‘Allāmah Tabātabā’ī was a live, moving manifestation of Sūra Al-‘Asr from the Qur’ān. The reality of Sūra Al-‘Asr had settled in him, and he had a special connection with this blessed chapter of the Qu’rān (sūra). In Tafsīr Al-Mīzan, he says about this sūra: “God Almighty has elucidated all the learnings of the Qur’ān and all the divine truths and truths about mankind in the small sūra.”
Ayatullah Hasanzādeh Āmulī
‘Allāmah Tabātabā’ī was extremely humble and modest in relation to the Qur’ān. He would usually recite verses of the Qur’ān from memory and would tell us in which chapters (sūwar) those verses were located, and would also recite verses that were related to that particular verse. The sessions of Qur’ānic discussion of that late Sayyid [‘Allāmah] were extremely interesting and informative.
I remember once I had the Holy Qur’ān in my hand and a tafsīr in front of me. I wanted to open another book and at the same time I did not want the pages of the Qur’ān to close. As a result I placed the Qur’ān behind me on the ground. ‘Allāmah immediately picked up the Qur’ān and kissed it and then said to me, “next time don’t repeat this action”.
Hujjatul Islam Mūsawī Hamadānī
‘Allāmah would keep awake all the nights of the blessed month of Ramadhān, and he used to have a great desire to recite the Qur’ān and would try to recite it out loud.