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بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Saheeh Int.
In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
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Translation Arabic word
In (the) name
(of) Allah
the Most Gracious
the Most Merciful
Surah al-Fatihah 1 : 1
1. Lessons/Guidance/Reflections/Gems [ edit ] Last edited: 14/08/2016
  • The Creator's name ٱللَّه 'Allah' appears in the Qur'an 2,699 times    
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2. Linguistic Analysis [ edit ] Last edited: 28/02/2017

•    The ba (with) is known as the ba of isti'anah or seeking help and support, meaning that the servant is seeking the aid of Allah in the action he is about to perform. "With the Name of Allah" meaning I start with every name that belongs to Allah, the Exalted. This is because the word 'name' is singular and in the genitive form and therefore it includes all of the Beautiful Names.

•    The word Rahmaan and Raheem comes from the word رحم   Raham. Raham in the Arabic language (does not only mean mercy, it) is; the womb of the woman when she is pregnant – like complete care and looking after…”

•    The difference between these two words Rahman and Rahim is beautifully explained by Ibn al- Qayyim in (Manar I, 48) as "the term rahman circumscribes the quality of abounding grace inherent in, and inseparable from, the concept of God's Being, whereas rahim expresses the manifestation of that grace in, and its effect upon, His creation - in other words, an aspect of His activity."


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3. Surah Overview Last edited: 03/03/2016
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4. Miscellaneous Information [ edit ] Last edited: 03/03/2016
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5. Connected/Related Ayat [ edit ] Last edited: 03/03/2016
  • This phrase occurs before the beginning of every Surah of the Qur’an except Surah 9 at-Tawbah.
  • وَقَالَ ارْكَبُوا فِيهَا بِسْمِ اللَّهِ مَجْرَاهَا وَمُرْسَاهَا ۚ إِنَّ رَبِّي لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ “And [Noah] said, "Embark therein; in the name of Allah is its course and its anchorage. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful."[11:54].
  • إِنَّهُ مِن سُلَيْمَانَ وَإِنَّهُ بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ "Indeed, it is from Solomon, and indeed, it reads: 'In the name of Allah , the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful," [27:30].
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6. Frequency of the word [ edit ] Last edited: 03/03/2016

•    The word Allah الله occurs 2,699 times in the Qur’an
•    The word ar-Rahman رحمان occurs 57 times
•    The word ar-Raheem رحيم occurs 116 times

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7. Period of Revelation [ edit ] Last edited: 01/04/2016

It is one of the very earliest revelations to the Prophet. As a matter of fact, we learn from authentic hadith that it was the first complete Surah which was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. Before this, only a few verses were revealed which form parts of Surah 96: al-‘Alaq (The Clinging Substance) Surah 68: al-Qalam (The Pen), Surah 73: al-Muzzammil (The Enwrapped One) and Surah 74: al-Muddathir (The Cloaked One). 

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8. Reasons for Revelation [ edit ] Last edited: 03/03/2016
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9. Relevant Hadith [ edit ] Last edited: 23/04/2016
  • In a HADITH QUDSI it is reported that the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said that Allah said:  أَنَا الرَّحْمنُ خَلَقْتُ الرَّحِمَ وَشَقَقْتُ لَهَا اسْمًا مِنِ اسْمِي، فَمَنْ وَصَلَهَا وَصَلْتُهُ وَمَنْ قَطَعَها قَطَعْتُهُ ‘I am Ar-Rahman. I created the R-H-M (womb) and derived a name for it from My Name. Hence, whoever keeps it (family ties), I will keep ties to him, and whoever severs it, I will sever ties with him’.
  • Dua for entering the home,بِسْـمِ اللهِ وَلَجْنـا، وَبِسْـمِ اللهِ خَـرَجْنـا، وَعَلـى رَبِّنـا تَوَكّلْـنا [Bismi l-lâhi walajnâ, wa bismi l-lâhi kharajnâ, wa calâ l-lâhi tawakkalnâ.] "[Upon entering] In the name of Allah we enter and in the name of Allah we leave, and upon our Lord we place our trust." 
  • Abu Hurayrah reports that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, "There is no wudhu for the one who does not [commence] by mentioning the Name of Allah." [Abu Dawud]
  • The Prophet is reported to have said, ""If, when one of you wishes to go to his wife [for sexual intercourse] says, بِسْمِ الله اللّهُـمَّ جَنِّبْنا الشَّيْـطانَ، وَجَنِّبِ الشَّـيْطانَ ما رَزَقْـتَنا 'With the Name of Allah, O Allah! Protect us from the Shaytan and keep the Shaytan away from what You will provide us.' Then if it is decreed that they should have a child out of that act then the Shaytan will never be able to harm him." [Bukhari]
  • Allah is more merciful to His slaves than a mother is to her child.  اللَّهُ أَرْحَمُ بِعِبَادِهِ مِنْ هَذِهِ بِوَلَدِهَا The Prophet is reported to have said "....Allah is more merciful to His slaves than this [lady] is to her son...."  [Bukhari no. 5999]
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10. Wiki Forum Last edited: 03/03/2016
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11. Tafsir Quotes Last edited: 03/03/2016
ابن كثير - تفسير القرآن العظيم
  الطبري - جامع البيان
  ابن كثير - تفسير القرآن العظيم
  القرطبي - الجامع لأحكام
  البغوي - معالم التنزيل
  ابن أبي حاتم الرازي - تفسير القرآن
  ابن عاشور - التحرير والتنوير
  ابن القيم - تفسير ابن قيّم
  السيوطي - الدر المنثور
  الشنقيطي - أضواء البيان
  ابن الجوزي - زاد المسير
  الآلوسي - روح المعاني
  ابن عطية - المحرر الوجيز
  الرازي - مفاتيح الغيب
  أبو السعود - إرشاد العقل السليم
  الزمخشري - الكشاف
  البقاعي - نظم الدرر
  الهداية إلى بلوغ النهاية — مكي ابن أبي طالب
  القاسمي - محاسن التأويل
  الماوردي - النكت والعيون
  السعدي - تيسير الكريم الرحمن
  عبد الرحمن الثعالبي - الجواهر الحسان
  السمرقندي - بحر العلوم
  أبو إسحاق الثعلبي - الكشف والبيان
  الشوكاني - فتح القدير
  النيسابوري - التفسير البسيط
  أبو حيان - البحر المحيط
  البيضاوي - أنوار التنزيل
  النسفي - مدارك التنزيل
  ابن جُزَيّ - التسهيل لعلوم التنزيل
  علي الواحدي النيسابوري - الوجيز
  السيوطي - تفسير الجلالين
  المختصر في التفسير — مركز تفسير
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