Assalamualaikum Dear Brothers & Sisters,
In this specialblog, Insha Allah, we Shall try imparting some important elements about one of thegreatest Surahs in the Qur’an. Surah Al Fatihah, which is known and recited byMuslims in all the obligatory & voluntary prayers.
A Surah which is called‘’Shifa’’ the cure, a complete Dua, methodology of life and guidance to mankind.It is a beautiful conversation between you and Allah. Surely mapping out life theSurah Al Fatihah way will help you get the best of both the worlds, Insha Allah.
This life is full of challenges and struggles andthis Surah teaches us how to rely only on Allah and to never lose hope from themercy of Allah.
Let’s pause and try to understand the profound definitionof Surah Al Fatihah.
Meaning of ‘Al Fatihah’
Al Fatihah means that which opens, the opener. The word الفاتحةcame from the root word فتح which means toopen, explain, disclose. It is the summary of the whole Quran consistingof 7 verses, 29 words and 141 letters, the opening of any Salah. It is throughthis Surah that we seek Allah’s guidance 5 times a day and more with voluntaryprayers. What a virtuous blessing, Subhan Allah!
If we only understand the wisdom behind the blessed andprofound verses of this Surah it will only leave us amazed and grateful.
It teaches us about Tawheed, and methodology oflife. The Qur’an opens with Surah Al Fatihah, it is the key to success but arewe paying its due honor? Because we read it so often, we go almost on anautopilot mode without pondering or understanding what we are reciting. Thisautopilot recitation would surely lessen the effects it should leave in ourlives.
Allah says, “AndWe have certainly given you, [O Muhammad], seven of the often repeated [verses]and the great Qur’an’’. surat Al-ḥijr (15:87)
Try speaking to people at the same pace that yourecite Al-Fatihah in prayer and look at the reactions that you’ll get. You will get only bland response. This is exactly how you’vebeen speaking to Allah, the only king of the worlds. Slow down. This isn’t howkings are addressed. It is that important part without which even our Salah isincomplete. We need to muse and reflect.
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)said, “Whoever does not recite Al-Fatiha in his prayer, his prayer isinvalid.” Sahih al-Bukhari 756
The most important thing we were taught as child after the Kalimah (declarationof the oneness of Allah) is Surah Al Fatihah.
Abu Sa’id Ar-Rafi’ bin Al-Mu’alla (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Shall I teach you the greatest Surah in the Qur’an before you leave the mosque?” Then he (ﷺ), took me by the hand, and when we were about to step out, I reminded him of his promise to teach me the greatest Surah in the Qur’an. He (ﷺ) said, “It is ‘Alhamdu lillahi Rabbil ‘Alamin (i.e., Surat Al-Fatihah) which is As-Sab’ Al-Mathani (i.e., the seven oft- repeated Ayat) and the Great Qur’an which is given to me.“ Al-Bukhari, 19
The Cure, the Shifa
No doubt Surah Fatihah is a miracle and a healing tothe body and soul. And any Miracle is a sign of the power of Allah. Any sick personcan be blown the recitation of this Surah as it is Ruqya too. We know thisthrough this well-known Hadith.
Narrated by Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri that:
Some of thecompanions of the Prophet (ﷺ) came across a tribeamongst the tribes of the Arabs, and that tribe did not entertain them. Whilethey were in that state, the chief of that tribe was bitten by a snake (orstung by a scorpion). They said, (to the companions of the Prophet (ﷺ)), “Have you got any medicine withyou or anybody who can treat with Ruqya?” The Prophet’s companions said,“You refuse to entertain us, so we will not treat (your chief) unless youpay us for it.” So, they agreed to pay them a flock of sheep. One of them(the Prophet’s companions) started reciting Surat-al-Fatiha and gathering hissaliva and spitting it (at the snakebite). The patient got cured and his peoplepresented the sheep to them, but they said, “We will not take it unless weask the Prophet (whether it is lawful).” When they asked him, he smiledand said, “How do you know that Surat-al-Fatiha is a Ruqya? Take it (flockof sheep) and assign a share for me.” Sahih al-Bukhari 5736
Revealed by theSpecial Angel
Two lights given to Prophet Mohammad ﷺ. Ibn Abbas(R.A) narrated while Gabriel was sitting with the Apostle (ﷺ) he heard a creaking sound above him. He lifted his head andsaid: This is a gate opened in heaventoday which had never been opened before. Then when an angel descended throughit, he said: This is an angel who came down to the earth who had never comedown before. He greeted and said: Rejoice in two lights given to you which havenot been given to any prophet before you: Fatihat al-Kitab and the concludingverses of Surah al-Baqarah. You will never recite a letter from them for whichyou will not be given (a reward). Sahih Muslim 806
Noblest Surah of theQur’an
Anas (R.A) reported the Prophet Mohammad ﷺ sayingas: “Should I not inform you of the most noble and excellent part of theQuran?” He then recited “All praise and thanks are due to Allah, the Lord ofthe Worlds” An-Nasai
- OpeningSurah in the Qur’an
- Guidanceto the Straight Path
- Keyto Qur’an
- Understandthe true meaning of ‘’worship’’
- MissionStatement of Every Muslim should be, ‘’Purpose of life is to worship only Allah’’
- Understand it, feel it and live with it
READ PART 2 HERE
May Allah help us understand and implement SurahFatihah in our lives, Aameen Ya Rabb!
Muneer bint Fayaz