Why Surah Al-Fatihah Starts With Al-Hamd

Surah Al-Fatihah starts with Al-hamd lillah. Have you ever thought why al-hamd was chosen rather than other words that imply the same meaning?

This episode is dedicated to the first verse of Al-Fatihah.

{All praise is for Allah—Lord of all worlds} (Al-Fatihah 1:1)

This verse is one of the most profound and most succinct in the entire Quran. Indeed, you cannot think of a better way to begin the final Book of Revelation. In order to fully appreciate the meaning of this verse we need to understand what exactly does hamd.

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Then, why this word “al-hamd” was chosen rather than other Arabic words that have close connotations like shukr, thankfulness, or madh, praise?

Join Dr. Yasir Qadhy as he explains the beautiful verse that opens Surat Al-Fatihah.


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