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Last time when talking about Surah al-Fatiha for kids we covered a little bit about the various names of Surah al-Fatiha. This time we want to look at an amazing hadith about the Surah and what happens when we read it.
THE AMAZING HADITH
Abu Huraira reported: The Apostle of Allah (ﷺ) said: If anyone observes prayer in which he does not recite Umm al-Qur’an, It is deficient [he said this three times] and not complete. It was said to Abu Huraira: At times we are behind the Imam.
He said: Recite it inwardly, for he had heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) declare that Allah the Exalted had said: I have divided the prayer into two halves between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks.
When the servant says: Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the universe, Allah the Most High says: My servant has praised Me.
And when he (the servant) says: The Most Compassionate, the Merciful, Allah the Most High says: My servant has lauded Me.
And when he (the servant) says: Master of the Day of judgment, He remarks: My servant has glorified Me, and sometimes He would say: My servant entrusted (his affairs) to Me.
And when he (the worshipper) says: You we worship and of You we ask help, He (Allah) says: This is between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for.
Then, when he (the worshipper) says: Guide us to the straight path, the path of those to whom Thou hast been Gracious not of those who have incurred Thy displeasure, nor of those who have gone astray, He (Allah) says: This is for My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for (Muslim #395).
This hadith gives us a glimpse of just how important this surah is. When we are reciting it, especially in prayer, it would help us to focus if we try to keep this hadith in mind and really engage in the conversation that is happening between us and our Lord when we are reciting the surah.
It is also the reason why people often recite Surah al-Fatiha as a kind of dua for whatever it is that they want. So they might say, “Let’s read Surah al-Fatiha with the intention of our exams being easy for us.” When you stick this in the context of the hadith above you realize how powerful it is because “This is for My servant and My servant will receive what he/she asks for.”