him up to 7 times; Jesus responded by saying to forgive them 'seventy times seven times', remembering so the curse of Cain and the song of Lamech in Genesis 4.
The seven last words (or seven last sayings) of Jesus on the cross
Seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom (Acts 6:3)
In the Book of Revelation, seven is a central figure of quantities: Seven Spirits of God, Seven Churches (to which the book is addressed);
Seven of the following appear in Revelation: golden lampstands(1:12), stars(1:16), torches of fire(4:5) seals(5:1), angels and their trumpets(8:2), last plagues(15:1), golden bowls(15:7), thunders(10:3), horns and eyes(5:6), diadems(12:3) and kings(17:10)
Other sevens in Christian knowledge and practice include:
The Seven Corporal Acts of Mercy and Seven Spiritual Acts of Mercy of Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other traditions
The Seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride
Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Seven Joys of the Virgin Mary, of Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other traditions
The Seven Sacraments in the Catholic faith (though some traditions assign a different number)
The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary, of Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other traditions
There are seven suicides mentioned in the Bible (OT and NT).
The seven terraces of Mount Purgatory (one per deadly sin)
The Seven Virtues: chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, kindness, patience, and humility
In the genealogy in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus is 77th in a direct line
The number of heads of the three beasts (7 × 10 × 7 + 7 × 10 × 10 + 7 × 10 = 1260) of the Book of Revelation, and of some other monsters, like the hydra and the number of seals
The Sanskrit word sapta refers to number seven.
Indian Music has "Saptak Swaras," seven octats (sa re ga ma pa dha ni) which are basics of music, using which hundreds of Ragas are composed.
Celestial group of seven stars are named as "Sapta Rishi" based on the seven great saints.
Seven Promises, Seven Rounds in Hindu Wedding and Seven Reincarnation
According to Hinduism, there are seven worlds in the universe, seven seas in the world and seven Rishies (seven gurus) called sapta rishis.
Seven hills at tirumala also known as ezhu malaiyan means Sevenhills god
There are 7 Chakras in the basic model used in various eastern traditions and philosophies.
The number of ayat in surat al-Fatiha
The number of layers of the Earth in Islamic religion is seven
The number of skies in Islamic religion is seven
The number of circumambulations (Tawaf) that are made around the Kaaba
The number of walks between Al-Safa and Al-Marwah mountains—that is travelling back and forth—seven times during the ritual pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah
The number of heavens in Islamic religion, i.e. levels in heaven.
The number of hells in hell is also seven i.e. levels in hell.
The number of doors to hell is seven (for heaven the number of doors is eight).
In Verse 12:46 (see Islamic view of Joseph) of the Quran, Joseph (Yusef) is asked to interpret the King's dream where seven fat cows were dreamt to have been devoured by seven skinny cows and seven green spikes, and others shrivelled.
The number of the big sins or vices is seven which are from a Hadith of the prophet Mohamed : "Avoid the seven sins polytheism, witchcraft, the killing of the soul which Allah has forbidden except by right, consuming riba, consuming the wealth of the orphan, to escape from the battles and slandering chaste women"
The Menorah is a 7-branched candelabrum
A highly symbolic number in the Torah, alluding to the infusion of spirituality and Godliness into the creation. For example:
God rested on and sanctified the seventh day (Shabbat). – Genesis 2:3.
"Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars." – Proverbs of Solomon son of David King of Israel 9:1
A seven-day purification period is required for one who has become tamei to become tahor.
The Shmita (Sabbatical) year arrives every seventh year.
The Jubilee (Yovel) year comes after 7 times 7 years.
The Counting of the Omer leading up to the Giving of the Torah is expressed as "7 times 7 weeks."
There are 7 days of Passover and Sukkot when celebrated in Israel.
Shiv`a (another pronunciation of the Hebrew word for 7—(Hebrew: שבעה ; "seven")), is the number of days of mourning. Hence, one sits Shiva. As in Shiva (Judaism)
The weekly Torah portion is divided into seven aliyahs, and seven Jewish men (or boys over the age of 13 who are considered men; Bar Mitzvah) are called up for the reading of these aliyahs during Shabbat morning services.
Seven blessings are recited under the chuppah during a Jewish wedding ceremony.
A Jewish bride and groom are feted with seven days of festive meals after their wedding, known as Sheva Berachot ("Seven Blessings").
The number of Ushpizzin (also known as the "Seven Shepherds") who visit the sukkah during the holiday of Sukkot: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, and David.
The number of nations God told the Israelites they would displace when they entered the land of Israel (Deut. 7:1): the Hittite, the Girgashite, the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
In Breslov tradition, the seven orifices of the face (2 eyes, 2 nostrils, 2 ears, and the mouth) are called "The Seven Candles."
The Menorah (Hebrew: מנורה), is a seven-branched candelabrum lit by olive oil in the Tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem. The menorah is one of the oldest symbols of the Jewish people. It is said to symbolize the Burning bush as seen by Moses on Mount Sinai (Exodus 25).
The number of times Cain will be avenged by God if he is murdered (Gen 4:15).
The Israelites circled Jericho for 7 days and then the wall tumbled down.
The 7 Sephirot of primary conscious emotion that are attributes of the creator.
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