Surah Al Fatihah

“Get to know the greatest surah of the entire Quran! An appreciation of Surah Al-Fatihah is something that has to be refreshed and renewed.” Quoted from Nouman Ali Khan Quran weekly video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8I6BZQED7E.

We kept saying that ramadan is the month of the Quran. Let’s meditate about the values of the Fatihah, this surah that we always use in our prayer. Let’s tighten the link between us and this surah. Which better moment do it if it’s not during Ramadan?

Here is some interesting elements that speaks about the Fatihah to meditate:

Sahih Muslim records on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (R) who said that the Messenger of Allah (SWS) said,

Allah, the Glorious and Exalted said, “I have divided the prayer between Myself and my servant equally and My servant shall be granted what he asked for.” Therefore, when the servant says, ‘All praises and thanks are due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds’, Allah says, ‘My servant has praised Me.’ When he says,’The All-Merciful, the Most Merciful,’Allah says, ‘My servant has extolled Me.’ When he says, ‘Master of the Day of Judgment,’ Allah says, ‘My servant has glorified Me.’ When he says, ‘You Alone we worship and Your aid Alone do we seek,’ Allah says, ‘this is between Me and My servant and My servant shall have what he requested.’ When he says, ‘Guide us to the Straight Path, the Path of those whom You have favored, not [the path] of those who have earned [Your] anger, nor of those who have gone astray,’ Allah says, ‘this is for My servant and My servant shall have what he asked for.’ 

Ahmad records on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (r) who said (in part of the hadith) that “The Prophet (SWS) called Ubayy ibn Ka’b and told him that:

“Ubayy said, ‘Then he took hold of my hand and talked to me while I slowed down fearing that we may reach the door before he finished talking. When we did reach it I asked him, ‘What is the Surah you promised me, O Messenger of Allah?’ He said, “What is the Surah you recite in prayer?” So I recited the Mother of the Quran upon which he said, ‘By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, Allah has not revealed the likes of it in the Torah, Injil, Zabur or the [rest of the] Quran. It is the Seven Oft- Repeated verses.’ “

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