Dr. Khalid is a health researcher and science writer with a Ph.D. in clinical research.
The Significance and Characteristics of Surah Al-Fatiha
Surah Al-Fatiha is the very first Surah of the Holy Qur’an. It is therefore recognized as Al-Fatihatul Kitaab. This surah is placed at the beginning of the Qur’an based on its significance, meaningfulness, priority, and words of wisdom.
Qur'an says: O Prophet! We awarded you with seven things requiring repetition (87:15). These seven things are indeed seven verses of Surah Al-Fatiha. These verses are thoroughly and repeatedly recited and mesmerized at the beginning of every prayer (i.e., Namaaz).
Surah Al-Fatiha is also recognized as Ummul Qur'an, Al Kafih, Al Kanz (the treasure), and Asaasul Qur’an according to various Hadeeth and as per historical evidence. Surah Al-Fatiha is the trigger point to righteousness, focus, wisdom, intellect, and tranquility. It’s the core of the Qur’an that advocates the need to create equilibrium and balance in every walk of human life. The recitation of Surah Al-Fatiha with focus and sincerity reminds the constitution of life that stands firmly on the pillars of kindness, thoughtfulness, rationality, critical thinking, mercy, faith, and a tough belief in the existence of Almighty God who is the sole creator and maker of everything we realize, view, utilize, perceive, access, explore, analyze, reuse, imagine, and fail to imagine. It strengthens the belief in the integrity or oneness of the creator of all universes across space.
Surah Al-Fatiha knocks the heart and soul of every human who seeks to achieve purity and expand justice and love across the globe. It reminds humans of the truth that their good or bad deeds await equivalent (good or bad) outcomes. It makes a noble human realize the next stages of life and their pleasant and unpleasant destinations.
Surah Al-Fatiha recalls the open secrets that are deeply embedded in the genes of every human. The open secrets that people witness in their day-to-day life and yet attempt to reject their very existence. What are these secrets and why do people tend to ignore them? What makes them forget the core and aim of their survival? Why do they force themselves to extend injustice and incite violence? Why do inequalities in life prosper through inhumanity and injustice?
Contemplation is the key to transformation! The answers are embedded in the devilish approaches that tend to lacerate righteousness and establish injustice by tarnishing peace and the equilibrium established by nature. Nature is instilled with balance and harmony. Each child is born with noble instincts on this earth and gains the free will to adopt, promote, and practice truth or falsehood. Surah Al-Fatiha is the ladder for reviving and recalling the truth and innate wisdom coded by the creator in our several million base pairs of DNAs.
In the name of Allah who is merciful and kind!
All praise is for Allah who is the maker/founder/creator of all universes!
Who is forgiving (kind) and merciful!
The Judge (Owner) of the day of judgment!
(O Almighty!) We just pray to you only and seek help from you only!
Direct us to the right path!
The path of the people rewarded by you and not of those who were (or preferred to be) misguided and faced your fury!
© 2021 Dr Khalid Rahman