Al-Fatihah – An Expanded Understanding

Bismillah Ir-Rahman Ir-Raheem

Residing in the Precious Presence of The Most Pleasurable Awareness; All-Loving, Ever-Kind, we begin…

Al-Hamdu lillahi Rabbil Al-‘alameena

All praise, thanks and commendation belong to Allah Alone, Who is our Lord and Master, our Cherisher and Sustainer, our Nourisher and Flourisher, Who brings us all to where we are meant to be. O’Determiner, Developer, Rewarder, Creator, Preserver, and Protector, You are the Caretaker and Regulator of all principles, values and actions bringing us to Your Perfection; Lord of all creations, Master of all beings, the One Aware Alone of all the worlds, the Master of all Awareness, knowledge and wisdom;

Ir-Rahman Ir-Raheem

All-Loving, Ever-Kind;

Maliki yau madeen

You are the Master of Every moment’s design; and the Determiner of the Dominating Event!

Iyyakka na’budu iyyaka nast’aeen

You Alone we adore, and to You only we humbly submit. May we be Your devoted slaves! You are the Only One we implore for aid.

Ihdina alsirratta almustaqueema

Guide us in Your way and make our path one of ease. Establishing us in Your Stillness, allow us to observe the people of dignity, and to stand firmly rooted in this right state.

Sirata allatheena an’amta ‘alayhim ghayri almaghdoobi ‘alayhim wala alddalleena

For it is in this state alone that we can enjoy Your way of ease and comfort; delighting in the blessings of Your Plentitude, flourishing in the Beneficence of Your gifts and talents; unburdened of the tainted stench of jealousy or selfishness; and devoid of the rage, indignation and intense displeasure resulting from these corruptions. May we not err, stray or deviate from this Light of Your Guidance; or we will be left in a state of perplexity, confounded and confused.


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