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Why do some Quranic surahs start with random Arabic letters?

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Ever wonder about how some surahs of the Qur'an start with some random Arabic letters such Ta Sin Mim or Alif Lam Mim etc?

Here is an explanation from Sayyed Qutb's tafsir, "In the Shade of the Qur'an".

He explains the beginning of Surah Ash-Shua'ra.

Ţā. Sīn. Mīm. These are verses of the book that makes things clear. (Verses 1-2)

The sūrah begins with three separate Arabic letters, Ţā Sīn Mīm, indicating that the verses of the Qur’ān, the book that sets things in full clarity, including the present sūrah, are made out of such letters.

These letters are available to those who deny divine revelation, and they cannot produce out of them anything similar to this clear book.

The nature of the book is discussed at the beginning and end of the sūrah, just as it is discussed in every sūrah which has a similar beginning employing separate letters.


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