Abu Sa’id Ar-Rafi’ bin Al-Mu`alla (radiAllahu anhu) reported: The Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, “Shall I teach you the greatest Surah in the Qur’an before you leave the mosque?” Then he (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), took me by the hand, and when we were about to step out, I reminded him of his promise to teach me the greatest Surah in the Qur’an. He (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, “It is `Alhamdu lillahi Rabbil Alamin (i.e., Surat Al-Fatihah) which is As-Sab` Al-Mathani (i.e., the seven oft-repeated Ayat) and the Great Qur’an which is given to me.”
Surah Al-Faatihah has special blessings as was specifically mentioned by the prophet (s.a.w.). In one of the hadith the prophet (s.a.w.) told us that it was the greatest surah of the Quran. This surah can be used to ward off evil and for general healing.
“And indeed, We have bestowed upon you seven of Al-Mathani (the seven repeatedly recited Verses), (i.e. Surah Al-Faatiha) and the Grand Quran”.
Surah Al-Hijr, 15:87
We bring to you the greatest miracle of Qur’an, Al-Fatiha. Use all Fatihah in healing of your Eating Disorder. I was given a gift of Al-Fatiha last Ramadan by a great spiritual lady from Pakistan. I was mesmerized by this short opening chapter of the Qur’an. The more I read Al-Fatiha, I felt the lesser I knew the Sura. Every attempt at understanding the Sura led to discovery of something new. This is indeed one of the greatest miracles of Qur’an. I encourage you to read Al-Fatiha for healing and better health. To defeat the demon of Eating Disorder, recitation of Sura Al-Fatiha is must. The article below explains more about the Sura. InshAllah with time, you’ll experience the miraculous benefits of Al-Fatiha.
The Prophet said, ‘In the Fatiha of the Qur’an, there is a cure for all maladies(illnesses)’
[Darimi 3236, also narrated by Ad-Darmi in his Al-Masnad and Al-Bayhaqi in Shu’bul Imaan, Tafseer Mazhari 1:30] Surah Al-Fatihah is equivalent to two thirds of the Qur’an[Al-Bayhaqi and Al-Haakim, Tafseer Mazhari 1:31]
Meaning of Surah-Al-Fatiha
1. Allah in the name of The Most Affectionate, the Merciful.
2. All praise unto Allah, Lord of all the worlds.
3. The most Affectionate, The Merciful.
4. Master of the Day of Requital.
5. We worship You alone, and beg You alone for help.
6. Guide us in the straight path.
7. The path of those whom You have favoured. Not of those who have earned Your anger and nor of those who have gone astray.
The Virtues of Surah Al-Fatiha
There are a number of ahadith explaining to us the great virtue of this surah. They are summarized as follows:
Allah responds to the believer when he recites Surah Al-Fatiha
Sahih Muslim records on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (R) who said that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,
“Allah, the Glorious and Exalted said, “I have divided the prayer between Myself and my servant equally and My servant shall be granted what he asked for.” Therefore, when the servant says, ‘All praises and thanks are due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds’, Allah says, ‘My servant has praised Me.’ When he says,’The All-Merciful, the Most Merciful,’Allah says, ‘My servant has extolled Me.’ When he says, ‘Master of the Day of Judgment,’ Allah says, ‘My servant has glorified Me.’ When he says, ‘You Alone we worship and Your aid Alone do we seek,’ Allah says, ‘this is between Me and My servant and My servant shall have what he requested.’ When he says, ‘Guide us to the Straight Path, the Path of those whom You have favored, not [the path]of those who have earned [Your] anger, nor of those who have gone astray,’ Allah says, ‘this is for My servant and My servant shall have what he asked for.”
“Mother of the Quran”
At-Tirmidhi records on the authority of Abu Hurayrah who said that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,
[The chapter commencing with], “All praises and thanks are due to Allah the Lord of the worlds” is the Mother of the Quran, the Mother of the Book, the Seven Oft Repeated Verses and the Great Qur’an.”
‘Hamd’ belongs to Allah
The first verse says:
“Hamd (the evaluation of the corporeal worlds created with His Names, as He wills) belongs to Allah!”
