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Monday, November 19, 2007

Learn about Al Fatihah - The Opening Chapter of the Qur'an.

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh!

O Children of the Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam, Our Father and First Man created by Allah the Almighty Lord God who loves us so much that despite our mountains of misdeeds continues to shower upon us so much goodness and guidance by way of His Revelations to us throughout the annals of Time, culminating in the deliverance of the Final Testament of God to us through His Final Messenger, the Blessed Prophet Muhammad ibni Abdullah, His Chosen Mercy to all of us, the offspring of Saiyidina Adam Alaihis Salam and Our Mother , Saiyidatina Hawwa Radhiallahu Anha.



Listen to this beautiful Surah which is named 'Al-Fatihah' @ 'The Opening Chapter' of the Holy Al-Qur'an Al Kareem, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala's Complete Supreme Constitution and Guidance for all Mankind.

Replay the videoclip as many times as you need till you grasp the meanings and ways to recite it on your own. Insya Allah.

This Surah is recited by each and every Muslim, male and female in our daily prayers as a compulsory recitation at the start of every raka'at @ cycle of prayers, failing which our prayers are deemed null and void.

It is incumbent upon every rational human being who wants to learn as to how to pray and submit to his or her Creator to learn about and practice reciting this important Surah for it contains the gist of the entire 6,666 verses of the Holy Revelations of Almighty, Most Majestic and Merciful Allah, sent down to us as our constant guide and companion in our lives , here on Earth and Insya Allah, in the Hereafter as well.

The Surah begins with the salutation and glorification of Allah by reciting the following:

A'uuzu billah hi mi nasy syaitan nirr raa jiim.
I take refuge with Allah from the accursed Satan (who is pelted upon).

Bismillah hirr Rahmann nirr Rahiim.
In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

  • Alhamdulillah hi Rabbil Aalamin.
All praises be to Allah, Lord (Cherisher, Sustainer) of all the Worlds.

  • Arr Rahmann niir Rahiim.
Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

  • Maalikii Yaumm mid Deen.
Ruler ( Master) on the Day of Judgment.

  • 'Iiyaa Qanak Buduu Waa Iiiyaa Qaa Nas Taa 'Iin.
Only to You Do we Submit to, Only to You Do we Seek ( Help)

  • 'Iih Dii Nass Siiraatal Mustaqimm
Guide us to the Straight Path ( Way of Life)

  • Siiraatal lazii Naa Aan Aam Taa Alaihimm
The Straight Path ( Way of Life) that You have showed to those before us.

  • Ghairill Maghdubii Alaihimm ; Waaladh dhaa linn
Not the Way of those who went astray ; or those who are accursed.

Aamiin.

Amen.

Elaboration of the Meanings of the Surah above.

When we start by reciting the 'Ta'aa wuzz' which is : A'uuzu billah hi mi nasy syaitan nirr raa jiim. meaning 'I take refuge with Allah from the accursed Satan (who is pelted upon), we are asking for the protection of Our Lord, Allah the Almighty from Satan, one of His Creations.

Satan can't harm us when we ask sincerely for protection from Allah against Satan's influences provided we have come to establish a level of belief in Allah that is absolute and we remain steadfast in such belief.

Satan himself is but a created being of Allah who can't do anything to those who are absolutely firm believers of Almighty Allah. This firmness of belief in God is a stage of having faith in Allah that can never be breached by anything that happens to the Muslim.

This kind of faith is called 'Iman' in Islam.

When we have learned about Islam and learned about who we are and what we are capable of in living life as a believing Muslim, that sort of faith embellishes in our self, a level of faith and belief in Allah that can't be shaken by whatever good or bad that takes place in our individual life.

Those of us who are living as Muslims today, and have come to acquire a level of faith that is as below is one who is truly appreciated and respected as described by the Final Messenger of Allah, Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam as referred to here in this authentic hadith:

Hadith 1:20

Narrated Anas Radhiallahu Anhu:

The Prophet said, "Whoever possesses the following three qualities will taste the sweetness of faith:

1. The one to whom Allah and His Apostle become dearer than anything else.

2. Who loves a person and he loves him only for Allah's sake.

3. Who hates to revert to disbelief (Atheism) after Allah has brought (saved) him out from it, as he hates to be thrown in fire."

Such a faith is to be appreciated and cherished by those who are Muslims and must help their fellow Muslims and other children of Adam to acquire such knowledge as to what a Muslim believes in and to what extent?

It can't suffice for me here to describe to you what Iman is in a few short paragraphs. Iman @ Faith is acquired over time and with understanding.

Understanding of Islam is important for those of us who are living here in Malaysia where even though there are other faiths and ethnicities living amongst us, those who aren't Muslims or even those who have been born as Muslims but do not know in depth about Islam to make efforts to learn and study their faith.

Ignorance serves no one any purpose and it is an obligation upon those of us who have come to understand even a wee bit about Islam to share with others what Islam is and what it is not!

There are many out there who are only raring to find fault with others or with me as to what I am sharing here but sincerely, it makes no difference to me for I am steadfast in my understandings of Islam and Alhamdulillah ( All praises be to Allah), am able to realize my plus and minus points in my person that I need to work upon.

It's a lifelong struggle, believe me. As long as I do not go astray from His Way, I am content to live life as I get and to help share a few morsels of 'Ilm with those of you who care to come visit my blog here. Jazakallah ( Thanks be to Allah)!

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