Surah al-Fatiha – Part 2


‎We begin with the name of Allah:
‎ ِبِسْمِ الله
‎We seek help from Allah by calling upon Him.
‎Shirk is the opposite of this; people seek help of those other than Allah.

‎When we say بسم الله, Shaitan loses any control or power over us. Remembrance of Allah should fuel our every step forward in this life.

‎الرحمن: The Most Merciful
‎الرحيم: The Mercy-Giving
‎These are the two names & attributes of Allah.

‎بِسْم الله الرحمن الرحيم is at the start of every chapter in the Quran, and is part of two Surahs separately as verses: Surah al-Fatihah, and Surah an-Naml. The only chapter of the Quran which does not begin with بِسْم الله is Surah at-Tawbah.

‎الحمد is all Praise which belongs to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.
‎رب is another name and attribute of Allah mentioned in this chapter and it means the Master, the Owner, and the King.

‎The Most Merciful’s -الرحمن- Mercy surrounds everything and everyone in this universe, no exceptions. The Mercy-Giving -الرحيم- is exclusively for the believers, both in this world and the next.

‎ ‎ ‎مالك يوم الدين is the Sole Owner of the Day of Judgment who’ll bring the entire creation to account for their actions in the worldly life. So all that is not settled today shall be settled tomorrow in the presence of our Lord, and His witnesses.

‎ It is Allah alone we worship and pray to, and it is Allah alone we seek refuge in from the trials of this worldly life. We ask Allah to guide us to the right path which has many benefits including:
•Being counted among the ranks of the righteous people,

•turning to Him collectively as believers (the prayer says, “Guide us..”, and not, “Guide me alone..”,

•showing solidarity with the believers of the past, present, and the future because our Lord is One.

We ask Allah to guide us along the straight way, upon which the prophets, the truthful ones, the martyrs, and the righteous people walked previously.- that is the path favoured by the Lord.

We also seek refuge in the Lord and beseech Him to protect us from the path of all those who incurred His wrath due to their arrogance, and the path of all those who were led astray due to ignorance.

In a Hadith Qudsi, Allah says:
“I have divided prayer between Myself and my servant into two halves, and My servant shall have what he has asked for..”
-part of the narration from the Book of Salah in Sahih Muslim

“..قَالَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى قَسَمْتُ الصَّلَاةَ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَ عَبْدِي نِصْفَيْنِ وَلِعَبْدِي مَا سَأَلَ..”
جزء من الحديث القدسي في كتاب الصلاة من صحيح مسلم

Surah al-Fatiha – Part 1

‎It is the opening of the Quran and our daily prayers are nullified without it. Fatihah teaches us how to praise our Lord.
‎نعبد الله كما يريد الرب, لا كما يريد العبد.
‎We worship Allaah how He wants to be worshiped, not how the slave wants to worship Him.

Entire da’wah is based upon calling people to the right path, and this Surah is a good starting point to do that. It covers the belief in Allah and some of His attributes, and talks about the Last Day and accountability.


The Four Essentials – Part 2


‎3- المُراجعةُ

Never give up on revision. Be prepared to recite Qurān in ease and in difficulty, in happiness and in sadness, in health and in sickness. Qurān will be your only companion in this world and the next that will guide you from darkness to light, and if you honour you, Qurān will shield you from Hell-fire in the afterlife, and misery in this life.
Steps to revision can be split as follows:

‎تلاوة •
There is reward for every letter that you recite for the sake of Allah. Reciting in a loud voice will help you in recognizing the rules, and reciting in a low voice will help you in speeding up the recitation a little (and is also more rewarding).


The Four Essentials – Part 1


The first two steps that aid in the memorisation and preservation of the Quran:

1- الحِفظُ

The first step consists of 3 actions that the student must take in sequence written down:

‎تجويد •
You can only study the theory of Tajweed from the books, and watch YouTube videos to understand better.

If you want to master the application of these rules, then you will have to go old school, and that is by practicing with a teacher who is strict yet gentle, consistent and steadfast with you, and puts you in your place with any big or small mistake by pointing it out.


The Four Essentials

F37F04D1-DFD6-46EC-A95E-1C701E6A3E55Knowledge isn’t sought when you’re free and have nothing else to do; knowledge is sought by freeing yourself for it and giving it a high priority every single day of your life.

Memorization of the Qurān does not happen in a day; you go through the 4 steps every single day of your life once you embark on this journey:

1- الحِفظُ

2- التّثبِيتُ

3- المُراجعَةُ

4- الإتقَانُ

I will elaborate on these four steps later, بإذن الله