(Revealed once at Mecca and once at Medinah – contains 7 verses)

Allah – beginning with the name of – the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

[Fatihah 1:1] All praise is to Allah, the Lord Of The Creation.

[Fatihah 1:2] The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

[Fatihah 1:3] Owner of the Day of Recompense

[Fatihah 1:4] You alone we worship and from You alone we seek help (and may we always).

[Fatihah 1:5] Guide us on the Straight Path.

[Fatihah 1:6] The path of those whom You have favored –

[Fatihah 1:7] Not the path of those who earned Your anger – nor of those who are astray.

(Amen – So be it)


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  1. khalijah
    Posted May 1, 2008 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Understanding of al Fatihah. Al Fatihah is known as ummul Kitab or ‘mother’ of the book. I had been wondering about the meaning this phrase for a long long time. repeated recitation, trying to understand the meaning and experineces lead me to unerstand that al Fatihah gives us the basic philosophy of living. It begins with ayat about our Creator Allah s.w.t. We begin with the name of Allah with a escription of who Allah is, the most Beneficient the Most Merciful. Then we praise Allah, lord of the universe. Then we are told that Allah is the MAster of judgement day. This is fascinating at least for me as it reminds me of what to expect for the future. Then we are reminded that it is Allah who we worship an to whom we seek help from. In particular we are to seeks Allah;s help to show us the straight true path, the path that promises nikmat or blessings an not the path that is wrong or lost. This is logical in the sense that if we know we are to be judged then we need to know what to do an how to do if we want jugement to be in our favour. Another thing is the surah escribes to us that nikmat is gained only when we follow the straight true path. Even in our material life we cannot affor to o wrong. Wrongoing creates discomfort at its worst estruction an ruin. We can see how mismanagement of our environment bring alor of sufferings like pollution, or mismanagement of ourselves like overeating. While the spiritual straight true path is gaine through religious eucation, the material true path is gaine through the learning of sciences, be it physics, chemistry or biology. This is simply becuase Allah created all creatures including man in proportion and subject to His laws (known as laws of Nature in Science).
    So alFatihah gives us the founation of living reminding us that there is a Creator, the attributes of the Creator, our basic relationship to the Creator and teaching that our action ends with blessings or nikmat only when it is in accordance with the truth, be it spiritual or material truth. eviation from the truth is sinning or error that leas to destruction if we do not return to the straight true path. Waaluhalam.


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