12- YÛSUF Joseph Revealed at Makkah /
1. A (alif). L (lâm). R (râ). The sûrah opens with these letters from the Arabic alphabet to draw attention to the miracle of the Qur’ân, which, though written in the people’s tongue, cannot be emulated. These are divinely revealed verses flowing with the evident precision and grace that are symbolic of the Book (the Qur’ân).