The Virtues of Surah Al-Fatihah

There are a number of ahadith expelling to us the great virtue of this surah:

Muslim records on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, who said that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, said,

“Allah, the Glorious and Exalted said, ‘I have divided the prayer between Myself and My servant equally and My servant shall be granted what he asked for.’ Therefore when the servant says, ‘All praises and thanks are due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds’, Allah says, ‘My servant has praised Me.’ When he says, ‘Master of the Day of Judgement,’ Allah says, ‘My servant has glorified Me.’ When he says ‘You Alone we worship and Your aid Alone do we seek,’ Allah says, ‘This is between Me and My servant and My servant shall have what he requested.’ When he says ‘Guide us on the Straight Path, the Path of those whom You have favoured, not [the path] of those who have earned [Your] anger, or of those who have gone astray,’ Allah says, “This is for My servant and My servant shall have what he asked for.” (Muslim 775)

At-Tirmidhi records on the authority of Abu Hurayrah who said that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, said,

“[The chapter commencing with], “All praise and thanks are due to Allah the Lord of the worlds” is the Mother of the Qur’an, the Mother of the Book, the Seven Oft Repeated Verses and the Great Qur’an.” (at-Tirmidhi 3124)

Ahmad records  on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, who said,

“The Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, called Ubayy bin Kab while he was praying in the Mosque saying, ‘O Ubayy!’ Ubbay turned his head towards him but did not reply. The Prophet called him again saying ‘O Ubayy!’ So Ubayy shortened his prayer and turned towards the Prophet and said, ‘Assalamu alaikum O Messenger of Allah.’ The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him replied, ‘Wa alaikum assalam. What prevented you from replying to me when I called you?’ Ubayy said, ‘O Messenger of Allah I was praying!’ He said, ‘Does Allah not say, “…Respond to Allah and the Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life” (al-Anfal 8:24) Ubayy replied, ‘Yes O Messenger of Allah! I will not do so again.’ The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, asked, ‘Would you like me to teach you a surah the likes of which is not found in the Torah, Injil, Zabur, or the [rest of the] Qur’an?’ He said, ‘Yes O Messenger of Allah.’ The Prophet said, ‘I hope that I will not leave this door until you know it.’

Ubayy said, ‘The he took hold of my hand and talked to me while I slowed down fearing that we may reach the door before he finished talking. When we did reach it I asked him, ‘What is the surah you promised me, O Messenger of Allah?’ He said, ‘What is the surah you recite in your prayer?’ So I recited the Mother of the Quran upon which he said, ‘By the One in whose Hand is my soul, Allah has not revealed the likes of it in the Torah, Injil, Zabur or the [rest of the] Quran. It is the Seven Oft-Repeated Verses.” (Ahmad 8682)

Muslim records on the authority of ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, who said,

“While the Messenger of Allah, may Allah be pleased with him, was sitting with Jibril he heard a creaking sound above him. Jibril looked up and said, ‘This is [the sound of] a gate that has been opened in Paradise today and has never been previously opened.’ Then an Angel descended through it and came to the Prophet and said, ‘Rejoice in the good news of two lights that have been given to you such as no Prophet before you has been given. [They are] Suarh Al-Fatihah an the concluding [two] verses of Surah Al-Baqarah. You will never recite a word from them without being given the blessings they contain.” (Muslim 1759)

An-Nasai records on the authority of Anas that the Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, said,

“Should I not inform you of the most noble and excellent parts of the Quran?’ He then recited, “All praise and thanks are due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.” (an-Nasai, al-Kubra, 8011)

The Spiritual Cure: An Explanation of Surah Al-Fatihah prepared and translated by Abu Rumaysah Pages 28-31