‘Allamah Tabataba’i was a live, moving manifestation of Sura Al-‘Asr from the Qur’an. The reality of Sura Al-‘Asr had settled in him, and he had a special connection with this blessed chapter of the Qu’ran (sura). In Tafsir Al-Mizan, he says about this sura: “God Almighty has elucidated all the learnings of the Qur’an and all the divine truths and truths about mankind in the small sura.”
Ayatullah Hasanzadeh Amuli
‘Allamah Tabataba’i was extremely humble and modest in relation to the Qur’an. He would usually recite verses of the Qur’an from memory and would tell us in which chapters (suwar) those verses were located, and would also recite verses that were related to that particular verse. The sessions of Qur’anic discussion of that late Sayyid [‘Allamah] were extremely interesting and informative.
I remember once I had the Holy Qur’an in my hand and a tafsir in front of me. I wanted to open another book and at the same time I did not want the pages of the Qur’an to close. As a result I placed the Qur’an behind me on the ground. ‘Allamah immediately picked up the Qur’an and kissed it and then said to me, “next time don’t repeat this action”.
Hujjatul Islam Musawi Hamadani
‘Allamah would keep awake all the nights of the blessed month of Ramadhan, and he used to have a great desire to recite the Qur’an and would try to recite it out loud.