Surah Al-Fatihah: Day of Judgment & Two Recitations of One Word

{Master of the Day of Judgment.} (Al-Fatihah 1:4)

This episode explores some of the magnificent aspects of Gods absolute Kingship and Ownership of the whole universe. It

Two recitations

Did you know that the first word in this verse has two ways of recitation?

It can be read as “Maalik” with a long a vowel after the letter M.

It is also can be read as “Malik” with a short vowel after the M.

Both ways are correct and authentically narrated from Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

However, each pronunciation adds unique connotations and shades of meaning. That is one of the benefits of the authentic variations of Quran recitation. The variant pronunciations add subtle meanings that enrich the Quranic message.

So, in Surat Al-Fatihah, Maalik, the first pronunciation, means the owner. The second way of recitation, Malik, means the King.

How do these two recitations/meanings complement each other?

Dr. Qadhi elaborates on it in the video.

Day of Judgment

Did you know also that the Arabic word “Deen” does not mean only faith or religion?

It is used in this verse for a different meaning; it refers here to the Day of Judgment.

Join Dr. Qadhi as he shares interesting information about this Day.

What is the length of this day? Is it long or short? You will be surprised to know that this day’s length varies from one person to another. In the video, you will learn how to have a short and easy time during this horrible day.

Dr. Qadhi also shares amazing thoughts about why Allah mentioned His Ownership and Kingship of the Day of Judgment.


Editor’s Note: A mistake in a verse reading occurred in the lecture at 9:20 and 9:57 when the Sheikh replaced the word “wal-Amru” which means command/decision/authority, with the word, “wal-mulku” which means kingdom.

Also in this Series:

  1. The 7 Oft-Recited Verses: An Introduction to Al-Fatiha
  2. Who Divided Up Quran into Surahs and Verses?
  3. All About Isti`adhah & Seeking Protection from Satan
  4. Starting with Allah’s Name… What Does Basmalah Mean?
  5. Why Glorify Allah’s Name, Not Allah Himself?
  6. What Is the Meaning of the Name of Allah?
  7. Al-Fatihah: Difference Between Ar-Rahman and Ar-Rahim
  8. Why Surah Al-Fatihah Starts With Al-Hamd
  9. Why “Al-Hamdulillah” Is Particularly Used in Surah Al-Fatihah
  10. What Allah Says When You Recite Surah Al-Fatihah
  11. “Lord of the Worlds”… What Does That Mean?