Allah is Al Fattah The Opener

Susan Jones

Bisma Allah Al Rahman Al Raheem

Allah is Al Fattah. He, who opens all things. He is The One who opens up the doors of His mercy and provides for us from places of which we could have never imagined. He is The One who reveals and judges that which is best for us and opens those avenues. He is The One who guides and lifts the veils and has the power to unseal, the hearts, hearing and the sight of the ones who choose belief over disbelief. He is the One who we call upon as Al Fattah when we are distressed and are looking for a way out of a certain situation. Allah is The Opener. Providing a means or a door that moves us onto another stage in our lives.

Allah is Al Fattah. It is He we call upon when we begin a new journey or embark on a new path in our lives. We call upon Him as we move on into the unknown, ultimately putting our trust and affairs into His hands. Relying on Him, to open the necessary doors and provide for us not only with sustenance but the knowledge and the ability necessary to navigate our new course in life. Whether that’s getting a higher education,  a new job, marriage, or maybe moving to a new city. This idea can also apply when seeking the ability to go for Hajj. Ramadan is also a time when we ask Allah to open the doors of His mercy and make it easy for us to better practice obligatory or supererogatory acts of ibadah (worship). We also ask Allah to open the doors to His mercy when we enter into the mosque. Allahuma, iftahli abwab rahmatik. Oh Allah, Open for me the doors of your mercy.  After all, Allah is Al Fattah. The One who grants success to his slaves in this life and in the hereafter.

The three letter root word in the Arabic is f-t-h. Fattah. Means to open. If we add an Alif/kisserah to the beginning of the word it becomes the command, open. Iftah. As we noticed in the du’ah above, asking Allah to open the doors of His mercy. Moreover, if we add a Meem to the beginning of the word we then have the noun, Miftah which means key. And who holds the keys? Allah, The Opener and The One who is able to unlock that which is locked. And what lays on the other side is unknown or is considered to be of the unseen. Allah holds the keys. He says in the Holy Quran.

And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record. (6;59)

Allah is Al Fattah. He gives victory to His servants. Provides avenues towards success. He reveals to us solutions to the problems that we face and makes that which is unclear, clear. Allah is Al Fattah. The Opener. The One who guides and directs us to all that is good. The path can also lead to a test that must be endured to achieve certain virtues. Maybe it’s a path that leads to a means of purification of sins, through difficulties with wealth, or health, maybe family affairs.  No matter the path, when it comes to the affairs of the believer, Allah is always guiding us to what is good. As it says in the hadith.

On the authority of Suhaib (may Allaah be pleased with him) he said: The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Amazing is the affair of the believer, verily all of his affairs are good and this is not for anyone except the believer. If something of good/happiness befalls him he is grateful and that is good for him. If something of harm befalls him he is patient and that is good for him” (Saheeh Muslim #2999)

Allah is Al Fattah. He The One who reveals His knowledge to man through the books of revelation. The Torah, The Zabour (Pslams), The Injeel (Gospel), and the Holy Quran. The final revelation from Allah, The Holy Quran begins with the Surah Al Fattiha. The Opening, which was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad from The One who is Al Fattah, The Opener.  It is the Surah that we use to open or begin every one of our prayers. Salah being the communication upon which we maintain, with The Lord of The Alameen (Worlds), 5 times a day. A Muslim actually repeats Surah Al Fatiha 17 times a day. BithmAllah. By Allah’s permission.

Allah is Al Fattah. We ask Him to open up His mercy and guide us to all that is good and to give us provision, support, and the means to carry out our responsibilities from places which we never expected. For surely the promise of Allah is true.

“Whatever mercy Allah opens for mankind, then none can be holding it back; and whatever He holds back, then none can be sending it forth after Him; And He is The Ever-Mighty, The Ever-Wise” (Qur’an, 35:2)

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