Surah Al-Fatihah: Do All Paths Lead to Allah?

How many paths lead to Paradise? Do all paths lead to God? Even the paths that non-Muslims are on?

These questions are easier to answer when we dig into the Arabic words we are reciting in Surah Al-Fatihah, a Surah that we Muslims recite multiple times daily

When’s the last time you thought about the actual words you are saying in your prayers?

When we contemplate the meanings behind the words, our prayers reach a new level.

Let’s take the verse: Sirata Al-Ladhina An`amta `Alayhim. Here we are asking Allah to guide us to the path of those He’s bestowed blessings on.

But we are told in the Qur’an, all blessings are from Allah. All of us, even non-Muslims are blessed daily by Allah. Food, air, health are just a few of the many blessings He bestows on us daily. So why are we asking to be put on a path we essentially are already on? 

We also ask Allah for Hidayah (guidance) but what exactly are we seeking to be guided on?

What we’ll soon discover is that there are different levels of Hidayah

Take a few moments to increase your understanding of the words by watching this short, informative video by Dr. Yasir Qadhi.

When we learn more about what we are reciting in prayer, the words reach our hearts where they become more genuine.

  1. The 7 Oft-Recited Verses: An Introduction to Al-Fatiha
  2. Who Divided Up Quran into Surahs and Verses?
  3. All About Isti`adhah & Seeking Protection from Satan
  4. Starting with Allah’s Name… What Does Basmalah Mean?
  5. Why Glorify Allah’s Name, Not Allah Himself?
  6. What Is the Meaning of the Name of Allah?
  7. Difference Between Ar-Rahman and Ar-Rahim
  8. Why Surah Al-Fatihah Starts With Al-Hamd
  9. Why “Al-Hamdulillah” Is Particularly Used in Surah Al-Fatihah
  10. What Allah Says When You Recite Surah Al-Fatihah
  11. “Lord of the Worlds”… What Does That Mean?
  12. Day of Judgment & Two Recitations of One Word
  13. 3 Components of Your Relation with Allah
  14. 3 Examples of Quran Eloquence in Surah Al-Fatihah
  15. Turning Sleep Into Ibadah (Act of Worship)
  16. What Exactly Does The Straight Path Mean?
  17. Do All Paths Lead to Allah?
  18. Get Your Sins Forgiven by Saying Ameen