Fatihah even for Non-Muslims – Tibb-e-Nabawi

Fatihah even for Non-Muslims

اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أسْألُكَ بأنّي أشْهَدُ أنَّكَ أنتَ الله لا إلهَ إلاَّ أنتَ الأحَدُ الصَّمَدُ الذي لَمْ يَلِدْ ولَمْ يولَدْ ولَمْ يِكُن لهُ كُفٌواُ أحَدُ

The beauty of Quran, when it starts with Fatihah & ends with the valuable last 3 Surah. Fatihah is the medicine for all diseases, including spiritual & physical ailments.

The story of Sahabah when they treated the tribe’s chief with Fatihah reflects the following :

  1. Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam allowed Sahabah to take wages on reciting Fatihah as Ruqyah, & when he said to keep his share, he only wanted to encourage Sahabah that what they had done was correct, depending on the condition that the tribe had refused to give them shelter.
  2. Quran & Fatihah are the medicine even for Non-Muslims

Can you understand the fact, why Fatihah is made compulsory to be recited in every Rak’ah of every prayer ?

Prophet’s Guidance on treating one bitten (by an animal) by reciting Al-Fatihah

أخرجا فى “الصحيحين” من حديث أبى سعيد الخدرى، قال: “انْطلَقَ نَفَرٌ من أصحابِ النبىِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فى سفرةٍ سافرُوها حتى نزلوا على حىٍّ مِن أحياءِ العرب، فاسْتَضَافوهم، فأبَوْا أن يُضَيِّفُوهُم، فلُدِغَ سَيِّدُ ذلك الحىِّ، فَسَعَوْا له بكُلِّ شىء لا يَنْفَعُه شىء، فقال بعضهم: لو أتيتُم هؤلاءِ الرَّهطَ الذين نزلوا لعلهم أن يكون عند بعضهم شىء. فأتوهم، فقالوا: يا أيُّهَا الرَّهطُ ؛ إنَّ سَيِّدَنا لُدِغَ، وسَعينا له بكُلِّ شىء لا يَنْفَعُهُ، فَهَلْ عِنْدَ أحدٍ منكم من شىء ؟ فقال بعضُهم: نعم واللهِ إنى لأَرْقى، ولكن اسْتَضَفْناكُمْ، فلم تَضيِّفُونَا، فما أنا بَرَاقٍ حتى تَجْعَلُوا لنا جُعْلاً، فصالَحُوهم على قطيعٍ من الغنم، فانطلَقَ يَتْفُل عليه، ويقرأ: {الحَمْدُ للهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ}، فكأنما أُنشِطَ من عِقَالٍ، فانطلق يمشى وما به قَلَبَةٌ، قال: فأوفَوْهُم جُعْلَهُم الذى صالحوهم عليه، فقال بعضُهم: اقتسِمُوا، فقال الذى رَقَى: لا تفعلوا حتى نأتىَ رسولَ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم، فنذكُرَ له الذى كان، فننظُرَ ما يأمرُنا، فَقَدِمُوا على رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، فذكروا له ذلك، فقال: “وما يُدْريكَ أنَّها رُقْيَةٌ” ؟، ثم قال: “قد أصَبْتُم، اقسِمُوا واضْرِبوا لى مَعَكُم سهماً

In the Sahihain, Tirmizi, Ibn Majah and Ahmad, it is narrated that Abu Said Al-Khudri Radi Allaho Anh said, “Some of the Sahabah (companions) of Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam went on a journey till they reached some of the Arab tribes (at night). They asked the latter to treat them as their guests but they refused. The chief of that tribe was then bitten by a snake (or stung by a scorpion) and they tried their best to cure him but in vain. Some of them said (to the others), ‘Nothing has benefited him, will you go to the people who resided here at night, it may be that some of them might possess something (as treatment).’ They went to the group of Sahabah (companions of Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) and said, “Our chief has been bitten by a snake (or stung by a scorpion) and we have tried everything but he has not benefited. Have you got anything (useful)?” One of them replied, ‘Yes, by Allah! I can recite an Islamic prayer formula, but as you have refused to accept us as your guests, I will not recite the Islamic prayer formula for you unless you fix some wages for it. They agreed to pay them a flock of sheep. One of them then recited (The chapter Al-Fatihah): ‘All praises are for the Lord of the Worlds’ and puffed over the chief who became right as if he was released from a chain, and got up and started walking, showing no signs of sickness. They paid them what they agreed to pay. Some of them (i.e., the Sahabah) then suggested dividing their earnings among themselves, but the one who performed the recitation said, do not divide them till we go to Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam and tell the whole story to him, and wait for his order. So, they went to Allah’s Messenger and narrated the story, Allah’s Messenger asked: “How did you come to know that the chapter Al­-Fatihah could be recited as an Islamic prayer formula?” Then he added: “You have done the right thing. Divide (what you have earned) and assign a share for me as well.”

It is a well-known fact that certain types of speech have a profound effect and benefit that experience testifies to. So how about the Words of the Lord of the Worlds that are as preferred to the creations speech as Allah Is preferred above His creation? Allah’s Words contain the ultimate cure, the perfect immunity, correct guidance and an encompassing mercy, that if it was revealed to a mountain, it would turn to dust in appreciation of Allah’s Glory. Allah Said:

وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاءٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

“And We Send down the Quran; that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism)”.

