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Virtues of Surat al-Faatihah - Imaam Albani


The Authentic Ahaadeeth:

On the authority of ibn ‘ Abbaas, may Allaah be pleased with them, who said:

“While Jibreel was sitting with the Messenger of Allaah sallalaahu alayhi wa sallam - he heard a creaking from above, so he raised his head and said: ‘That is a gate in the heavens that opened today, it had never been opened before until today. ’ An angel descended from it, he [Jibreel] said: ‘This is an angel that descended to Earth, he never descended before until today.’ He [the angel] extended the Salaam and said: ‘Rejoice for two lights that have been given to you, no Messenger was given them before you; the Faatihah (opening) of the Book, and the concluding verses of Surat al Baqarah, you will not read a word from them, except that you will be given it.’”

[Collected by Muslim, Saheeh at Targheeb wat Tarheeb: 1456 - al Albaanee.]

The Messenger of Allaah sallalaahu alayhi wa sallam said:

“The likes of it was not revealed in the Tawraat, or the Injeel, or the Zaboor or in the Furqaan. It is ‘the seven oft repeated’ and the Great Qur-aan that I was given.”

[Collected by both al Bukhaaree and Muslim.]

The Messenger of Allaah sallalaahu alayhi wa sallam stated:

“Allaah the Elevated said: ‘I have split the Salaat between Me and my servant into two parts, and My servant will receive what he asked for.’

When the servant says: {All praise is due to the Lord of the worlds}

Allaah would say: ‘My servant has exalted me.’

When he says: { The Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy}

Allaah would say: ‘My servant has praised Me.’

When he says: [the Only Owner of the day ofDeen }

Allaah would say: ‘My servant has glorified Me.’

When he says: { You alone do we worship, and from You alone do we seek aid}

Allaah would say: ‘This is between Me and My slave, and for My slave is what he asks.’

When he says: {Guide us to the straight path, The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray . }

Allaah would say: ‘That is for My servant and My servant shall get what he asks for.’”


[Collected by Muslim ‘Saheeh at Targheeb wat Tarheeb ’ :1455 - al Albaanee.]


On the authority of Abu Sa’eed al Khudree who said:

“We were on a journey and dismounted during travel. A girl approached us and said:

‘The leader of this area was stung by a scorpion, is there a Raaqee amongst you [one who reads Qur-aan over others as treatment].

A man from amongst us left with her, we did not know that he knew Ruqyaa, he treated the leader with Ruqyaa and he became well. The leader gave him thirty sheep and gave us all milk to drink. When he [the Raaqee] returned, we said to him: ‘Did you treat him with a specific Ruqyaa or is it that you used to practice it before?’ He responded: ‘I did not practice Ruqyaa except with ‘The Mother of the Book [i.e. al Faatihah].’ We said:‘No one should do anything until we consult the Messenger of Allaah. When we reached Madeenah, we mentioned this to the Prophet he said: ‘How did he know that it [al Faatihah] was [used as] Ruqyah? Divide the sheep amongst you and assign for me a share.’” [Collected by al Bukharee]

The Inauthentic Ahaadeeth

The Faatihah of the Book rewards like nothing else from the Qur-aan rewards. If the Faatihah was placed on one side of the scale, and the Qur-aan was put on the other side, the Faatihah would be better than the Qur-aan by seven folds.

[Extremely weak - Silsilat al Ahaadeeth ad Da ’eefah: #3996]

The Faatihah of the Book is a cure from poison.

[Extremely weak - Silsilat al Ahaadeeth ad Da ’eefah: #3997]

If you lay your side on your bed and read the Faatihah and Surat al Ikhlaas, you would be secure from everything except death.


[Weak - Da ’eef at Targheeb wat Tarheeb #374]


No servant of Allaah would read the Faatihah or Ayatul Kursee in a residence and be afflicted with ‘Ayn from the Jinn or mankind on that day.


[Weak - Da ’eef al Jaami ’ as Sagheer #3952]


The Faatihah is a cure from every ailment.


[Weak - Da ’eef al Jaami ’ as Sagheer #3951 ]


The Faatihah is equal to two thirds of the Qur-aan.


[Weak - Da ’eef al Jaami ’ as Sagheer #3949]

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