1. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
2. All praise is for Allah, Lord of the Worlds,
3. The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
4. Master of the Day of Judgment
5. You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help
6. Guide us to the Straight Way,
7. The way of those upon whom You have bestowed Grace, not of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray.
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Bismi Allahi arahmani arraheem
All praise is for Allah,
Lord of the Worlds,
The Most Gracious,
The Most Merciful,
The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Judgment.
Maliki yoomi deen
It is You we worship,
and it is You we ask for help,
Guide us to the straight way,
Ihdina assirat almustaqeem
The way of those upon whom You have bestowed grace,
Sirata allatheena anamta alayhim
not those upon whom there is wrath,
ghayri almaghdoobi alayhim
nor those astray.
The italicized words in the right column correspond to the transliterated Arabic terms on the left.
|Bism[illah]||In the name [of Allah]|
|Allah||In the name of Allah|
|Al-Rahman al-Rahim||The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful|
|Rabb||Lord [of the Worlds]|
|Nasta'in||We ask for help|
Al-Fatiha begins in the name of Allah and with two attributes of His benevolence. He is the All-Merciful, the Most Merciful (Mercy-Giving), extending His blessings to one and all. He is the Creator who nurtures His creation and sustains it, encompassing the furthest reaches of every being.
All praise is for Allah. He is the Lord of the Worlds, who knows all affairs, hears all pleas, and responds to all needs. He is master of the Day of Judgement-the ruler of perfect justice, before whom all people, all beings, all issues shall come. Those who succeed will reside in perpetual delights, and those who fail will dwell in painful regret. But for those who say sincerely to their Lord, "It is You we worship, and it is You we ask for help," a sacred trust is made between the needful human being and God, the Enricher, whose unfailing help provides strength, fulfills every rightful need, and safeguards one from vulnerabilities.
In essence, al-Fatiha is a personal prayer centering the human spirit on the will of God as expressed in His final Revelation. With its every recitation, the worshipper enters into intimate dialogue with God, as Prophet Muhammed (SAW) related:
Allah, the Almighty and the Majestic, has said, "I have apportioned the Prayer (al-Fatiha) between Myself and My worshipper in two parts-and My worshipper shall have what he has asked for."
So when the worshipper says, "All Praise is for Allah, Lord of the Worlds," Allah says, "My worshipper has praised Me."
When he says, "Master of the Day of Judgment," Allah says, "My worshipper has magnified Me and entrusted Me with his affairs."
When he says, "It is You we worship, and it is You we ask for help," Allah says, "This is between Myself and My worshipper-and My worshipper shall have what he has asked for."
When he says, "Guide us to the straight way, the way of those upon whom You have bestowed grace, not those upon whom there is wrath, nor those astray," Allah says, "This is for My worshipper-and My worshipper shall have what he has asked for." (Sahih Muslim, 1:296)
Al-Fatiha is a beacon drawing one to the way of God, warning humanity to avoid wandering down every dark defile made to appear otherwise. To this the believers voice a resonant Amin: "O God, accept our prayer!"
Al-Fatiha can be recited to invoke God's help for the sick and injured. (Bukhari 9:54)
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