By: Mount Hira
Al-Fatihah in itself is a prayer at the very beginning of the Quran, which acts as a preface of the Quran and implies that the book is for a person with a mental attitude of the seeker of truth – a reader who is asking the only deity who is worthy of all praise, (and is the creator, owner, sustainer of the worlds etc.) to guide him to the straight path.
Human beings are born with a combination of two things: soul and body. As per the Quran, a soul is a command of Allah, therefore it naturally recognizes the existence of its Lord and also has the love of its creator. It is the nature on which every child is born as Allah says: “and be steadfast on the Nature whereupon Allah has created mankind” (30:30).
Zuhr is the second of the five daily prayers (salat, known to be one of the most important pillars.) The Islamic day begins at Maghrib which is the fourth prayer. The five daily prayers collectively are one of the Five Pillars of Islam in Sunni Islam, and one of the ten Practices of the Religion (furūʿ ad-dīn) (فروع الدين) according to Shia Islam. The Holy Qur’an has reiterated its importance, “Attend constantly to prayers and to the middle prayer and stand up truly obedient to Allah”.