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When reciting the Holy Quran, the first verses that welcome us come from the Surah Al-Fatihah. It is the opening Surah of the Quran, and the importance of this Surah can be depicted from the fact that even our daily Salah are incomplete without the recitation of this beautiful chapter.
Surah Al-Fatihah includes seven verses that are a prayer for Allah’s guidance and mercy.
Here are 5 lessons we should all learn from Surah Al-Fatihah:
1- Allah (SWT) Deserves All The Praise
The second verse of Surah Al-Fatihah reminds us all that we don’t automatically earn Allah’s grace. Instead, He gives it to us as a favor out of His infinite mercy.
Therefore, it is Allah we should praise at all turns of life as we remain humble in our duas.
“[All] praise is [due] to Allāh, Lord of the worlds.” – (Al-Fatihah: 2)
2- Remain Hopeful In Allah’s Mercy
Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala describes Himself as the Most Merciful in Surah Al-Fatihah. His mercy exceeds His rage, and we should remember that as Muslims when striving to remain on the right path.
“The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.” – (Al-Fatihah: 3)
3- Fear Allah’s Punishment
Allah (SWT) forgives our sins when we’re genuinely apologetic towards our thoughtless misdeeds. However, the Almighty is also aware of the states of our hearts and knows when His servant is not truly guilt-ridden for his wrongdoings.
Allah is Just on the day of judgment, and the punishment will come for those who remain unfaithful to Him despite knowing the truth.
“[Allah is the] Sovereign of the Day of Recompense.” – (Al-Fatihah: 4)
4- Always Turn to Allah For Help
Every unexpected blessing during our trying times is Allah’s way of helping us. We are to worship him for all the favors bestowed upon us and turn to Him at all times when seeking guidance and mercy.
“It is You we worship and You we ask for help.” – (Al-Fatihah: 5)
5- Stay Away From Worldly Sins And On The Right Path
Lastly, it is deeply emphasized within the closing verses of Surah Al-Fatihah to pray to Allah and ask Him to guide us on the path that is free of worldly sins – a path that earns us His favor and not His anger.
“Guide us to the straight path – The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have earned [Your] anger or of those who are astray.” – (Al-Fatihah: 5-6)
May Allah (SWT) give us the opportunity to stay in His good grades in this life and the one that is yet to come. Ameen.
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