SUBSTANCE OF FIRST CHAPTER (SURAH)
Surah ‘Al-Faatihah (The Opening) – Stage - 1
Verses – 7, Section – 1 (Part -1)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Praise belongs to ALLAH and HE is Sufficient for us. Peace be on HIS chosen Servants.
The present era goes through media (electronic as well as print) and novel ideologies. Various thoughts are clothed in new words. And the people run behind every new idea in the hope of finding a solution - peace; but soon they face disappointment.
Muslims do have with them an ideal system that can bring Peace and Tranquility to the world but they are not familiar with it themselves. How can they then guide other people? They are among those who feel as in the dark.
Holy Qur’aan is the Revelation of ALLAH, which was revealed upon The Messenger (SALLALLAAHU- ALAIHI- WA- AALIHII- WASALLAM).The Sayings of the Prophet (SALLALLAAHU- ALAIHI- WA- AALIHII- WASALLAM) are an explanation and commentary on Holy Qur’an. There is, into them, Guidance for the human beings in every field of their life. We should learn the both things (Holy Qur’aan and the Sayings of Prophet (SALLALLAAHU- ALAIHI- WA- AALIHII- WASALLAM).
‘The Opening’ (Surah Al-Faatihah) is the first section of Holy Qur’aan. So it has been named as “The Opening”. This section is like an abstract and preface of The Holy Qur’aan. The subjects briefly earmarked in this section, have been mentioned in The Holy Qur’aan in detail, hence it is called, the Mother of (Ummul) Qur’aan, Foundation/essence of The Qur’aan. When we recite this section, “The Opening” we promise that all Praises belong to ALLAH, WHO created the entire living and non living creatures including the mankind. So we should bear properly in mind that if HE is The GUARANTER to complete our all necessities then we should never give up the straight path for completion of requisites at our own. We should never move on the path of deception, fraud, telling a lie or using un-fair means. If we have been assured that completion of our needs is eternal then why would we have to adopt the wrong way for it?
Then we recite that ALLAH ALMIGHTY is The BENEFICENT, The MERCIFUL. HE showers down HIS mercy on every creature, small or large, without distinction of Muslims or non-Muslims and without sense of the good or the bad. HE arranges completion of all our needs. HIS treasures of Kindness never end.
Then we learnt that HE is The OWNER of the Day of Judgment. All the human beings will stand in front of ALLAH ALMIGHTY holding their character roll in their hands and will be either granted rewards or awarded punishment according to their own character. We should frighten from that Day and do GOOD.
We accepted, “we shall worship ALLAH only”. We beg from HIM for help in our each matter. We return towards HIM for all kinds of painful problems and difficulties, so that HE show us the straight path, so that we may gain our goal, so that we may reach our destination and get rewards from HIM.
We also beg from HIM to save us from the path of those who earned HIS anger, and went astray.