SAAD RAMZI ISMAIL The Mystery Of Number 4 In My Life

I was watching TV when my phone rang . Frantic voice from the other side was screaming , help me please your brother is in the hospital.

Then I saw my mother  holding my brother’s Sam hand and going upstairs ,She turned her face to me and told me Wednesday, Wednesday and she was gone. Then I woke up from the dream , it was Wednesday Morning , and I prayed for my mother who passed away . I went to work and forgot about my dream.I kept thinking of what my mother had told me in the dream.

The next Wednesday I came home from work, took a shower , had my supper, wash my teeth and sat to watch TV when the phone rang. It was very strange when I heard  my bother’s wife voice ,she was in Las Vegas , she was crying and asked me if I could come asap as my brother Sam had a heart attack . She told me that they took him to the community hospital, and put him in ICU.

He was waiting for an open heart surgery as they found that he had 4 coronary stenosis up to 94 % each. 

I asked my manager for a leave and he gave me one week off. I took the flight from Saskatoon to Las Vegas my bother’s wife was waiting at the airport.

We went directly to the hospital .My brother Sam was in ICU room number 4. his car was parked in lot number 4, remember that Wednesday is the fourth day of the week. He managed to have 2 operation and he was waiting for another one as the coronary arteries failed to open for some reason. The doctors took him for his 3rd operation and then the 4th operation.  

He has his wife and 3 kids total of  4 .

 4 days after his last operation he passed away , I was sleeping in the hall beside the ICU when the ICU nurse  called for code blue , and they did what ever they could but he was gone. I looked at the time and it was 4 am !

I didn’t want to bother his wife and the kids so I didn’t call them until 7 am.

I told the nurses and they all agreed, as my brother’s wife was so tired and needed her rest. They put my brother body in the morgue and I was surprise to see the number of the freezer lot was number 4.

 I didn’t care much about the number I was in shock and saddened for him .He was my older brother and he took care of me when I was young. his name in Arabic is Samer 4 words. 

Then I called his wife and my family over seas and they all cried and prayed for his soul, his wife was shocked and the kids were crying and screaming . My family overseas couldn’t believe it. How he can die in USA , they said. USA have the best doctors and healthsystem in the world ,They kept telling me. 

God has his way and every body has his time, I told them. No matter where you are in USA or any where in the world, when your time come no body can help you,I said.

After the routine crying and sadness of my family, his wife and the kids ,I was focusing on the problem in hand.

To make sure that I bury him and do every thing by the book , from booking the funeral home, ordering the head stone to every single detail . When I went to the Grave site there is a lot number 4,  and other lots. Then the number 4 started to come in my mind one by one ,I asked the funeral manager to select number 4 . I washed his body with the people that I hired to do the coffin  helped me to wash him and put him in the casket .

We called many of his friends at work and other place,  and we all prayed for him and put him in his grave . Every body left and the kids were crying softly as we told them that If they cry loud his soul will not be happy. His wife left with the kids along with every body else, I stayed alone beside the grave .I told my brother’s wife to pick me up next day when the sun rise.

It was 4 pm when we took him from the funeral home and we buried him before the the sun goes down on Thursday night. My brother’s wife told me that we can come in the morning .I told her that I promised my brother once that if He die I will stay beside his grave until the sun rise next day,  and he should do that for me if possible, and I will keep my promise to him.

So I started resitting versus from the holy book and do rosary and prayers for his soul. I kept a large bottle of water  we had in the car beside me,  and a flash light with . The grave yard is about 5 minutes from  Las Vegas airport .It has very pleasant and well maintained gardens and lights. I went to the washroom once only.I prayed for him until the sun rise. My brother’s-wife came for me  picked me up and drove me home. I was wet as it was raining in the end, and I was VERY tired.

I took some of my brother’s hair when I was cutting his hair , and cut his nails and kept them in small plastic bag , and I also took some of his belonging. When I was sleeping I dreamt of Sam , he was so happy and told me not to worry at all , he said dont feel pain and he could see me beside the grave reading the holy book for him. He asked me to return his hair to the ground and not to keep it.

When I called my father he told me I should kept his hair and nails with the body, and then he asked me to send his belonging along with the hair and nails so they can buried them back home. They wanted to make a memorial burial for him beside my mother grave and my little brother. They received all his belonging that I sent to them. I extended my leave to another one week. I took care of the kids and managed to get a counselor for them and supported them financially, and paid for all the funeral service and the burial charges . It was time to go back home to Saskatoon.

