To my utter surprise it turns out that Dr.Rashad Khalifa did indeed receive messengership on December 21st 1971…..The longest night during the year(in the northern hemisphere)
Could this be a coincidence?
Of course no coincidence that you were aroused. You believe his claim to resemble deceased prophet, and other absurdities, and you conjectured then did the look up; if not successful you would have simply skipped it similar to how those obsessed with numerology ignore all failures like drug addicts in denial look for the next fix/buzz.
Example, they read hadith revelation started in 610 CE
• 23 years (not multiple, ignore)
• 610 / 19 = 32.1052632 (not multiple, ignore)
• 1974 / 19 = 103.894737 (not multiple, ignore)
• (1974 - 610 = 1364) / 19 = 71.78947371974 (not multiple, ignore)
Convert to lunar years: ((1974 - 610 = 1364) x 12 months = 365.242199 days) / (12 lunar months = 354.36708 days) = 1405.85959 then round to 1406 and bingo! 1406 / 19 = 74
Your observation on RK and his "encounter" is very interesting and food for thought.
Why -- did he fast during winter solstice for 10 days or was he clueless following hadith/tradition?
Winter solstice only ascent contradicts Qur'an. They do not sleep the other 365 days and 364 nights; it is a continuous/instantaneous ascent like our thoughts which instantaneously reach across the universe.
70:1 سأل asked سائل a questioner بعذاب about a punishment واقع and real
70:2 للكافرين to the disbelievers ليس is not له to it دافع any preventer
70:3 من from الله Allah ذي owner المعارج the ways of ascent
70:4 تعرج ascent الملائكة the angels والروح and The Spirit إليه to Him في in يوم day/time كان is مقداره its measure خمسين fifty ألف thousand سنة timeframe
70:5 فاصبر so be patient صبرا a patience جميلا beautiful
70:6 إنهم indeed they يرونه see it بعيدا far
70:7 ونراه and We see it قريبا soon