¡ Alif. Lām. Rā. These are the signs of the clear Book.
1 The Arabic letters alif, lām, and rāʾ, which also appear in 10:1; 11:1; 13:1; 14:1; and 15:1, are among the separated letters (al-muqaṭṭaʿāt) that are found at the beginning of twenty-nine sūrahs and whose ultimate meaning, most commentators maintain, is known only to God; see 2:1c. The clear Book refers to the Quran (Kl, Q) and its ability to make the truth manifest (Kl; for identical verses, see 26:2; 28:2; see also 43:2; 44:2). Alternately, the clear Book could be a reference to the Preserved Tablet (see 85:22c; Ṭb). See also 10:1c, where the adjective wise is understood to be a reference to the Book’s being clear.