Tafsir of Verse(s): [1]
طه 1
1 The Arabic letters ṭāʾ and hāʾ are among the separated letters (al-muqaṭṭaʿāt) that are found at the beginning of twenty-nine sūrahs and whose innermost meaning, most commentators attest, is known only to God; see 2:1c. Some have said that ṭāʾ hāʾ could mean “O man!” (Kl, Ṭ, Ṭs) with the Prophet as the referent (Kl, TH), or that it is one of the Names of God (M) or a name of the Prophet (Kl). Since ṭāʾ hāʾ can be a name of the Prophet, it has become a proper name among Muslim males. According to Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq, ṭāʾ hāʾ refers to the purity and guidance of the Household of the Prophet (ahl al-bayt; R). According to another interpretation, the ṭāʾ refers to a tree in Paradise called Ṭūbā (see 13:29c) and the hāʾ to an abyss (hāwiyah; see 101:9c) in Hell, which is to say that it is as if God were swearing by both the Garden and the Fire (R).