(1) (10:1) Alif. Lam. Ra. These are the verses of the Book overflowing with wisdom. *1
*1). This introductory statement carries a subtle note of warning. For the unbelievers, out of their sheer stupidity looked upon the Qur'an which was presented to them by the Prophet (peace be on him) as merely a literary masterpiece, an embodiment of spellbinding poetic imagination, a fascinating discourse on a very sublime, illusive plane in the manner of soothsayers. The unbelievers are told that such notions are pure misconceptions. On the contrary, the Qur'anic verses are part of a Book which abounds in wisdom. Hence, if they disregard the Qur'an, they are merely depriving themselves of a treasure-house of wisdom.