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Rashad Khalifa

Rashad Khalifa
Born (1935-11-19)November 19, 1935
Died January 31, 1990(1990-01-31) (aged 54)
Nationality Egyptian-American
Occupation Biochemist
Known for Quran code
Religion United Submitters International
Children Sam Khalifa and Beth Khalifa

Rashad Khalifa (Arabic: رشاد خليفة‎; November 19, 1935–January 31, 1990) was an Egyptian-American biochemist, closely associated with the United Submitters International. He was assassinated on January 31, 1990.


  • Life 1
  • Doctrine 2
  • Assassination 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7
  • Resources 8


Khalifa was born in [1]

Khalifa obtained an honors degree from [1] He became a naturalized U.S. citizen and lived in Tucson, Arizona.

Khalifa worked as a science adviser for the Sam Khalifa, played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and was the first major league player of Egyptian descent.[2]

He was central to the founding of the United Submitters International, (USI), an offshoot Islamic group that usually prefers not to use the terms "Muslim" or "Islam," instead using the English equivalents "Submitter" and "Submission."[3] He coined the phrase "Final Testament" in reference to the Quran.[4]


Khalifa said that he was a messenger of God and that the archangel Gabriel "most assertively" told him that chapter 36, verse 3, of the Quran, "specifically" referred to him.[5][6] His followers refer to him as God's Messenger of the Covenant.[7] He promoted a strict monotheism and was a prominent Quranist, rejecting the hadith and sunnah as fabrications attributed to Muhammad by later scholars.

He wrote that the Quran contains a mathematical structure based on the number 19 and made the controversial claim that the last two verses of chapter nine in the Quran were not canonical, telling his followers to reject them.[8] His two-fold reasoning was that the verses, in addition to disrupting an otherwise flawless nineteen-based pattern, were sacrilegious inasmuch as they appeared to endorse worship of Mohammed. Starting in 1968, Khalifa used computers to analyze the frequency of letters and words in the Quran. In 1974, he claimed that he had discovered a mathematical code in the text of the Qur'an involving the number 19. The details of this analysis are available in his book, Quran, the Final Testament.[9]

Khalifa's research did not receive much attention in the West. In 1980, Martin Gardner mentioned it in Scientific American.[10] Gardner later wrote a more extensive and critical review of Khalifa and his work.[11]

Khalifa's first publicized report in the Arab world appeared in the Egyptian magazine Akher Sa'a, in January 1973.[12] Updates of his research were subsequently published by the same magazine later that year and again in 1975.[13][14]


On January 31, 1990, he was found stabbed to death inside the Masjid (Mosque) of Tucson Arizona, his place of employment.[15] He was stabbed multiple times. Nineteen years after the murder, on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 the Calgary Police Services of Canada arrested Glen Cusford Francis, a 52-year-old citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, on suspicion of killing Rashad Khalifa.[16] Investigators in Tucson learned that Francis, who was going by the name Benjamin Phillips, had begun his studies under Khalifa in January 1990. Phillips disappeared shortly after the slaying,[16] and was said to have left the country. An investigation revealed Phillips and Francis were the same man upon discovering fingerprints found in Phillips' apartment. A specialty unit of the Tucson Police Department progressed in its investigation in 2006 and in December 2008 and was able to use DNA testing on forensic evidence from the crime scene to tie Francis to the assassination.[17] In October 2009, a Canadian judge ordered his extradition to the United States to face trial.[18] The trial for the assassination began on December 11, 2012. On December 19, the jury, after a three-hour deliberation, found Glen Francis guilty of first-degree murder.[19]

Prior to the Francis trial, James Williams, an alleged member of the

  • R. Khalifa, Quran: Visual Presentation of the Miracle, Islamic Productions International, 1982. ISBN 0-934894-30-2
  • R. Khalifa, [1], Authorized English Translation
  • R. Khalifa, [2], Authorized English Translation
  • R. Khalifa, The Computer Speaks: God's Message to the World, Islamic Productions International, 1981. ISBN 0-934894-38-8
  • R. Khalifa, Quran, Hadith, And Islam, Universal Unity, 2000. ISBN 1-881893-04-9.
  • Y.Y. Haddad and J.I. Smith, Mission to America; Five Islamic Sectarian Communities in North America, University Press of Florida, 1993. ISBN 0-8130-1216-3.
  • A.Y. Musa, Hadith as Scripture (Palgrave, 2008) ISBN 0-230-60535-4


