Saying Ameen After Reciting Al-Fatihah

It is recommended for the one reciting the Quran to say Ameen after having recited Al-Fatihah and after a short pause upon completing the word ‘dalleen‘ so as to differentiate between that which is the Qur’an and that which is not. (al-Bahawi)

The meaning of Ameen in the eyes of the majority is, ‘O Allah respond to our supplication.’ Maqatil said that it gives strength to the supplication and is a cause for the decent of blessings. (al-Qurtubi) Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, said, ‘Ameen is the seal of the Lord of the Worlds, it is with it that His servants seal their supplications.’ (ibn Atiyyah)

In Surah Yunus the following supplication of Musa, peace be upon him is mentioned, “Musa said, ‘Our Lord! You have indeed bestowed splendour and wealth upon Pharaoh and his chiefs in the life of this world, Our Lord! That they may lead men astray from Your path. Our Lord! Destroy their wealth and harden their hearts so that they will not believe until they see the painful torment.’ Allah said, ‘Verily the supplication of you both is answered…” (Yunus 10:88-89)

In the commentary to this verse it is stated that Musa was saying the supplication and Harun was saying Ameen and hence he was considered to be amongst the supplicants.

Al-Hakim at-Tirmidhi, Nawadir al-Usul records on the authority of Anas bin Malik, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“Allah has given my nation three things that were not given to any nation before them: The salam, which is the greeting of the inhabitants of Paradise, the rows of the Angels; and the Ameen, which was only previously given to Musa and Harun.” (al-Qurtubi)

Ibn Majah also reports on the authority of Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“The Jews do not envy you for anything as much as they envy you for saying salam and Ameen.” (ibn Majah)

Abu Dawud reports on the authority of Abu Misbah al-Maqrani that he said, “We were sitting with Abu Zuhayr an-Numayri who was one of the companions and his speech used to be the most beautiful speech. Whenever a person from amongst us supplicated he would say, ‘Complete it by saying Ameen for indeed Ameen is like the seal on a scroll.’

Abu Zuhayr said, ‘Shall I not inform you about this? We left with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, one night and we came upon a person who was persistently and actively [supplicating] for something. The Prophet stood listening to him. Then the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“It will definitely be answered if he completes it.”

A man from amongst the people [present] asked, ‘With what should he complete it? He replied,

“By saying Ameen for if he completes it by saying Ameen it will definitely be answered.”

So the man who asked turned away and went to the supplicant and said, “O so-and-so! Complete [your supplication] and rejoice.” (Abu Dawud 938)

With regards to the prayer, Muslim records on the authority of Abu Musa al-Ashari, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said, “The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, addressed us and explained to us our Sunnah [that we should follow] and explained to us [the method of performing] our prayer. He said,

“When you pray, straighten your rows and let one of you lead you. When he says the takbir then say the takbir, when he says “Not [the Path] of those who have earned [Your] anger nor those who have gone astray” then say Ameen and Allah will respond to you.” (Muslim 800)

Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, reports on the authority of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, that he said,

“When the Imam says Ameen then say Ameen for indeed the one whose Ameen coincides with the Ameen of the Angels with have his previous [minor] sins forgiven.” (Muslim 809)

So this hadith shows that ones previous sins will be forgiven if four conditions are met:

  1. The Imam saying Ameen
  2. The follower saying Ameen
  3. The Angels saying Ameen
  4. The statements coinciding. (al-Qurtubi)

The Spiritual Cure: An Explanation of Surah Al-Fatihah prepared and translated by Abu Rumaysah Pages 182 -185

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