I can almost hear you say, “How did this interpretation come about? We’ve never heard it like this! The meaning of this verse is generally known as: ‘Praise belongs to Allah, the lord of the worlds, so let’s praise only Allah, not other gods…’!”
Let me try to explain to the best of my ability…
Allah is wahid-ul ahad… That is, Allah is absolute oneness, no other existence besides Himself exists who can understand, administer, evaluate or praise Him!
Only Allah can know Allah, only Allah can evaluate Allah, only Allah can praise Allah!
As the Rasul of Allah (saw) says:
“I cannot duly praise You as You praise Yourself”
It’s not possible for one who is at a lower state to praise one who is at a higher state. It’s not possible for me to praise the Rasul, only Allah can praise the Rasul!
In order for someone to praise another, he must first encompass that person in every sense, then evaluate him, and then he can either praise him or criticize him.
If someone wants to praise or criticize me, for example, he must first encompass my knowledge.
I don’t mean he needs to be a graduate from this or that institution or have such and such title. I mean he has to be at a level of consciousness that encompasses the capacity of knowledge that manifests from me.
Only after this can he comprehensively and adequately evaluate my thoughts and derivations, determine whether they are correct or incorrect, praise or criticize them!
To criticize an idea that’s beyond your comprehension, without such a capacity, can be nothing other than rumor and idle chatter.
Therefore, it is neither possible for me to evaluate and appraise someone higher than me or for any form of creation to praise and evaluate Allah!
Thus, the verse confirms, “Hamd belongs only to Allah! The act of hamd, i.e. the evaluation of the corporeal worlds, pertains only to Allah!”
Let us contemplate with some insight…
Think of the place of a single human on earth!
Now think of his place in the sight of the Sun, which is 1 million times bigger than the Earth!
Then think of his place in the galaxy, containing billions of stars like the Sun!
And then his place in the universe comprises billions of galaxies!
Now think of Allah, the creator of all of this, plus the infinite universes that we can’t perceive and of which we have no idea!
Can you comprehend it?
How much of the infinite universe embellished with the infinite qualities of the infinite wahid-ul ahad can we appraise and evaluate, let alone evaluate and praise Allah!
There is a story that Rumi narrates:
One day while Moses is on his way somewhere he hears someone talking near a tree. He curiously goes towards the tree only to see a shepherd sitting under the tree talking to himself. He wonders what he’s saying so he quietly listens. The shepherd says: “O my beautiful Allah, how I wish You were by my side right now, I would have loved You and hugged You, I would have fed You fresh milk, I would have laid You down on my lap and made You rest in the shade and I would have removed Your lice and nits…”
Obviously at this point Moses loses his patience and exclaims: “Be silent, o foolish one! How dare you think you can lay Allah down, feed Him milk, and even remove nits and lice from Him when He is the Rabb of the worlds and the possessor of absolute might and sublimity! Do you not know Allah is free from such things!?”
The poor shepherd is taken aback and frightened, “I’m so sorry, please forgive me, I didn’t know… It’s just that I love him so! I’m just a poor shepherd; my only wealth is my Allah! I sit with Him, walk with Him, eat with Him and sleep with Him! My only friend and beloved is Him! I was told He is always with me, so I took Him as my friend, that’s why I spoke like this… But I will never say such things again! So you say He’s far greater and bigger than all of this, huh!? Oh my… Now what will I do…?”
2. Muhyiddin Ibn al-`Arabi, (May God purify his heart!) said:
“If anyone is in need of something, let him read surah “al-Fatiha” forty times after evening prayer and two raka`ats of optional (Ratiba) prayer”.
Note that, one should not get up without completing reading the surah “al-Fatiha” the required number of times. After reading the verses let him turn to the Almighty with his wishes – and there is no doubt that Allah will help! This is a proven method, and we found it to be useful. Then, after reading the surah “al-Fatiha” 40 times, the following prayer should be pronounced – Dua:
إلهِي عِلْمُكَ كَافٍ عن السُّؤَالِ اِكْفِنِي بحَقِّ الْفَاتِحَةِ سُؤلاً وَكَرَمُكَ كَافٍ عَنِ الْمَقَاِل أَكْرِمْنِي بِحَقَ الْفَاتِحَةِ مَقَالاً وَحَصِّل مَا فِي ضمِيري