There is no God except Allah; Muhammad is Messenger of Allah.
There is no God except Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

In the name of God

In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.



Al-Fatiha
THE OPENING

(The First Surah of the Holy Quran)
  1. In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.
  2. All praise is due be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds,
  3. The Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.
  4. Sovereign of the Day of Judgement.
  5. You alone we worship, and to You alone we turn for help.
  6. Guide us to the straight way;
  7. The way of those whom You have favoured, Not of those who have incurred Your wrath, Nor of those who have gone astray.
All praise is due be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds.

The Opening chapter of the Holy Quran is rightly called the Essence of the Book. This surah sums up the entire message and teaching of the Quran. Muslims recite them in each prayer and many other occasions in their daily life. These are the seven verses of which Allah said in the Quran:
“And we have bestowed upon you the Seven Oft-repeated Verses and the Grand Quran.”
[Sura 15:87]

Simply there cannot be any doubt what God has taught us in this surah. No human with even a little wisdom can deny; these verses are a brief but very profound statement, also a perfect prayer. It seems a direct communication with God, at the same time asking God - the One and Only Supreme Universal Power - for the guidance and reward, also requesting God for saving us from punishment because of our sins.
Surah al-Fatiha is about One God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. The Worlds and creatures belong to Him. He has the ultimate power of Judgement. None but He alone is worthy of worship. All depends on Him and need His help and guidance. And there are two kinds of people - two groups - and their relation is what Allah talks about in the following chapters of the Holy Qur'an in detail. The Opening Chapter of the Holy Book clearly gives us an idea what this Divine Book is about.”

The Holy Qur'an opens with beautiful verses. God says enough very briefly but to the point about the major ideas, laws and guidance which follow ahead throughout the Book.

ALLAH is an Arabic word. It is name of the same One and Only, Supreme Being who is called God in English. Allah is the same God the Jews and Christians worship. However, in modern Jewish scriptures God is called Jehovah, and in modern Christian scriptures God is called Father. According to the scholars, God's name Jehovah was revealed to Moses. In Hebrew it was YHVH and vocalisation was considered too sacred to be pronounced therefore the vowels of Eloah (God) were substituted to YettoVah.

Most importantly, today, Jehovah and Father are used to refer the One Supreme Power and the Most High - the God of Heavens and the Earth.

Allah says in the Holy Quran: “Whatever name you call Him by, all His names are beautiful.”
[Surah 17:110]

A “Surah” is a chapter or unit of the Holy Quran. The above seven verses form a complete “Surah” or chapter. There are 114 Surahs in the Holy Qur'an.




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