Recite At-ta’awwuz before recitation of the Holy Qur’an:
اَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطٰنِ الرَّ جِيمِ
A‘oodhu bil-lahi minash-shai-taa nirra-jeem
I seek refuge with Allah from Satan, the rejected
The Opening Chapter – Al-Faatiha
بِسْمِ اللّٰـهِ الرَّحْمـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Bis-mil-la hir-Rahma nir-Raheem
In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.
◌ اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰـهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
Al-hamdu lil-la-hi rabbil-‘aalameen
All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds,
◌ الرَّحْمـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
The Gracious, the Merciful,
◌ مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ
Master of the Day of Judgement.
◌ إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ
Iyyaaka na`budu wa iyyaaka nas-ta`een
You alone do we worship and You alone do we beseech for help.
◌ اِهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ
Ihdi nas-se-raa-tal musta-qeem
Guide us to the right path:
◌ صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ
Siraatalla-dheena an`amta `alay-him
The path of those upon whom You have bestowed Your blessings,
◌ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّاۤ لِّينَ
ghai-ril maghdoobi `alay-him wa lad-daaal-leen.
Not of those who have incurred Your displeasure, nor of those who have gone astray.
Oh Allah! Accept our supplication!
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Benefits of Reciting Al-Faatiha
Fatiha and Inner Light
Recitation of Fatiha during Prayer with full attention and full acceptance of its teaching by the heart as the truth plays a great part in spiritual enlightenment. This is a spiritual characteristic of Surah Fatiha. In other words, it brings satisfaction to the mind, dissipates darkness, and the grace of the Exalted Source of all grace starts descending on the seeker, and the light of Divine approbation encompasses him until, step by step, he becomes the honoured recipient of Divine revelation and begins to enjoy in full measure different forms of true revelation and is admitted to the company of those who are in communion with the Divine Lord. Thereupon such wondrous manifestations are vouchsafed through him, by way of inspiration, revelation, acceptance of prayer, disclosure of that which is hidden and Divine succour that the like of them is not to be witnessed in the case of another (Baraheen-Ahmadiyyah, Vol. IV, Footnote 11, pp. 525-27).
Fatiha reflects Divine Light
This humble servant of Allah affirms on the basis of personal experience that Surah Fatiha is in truth a manifestation of Divine Light. Such marvels have been witnessed during the course of its recitation that they illustrate the dignity and eminence of the Holy Word of Allah. By the blessings of this blissful Surah and through its regular recitation, hundreds of hidden events have been, by Divine favour, disclosed before their occurrence and every difficult situation has been cleared up in a marvellous manner. This humble servant recalls some three thousand true visions and dreams that have found clear fulfillment like the break of dawn and over two hundred manifestations in response to prayer have taken place at such critical moments when there appeared no way out of the difficulty. Similarly, through the frequent recital of this Surah, insight into matters beyond the grave and marvels of many other kinds have become such a phenomenal occurrence that, if even an insignificant reflection of them were to be experienced by a non-Muslim divine, he would risk his very life readily and forsake all worldly cares and join Islam. In the same manner, the prophecies that have been vouchsafed to this humble servant through revelation, some of which have found fulfillment and are finding fulfillment under the observation of my opponents, are so numerous that their compilation would be about as voluminous as two of the gospels. This humble servant of Allah, by virtue of obedience to the Noble Prophet, receives in abundance the gifts of Divine revelation, a brief sample of which has been set out in footnote No. 3 comprising revelations in Arabic. The gracious Lord has, by virtue of my obedience to and love of His Honoured Prophet and my faithful following of His Word, especially favoured me with His revelation and honoured me with bestowing upon me spiritual knowledge and understanding and has disclosed to me many secrets filling the heart of this insignificant servant with an abundance of spiritual treasures. It has been made clear to me that all this distinction and beneficence and benevolence and care and help and communion are because of obedience to and love of the Seal of the Prophets, peace and blessings of Allah be on him (Baraheen-Ahmadiyyah Vol. IV, pp. 538-541, Footnote 11).