Thursday, 30 April,
A Collection of Tafsīr Surat Al Baqarah, Ayah #1
بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
After I attended the Breach of Covenant seminar, which was Tafsir of Surat AlBaqarah Juzz’ 1, held by AlMaghrib institute, I decided to go over the notes along with other Tafasir such as Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Tafsir AlTabari, Tafsir AlQurtubi, Adhwaa’ AlBayaan fee Idhaah AlQur`an bil Qur`an and others and will insha’Allah post notes from them as I continue:
“Alif, Laam, Meem.”
These letters are known as Huroof Al Muqatta’aat or disjointed letters. Their meanings are known to no one save Allah سبحانه وتعالى. They form the first (in some cases second) ayah (tayn) of 29 Suwaar (sing. Surah). 14 of the 28 Arabic letters have been used for this purpose.
There are many opinions given by the ‘ulamaa’ of the Salaf on the meaning of this ayah but the correct answer would be to say that Allah سبحانه وتعالى knows best.
Ibn Jarir AlTabari رحمه الله mentions probably the reason why Allah سبحانه وتعالىuses Huroof Al Muqatta’aat,” And others said instead that the beginnings of the Suwar started with these letters because the polytheists, whose attitude was to avoid listening to the Qur`an, would prick up their ears when they heard them; then, whenever they gave ear, that which was composed of the letter would be recited to them.” And indeed Allah سبحانه وتعالى knows best.
 Tafsir AlTabari [his own opinion]