Al Fatiha

The first surah of the Quran Al Fatiha is often called Umm-ul Quran (the mother of the Quran ) as it summarises the whole of the Quran. In the course I was present at during the weekend Shaykh Abu Bakr As-Sudani stressed the summary of the Quran in Al Fatiha. He then went on to say that Bismillahir Rahmannir Raheem is a summary of Al Fatiha, the summary of Bismillahir Rahmannir Raheem being the Ba and Ba being summarised as the dot that the Pen wrote when Allah told it to first write.

I also came across what I would call a very beautiful hadith some weeks ago about Al Fatiha which I will quote here because I dont feel it is self explanatory.

It is recorded in Sahih Muslim that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah SWS said

” Allah said, ” I have divided the prayer into two halves between Myself and My servant, one half is for me and one half for my servant. My servant shall have what he asks for! When the servant says

بِـسْـمِ اللهِ الرَّحـْمـنِ الرَّحِـيـم

الْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِيـنَ

‘All praise and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of all that exists’

Allah says ” My servant has praised me”. When the servant says

الرَّحْمـنِ الرَّحِيـمِ

‘The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful’

Allah says “My servant has praised me”. When the servant says

مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّيـنِ

‘The Owner of the Day of Recompense’

Allah says ” My servant has glorified me”. If the servant says

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِيـنُ

‘You we worship and You we ask for help’

Allah says ‘ This is between Me and My servant, My servant shall have what he asked for. If the servant says

اهدِنَـا الصِّرَاطَ المُستَقِيمَ

صِرَاطَ الَّذِيـنَ أَنعَمتَ عَلَيهِمْ غَـيرِ المَغضُوب

عَلَيهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّيـنَ

‘Guide us to the straight path. The path of those whom You have bestowed your grace, not (that) those who have earned Your anger, nor of those who went astray.’

Allah says ” This is for My servant, and My servant shall have what he asked”.”

And with being a dua after Al Fatiha ameen should be said.


2 Responses to “Al Fatiha”

  1. Beautiful MashaAllah!

    Indeed the correct way of understanding the real Islam is to refer to the Holy Quran as the basis for all knowledge and then understanding the Sunnah and Hadith in its light. Anything that cannot be linked back to the Quran cannot be declared an integral part of Islam. We must be very careful when we assume that something is or is not part of Islam. Allah has protected the Holy Book for this very purpose that no matter how much time passes the word of Allah remains pure and provides guidance to those who truly want to submit to his will and stay on course to becoming true Muslims.
    The values, injunctions, and the principles enshrined in the Book form the corner stone of the Islamic polity and the limits laid down by it provide the framework within which the laws of the Islamic State may be formulated. These principles, or limits, or framework, are immutable, but the statutes made by the State within these four corners are open to modification and change according to the needs of the times.

    The Qur’an is the last of the Divine Books, because Messenger-hood ended with Muhammad. No subsequent human opinion or pronouncement in matters of deen, therefore, can be recognized as authoritative; nor can any man-made law repugnant to the Qur’an be regarded as binding upon the Muslims. The Qur’an is a book of guidance for all mankind and transcends the barriers of time and space. The Islamic State is an instrument for the enforcement of the Laws and Injunctions embodied in the Qur’an.
    May Allah guide us and have mercy on us. Ameen.
    Abdul Momin

  2. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Phone.

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