NOTICE FOR PARENTS: –
Before we start let me just say… Please help your child in understanding the class notes, but when he/she asks a Q pls do let them write it (or you write it) under the comments so that other children will also learn InshaAllah this will make the class more interactive and beneficial. But by no means be shy in asking any sort of a Q, it is for children and they can come up with the strangest Qs on earth so pls just let it flow.
So Alhamdulilah we start today the first course for Children. May Allah bless the parents who are striving for their children and may Allah guide all children to the Straight Path.
This Surah is called Al-Fatihah, that is, the Opener of the Book, the Surah with which prayers are begun.
Reciting Al-Fatihah is required in Every Rak`ah of the Prayer
«مَنْ صَلَّى صَلَاةً لَمْ يَقْرَأْ فِيهَا بِأُمِّ الْقُرْآنِ فَهِيَ خِدَاجٌ»
(Whoever performs any prayer in which he did not recite Surah Fatiha, his prayer is incomplete.)
Al-Fatihah and the Prayer
Do you know that Allah responds and communicates with us when we recite Surah Fatiha. He replies to us after every Ayah SubhaanAllah! So we should give a small gap between each ayah and think of Allah replying us which will InshaAllah help us concentrate better in Salah and hence make our Salah more rewarding. Following is the way Allah will reply to us when we recite Surah Fatiha…
Muslim recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Prophet said,
«مَنْ صَلَى صَلَاةً لَمْ يَقْرَأْ فِيهَا أُمَّ الْقُرْآنِ فَهِيَ خِدَاجٌ ثَلَاثًا غَيْرُ تَمَامٍ»
(Whoever performs any prayer in which he did not read Umm Al-Qur’an, then his prayer is incomplete.)
He said it thrice.
Abu Hurayrah was asked, “[When] we stand behind the Imam” He said, “Read it to yourself, for I heard the Messenger of Allah say,
« قَالَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ: قَسَمْتُ الصّلَاةَ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَ عَبْدِي نِصْفَيْنِ وَلِعَبْدِي مَا سَأَلَ فَإِذَا قَالَ:
[الْحَمْدُ للَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَـلَمِينَ ]، قَالَ اللهُ: حَمِدَنِي عَبْدِي وَإِذَا قَالَ:
[الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ ]، قَالَ اللهُ: أَثْنى عَلَيَّ عَبْدِي، فَإذَا قَالَ:
[مَـلِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ ]، قَالَ اللهُ: مَجَّدَنِي عَبْدِي وَقَالَ مَرَّةً: فَوَّضَ إِلَيَّ عَبْدِي فَإِذَا قَالَ:
[إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ ]، قَالَ: هذَا بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَ عَبْدِي وَلِعَبْدِي مَا سَأَلَ، فَإِذَا قَالَ:
[اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ – صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّآلِّينَ ]، قَالَ اللهُ: هذَا لِعَبْدِي وَلِعَبْدِي مَا سَأَلَ»
(Allah, the Exalted, said, `I have divided the prayer (Al-Fatihah) into two halves between Myself and My servant, and My servant shall have what he asks for.’
If he says,
[الْحَمْدُ للَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَـلَمِينَ ]
(All praise and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of existence.)
Allah says, `My servant has praised Me.’
When the servant says,
[الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ ]
(The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.)
Allah says, `My servant has glorified Me.’
When he says,
[مَـلِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ ]
(The Owner of the Day of Recompense.)
Allah says, `My servant has glorified Me,’ or `My servant has related all matters to Me.’
When he says,
[إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ ]
(You (alone) we worship, and You (alone) we ask for help.)
Allah says, `This is between Me and My servant, and My servant shall acquire what he sought.‘
When he says,
[اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ – صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَعَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّآلِّينَ ]
(Guide us to the straight path. The way of those on whom You have granted Your grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your anger, nor of those who went astray),
Allah says, `This is for My servant, and My servant shall acquire what he asked for.’).”
These are the words of An-Nasa’i, while both Muslim and An-Nasa’i collected the following wording, “A half of it is for Me and a half for My servant, and My servant shall acquire what he asked for.”
“This is also known as Hadith Qudsi Number 8”
The Summary of Al-Fatihah
The honorable Surah Al-Fatihah contains seven Ayat including the praise and thanks of Allah, glorifying Him and praising Him by mentioning His most Beautiful Names and most high Attributes. It also mentions the Hereafter, which is the Day of Resurrection, and directs Allah’s servants to ask of Him, invoking Him and declaring that all power and strength comes from Him. It also calls to the sincerity of the worship of Allah alone, singling Him out in His divinity, believing in His perfection, being free from the need of any partners, having no rivals nor equals. Al-Fatihah directs the believers to invoke Allah to guide them to the straight path, which is the true religion, and to help them remain on that path in this life, and to pass over the actual Sirat (bridge over hell that everyone must pass over) on the Day of Judgment. On that Day, the believers will be directed to the gardens of comfort in the company of the Prophets, the truthful ones, the martyrs and the righteous. Al-Fatihah also encourages performing good deeds, so that the believers will be in the company of the good-doers on the Day of Resurrection. The Surah also warns against following the paths of misguidance, so that one does not end up being gathered with those who indulge in sin, on the Day of Resurrection, including those who have earned the anger and those who were led astray.
Saying Ameen at the end
Muslim recorded that the Messenger of Allah said,
«إِذَا قَالَ أَحَدُكُمْ فِي الصَّلَاةِ: آمِينَ، وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ فِيالسَّمَاءِ: آمِينَ، فَوَافَقَتْ إِحْدَاهُمَا الْأُخْرَى غُفِرَ لَهُ مَاتَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ»
(When any of you says in the prayer, ‘Amin ` and the angels in heaven say, `Amin’, in unison, his previous sins will be forgiven.)
TAJWEED (Reciting Surah Fatiha)
There will be a 10 Mark mandatory Q in the Test where everyone will be required to do any of the following two to get the marks: –
- An Audio recording of your recitation.
- Or the parent has to testify that the child is learning Tajweed somewhere, so in this case the child should recite it to their respective teacher and tell us the marks scored (out of 10) InshaAllah we will accept it and give the same marks.
I dont want to judge anyone rather help everyone InshaAllah! My Wife Alhamdulilah is a Hafiz and has studied Tajweed so she can help InshaAllah!
So please do not hesitate or feel shy because firstly we are all doing this to get better in our Deen for the Sake of Allah and also cos it is well known that we have to Surah Fatiha is a Pillar of Salah and we should be able to recite it correctly InshaAllah!
Please follow the links which will help everyone learn TAJWEED of Surah Al Fatiha and recite it properly InshaAllah: –
1. Rules for reciting Quran | Part 1
2. Rules for reciting Quran | Part 2
3. Surat Al-Fatiha | Part 1
4. Surat Al-Fatiha | Part 2