  • The English translation by Rashad Khalifa at the Online Quran Project
  • 19.ORG (The site contains articles and books on code 19 and Islamic reform based on Quran alone under the light of reason)
  • Masjid Tucson (The official website of the Mosque in the city where Rashad Khalifa preached)
  • The Quran - The Final Testament (Translated by Rashad Khalifa)—The Quran - The Final Testament (Authorized English Version translated from the Original by Rashad Khalifa, PhD.)
  • Mathematical Miracle of the Quran - Discovered by Dr. Rashad Khalifa in 1974.
  • God's Messenger of the Covenant - personal statement from Dr. Khalifa, as appears in Appendix 2 of his translation of the Quran
  • Dr. Rashad Khalifa's videos of khutbas (sermons) and lectures
  • Dr. Rashad Khalifa's Quran studies audio archives
  • The 38 appendices from Dr. Khalifa's Authorized English Version of the Quran

External links

  1. ^ a b
  2. ^
  3. ^ Rashad Khalifa (September 1989). "Why the name change" (PDF). Submission Perspective 57: 1. 
  4. ^ Quaranic Sciences - Page 277, Abbas Jaffer - 2009
  5. ^ Appendix ii, (21), Authorized English Translation of the Quran, Dr. Rashad Khalifa, PhD.
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^ ″[T]he idol worshipers were destined to tamper with the Quran by adding 2 false verses (9:128-129).″
  9. ^ Khalifa, Rashad. Quran, the Final Testament.
  10. ^ Gardner, Martin (1980), Mathematical Games, Scientific American, September 1980, pp16–20.
  11. ^ The numerology of Dr. Rashad Khalifa - scientist, Martin Gardner, Skeptical Inquirer, Sept-Oct, 1997
  12. ^ Akher Sa'a magazine, Egypt, January 24, 1973.
  13. ^ Akher Sa'a magazine, Egypt, November 28, 1973.
  14. ^ Akher Sa'a magazine, Egypt, December 31, 1975.
  15. ^ Pipes, Daniel (Apr 28, 2009; updated Dec 24, 2012). "Finding Rashad Khalifa's Killer". Daniel Pipes. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Massinon, Stephane (April 30, 2009). "Calgary police nab suspect in imam killing". National Post (The National Post Company). Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  17. ^ Slade, Daryl (May 22, 2009). "Fugitive held in slaying of American imam denied bail". The Vancouver Sun (Canwest Publishing Inc.). Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  18. ^ Martin, Kevin. "Calgary suspect closer to trial for U.S. murder". The Calgary Sun (Sun Media). Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  19. ^ Komarnicki, Jamie. "Calgarian faces life sentence for 1990 murder of controversial U.S. imam". Calgary Herald (Postmedia Network). Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  20. ^ Eric Anderson, Slain Islamic leader was outspoken; Khalifa's teachings from Tucson angered Muslims worldwide, Denver Post, 21 October 1993, p21.
  21. ^ Dick Foster, Extremist is 'not to be found'; Little hope held of finding Al-Fuqra fugitive, Rocky Mountain News, 25 February 1994, p8.
  22. ^ People v. James D. Williams, (Colo. App. 01CA0781, Aug. 7, 2003) (not selected for official publication)
  23. ^ "Attorney General Announces Sentence". Colorado Department of Law. 2001-03-16. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  24. ^ "Terrorists Take To Arizona". CBS Worldwide Inc. 2001-10-26. Retrieved 2007-09-29. El-Hage has also been connected to the 1990 stabbing death of a Tucson mosque leader. Rashad Khalifa was hated by Muslim extremists opposed to his teachings. El-Hage, who was indicted for lying about the case, called the assassination "a good thing." 
  25. ^


See also

  • Miracle of the Quran: Significance of the Mysterious Alphabets, Islamic Productions, St. Louis, Missouri, 1973.
  • The Computer Speaks: God's Message to the World, Renaissance Productions, Tucson, Arizona, 1981.
  • Qur'an: The Final Scripture, Islamic Productions, Tucson, Arizona, 1981.
  • Qur'an: Visual Presentation of the Miracle, Islamic Productions, Tucson, Arizona, 1982.
  • Qur'an, Hadith and Islam, Islamic Productions, Tucson, Arizona, 1982.
  • Qur'an: The Final Testament, Islamic Productions, Tucson, Arizona, 1989.


CBS News reported that Muslim extremist Wadih el-Hage was "connected to the 1990 stabbing death... Rashad Khalifa was hated by Muslims opposed to his teachings. He is considered a false prophet by Muslims. El-Hage who was indicted for lying about the case, called the assassination 'a good thing.'"[24] If true, Khalifa would be possibly the first American killed by an operative of Al Qaeda in the United States.[25]


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