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  • I'm guessing the inspiration for that Koranic passage is the Jewish religious calendar, which, if I understand correctly, adds a leap month named Veadar every few years (something like every 3 years in 22 or so). The Koran was big on saying, "The Jews and/or the Christians say God wants you to ... but actually He said ..." Kind of like Muhammad switching his followers from praying toward Jerusalem to praying toward Mecca, or like treating Friday as a religious holy day instead of Saturday or Sunday.

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    • The Jewish calendar's "leap year" repeats Adar (and calls it Ve'Adar, which can be construed to mean "and Adar"). It's a 19 year cycle that gets the Jewish and Gregorian calendars to line up again (I was born on 30 September, which was the day before Yom Kippur that year -- the next time Yom Kippur fell on 1 October was right after my 19th birthday), and it goes something like:

      Normal Normal Leap
      Normal Normal Leap
      Normal Leap
      Normal Normal Leap
      Normal Leap Normal Leap
      Normal Normal Normal Leap

      Note that I pulled that out of my ass, but I managed to stop at 19 without thinking about it. The accuracy (or lack thereof) notwithstanding, I'm pleased with that. I did look this up once or twice, but I'm too tired to search for the info right now.