See also:أ [U+0623 ARABIC LETTER ALEF WITH HAMZA ABOVE], ٵ [U+0675 ARABIC LETTER HIGH HAMZA ALEF], ا [U+0627 ARABIC LETTER ALEF], اً, ٱ [U+0671 ARABIC LETTER ALEF WASLA], إ [U+0625 ARABIC LETTER ALEF WITH HAMZA BELOW], andا-
A form of the initial interrogative particle that indicates a yes-or-no question. As it is written together with the following word, when this word begins with ال (al-, “the”) they are orthographically morphed together and written with a مَدَّة (madda) diacritic instead of maintaining both.
Sahih International: Say, "Have you seen what Allah has sent down to you of provision of which you have made [some] lawful and [some] unlawful?" Say, "Has Allah permitted you [to do so], or do you invent [something] about Allah?"