Facedown Crawling vs Upright Walk

Today we will study Verse # 06 Chapter # 01 – Surah Al-Fatiha.

صِرَاطَ الَّذِيْنَ اَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِم

The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor.

By WordNo. of Instances
in The Holy Quran
Meaning  First Placement
in the Holy Quran
Last Placement
in the Holy Quran
صِرَاطَ45The way,
the path
Verse # 05
Chapter # 01
Verse # 22
Chapter # 67
الَّذِيْنَ1466Those whoseVerse # 06
Chapter # 01
Verse # 05
Chapter # 114
اَنْعَمْتَ141You have favoredVerse # 06
Chapter # 01
Verse # 08
Chapter # 102
عَلَيْهِم214SubjectVerse # 06
Chapter # 01
Verse # 03
Chapter # 105


The first placement of the word الصِّرَاطَ is in Verse # 05 Chapter # 01, 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 questioning whether one who crawls facedown(He is so meticulous in mentioning even the crawling details . He did not mention crawls. He mentioned crawls with facedown) or the one who walks upright who is rightly guided. He uses the word سَوِيًّا which means well-proportioned ,even, horizontal.

Facedown Crawling Vs Upright Walk

Allah Subhan O Talah demonstrating the difference between the one who is on the right path and the other one who is not. The one who walks upright has the clear visibility of his destination comparing to the one who crawls with facedown with narrow view.

The first placement of the word الَّذِيْنَ means those who are in Verse # 06 Chapter # 01 and last placement of is in Verse # 05 Chapter # 114 الَّذِيْ يُوَسْوِسُ فِيْ صُدُوْرِ النَّاسِ. Once you kick start your journey. Be ready for يُوَسْوِسُ. How to handle them.

The greatest mind of 20th century Jim Rohn phrased in a profound manner that learns how to protect your crops all summer, you got to take care of what you start. Sure enough, as soon as you’ve planted your garden in the spring the busy bugs and the noxious weeds are out to take it unless you protect it. You’ve got to learn to prevent the intruder from taking all the good new starts. All the good will be attacked. Every garden will be invaded not to think so is naïve

Protect yourself and defend your values.

The first placement of the word اَنْعَمْتَ is in Verse # 06 Chapter # 01 and last placement of the word النَّعِيْمِ is in Verse # 08 Chapter # 102. First, we learn that we must choose the right path, after that we must protect ourselves against the يُوَسْوِسُ. .The third word is about the النَّعِيْمِ the blessings, Allah Subhan O Talah has showered on us. Our life, our health, our time, our loved ones, etc. You will be questioned on the day of judgment ثُمَّ لَتُسْـَٔــلُنَّ يَوْمَىِٕذٍ عَنِ النَّعِيْمِ. Where you have spent your energy, efforts, time , focus.

Be ready with a answer .

The first placement of the word عَلَيْهِم is in Verse # 06 Chapter # 01 and the last placement of the word عَلَيْهِمْ is in Verse # 03 Chapter # 105 وَّاَرْسَلَ عَلَيْهِمْ طَيْرًا اَبَابِيْلَ. Now Allah Subhan O Talah revealing the fact that if you will not follow the right path, Do not grateful for whatever I have bestowed upon you. Instead of channelizing your energies and efforts to find the truth. You had decided to wipe out the House of Allah(Ka’ba). He sent flocks of birds with pebbles and destroyed them like eaten straw.

Cows chewed up straw


The message is very clear for us to follow the path with a clear direction. Protect yourselves against all the odds. Focus our time and energy to understand why we are here. What is the purpose of our creation? Great fiction writer Ashfaq Ahmed in his book Zavia quoted that Allah Subhan O Talah did not create anything without purpose. This means that I must be created for a purpose.

So find your purpose of creation and live a blissful life .

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