# THE SURA ON THE HONEYBEES

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We observe that the honeybee is mentioned more specifically in the Quran than other animals. There are many animals in the Quran but none of them play such a special part as the honeybee, since honeybee is the only animal mentioned in the Quran in two successive verses. The number of this sura is 16 and entitled “*The Honeybee*” (*Nahl*). The number of this sura equals the number of the chromosomes of the male honeybee. The number of chromosome of the female honeybee is (2n) which is equal to 32 (16×2). So the number of the sura indicates the number of chromosomes. The number of chromosomes is like the atomic number of that element, it cannot be changed. Everywhere in the world, the number of chromosomes of the male honeybee is 16 and every female honeybee has 32 chromosomes. On the other hand, the verse number of this sura is 128, this means; 8 times the number of chromosomes of the male honeybee (16) and also 4 times the number of chromosomes of the female honeybee (32). Just like the number of this sura, the verse number is proportional to the number of chromosomes of the honeybees.

In this sura, the verses 68 and 69 mention the honeybees. The first verse, 68, has 13 words. If we count the words from the beginning of this sura up to the word honeybee (*nahl*) in that verse, we come up with 884 letters. Let us see if this number has any meaning. This number is equal to the verse number multiplied by the number of words in that verse (68 x 13 = 884). Can this be coincidence? There are many different ways in which the Quran shows its mathematical miracles.

What is the number of the sura “The Honeybee” (Nahl)? | 16 |

How many verses does the sura “The Honeybee” have? | 128 (16×8) |

The number of chromosomes of the male honeybee | 16 |

The number of chromosomes of the female honeybee | 32 (16×2) |