In the Name of Allah, Subhanu Wataa’la, The Most Beneficient The Most Merciful

Surah Fatiha is the opening chapter of the Quran. It is the summary of the whole Quran consisting of 7 verses, 29 words and 141 letters, the opening of any Salah. It is through this Surah that we seek Allah’s guidance 5 times a day and more with voluntary prayers. What a virtuous blessing, Subhan Allah!

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Whoever does not recite Al-Fatiha in his prayer, his prayer is invalid.”.

It teaches us about Tawheed, and methodology of life, it is the key to success.

Here are 5 lessons we should all learn from Surah Al-Fatihah:

1- Allah (SWT) Deserves All The Praise

The second verse of Surah Al-Fatihah reminds us all that we don’t automatically earn Allah’s grace. Instead, He gives it to us as a favor out of His infinite mercy.

Therefore, it is Allah we should praise at all turns of life as we remain humble in our duas.

“In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful -- All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the 'Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists)” (Al-Fatihah: 1-2)

2- Remain Hopeful In Allah’s Mercy

Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala describes Himself as the Most Merciful in Surah Al-Fatihah. His mercy exceeds His rage, and we should remember that as Muslims when striving to remain on the right path.

“The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful” (Al-Fatihah: 3)

3- Fear Allah’s Punishment

Allah (SWT) forgives our sins when we’re genuinely apologetic towards our thoughtless misdeeds. However, the Almighty is also aware of the states of our hearts and knows when His servant is not truly guilt-ridden for his wrongdoings.

Allah is Just on the day of recompense, and the punishment will come for those who remain unfaithful to Him despite knowing the truth.

“The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection)” (Al-Fatihah: 4)

4- Always Turn to Allah For Help

Every unexpected blessing during our trying times is Allah’s way of helping us. We are to worship him for all the favors bestowed upon us and turn to Him at all times when seeking guidance and mercy.

“You (Alone) we worship, and you (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything)” (Al-Fatihah: 5)

5- Stay Away From Worldly Sins And On The Right Path

Lastly, it is deeply emphasized within the closing verses of Surah Al-Fatihah to pray to Allah and ask Him to guide us on the path that is free of worldly sins – a path that earns us His favor and not His anger.

“Guide us to the Straight Way – The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray.” (Al-Fatihah: 6-7)

May Allah (SWT) give us the opportunity to stay in His good grades in this life and the one that is yet to come. Ameen.