Al-Fatiha, ot the Opening Chapter.
1. In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
2. Praise be to Allah The Cherisher and Sustainer of the
3. Most Gracious, Most Merciful;
4. Master of the Day of Judgment.
5. Thee do we worship,
And Thine aid we seek.
6. Show us the straight way.
7. The way of those on whom
Thou has bestowed Thy Grace,
Thou whose (portion)
Is not wrath.
And who go not astray.
بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِیْمِ
اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰهِ رَبِّ الْعٰلَمِیْنَۙ(۱) الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِیْمِۙ(۲) مٰلِكِ یَوْمِ الدِّیْنِؕ(۳) اِیَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَ اِیَّاكَ نَسْتَعِیْنُؕ(۴) اِهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِیْمَۙ(۵) صِرَاطَ الَّذِیْنَ اَنْعَمْتَ عَلَیْهِمْ غَیْرِ الْمَغْضُوْبِ عَلَیْهِمْ وَ لَا الضَّآلِّیْنَ۠(۷
... previously, during the Catholic Easter 2021:
“ May the light of the risen Jesus be a source of rebirth for migrants fleeing from war and extreme poverty. Let us recognize in their faces the marred and suffering face of the Lord as he walked the path to Calvary. May they never lack concrete signs of solidarity and human fraternity, a pledge of the victory of life over death that we celebrate on this day. I thank the nations that generously receive people who are suffering and seeking refuge. Lebanon and Jordan in particular are taking in many refugees who have fled from the conflict in Syria.
May the people of Lebanon, who are undergoing times of difficulty and uncertainty, experience the consolation of the Risen Lord and find support from the international community in their vocation to be a land of encounter, coexistence and pluralism.
May Christ our peace finally bring an end to the clash of arms in beloved and war-torn Syria, where millions of people are presently living in inhumane conditions; in Yemen, whose situation has met with a deafening and scandalous silence; and in Libya, where at last there is hope that a decade of bloody strife and clashes may come to an end. May all parties involved commit themselves effectively to ending conflicts and allowing war-weary peoples to live in peace and to begin the reconstruction of their respective countries.
The Resurrection naturally takes us to Jerusalem. On Jerusalem we ask the Lord to grant peace and security (cf. Ps 122), so that it can embrace its calling to be a place of encounter where ALL can see ONE another as brothers and sisters,(…)” (URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS, EASTER 2021 _ Website of The Vatican )
… and following the Catholic Easter, it is time for Ramadan.
To be followed by the Orthodox Easter.
This -- I believe They call it Divine Timing.
Baring in heart and mind, His Holiness Pope Francis’s Words on Peace, Humbleness and Kindness:
Where fasting - Al Sawm begins with the break of dawn until sunset.
No water, no food. Only Light and Divine Infusion on a cellular level.
And it’s as if this year, the Light and the Cosmic Energies at work feel more intense than ever.
Do you feel it?
It's in the Air.
Do you remember when planes shared over carrots from the Skies of Australia to save the animals, of amazingly beautiful Australia, from hunger?
The forests of Australia burnt.
May it never happen again. By God, no!
This scene where carrots are being sent from aeroplanes… that remains.
Stay with us.
Become a reality again, and again...
That is an act of humanity that ought to be expressed for all humans of the world, too. Don't you think?
Words of His Holiness urge us to.
Hopefully, Skies shall split open into food and healthy nutrients for the Children of the World and war-stricken regions.
For the Love of God, may there be created a different world out there.
During this time of powerful Divine Vibrations and post Covid-19 Pandemic... something within -- urges me to plant a seed of... Hope, this year too, in the Name of the Rose.
We ought to bring that change.
All of us.
It only takes an increase in the level of consciousness...
Our Collective Consciousness as a Race, the Human Race.
Roses of donations can be planted, right over here, too:
Introduction to Surat Al-Fatiha, 1
First comes that beautiful Sura,
The Opening Chapter of Seven Verses.
Rightly called the Essence of the Book.
It teaches us the perfect Prayer.
For if we can pray aright, it means
That we have some knowledge of Allah
And His attributes, of His relations
To us and His creation, which includes
Ourselves; that we glimpse the source
From which we come, and that final goal
Which is our spiritual destiny
Under Allah’s true judgement: then
We offer ourselves to Allah and seek His light.
Prayer is the heart of Religion and Faith
But how shall we pray? What words shall convey
The earnings of our miserable ignorant hearts
To the Knower of all? Is it worthy of Him
Of our spiritual nature to ask
For vanities, or even for such physical needs
As our daily bread? The Inspired One
Taught us a Prayer that sums our faith,
Our hope, and our aspiration in things that matter.
We think in devotion of Allah’s name and His Nature;
We praise Him for His creation and His cherishing care;
We call to mind the realities, seen and unseen;
We offer Him worship and ask His guidance;
And we know the straight from the crooked path
By the light of His grace that illumines the righteous.
1. The seven verses of Al Fatiha form a complete unit by themselves and are recited in every prayer and on many other occasions. Cf.xv.87.
2. Each chapter or portion of the Qu-ran is called a Sura, which means a Degree or Step, by which we meant we mount up. Sometimes whole Suras were revealed, and sometimes portions, which were arranged under the Prophet’s directions. Some suras are long, and some are short, but a logical thread runs through them all. Each verse of the Sura is called an Ayat (plural, Ayaaat), which means also a sign. A verse of revelation is a Sign of Allah’s wisdom and goodness just as much as Allah’s beautiful handiwork in the material creation or His dealings in history are signs to us, if we would understand. Some Ayaaats are long, and some are short. The Ayaaat is the true unit of the Qur-an.
3. By universal consent, it is rightly placed at the beginning of the Qu-ran, as summing up, in marvellously terse and comprehensive words, man’s relation to Allah in contemplation and prayer. In our spiritual contemplation, the first words should be those of praise. If the praise is from our inmost being, it brings us closer to Allah. Then our eyes see all good, peace, and harmony. Evil, rebellion, and conflict are purged out.
They do not exist for us, for our eyes are lifted up above them in praise. Then we see Allah’s attributes better (verses 2-4). This leads us to the attitude of worship and acknowledgement (verse 5). And finally comes a prayer for guidance, and a contemplation of what guidance means (verses 6-7).
Allah needs no praise, for he is above all praise; He needs no petition, for He knows our needs better than we do ourselves; and His bounties we are open without asking, to the righteous and the sinner alike. The prayer is primarily for our own spiritual education, consolation, and confirmation.
That is why the words in this Sura are given to us in the form in which we should utter them.
4. The Arabic word Rabb, usually translated Lord, has also the meaning of cherishing, sustaining, bringing to maturity. Allah cares for all the worlds He has created.
**Reference of the excerpts and the above annotation as its edition reads: By The Grace of Allah, This Printing of This Holy Qu-ran: English Translation of “The Meanings and Commentary” is Completed at: The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Complex For The Printing of The Holy Qur-an, Al Madinah Al Munawarah under The Auspices of The Ministry of Hajj and Endowments.
رمضان مبارك، رمضان كريم
Ramadan Mubarak, Ramadan Kareem
There is a mistake in the Arabic numbering of Al Fatiha verses due to the technical settings of the blog. Thank you, for your kind understanding.