1 Preface الر ۚ تِلكَ آياتُ الكِتابِ الحَكيمِYusuf AliA.L.R.1 These are the Ayat2 of the Book of Wisdom.For the Abbreviated Letters generally as mystic Symbols, see Appendix 1. For this particular combination see the Introduction to this Sūra.Ayat = Signs, or Verses of the Qur-ān. Here both meanings are to be understood- Each verse is a nugget of wisdom. And in the verses immediately following, e.g., 10:3-6, examples are given of the wonders of God’s material Creation. If the starry heavens impress us with their sublimity as signs of God’s wisdom and power, how much more wonderful is it that He should speak to lowly man through His Messengers, in man’s language, so that he can understand?