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The Prophet’s guidance on treating one bitten by reciting AI-Fatihah

In the Sahihain   it is narrated that Abu Sa’id AIKhudri said, “Some of the Companions of the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم  A went on a journey till they reached some of the Arab tribes (at night). They asked the latter to treat them as their guests but they refused. The chief of that tribe was then bitten by a snake (or stung by a scorpion) and they tried their best to cure him but in vain. Some of them said (to the others), ‘Nothing has benefited him, will you go to the people who resided here at night, it may be that some of them might possess something (as treatment),1 They
went to the group of the companions (of the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم ) and said, ‘Our chief has been bitten by a snake (or stung by a scorpion) and we have tried everything but he has not benefited. Have you got anything (useful)?’ One of them replied, ‘Yes, by Allah! I can recite an Islamic prayer formula, but as you have refused to accept us as your guests, I will not recite the Islamic prayer formula for you unless you fix for us some wages for it.’ They
agreed to pay them a flock of sheep. One of them then recited (The chapter AI-Fatihah): ‘All the praises are for the Lord of the Worlds’ and puffed over the chief who became alright as if he was released from a chain, and got up and started walking, showing no signs of sickness. They paid them what they agreed to pay. Some of them (i.e., the Companions) then suggested to divide their earnings among themselves, but the one who performed the recitation said, ‘Do not divide them till we go to the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم and narrate the whole story to him, and wait
for his order.’ So, they went to Allah’s Messenger b and narrated the story. Allah’s Messenger asked:
“How did you come to know that the chapter AIFatihah could be recited as an Islamic prayer formula?” Then he added:
“You have done the right thing. Divide (what you have earned) and assign a share for me as well.”

It is a well-known fact that certain types of speech have a profound effect and benefit that experience testifies to. So how about the Words of the Lord of the Worlds that are as preferred to the creation’s speech as Allah is preferred above His creation? Allah’s Words
contain the ultimate cure, the perfect immunity, correct guidance and an encompassing mercy, that if it was revealed to a mountain, it would turn to dust in appreciation of Allah’s Glory. Allah said: “And We send down of the Qura’an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism)


What could one think of the opening of the Qura’an (AI-Fatihah, the first chapter) that is not
comparable to any Verse or chapter revealed in the Qura’an, the Torah, injeel  or the Zabur (that was revealed to Prophet Dawood(عليه السلام)  . The AI-Fatihah contains the general meaning of all the Divine Books sent down by Allah. It contains Allah’s Names and Attributes, such as Allah, the Robb (Lord), Ar-Rahman (Most Merciful) and Ar-Rahlm (Most Beneficent).

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