The meaning of the mysterious letters in the Qur’an

The muqaṭṭaʿāt

The question of the meaning of the mysterious letters in the Quran – known in Arabic as the muqaṭṭaʿāt – has both intrigued and frustrated Muslims since the time of the revelation over 1,400 years ago.

Many theories have been advanced as to the meaning of the muqaṭṭaʿāt – or mysterious letters – none of them convincing. In the final analysis, the truth is that, so far, no-one has understood what these letters mean. There is no shame in not knowing, if one admits as much.

This presentation provides a fully cogent, logical and demonstrable explanation of the muqaṭṭaʿāt – or mysterious letters – in the Quran.

You may find the entire presentation in written form at Article XX in the Appendix to The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation which – as ever – may be downloaded free or purchased in hardback.

Article XX in the Appendix of The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation also contains within its own appendix:

  • a summary of those theories of the mysterious letters in the Quran extant prior to these findings
  • a full summary on the case of kitāb at 27:1

Existing theories and the case of kitāb at 27:1 are touched on here, but a full discussion of them would distract from the thrust of this presentation. The full notes on 27:1 – and why kitāb there is in the nominative –may be read also as a separate article.

NOTE: This is materially same presentation as found in that series of six videos on the muqaṭṭaʿāt I released last year, but with a small number of minor improvements. I have revamped the whole presentation, and – I hope – explained the subject better here.

 

About the Author Sam Gerrans

Sam Gerrans is an English writer and activist with professional backgrounds in media, strategic communications, and technologies. He is driven by commitment to ultimate meaning, and focused on authentic approaches to revelation and Realpolitik. He is founder of Quranite.com and author of The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation where his consistent, Qur'an-centric hermeneutical methodology is applied to the text of the Qur’an in its entirety. Read more...

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