Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thee (Alone) we ask for help to show us the Straight Path

Thee (Alone) we ask for help to show us the Straight Path

Surah ‘Al-Faatihah (The Opening) Stage - 1

Verse –4b & 5 of 7, Section – 1 (Part -1)


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful  

And Thee (alone) we ask for help.
wa ‘iyyaaKa nasta-‘iin.


When the mankind admits that ALLAH (GOD) is his CREATOR, his BENEFICENT, his MASTER and agrees upon his devotion and humility, then now there is no any way for him except that he should bear in mind about his needs every time. He should beg from ALLAH for success in each work, for safety in each woe and for completion of his each want.

ALLAH makes promise in HIS Holy Book “AL-QUR’AAN at many places that if the mankind remains obedient to The GOD whole heartily, then ALLAH will not return him failed or unfortunate. HE completes all types of necessities of all the creatures in the entire universe. HE gives food to the hungry, restoration of health to the patient, looks after the Meek and Orphans. HE bestows mercy with open hands day and night. But still deficiency does not come in HIS pity.

If all the residents of earth and skies ask for help for their needs, their hopes according to their individual manners and ALLAH completes their desires, still HIS treasures don’t become deficient as a needle dipped in the sea and let it got out. A person may be the richest out of us but he can’t spend lavishly as much. If he dares then his treasury will go to end in seconds and after all he will also become compelled to beg from ALLAH.

THEE (alone) we ask for help- It is demand of mankind’s poorness and helplessness that he should not beg for help from any person except ALLAH for his needs. He should search and ask HIS support in each painful trial because there is none remover of the difficulties except ALLAH.

It has come in The Sayings of The Prophet (Peace Be upon Him) that Once, The Messenger (Peace Be upon Him) said to His companions (ALLAH agreed upon them) “who is one of you, who promises that he will seldom beg from anyone”. All the companions        
(ALLAH agreed upon them) promised, “We will never beg from anyone except ALLAH”. So they (ALLAH agreed upon them) never begged anything from anyone during their remaining life. Some of them did so, that if his whip fell down during riding on the horse or camel, he didn’t say anyone to pick it up and give him. But he came down and picked his whip.
It is the procedure of compliance of our honorable elders. We can succeed in this world and here-in-after, following them (ALLAH agreed upon them).

Show us the Straight Path.


We admit that The GOD (ALLAH) is our CREATOR, our MASTER, our BENEFICENT and promise that we shall obey the orders of ALLAH and do worship only for ALLAH. We shall ask help only from HIM. Now we want to get guidance from our LORD so that we may not err erroneously which may cause HIS anger. So we need to walk on that path, on which we may get HIS happiness, pleasure and which may take us towards HIM.

‘Ihdi – show, instruct, admonish. There are many things, included in it, for instance, to show the path, to carry on the straight path, to convey on the destination. So it is the benediction that which the way, we do not know, show us that, so that we may achieve our goal and not to remain behind the destination.

We cannot discover the path with our knowledge and wisdom. Because our knowledge is limited and our sense is a conch and detective. So we request only HIM (ALLAH) to show us the path as per HIS theology, on which there is no crookedness, no ups and downs, no fear of stumbling. There may be complete rules and regulations of the life, each corner and section of life may have accomplished base for guidance.

We beg for these aggregation benedictions so that relationship of each individual may remain with the nation personally. Whenever we offer prayers, we ask for help, we beg to show the right path to us, we do aggregate all these things. Teachings like this, to live as a unity, cannot be found anywhere except Islam.

How this prayer is perfect? “O ALLAH! Show us the straight path”. There is no any time whenever the mankind does not need to know about the straight path and correct manners. Eating, drinking, writing, reading, buying, selling, doing the jobs to establish the government/state, decision making on the law-suits, it means that there is none problem for that a person does not have to get sound guidance. So Allah Almighty has fixed these benedictions to be recited in all prayers, so that every person may beg for getting guidance and power to act.

Every religion has instructed its followers to beg for blessings, some people request for the bread, some ask for power, some beg for light of heart, some pray to be forgotten their sins. Our LORD taught us a perfect benediction in which we have been guided for every field of life.      

 Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)

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