¡ Ṭā. Sīn. Mīm.
1 For a discussion of the separated letters that appear at the beginning of some sūrahs, see 2:1c. Some suggest that the ṭāʾ here represents the joy (ṭarab) of the hearts of those who know God, the sīn, the happiness (surūr) of the lovers of God, and the mīm, the intimate discourse (munājah) of those who desire God (R). Other interpretations say that the ṭāʾ is for God’s Might (ṭawl), the sīn for His Resplendence (sināʾ), and the mīm for His Sovereignty (mulk; Q), or that they stand for Names of God al-Ṭāhir (the Pure), al-Salām (Peace), and al-Majīd (the Glorious; Q). Others suggest that they represent a name for this sūrah, are a name of the Quran itself, or constitute an oath that God swears (Ṭ).