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Ayā (pl. āyāt; Arab., ‘sign’ or ‘mark’). In the Qurʾān, a mark of Allāh's existence and power (2. 248; 3. 41; 26. 197), and especially ‘a miracle’. The greatest sign and miracle of Allāh is the Qurʾān, and sections of the Qurʾān, shorter than suras, are referred to as āyāt. From this usage, the word has come to mean the verses of the Qurʾān. See also ʿILM.