I want to understand that why did Allah, may he be glorified and exalted, reveal Surah Fatiha in the first person. I had this doubt since some time but it developed more today when I read this as a so called -"mistake" in the Noble Quran by an anti-Islamic site. Astagfirullah but I am sure that I will get my answer In sha Allah.

  • Honestly I don't understand your Question at all. – Medi1Saif Nov 7 '16 at 14:49
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    @Medi1Saif do u not see that in Surah Fatiha it looks we speak in First person unlike in other places of the Qur'an where we speak the words of Allah swt. ? – user16528 Nov 7 '16 at 14:54
  • Well there are other surah and verses for which this applies too! – Medi1Saif Nov 7 '16 at 14:56
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    @Medi1Saif verses I have seen but not Surahs because I remember reading Qul or something similar in beginning of the Surah – user16528 Nov 7 '16 at 14:57

The surah is a prayer. Had there been a 'قُلْ' (Say) in the beginning, just like the last two surahs, the objection wouldn't have arisen at the very first place. It would have meant that God took the initiative to teach mankind how to pray for guidance. However, a different style has been adopted here by dropping it. Why? Javed Ahmad Ghamidi offers an explanation:

This sūrah is a prayer to seek guidance from the Almighty for the straight path – a prayer which was the wish of every upright person in the time of the Prophet Muhammad (sws). After the Jews and the Christians had distorted the face of religion through their innovations and deviations, it was in fact the desire of every heart to receive fresh guidance. The Almighty articulated this desire through the tongue of His Prophet (sws) in these eternal and matchless words.

In short, the surah has been revealed thus to preserve the direction of discourse.

And God knows the best!

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