S. V. Mir Ahmed Ali, The Holy Qur’an: with English translation of the Arabic text and commentary according to the version of the Holy Ahlul-Bait: with special notes from Ayatullah Agha Haji Mirza Mahdi Pooya Yazdi on the philosophic aspects of some of the verses (1988)
to be made before reciting the Qur’an
O God, I bear witness that this is Your scripture revealed by You to Your Apostle, Muhammad ibn Abd Allah, may God bless him and his Household, that it is Your speech, pronounced on the tongue of Your Prophet, whom You made Your guide for Your creatures and a tie between Yourself and Your servants.
O God, what I open is Your testament and Your epistle O God, hallow my act of looking into it, and make my reading of it an act of contemplation, and make my contemplation therein educative [O God], make me one of those who take lesson from Your counsels and refrain from disobeying You Do not close my [inner] ear as I read it, nor draw a curtain over my [inner] eyes Let not my reading be one that is devoid of contemplation Make me one who contemplates over its signs and prescriptions and follows the laws of Your religion Let me not be negligent as I study it. nor let my recitation of it be mere babbling Indeed, You are the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful.