Al-Fatihah as A Remedy

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Al-Fatihah; The Opening Chapter of The Qur’an
Al-Fatihah, is the Opening Chapter, the carrying vessel, and the fountainhead of the Qur’an. It contains the essence of the Qur’an and represents its substance. It is the original theme of the Book from which the Qur’anic revelation flows. Al-Fatihah is the seven revealed couplets the containing the servant’s prayers and the divine answer and guidance. It is the ultimate cure for all diseases, and the most protective charm (ruqya) from evil, the key to true wealth and success, the preserver of strength, and the best medicine that expels anxiety, stress, fear, sorrom, and melancholia for those who recognize its worth and submit to its superiority, and who render it to the correct recognition, who are skillful in reciting it and using it correctly in curing their disease, who understand the true meaning of recovery and preventive medicine, and who understand the inmost secret behind its revelation.

The recital of the surah its thus described to elucidate the countless miraculous episodes narrated by the companions of God’s Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, upon whom be peace, and where, by God’s leave, their true faith helped them to nullify the poisonous effects of snakebites and The first surat of the Holy Qur'an, Al-Fatihahscorpion’s stings, and to recover instantaneously. In one such event, God’s Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, acknowledged the clarity, purity, and faith of one of his companions, commenting: “And how did you know that Al-Fatihah (dose work as) a charm (ruqya)?”

Therefore, whoever is assisted by the clarity and purity of his true faith, certitude, and his intrinsic insight, God willing, he will be able to learn the innermost meaning and worth of this surah and what it encompasses of factual recognition that adds to his testimony of the oneness (Tawheed) of God Almighty, and helps him understand the divine essence and recognize the divine names, attributes, and supreme powers. The surah also establishes the supremacy of the divine laws (Shari’a), confirms fate (Qadar) as the predetermined result of one’s deeds, and announces the assurance of the coming of the appointed hour, proves the impartiality and oneness of the divine attributes of lordship (Rububiyya) and the supreme sovereignty of God Almighty (Uluhiyya), and repudiates every untruth ascribed to God Almighty that implies anthropomorphism, or lie that innovates human divinity.

The surah also confirms the human need to adopt an unwavering trust and dependence on his Lord, and to abdicate any claims to all rights and authority, surrendering them to the Lord of the universes -the creator, controller, sustainer, and cherisher of every life form. The command is His, all praises are due to Him, the dispensation of good is under His control, and the final judgment remains His forever. Everything depends on Him, every life form is sustained solely by Him, and every wandering soul is in immutable need of His guidance, and in dire need of His blessings. Such guidance is the sustaining nourishment of one’s body, mind, and soul in this world and in the hereafter, and it is the binding and unbreakable rope that ties this world to the hereafter. Such guidance guarantees people’s real interests, and protects them against real losses in this world and thereafter.

In fact, the divine blessings and favors are interlocked with such guidance, and whoever realizes that, and recognizes its clarity will require no medicines or charms to help him overcome his mostly self-inflicted illnesses, and therefore, commencing any beneficial project and avoiding the cause of harm and adversities needs a renewed innate nature (fitra), a new spirit, a different perception, and an ever-renewed affirmation of faith, and by God, there does not exist falsehood, innovation, or argument to which Surat-ul Fatihah is not the accurate answer, the indisputable response, and the required superior power that nullifies it.

Furthermore, there is no pathway to any divine knowledge that is not accessible by Surat-ul Fatihah, including knowledge of the heart, its illnesses, diseases, and weaknesses -all have their cure in the essence of Surat-ul Fatihah. This magnificent surah is the master key that opens all doors, and the map of every safe pathway, and there is no road for the seekers on God’s path which does not begin and end in this most exalted surah. By God, its worth is even greater, its benefits are priceless, and it stands beyond description or explanation.

Whenever a servant recognizes its worth, wears it as his shield, acknowledges Who spoke it and revealed it as an effulgent light and as the ultimate cure and perfect preventive medicine for the health and well-being of the body, mind, and soul -and whenever a servant understands it, and fathoms the imperative and indispensable duties associated with it, then no innovation or doubt can traverse his pathway undetected and without being obliterated, and no polytheistic thought can cross his mind uncensured and without being purged, and any illness that befalls such a blessed servant will be light and passing.

Although Surat-ul Fatihah is the master key to the entire treasury of the earth and the heavens, yet, not everyone has the needed expertise and ability to use it. Moreover, should the seekers of material wealth recognize Al-Fatihahits value, understand its inmost secret, and decipher its code, they would undoubtedly hasten to sculpt the right size, pattern, and number of pegs needed to correspond to the pins in the bolt that opens the majestic safe of Surat-ul Fatihah, which in turn is the master key to the entire treasure of the divine Qur’anic revelation. Thereat, they will be able to stand before an ocean of unlimited wealth, and no one will deprive them of taking whatever they wish for, or of carrying whatever they want.

What we expressed hereinabove is the truth and not an exaggeration or a metaphor. However, God Almighty in His unfathomable divine luminous wisdom chose to make it a secret. He also chose to conceal such unlimited wealth from the feeble minds and the materialistic ephemeral desires of the majority of the people of this world. In fact, concealing the earthly treasures from such diseased minds and hearts is a divine wisdom, and whenever God Almighty conceals such treasures in this world, He allows demons and evil spirits to inflict injury on whomever is tempted to near them, and that is to prevent any intruder from reaching these treasures. In fact, there are no forces that can overcome such evil spirits except for noble and exalted souls of the upper realms, who can nullify and freeze the effects of such evil spirits by their mere presence and passage, and there is no evil spirit that can challenge them, and whoever dares to embark on such a venture will be doomed to destruction. On the other hand, obviously, the souls of the majority of people in this world are not of such caliber, and cannot overcome or conquer the evil spirits, and therefore they cannot receive such a prize.

This is Surat-ul Fatihah, the Opening Chapter of the Qur’an which reads as follows: {In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate ‘ Praises be to Allah, the Creator and Lord of the universes ‘ The Merciful and Compassionate ‘ Master of the day of judgment ‘ You alone we worship, and Your help alone we seek ‘ Guide us on the straight path ‘ The path of those You blessed, not those who incur wrath, nor those who go astray} (Qur’an 1 : 1 – 7)

Allah knows best.

(Taken from the book of Medicine of the Prophet by Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya)

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