Al-Fatiha is the first chapter of the Quran.
Surah Al-Fatiha in Arabic from my new copy of The Holy Quran.
(1) In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.*
(2) All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.
(3) the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.
(4) Master of the Day of Judgment.
(5) You Alone we worship, and you Alone we ask for help.
(6) Guide us to the straight path.
(7) the path of those You have blessed; not of those who have incurred Your wrath, nor of those who have gone astray.
* (1:1) In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
The Basmala, also known by its incipit Bismill?h, is the Islamic phrase bi-smi ll?hi r-ra?m?ni r-ra??m ?????? ????? ??????????? ??????????? ?In the name of Allah/God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful?.
One of the many practices taught by Islam is that its followers should begin their activities in the name of God. This principle, if consciously and earnestly followed, will necessarily yield three beneficial results. First, one will be able to restrain oneself from many misdeed, since the habit of pronouncing the name of God is bound to make one wonder when about to commit some offence how such an act can be reconciled with the saying of God?s holy name. Second, if a man pronounces the name of God before starting good and legitimate tasks, this act will ensue that both his starting point and his mental orientation are sound. Third ? and this is the most important benefit ? when a man begins something by pronouncing God?s name, he will enjoy God?s support and succour; God will bless his efforts and protect him from the machinations and temptation of Satan. For whenever man turns to God, God turns to him as well.
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