All letters in the Qur’an are special. The mention of efficacy in the title of this article does not mean denying the efficacy of another letter. It is an affirmation that there are certain letters that Allah chooses and possesses special virtues not shared by any other letter.
Of course, this mention should make a servant love the Qur’an more and earnestly in studying and practicing it.
In the “Prophetic Medicine Procedures”, Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyah explains the efficacy of the letter al-Fatihah as follows:
- Surat al-Fatihah includes all the meanings of the books of Allah and contains the Names of God and their basic nature, namely God, Rabb, ar-Rahman and ar-Raheem. Read more about Virtues of Olive Oil in Islam
- Surat al-Fatihah contains the determination of the afterlife, the affirmation of monotheism, and the need for creatures to Allah Taal in asking for help and guidance.
- Surat al-Fatihah is the most important, most efficacious and most useful prayer
It is this prayer that His servants desperately need, a plea to be given a straight path, a path that contains knowledge, monotheism, and servanthood to the Creator perfectly.
- In the letter of al-Fatihah there are three groups of people
First, the human being is given a favor; know the truth, practice, love, and appreciate the blessings.
Second, humans are wrathful; those who deviate from the truth after knowing it. Read more about Virtues of Shaban in Islam
Third, the human is perverted; people who do not know the truth and are reluctant to seek it out.
- Seven meanings contained in the letter al-Fatihah
- Confirmation of qadar and syara.
- The names and attributes of Allaah.
- Place back and nubuwat.
- Sanctification of the soul.
- Improvement of the heart.
- The mention of God’s goodness.
- Refusal of all heretical offenders and perpetrators of falsehood.
- Surat al-Fatihah can cure various diseases and can be used as a ruqyah for people exposed to obstacles.
- Surat Al-Fatihah is Sincerity in Worship, Praise to Allah ta’ala, the surrender of all affairs to Him, pleas to Him, resigned to Him, and pleas for all blessings on Him.
- Surat al-Fatihah is a Guidance that can Bring all The Pleasures and Reject All Forms of Wrath
This is among the properties of the first letter in the Qur’an. Letters called Ummul Kitab, Sabul Matsani, and other blessing names. Fortunately, for us Muslims who diligently established prayers, the letter al-Fatihah is automatically read at least seventeen times a day. Thus, may the usefulness can be felt in everyday life and beneficial to the afterlife.
- In The Name of Allah, The Merciful, The Most Merciful
This verse shows, in doing everything we should have a sense of responsibility, especially responsible to God. Any good deeds that are on the behalf of or intended for Allah belong to the deeds of worship. Some human responsibilities to God include: as a creature, human beings must be grateful. As a servant of God, man is obliged to worship. As the Caliph of Allah, man must prosper the universe. In the hadith it is stated,
“Every one of you is a leader, and every leader will be held accountable.”
A sense of responsibility is one of the absolute requirements that every leader or every human being who has to succeed. In addition they should have a proactive attitude, which is always an initiator and positive thinking. The proactive person’s characteristic is that whenever he receives a negative stimulus, he will respond positively. Read more about Benefits of Listening Holy Qur’an
Like a mango tree that was stoned, he retaliated by dropping its fruit. Proactive people always start from themselves. Like the message of Umar bin Khatab, “ibda ‘binafsika”, start from yourself.
When we want others to smile at us, then we should start giving a smile first to others. When we want others to do good to us, we must start doing good to others first. When we want others to respect us, we must respect others first. In short, we will not be able to sue others, before they succeed in suing ourselves. We will not be able to lead others, before we can lead ourselves.
- Praise be to Allah, The Lord of The Universe
This verse implies, if we want to achieve the success of life we should be able to account for all God’s mandate and gift as well as possible, according to His will. We must be able to account for our lifetime, our healthy life, our rich times, our leisure, and our youth to do good for the benefit of others and the environment.
