Allah's Reply For Fatiha Recitation
The Surah Fatiha is recited by every muslim at the least 17 times a day, it is an integral part of the obligatory or non obligatory prayers.
The Surah fatiha can be recited on its own outside the prayers or within the prayer as its integral part.
White marbles on its own has its charm, but a white marble placed on the Taj Mahal has a distinctive charm and value.
There is a story that goes in to Taj Mahal, of unending love. Each marble within the structure personifies and highlights that love embodied within the monument.
The Prayer is a means for the lover and seeker of Allah to talk to him exclusively in privacy and in seclusion.
When the time for the prayer is near, the seeker and lover of Allah turns towards the prayer, his means to have intimate conversation with the lover he seeks. Outside his prayers he sees the beautiful creations of Allah, all varied. He sees through his creations how Allah takes care of him, provides him thoughts, vision, hearing, compassion, empathy, health and all other bounties.
The Slave of Allah sleeps, Allah never sleeps and neither does HE take HIS mercy away from HIS creations, HE looks after and takes care of them in their sleep. When they falls sick HE rewards them for their condition of trial, When they turn to him in destitution he answers them. HE never stops to ask and confirm 'did you pray?' to provide sustenance. Such benevolence, care and beauty beyond comprehension, such desirable is ALLAH that a poet once said 'O Allah you are the only one worthy of giving heart away to'.
As his slave turns to the prayer he makes sure that he is clean physically from all impurities, makes sure that his clothes are clean when he meets his lover, makes sure the place he is going to meet his lover is also clean.
He takes water in his arms, washes his face, hands, massage his hair with water and clean his legs, he also makes sure his mouth is also clean and fresh using a miswak. Eagerly anticipating the conversation he is going to have with his lord, he seeks within his mind forgiveness for sins and make sure his heart too is cleaned of malice,hatred, pride, arrogance, jealousy, rancor etc.
After such a preparation he faces in the direction of the Qibla, raises his hands and says 'Allahu Akbar'. As he raises his hands with the gesture he throws everything else apart Allah from his heart and mind. With only his Lover in his heart and mind, he knows he is in front of his lover in complete submission to his will.
When a slave utters the word Allahu Akbar in the prayer, Allah removes all the Hejab and layers that separate him from his seeker. Giving the seeker the intimacy he longs for.
This is the stage when the slave recites Fatiha. Here the Fatiha becomes a conversation not a recitation as is in other times.
Abu Hurairah Rad reported I heard Rasulullah Sallahu Alaihiwasallam Narrating a hadees qudsi, that Allah Ta3ala has said: “I have devided surah fatiha into two halves between Me and My slave and My slave will receive what he asks. So when his slave says
alhamdulillahi rabbil alameen – praise be to Allah the Rab of the universeAllah says
Hamidani Abdi – My slave has praised me
Arrahmani rahim – the compassionate and the mercifulAtna alayya abadi – my slave has extolled me
Malikiyoumiddin – master of the day of judgment, that is of reward and punishmentMajjadani abadi/fawwad’a elayya abadi – my slave has glorified me or entrusted me
Iyyakana3budu wa iyyaknasta3een – You alone do we worship and you alone do we seek for helpHada biynee wa baina abadi, wa li abadi ma sa-ala – this is between me and my slave so what ever he asks it will be granted
Ihdinasiratal mustaqeem,swiratalladeena an3amta 3laihim 3'airil ma3'dubi 3laihim, waladdalleen- Guidance to the straight path, the path of those upon whom you have bestowed favors and not of those who have incurred your wrath nor of those who have gone astrayHadaa ly abadi wa li abadi masaala –this (part of the surah is exclusively) for my slave and my slave shall receive whatever he has asked for.
This intimate conversation of the prayer, begins with Fatiha recitation and lays the initiation of an intimate communion with Allah till the prayer ends with the final 'salaam'
May Allah grant us all the blessings to present to him in the best possible manner - Ameen Summa Ameen