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Juz’ 1 – The Path of Righteousness

Today’s Juz’ covers Al-Fatiha [1] to Al-Baqarah [2]: 141.
The themes discussed in these ayat (verses) include: (1) God’s grace; (2) identifying true and false believers; (3) the creation of Adam and Eve; (4) the election of Israel; (5) the Exodus from Egypt; (6) the Sabbath; (7) the Holy Spirit’s presence in Jesus (‘Isā);  (8) God’s appointment of Muhammad (pbuh); (9) the judgement; and (10) resurrection.

 

Ramadan Mubarak!

 

The ayat I have chosen is the last section of Al-Fatiha, a prayer that faithful Muslims recite several times a day:

“Guide us in the Straight Way. The way of those on who You have bestowed Your Grace, not of those who have earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray.” (Al-Fatiha [1]:6-7)

 

Interestingly, these verses comprise the only petition in Al-Fatiha as believers request guidance from the One who has been exalted as Gracious, Merciful, the Master of the Day of Judgment, and the Lord of all. The all-knowing God is the one who directs believers to the “Straight Way” (siraat al-Mustaqim), which literally means the path of righteousness or justice. The Injil (New Testament) records an interesting parallel to this request in a much-memorized prayer that ‘Isā taught his disciples.

 

Listen:

“Our Heavenly Abba, may Your Name be always hallowed. May Your Kingdom be manifest soon. May Your Plans be fully implemented on earth even as they are being implemented in the heavens. Provide us today with that which we need for tomorrow. Furthermore, only give us Your Grace and Mercy if we are willing to be gracious and merciful towards others. Please don’t allow us to succumb to temptation but deliver us from all that is evil. For the Kingdom is Yours, as are all Power and all Glory for eternity and beyond.” (Matthew 6:9-13)

 

Prayer:

In the Name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate, on multiple occasions I have recited Al-Fatiha and requested that you guide me in the Path of Righteousness. As I fully submit to you during this holy month of Ramadan, please help me to see the path more clearly. In Your Holy Name I pray, amen.