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The Eminent Surat Fatiha.

Postby Abu Fauzi » 27 Jul 2016, 00:50


According to the Noble Prophet Muhammad, (pbuh) , all that is contained in the revealed Books is summed up in the Surat Fatiha (The Opening one), while this is in its turn contained in the formula BISMILLAHI-R-RAHMANI-R-RAHIM (bismillah) .. ( In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful).

The Fatiha constitutes the chief text of the ritual prayer; as for the formula, commonly called the BASMALA, it is the formula of consecration pronounced before every sacred recitation and every ritual act. According to another tradition,going back to Sayyadina Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, the BASMALA is in essence contained in its first letter, ba, which thus symbolizes principal Unity.

In the BASMALA, the interpretation of the 2 names ar-Rahman and ar-Rahim as "the Compassionate" and "the Merciful", is only approximate as there is no real equivalent. Both names imply the idea of Mercy (ar-Rahmah: ar-Rahman corresponds to the Mercy which- to use a Qur'anic expression- "embraces all things", and expresses the plenitude of Being, Its essential Bliss and the Universal nature of its effulgence; ar-Rahim corresponds to Grace. As Rahman, Allah manifests Himself through the appearance of the world; as Rahim He manifests Himself divinely within the world.

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