In Islam : Ingredients of Straight Path

Today we will study Verse # 05 Chapter # 01 – Surah Al-Fatiha.

اِھْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَـقِيْمَ

Guide us to the straight path.

By WordNo. of Instances
in The Holy Quran
Meaning  First Placement
in the Holy Quran
Last Placement
in the Holy Quran
اِھْدِنَا316Guide UsVerse # 05
Chapter # 01
Verse # 11
Chapter # 96
الصِّرَاطَ45The way,
the path
Verse # 05
Chapter # 01
Verse # 22
Chapter # 67
الْمُسْتَـقِيْمَ660Straight,
Even level
Verse # 05
Chapter # 01
Verse # 05
Chapter # 98

The first placement of the word اِھْدِنَا is in Verse # 05 Chapter # 01 and last placement is in Verse # 11 Chapter # 96 اَرَءَيْتَ اِنْ كَانَ عَلَي الْهُدٰٓى in which Allah Subhan O Talah questioning that What if this ˹servant˺ is ˹rightly˺ guided.

To answer this question a profound correlation Allah Subhan O Talah has given in next word الصِّرَاطَ , meaning the path. The last placement of the word الصِّرَاطَ is in Verse # 22 Chapter # 67 اَفَمَنْ يَّمْشِيْ مُكِبًّا عَلٰي وَجْهِهٖٓ اَهْدٰٓى اَمَّنْ يَّمْشِيْ سَوِيًّا عَلٰي صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيْمٍ. Allah Subhan O Talah is asking whether one who crawls facedown or the one who walks upright who is rightly guided.

Obviously the one who walks upright is on the straight path.


In the last word Allah Subhan O Talah elaborating the straight path .What are the attributes of Straight path ? The last placement of the word الْمُسْتَـقِيْمَ (Straight Path) is in Verse # 05 Chapter # 98 which emphasize the fact that And they were not commanded except to worship Allah, [being] sincere to Him in religion, inclining to truth, and to establish prayer and to give zakat. And that is the correct religion.


Conclusion

Allah Subhan O Talah announced the ingredients of straight path

  1. Worship Allah Subhan O Talah.
  2. Establish Prayer
  3. Give Zakat

So one might think that it’s an easy path. Great motivational speaker Darren Hardy in his famous talk has said that What’s easy to do is not easy to do.

Worship Allah Subhan O Talah is the first step, to fulfill that requirement one has to annihilate all the false gods from his life. These gods could be a person, immediate boss, variety of fear, fear of Uncertainty and the list goes on and on.

Establish prayer is the second ingredient to ensure that you are on one straight path. Allah Subhan O Talah has made 05 times prayer mandatory for Muslims. The time for Fajr is before sunrise. Peak performers and Fortune 500 companies CEOs practice early morning rituals such as mediation, exercise, book reading, writing, and formalizing their complete day.

There is a secret in the early morning being a Muslim Allah Subhan O Talah has commanded us to establish five prayers and recite the Holy Qur’an after the Fajr prayer until the sunrise. We can enjoy His Mercy from Fajr up to Isha. In our busy schedule, each prayer will give us a break from our haphazard routine and have distinctive positive effects on our internal and external moods.

Give Zakat is the third element. Zakat is a financial obligation. Zakat is compulsory on the accumulated wealth, financial assets, material (Gold, Silver, Diamonds) meeting the criteria mentioned in the Islamic Sharia. In a nutshell from total accumulated wealth, 2.5% must be given to needy persons of the society.

Someone once said that there is a difference between knowing a path and walking a path. So when we are praying اِھْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَـقِيْمَ. We must fulfill all obligations to walk the Straight path.

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