From the Founder: The Beauties of Surah Al-Fatihah [Chapter 1 of the Holy Quran]

by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian

The Message, September 1990 Issue, p. 3

Allah, the Most High, has taught such an excellent way of prayer that a better is not possible. It comprises all elements needed for the stimulating heartfelt fervour for prayer. Eagerness and fervour are indispensable factors for the acceptance of prayer. A prayer that lacks fervour is mere verbal patter and not genuine prayer at all. At the same time, it is obvious that fervour in prayer is not at the command of a person at all times. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that all the factors that generate fervour in the heart should be present in the mind of the supplicant at the time of prayer. Every sensible person knows that there are only two incentives towards heartfelt enthusiasm. First, the realisation that God is Perfect, Mighty and the embodiment of all excellences and that His mercy and His benevolence are indispensable for one’s being and one’s survival from beginning to end, and that He is the Source and Fountainhead of all grace. Secondly, estimating oneself and one’s fellow beings as humble and poor and utterly dependent on His help. These are the two incentives to fervour in prayer, and they are the perfect means for arousing enthusiasm for prayer. For, enthusiasm in prayer is induced only when one sees oneself utterly weak and helpless and in need of Divine help, and believes with firm faith that He is the Almighty in the highest degree and the Lord of universal providence and Gracious and Compassionate and the Master of Requital and that it is only in His power to provide for all human needs.