When I went to the airport to come back to home from Las Vegas to Minneapolis then Saskatoon , the gate number was number 4. Oh Darn, I said. I felt so uncomfortable and I went to the ticket agent and told him that I can not travel throw this Gate. He said why, I told him that I felt bad about this Gate,  and if there is any way to change it I will rather take any other gates. He said that’s the only way to Saskatoon is throw this gate.I told him the story and he was surprised and asked me to pray and not to be superstitious. Because my other option to travel to other city then from there I can be directed to Saskatoon, and that coast more money and time. I was so tired. OK then I go throw gate number 4. I told him. Good luck body and sorry about your brother, the agent told me.

I took the flight and it was the most horrific flight in my life,I had the worse turbulence and air pocket in history. Every body was worried and screaming , the captain kept informing us to stay still and buckle up . I was so worried . I thought that’s it I shouldn’t listen to that agent , I was sad and felt so helpless . What I will do if I die? Who will care for me and pray for me? What will happen to my family and job, my place and belonging? I was so tired ,I buckled my self with the seat so tight to my body,I thought if we crashed some one might find my with my seat .


I closed my eyes and put my hands together and continued to pray.I felt no fear at all, I was in peace and so relaxed . I completely surrendered to that moment. I fall sleep until the flight attendant woke me up to adjust my seat. Am I a life ,I asked .

She smiled , and said yes it is a beautiful day. When I was ready to leave the plan I noticed my seat number was 44.  

I drove from the airport to my apartment in Saskatoon and I was still sleepy and tired. My apartment number 114 was in the 4th floor ,I just didn’t care any more I felt this is crazy ,May be I was so sensitive and in shock that my brain was playing tricks on me .May be my brain was trying to distract me from the psychological trauma of losing my brother. I closed the curtains to block the sunlight ,and went to bed after a quick shower . I wasdreaming of my brother  smiling at me. and still dreaming of him at least once every 4 months.  Now I am renting a place in the 4th floor some where in Calgary. This number always remind me of Sam.

The number 4 derives its meaning from creation. On the fourth day of what is called ‘creation week’ God completed the material universe. On this day he brought into existence our sun, the moon, and all the stars (Genesis 1:14 – 19). Their purpose was not only to give off light, but also to divide the day from the night on earth, thus becoming a basic demarcation of time. They were also made to be a type of signal that would mark off the days, years and seasons.

Interestingly, the Hebrew word for ‘seasons’ in Genesis 1:14 is moed (Strong’s Concordance #H4150), which literally translated is “appointed times” (divine appointments) in reference to God’s festivals. This is the earliest known allusion to what would later be called the Holy (or Feast) days (periods) of worship, which are seven in number.

The 4th of the Ten Commandments is to remember and keep God’s holy Sabbath day (Exodus 20:9 – 11). The Sabbath day is tied directly to the creation week. God himself made the period between Friday sunset and Saturday sunset extra special when he rested on it after bringing everything into existence the previous six days (Genesis 2:1 – 3, Exodus 20:11).

Appearances of the number four

One of the top ten most frequently mentioned women in the Bible, Eve, is only referenced four times (Genesis 3:20, 4:1, 2 Corinthians 11:3 and 1 Timothy 2:13).

Psalm 107 is the only section or chapter in God’s word that contains the exact same phrase four times (Psalm 107:8, 15, 21 and 31).

The apostle Paul was a man familiar with 4 major first century cultures. He was a Roman citizen, he was a Jew who spoke Greek as well as Hebrew, and he was a Christian.

The Garden of Eden had a river which parted into the headwaters of four other rivers. These rivers were the Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel and the Euphrates (Genesis 2:10 – 14).

The four witnesses of God on earth are miracles, wonders, signs and the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 2:4).

The number of times rainbows are referenced in scripture are four (Genesis 9, Ezekiel 1:28, Revelation 4:3, 10:1).

Ezekiel, prophecy and the number 4

In Ezekiel’s well-known ‘wheel in the middle of a wheel’ vision (Ezekiel 1, 10) he sees four living creatures transporting a throne with four sides and four wheels. Each of the living creatures (likely Cherubim, a class of angels) has four faces (the face of a man, lion, ox and eagle) and four wings (1:6).

The number 4 derives its meaning from creation. On the fourth day God’ completed the material universe. On this day he brought into existence our Sun ,moon,and all the stars (Genesis 1:14 – 19). Their purpose was not only to give off light, but also to divide the day from the night on earth, thus becoming a basic demarcation of time. They were also made to be a type of signal that would mark off the days, years and seasons.

There are 4 gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry.

 Thank you for reading and may God bless all those who departed from your life and all those who went to the other side.

Steve Ramsey, PhD.

Calgary, Alberta- Canada.


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