¡ Alif. Lām. Rā. These are the signs of the Wise Book.
1 For the detached letters, see 2:1c. Although some have taken the Book to be an allusion to this particular sūrah (Bḍ, Z), it is generally understood to refer to the Quran itself (Bḍ, JJ, Kl, Q, R; see 2:2c; 2:89c; 2:129c). Wise (ḥakīm) refers to the wisdom to be found in the Book (Kā, R), and can also denote its being clear (mubīn; see also 12:1) and unambiguous in meaning (muḥkam; IK, Kā; muḥkam is based on the same root as ḥakīm; see also 3:7c; 11:1c).