بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ
This is the first occourence of Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem (RnR for short). It is therefore the opening of Quran itself as well as being the opening of this chapter. In the case of this chapter, the RnR is linked to the statement ‘alhamdulillahi rabbil 3alameen’, denoting that Allah’s rabubiyah or lordship is closedly linked with his attributes of being RnR. Other than the opening verses of every chapter, the RnR rarely appear together.
Interestingly, after the basmalah above, the RnR is repeated in this aya. This shows a ‘bracket’ in which 1/1 is encapsulated by 1/0 and 1/2. The repetition of the RnR here shows that 1/1 may be operationalised by the realisation of Allah’s Rahmaniyya (womblike aspect related to protection) and Raheemiyya (evolutionising womblike aspect). In effect, Allah’s lordship manifests in two ways thus creating the tahmeed/feeling of absolute joy and relief.