Day 29 – Sūrat al-Fatiha

Sūrat al-Fatiha, no.1. Revealed in Makkah and Madinah, 7 verses.

This Sūra is the first complete Sūra to be revealed to the Prophet (s). It is known as Ummul Kitab, or mother of the book. The word al-Fatiha means the opening, as it is the Sūra with which the Quran opens. Sūra al-Fatiha was revealed twice, once in Makkah and then again in Madinah, and is thus known al-Mathani.

Merits of reciting the Sūra

There are very many merits of this Sūra. Imam Ali (a) quotes the Prophet (s) as saying that it is a treasure in the Divine Throne (Arsh), which has exclusively been given to the Prophet (s). Jibrail told the Prophet (s) that this Sūra prevented punishment of Allah from coming down on the Muslim nation. It is also a Sūra of healing.

 General synopsis of contents                                                                          

The Sura can be divided into two sections: the praise of God and the needs of His servants. Its main themes are praise of One God, His qualities, worship and asking for help and guidance from Allah.

Suggested verses for reflection and memorization

The entire Sūra.

 Activities for self-study

There is much written and discussed about this great Sūra. To learn more about it listen to some of the Tafsir sessions on it, at


Āyatullāh Nāsir Makārim Shirazi (Ed.) Tafsir Namūne,