1:7 The blessed path

صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ

SiraaTa allatheena an’amta ‘alayhim ghayri almaghDoobi’ alayhim wala aDDaalleen

The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.

-Sura Al-Fatihah, Ayah 7

1. Favoured here doesn’t mean favour in worldly definition. It is made clear by the following explanations in the verse that the blessed ones don’t include those who incurred Allah’s wrath and those who He sent astray, even if they seem favoured from a man’s perspective.

2. As Al Fatihah is an introduction to Quran, Allah will continuously mention examples from peoples of the past in explaining the blessed path and distinguishing it with those who incurred His wrath and those who were astray.

3. Allah explains in An Nisa (4:69) that the blessed are those who obeyed Allah and His messenger, those are nabiyyin (the prophets), siddiqin (the true), shuhada (the martyrs) and SaliHin (the righteous).

4. Allah defines those who earned His wrath are those who knew the truth but rejected it, like the Jews in history (5:60).

5. As for the lost ones are defined as those who couldn’t find the truth and led others astray like the Christians (5:77).

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We recite this request in solah at least 17 times daily, o Allah the All Powerful, grant our requests.

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