Surah Fatiha – Benefits & English Translation

Surah Fatiha is the first Surah of the Holy Qur’an. The English title for the Surah is “The Opening”. The Surah consists of 7 verses.

In the Surah, we glorify Allah and submit ourselves to His authority. This Surah is a dua, a perfect source of guidance.

Here, we shall read the translation of Surah Fatiha as well as the most prominent benefits of reciting this Surah.

Verse by Verse English Translation of Surah Fatiha

Surah Fatiha Benefits and English Translation

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Bismillah hir rahman nir raheem

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Verse # 01

ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ ٱلْعَـٰلَمِينَ

Al Fatiha # 01

English Transliteration

Alhamdu lillaahi Rabbil ‘aalameen

English Translation

[All] praise is [due] to Allah, Lord of the Worlds

Verse # 02

ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Al Fatiha # 02

English Transliteration


English Translation

The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Verse # 03

مَـٰلِكِ يَوْمِ ٱلدِّينِ

Al Fatiha # 03

English Transliteration

Maaliki Yaumid-Deen

English Translation

Sovereign of the Day of Recompense.

Verse # 04

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

Al Fatiha # 04

English Transliteration

Iyyaaka na’budu wa lyyaaka nasta’een

English Translation

It is You we worship and You whom we ask for help.

Verse # 05

ٱهْدِنَا ٱلصِّرَٰطَ ٱلْمُسْتَقِيمَ

Al Fatiha # 05

English Transliteration


English Translation

Guide us to the straight path.

Verse # 06, 07

صِرَٰطَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ ٱلْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا ٱلضَّآلِّينَ

Al Fatiha # 06, 07

English Transliteration

Siraatal-lazeena an’amta ‘alaihim ghairil-maghdoobi ‘alaihim wa lad-daaalleen

English Translation

The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked (Your) anger or of those who are astray.

Benefits of Reciting Surah Fatiha

When Surah Fatiha was revealed, Satan cried. Definitely, there is something very special in this Surah of the Qur’an that made Iblees cry loudly. (Ref. IBN KATHIR IN AL BIDAYAH WAN NIHAYAH, VOLUME 2, PI66)

Moreover, the recitation of Surah Fatiha is made compulsory in all the prayers. Without Surah Fatiha, Salat (Namaz) stands incomplete and invalid.

Let’s dig out the benefits one acquires by reciting Surah Al Fatiha.

  • Surah Fatiha Cures Illness

Surah Fatiha cures diseases and illnesses. A patient who is suffering from spiritual and physical diseases should recite Surah Fatiha to himself.

As Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an;

وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاءٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

“We send down in the Quran that which is a cure and mercy for the faithful.”

  • Surah Al-Fatiha Cures And Protects From Magic and Evil Eye

The recitation of Surah Al-Fatiha, Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq, Surah An-Nas, and Durood Sharif is best to ward off the evil eye, black magic, or any other illness and disease.

Any Ruqyah that is performed to cast off black magic or evil eye must contain Surah Al Fatiha. This Surah is also one of the most repeated verses of the Qur’an in treating magic.

  • Ruqyah for Snake or Scorpion’s Poison

Surah Fatiha is an antidote for the bite of a poisonous snake or scorpion. Let’s corroborate it with a Hadees.

Some of the companions of the Prophet (PBUH) came across a tribe amongst the tribes of the Arabs. That tribe did not entertain them. While they were in that state, the chief of that tribe was bitten by a snake (or stung by a scorpion).

They said, (to the companions of the Prophet (ﷺ) ), “Have you got any medicine with you or anybody who can treat with Ruqya?” The Prophet’s companions said, “You refuse to entertain us, so we will not treat (your chief) unless you pay us for it.” So they agreed to pay them for a flock of sheep.

One of them (the Prophet’s companions) started reciting Surat-al-Fatiha and gathering his saliva and spitting it (at the snake bite). The patient got cured and his people presented the sheep to them, but they said, “We will not take it unless we ask the Prophet (whether it is lawful).”

When they asked him, he smiled and said, “How do you know that Surat-al-Fatiha is a Ruqya? Take it (flock of sheep) and assign a share for me.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 5736

To conclude, these were the most prominent benefits of Surah Fatiha. There are numerous other benefits of this Surah as well.

For example, its recitation invokes Allah’s blessings and mercy. We glorify Allah and make dua to Him to guide us to the right path.

The Surah is concise and easy to remember and recite. Yet, it is the most powerful and impactful. One gets rid of poverty, fears, and pains by reciting Al Fatiha.


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