In the first ayah of the Quran – Bismillahir rahmaanir raheem – the first letter is “Ba”. Here the “Ba” can have two meanings – isti’aanah (seeking help) and Musaahabah (seeking closeness/companionship).
- “In” the name of Allah – implies seeking help from Allah
- “With” the name of Allah – implies wanting the closeness/companionship of Allah SWT
So just this one letter defines our relationship with our Lord – the one we seek help from, and the one whose closeness and company we absolutely need.
That’s how the Quran starts.
[Heard the concept in Tafsir Surah Fatiha by Asim Khan]