¡ Alif. Lām. Mīm. Ṣād.
1 The four Arabic letters at the beginning of this sūrah are among the “separated letters” (al-muqaṭṭaʿāt) found at the beginning of twenty-nine sūrahs. Among them, this is the only sūrah that begins with these particular letters. Although the meaning of these letters is considered ambiguous by many commentators, some have speculated that the letters at the beginning of this sūrah may be a Name of God, that they stand for the “greatest Name of God,” or that they are a name for the Quran itself (Ṭ). For a fuller discussion of the separated letters, see 2:1c.