The Key (Al-Fatehah)
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required. God starts the Key with Basmallah then all praise to
Him is mentioned within the Key.
The Key does not need the addition of the word “Aameen”.
We should trust in God that He has provided us the complete Key.
Adding or deleting to the Key will not make it work better, but
will simply make it useless. Just like the keys to our house, car
If the Key words provided by God worked for Adam (without manipulation),
surely they will also work for us. That is His system.
Some people delete the Basmallah in their Salat prayers. Some
recite additional verses before the Basmallah and some add the word
“Aameen” at the end. Do they know better than God or
do the people who added those words (even with good intentions)
know better than God? It is our respon-sibility to use our eyes,
ears and brain in light of the absolute truth (the Quran).
We know that Prophet Muhammad only followed the Quran. He was
not authorized by God to change anything in the message. We are
sure he delivered us a per-fect message. The Al-Fatehah he uttered
in his salat has to be exactly how he delivered it to us in the
Quran. No additions or deletions.
Why is it not appropriate to recite parts of the Quran after
When we recite the Key, we seek His Guidance to the right path.
We note that God tells us in 2:2 that this Book (Quran) is “Guidance”.
Therefore from 2:2 onwards it is all “Guidance.” It
is all the Guidance we need to redeem ourselves straight back to
We have established that during Salat we are in contact or communication
with God. In fact after
completing the recitation of Al-Fatehah we have opened our contact.
At this point, should we start giving “Guidance” to
For example should we start ordering God to
[112:1] “Proclaim”, He is the
One and only GOD.
If we are submitters, the “guidance” comes from our
Lord to us and not in the reverse direction. He does not need guidance
from us. That can also imply that we are “acting god”
In addition, other names may also be mentioned in the Salat if
we recite parts of the Quran. This violates the Quranic principle
to devote the salat to Him alone
[6:162] Say, "My Contact Prayers (Salat), my
worship practices, my life and my death, are all devoted absolutely
to GOD alone, the Lord of the universe.
Altering the combinations of Al-Fatehah in Salat also makes religious
practices difficult. This contradicts the Quranic principle that
God has made religion easy for us.
There is a clear distinction between reciting the Quran and performing
[29:45] You shall recite what is revealed to you
of the scripture, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), for the
Contact Prayers prohibit evil and vice. But the remembrance of GOD
(through Salat) is the most im-portant objective. GOD knows everything
you do. (See also 35:29)
[17:78] You shall observe the Contact Prayer (Salat)
when the sun declines from its highest point at noon, as it moves
towards sunset. You shall also observe (the recitation of) the
Quran at dawn. (Reciting)
the Quran at dawn is witnessed.
We also note that calling God or proclaiming that he has never
begotten a son is distinct from the contact prayers. We are to magnify
Him “constantly” and not as a part of the Salat.
[17:110] Say, "Call Him GOD, or call Him the
Most Gracious; whichever name you use, to Him belongs the best names."
You shall not utter your Contact Prayers (Salat) too loudly, nor
secretly; use a moderate tone.
[17:111] And proclaim: "Praise be to GOD, who
has never be-gotten a son, nor does He have a partner in His kingship,
nor does He need any ally out of weakness," and magnify Him
Despite the above logical evidence, we now have physical, intangible,
mathematical evidence that the Quran is a numerically structured
book based on the number 19. The evidence for the 19-related findings
in Al-Fatehah can be studied elsewhere. In brief, the Basmallah
consists of 19 Arabic letters; every word of the Basmallah occurs
in the Quran in multiples of 19; our lips come in contact 19 times
when we recite Al-Fatehah and so on.
The Key is that God has provided us the Key (Al-Fatehah) to establish
contact with Him. The specific words that God gave Adam to redeem
himself worked for him and the Key will work for us.
We thank God for His mercy to provide us with specific words to
Mahmood A., MD