وَعَدَ اللهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ الصَّالِحَاتِ مِنْهُم مَّغْفِرَةً وَأَجْرَاً عَظِيماً

“Allah Has Promised those among them who believe (i.e., all those who follow Islamic Monotheism, the religion of Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam till the Day of Resurrection) and do righteous good deeds, forgiveness and a mighty reward (i.e. Paradise)”

What could one think of the opening of the Quran (Al-Fatihah, the first chapter) that is not comparable to any Verse or chapter revealed in the Quran, the Torah, the Gospel or the Zaboor (that was revealed to Prophet Dawood Alaihess Salaam). Al-Fatihah contains the general meaning of all the Divine Books Sent down by Allah. It contains Allah’s Names and Attributes, such as Allah, the Rubb (Lord), Ar-Rahman (Most Merciful) and Ar-Rahim (Most Beneficent). It affirms Resurrection, Allah’s Oneness in Lordship, mentions the creation’s dependence on Allah’s Help and Guidance and that He Alone Grants such bounties. Furthermore, it contains the best and most beneficial supplication that the creation needs; being guided to the Straight Path that entails acquiring knowledge of His Names and Attributes, worshipping Him alone, obeying His Commands, refraining from His prohibitions and staying firm on this path until death. It in addition contains the kinds of creation that are divided into those who have acquired the bounty of knowing the Truth, and who prefer and implement its implications. On the other hand, there are those who have earned Allah’s Anger by avoiding the truth after knowing it and there are those who are led astray from the True Path. These are the camps that the creation is divided into. In addition, Al-Fatihah affirms Predestination and the Commandments of the religion, Allah’s Names and Attributes, Resurrection and Prophet-hood. It purifies the heart and mentions Allah’s Justice and Generosity. It also refutes all types of innovations and evil methods. Certainly, a chapter that contains all these virtues and benefits deserves to be used as a cure for disease, as well as an antidote for poisonous stings.

Indeed, Al-Fatihah is the best cure because it contains sincere servitude to Allah, praising Him, relating all bounties to Him, seeking His Help and support, and invoking Him for all types of advantages, such as the correct guidance that brings about benefit and fends off torment.

It was reported that the part in Al-Fatihah that contains the Islamic prayer formula is what Allah Said:

إيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

“You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for everything)”. (1:5)

Indeed, these are the mighty powerful words that contain the strongest medicine packed in this chapter. These words entail sincere dependence and reliance on Allah, seeking refuge and help from Him and showing meekness and need of Him. Consequently, these words contain the best goals to seek, which is worshiping Allah Alone. In addition, they contain the best method to acquire these goals, that is, invoking Allah for His support so that one achieves these goals.

While I was in Mecca, I once fell sick and had no access to a doctor or medicine. So I used to seek a cure in The Fatihah by sipping a drink from the well of ZamZam that I recited the Fatihah on. I found complete cure in this method and I used to rely on it whenever I felt pain. This cure always helped me.

There is a wonderful secret in using the ­Fatihah as an Islamic prayer formula to treat poisons, and Allah Has Created a cure for every disease as we have stated. Venomous beasts have a special effect on their victims with their evil souls. Furthermore, the weapon that the venomous beasts use is the needle that they attack with (to sting and inject the venom into their victims). Likewise, the person who is applying the Islamic prayer formula will have a positive effect on the person receiving the Islamic prayer formula, thus enhancing his chances of a speedy recovery by Allah’s Will. In this case, the victim will feel that his strength and resolve are enhanced with the Islamic prayer formula and the divine remedy, similar to the relation that exists between regular medicine and the sick person. In addition, the wetness and the air contained in the spit of the person who recites the Islamic prayer formula, that contains the supplication and the remembrance of Allah, will all enhance the chances of recovery. Since the person who recites the Islamic prayer formula recites it with both his heart and mouth, then adding some of the air and moisture that exists inside his body through the spit will maximize the effectiveness, power and strength of the remedy. Certainly, this mixture of heart and soul used in the divine remedy works just as regular medicine works on the body.

The person who applies the Islamic prayer formula has an advantage over the evil forces (including poisonous snakes etc.,) since he adds words of the Islamic prayer formula and spit to the strength of his inner self, so as to remove the effects of the evil forces and the venom. In addition, the more strength of heart the person has, the stronger the Islamic prayer formula he recites becomes. There is another secret behind using spit in the divine remedy, which is used by the evil forces, just as Allah said,

وَمِن شَرِّ النَّفَّاثَاتِ فِى الْعُقَدِ

“And from the evil of those who practice witchcrafts when they blow in the knots”.

The body is greatly affected by what the heart feels and so blowing the air and spitting resembles a way to intensify the effect of what the heart feels and intends. Those who work SEHR ~ sorcery tie some knots and blow onto them words of sorcery, which work on the victim although he or she might not be present. In this way, the evil force helps transferring the words of sorcery and their effect to the victim. When the force for good retaliates by using the Islamic prayer formula and then breathing unto the victim, the more powerful of the armies in the WAR wins. War between good and evil forces resembles real war that occurs between people. The spiritual forces essentially use and enlist physical bodies in their wars against each other. Whoever is only concerned about the material world will not feel any of this raging war since he is attached to the environment that he believes in, that is, the material world, and he is far away from the world of spiritual forces and their effect on mankind.

In short, when the good spiritual force is strong enough and feels the effects and the meanings contained in the Al-Fatihah, along with the breathing that accompanies reciting it, the Islamic prayer formula will have the intended effect against the evil forces and will thus remove their harmful effect. Allah Knows best.

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