The Bab - The Tafsir wāw -wa'l-Sāffāt ("Commentarty on the wāw of wa'l-saffāt")
The Tafsir wāw wa'l-Sāffāt ("Commentarty on the [letter] wāw of wa'l-saffāt") of Sayyid `Ali Muhammad Shirazi, the Bab.
Notes, Text and Translation.
See Nicholson Descriptive Cat. of the E.G. Browne Collection ... (1932: 62), pp. 44-60 +60-63. The Commentarty of the Bab on the waw of wa'l-saffat, "Those arrayed in rows" ( = Q. 37:1a).
Tafsir wāw of wa'l-Sāffāt is a Commentary on the first invocatory letter W ("By!), Arabic letter wāw of وَالصَّافَّاتِ صَفًّا wa'l-saffāt", from the opening verse of the Surat al-Saffat (Qur'an 37:1a), the `Surah of `Those [angels who are] arrayed in rows'), (AR.) وَالصَّافَّاتِ صَفًّا . This opening verse has been variously translated, "I call to witness those arrayed in rows".
This work Commences :
In the Name of God the One Transcendent above the Most Great.
Praised be unto He in Whose hands is the Kingdom of All-Things (malakut kulli shay'). No God is there except Him, the Unique (al-wahid), the One (al-ahad), the Supremely Great (al-muttakabir), the Overseer (al-Qa'im), the Full of Holiness (al-quddus), the Elevated One (al-rafi`), the Abstracted (al-mani`). God testifieth unto Himself by means of Himself for He, no God is there except Him, the Peerless (al-fard), the Living One [Regenerator] (al-hayy), the One (al-ahad), Separate [Uneven] (al-witr), the All-Enduring (al-samad), the All-Eternal (al-baqi), the Wondrous (al-badi`). He is indeed the One Who testifieth unto all that originated after the likeness of what He originated. No God is there except Him, the Sovereign (al-malik), the True One (al-haqq), the Firmly Established (al-makin)...