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001 Fateh

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Revealed in Makkah
The Meaning of Al-Fatehah and its Various Names
This Surah is called
- Al-Fatihah
, that is, the Opener of the Book, the Surahwith which prayers are begun.- It is also called,
Umm Al-Kitab
(the Mother of theBook), according to the majority of the scholars.In an authentic Hadith recorded by At-Tirmidhi, whograded it
Abu Hurayrah
said that the Messengerof Allah said,
   
Al-Hamdu lillahi Rabbil-`Alamin
is the Motherof the Qur'an, the Mother of the Book, and theseven repeated Ayat of the Glorious Qur'an.
It is also called
, because the Prophetsaid that his Lord said,
      :  :  
The prayer (i.e.,
) is divided into two halvesbetween Me and My servants.
When the servant says, `All praise is due to Allah, theLord of existence,' Allah says, 'My servant has praisedMe.
was called the
, because reciting it is acondition for the correctness of 
- the prayer.
was also called
' (the Cure).It is also called
(remedy), since in the Sahih, thereis the narration of Abu Sa`id telling the story of the Companionwho used
as a remedy for the tribal chief who waspoisoned. Later, the Messenger of Allah said to a Companion,
How did you know that it is a
was revealed in Makkah as Ibn `Abbas, Qatadahand Abu Al-`Aliyah stated.Allah said,
And indeed, We have bestowed upon you the seven
(seven repeatedly recited verses), (i.e. Surat
) (15:87).Allah knows best.
How many Ayat does Al-Fatihah Contain
There is no disagreement over the view that
 contains seven Ayat.According to the majority of the reciters of Al-Kufah, a group of the Companions, the Tabi`in, and a number of scholars fromthe successive generations, the Bismillah is a separate Ayah inits beginning. We will mention this subject again soon, if Allahwills, and in Him we trust.
The Number of Words and Letters in Al-Fatihah
The scholars say that Al-Fatihah consists of twenty-five words,and that it contains one hundred and thirteen letters.
The Reason it is called Umm Al-Kitab
In the beginning of the Book of Tafsir, in his Sahih, Al-Bukharisaid;"It is called
Umm Al-Kitab
, because the Qur'an startswith it and because the prayer is started by reciting it.''It was also said that it is called
Umm Al-Kitab
, becauseit contains the meanings of the entire Qur'an.Ibn Jarir said,"The Arabs call every comprehensive matter thatcontains several specific areas an
. Forinstance, they call the skin that surrounds the brain,
Umm Ar-Ra's
. They also call the flag that gathersthe ranks of the army an
.''He also said,"Makkah was called
Umm Al-Qura
, (the Mother of the Villages) because it is the grandest and theleader of all villages.It was also said that the earth was made starting fromMakkah.''Further, Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Hurayrah narratedabout
Umm Al-Qur'an
that the Prophet said,
It is
Umm Al-Qur'an
, the seven repeated (verses) andthe Glorious Qur'an.

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