- The Merciful, The Most Merciful
[AdSense-A] God’s mercy applies to all people even to all His creatures. The love of God is only for those who can use God’s mercy according to His will.
The sun, earth, air, water, religion, etc. is a manifestation of God’s mercy. All that is provided and given by God freely to meet the needs of His creatures, especially humans. While the fruits, the children, the treasures, the happiness, etc. are the manifestations of God’s love. All that is given to those who are able to make the best use of God’s mercy. The verse also implies that we can display a combination of the nature of Jamaliyah (beauty) that is gentleness, courtesy, and humility, and the nature of jalaliyah (power) ie violence, firmness and firmness, according to the demands of circumstances.
- Who has The Day of Vengeance
This verse implies, to achieve the success of life should we have a vision, a dream for long-term life. We not only think about the present life in the world, but also think about the long-term life in the hereafter. We should strive to realize the investment and deposit of good deeds for life in the hereafter. Read more about Importance of Waiting Praying Time in Islam
- To You We Serve, and To You We Ask For Help
This verse shows, we should think more about how to perform worship or devotion to God, than to think of asking for help to Him. Because if we do goodness as a form of devotion to God, God will automatically reward us for good. So we should be a person who prioritizes the fulfillment of obligations rather than the prosecution of rights. The verse also indicates that we should be characterized by serving, not serving. We should like to race in goodness. As commanded by God,
“Race in goodness” (Surah 2: 148).
To motivate the Companions to compete in goodness, after the prayers of the congregation of the Prophet Muhammad. used to meet friends and ask about some good projects. For example, who fasts today, who has given charity to the needy, who visits the sick, who tries, etc.
At the time of Prophet Muhammad SAW the Companions and Muslims in general so high spirit racing in good deeds. To the extent that they do not want to be preceded by others. Understandably, the quality of the rewards, results, and rewards we receive depends largely on the quality of our efforts and struggles. Read more about Rules of Seeking Knowledge in Islam
Any good deeds are at high risk, the reward is also high. The good that others desperately need will be high, and the reward is high. There is no ease and profit obtained without any effort and hard struggle.
- Guide Us on The Right Path
This verse shows that man in his life other than obligatory effort, must also be balanced with prayer. A man who strives without prayer means that he is proud of God.
The request to be guided on the right path is the “mother of prayer” (ummul ad’iyah). In addition to God giving the tip of guidance or guidance to humans on certain life problems, God has given the correct direction of life. That is the guidance of religion, which is theoretically contained in the scriptures, and practically exemplified by the prophets.
Like a train, while he is on the right rails, he will successfully achieve the goal. But if out of the rails of course the disaster will happen. Similarly, while humans are on the right direction of religion, it will surely succeed and survive. On the other hand, if he deviates from the religious guidance, problems and disasters may occur. Read more about Rules of First Wedding Night in Islam
In running a life based on religious guidance must be accompanied by istiqomah attitude. That is consistent and consistent, not stepping back even though there are various temptations, obstacles, and pressures.
- The Way of Those whom You have Given Pleasure. Not The Path of The Wrathful, nor The Path of the Perverted
This verse shows, if we want to be successful people, we must follow in the footsteps of successful people too, not follow those who angered God and those who are astray. Who are the successful people of the world and the hereafter? They are the prophets, the shiddiqin (the sincere), the martyrs (the loyalists) and the shalihin (godly people) are successful people and obtain the physical and spiritual pleasures of Allah SWT.
- Cleaning the Heart and Mind
Whoever recites al-Fatihah in a state of ablution 70 times a day for seven days, then blown on holy water in a glass then drunk then he will gain knowledge and wisdom and his heart is cleansed from a broken mind. Read more about Virtues of Gaining Knowledge in Islam
- As Protection
Whoever recites Al-Fatihah when he is about to sleep, Surah Al-Ikhlas 3 times, Al-Falaq and An-nas, then he will be safe from everything other than death.
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