In the name of God, the infinitely Compassionate and Merciful.
Praise be to God, Lord of all the worlds.
The Compassionate, the Merciful. Ruler on the Day of Reckoning.
You alone do we worship, and You alone do we ask for help.
Guide us on the straight path,
the path of those who have received your grace;
not the path of those who have brought down wrath, nor of those who wander astray.
The one Surah that all Muslims know by heart, the basis of salah and prayers, Al- Fatihah “the opener”. The name is due to the subject matter of the Surah, the one which opens a subject or in this case a book. It is also know as Umm Al-Kitab (“the Mother of the Book”) and Umm Al-Quran (“the Mother of the Quran”)
You might notice this surah is quite different from all the other chapters in that while others contain instructions and commands from the Almighty, in this Surah He speaks words on our behalf. you can say Allah (s.w.t) has taught us how to pray to him, giving us an example of how to supplicate and speak directly to him.
Al-Fatiha is said to be the very essence of the whole meaning of the Qur’an, presenting facts on resurrection, Unity of the Divine Essence, Unity of Attributes, Unity of Divine Acts, and Unity of Worship.
It very fitting that I “open” this Ramadhan Quran series with with this chapter, one that is said to not only open the Holy book but also one’s faith in Allah. as we journey through this Holy month let’s try to learn and understand together little as it may of this Divine book a chapter a day.