As-salaamu ala’ man ittaba’a al-huda;
Some Christian missionaries have the inherent fantasy that Sura’ al-Fatihah (the first Sura’ of the Qur’an) somehow supports their false pagan doctrine of the Trinity.
The translation of this Sura is as follows:
1) In the Name of Allaah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
2) All the praises and thanks are for Allaah the Lord of the Universe.
3) The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful.
4) Master of the Day of Recompense.
5) You Alone we worship, and You Alone we ask for help.
6) Guide us to the Straight Path.
7) The Path of those on whom You have bestowed your grace, not the Path of those who earned your Anger, nor of those that went astray.
The missionaries, having an inherent disease in their hearts, are unable to appreciate the Pure Monotheism which the Sura expounds. They will first cite the whole ayaat (keep in mind that their main contention is with Qur’an, 1:6 — “Guide us to the straight path“) and then twist this interpretation to suit their false doctrine.
It seems to be a common tactic which is not alien to Christian missionary propaganda, as befitting the tactics of their Satanic apostle from Tarsus. Let us now deal with this latest polemic in the following paragraphs, insha’allah.
As one Christian polemicist had claimed:
- This is the daiy [sic] prayer recited by the Muslim every time they pray. Everyday, they are asking God to show them the straight way – this wil go on and on the rest of their lives! As I read the Al-Qur’an myself, I then found the Straight Way that they are looking for.
Then the Christian missionary “conveniently” proceeds to selectively quote verses related to Jesus alaihissalam and the imagined “straight way”. And of course, that “Straight Way” the Christian has in mind is then transposed to the verse in John 14:6.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
By this erroneous “transposition”, their claim is two-fold:
(1) The Qur’an speaks of a “straight path”.
(2) Jesus (and implicitly, Christianity and Christian doctrines) is the “straight path”.
With such fantasies that these Christians have, it is amazing that their stupidity always precedes their profound ignorance.
It should of course be noted that while the Qur’an does speak favourably of Jesus(P) and the message that he had preached, it is always depicted that Jesus(P) is a human Prophet of God and His servant. It is thus quite convenient for the missionary to leave out verses which stressed upon Jesus’(P) humanity in the Qur’an, for example:
“Christ, the son of Mary, was no more than a Messenger; many were the Messengers that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They had both to eat their (daily) food. See how Allah doth make His Signs clear to them; yet see in what ways they are deluded away from the truth!”1
More of such verses on Jesus(P) can be found here. It is thus clear that the missionary had selectively done a “pick and choose” on the verses that the missionary “feels” support their Trinitarian doctrine. However, as the evidence dictates, this is far from the truth.
Here is a full commentary of Sura al-Fatihah from Ibn Kathir, specifically Qur’an, 1:6 — Ihdeena siraatul mustaqeem (“Guide us on the straight path”).
On this passage, Ibn Kathir says:
The saying of the Exalted, ‘You Alone we ask for help’: meaning that we do not seek aid from anyone but You because the command/affair in it’s totality is under Your control Alone, no one else has even an atoms weight of control over it. And in this statement’s following His saying, ‘You Alone we worship’ lies an indication that it is not permissible to put our trust in anyone except the One that deserves worship because no one else has control over the command/affair. This meaning which is indicated here is clearly explained in other verses, like His sayings,
‘So worship Him and put your trust in Him’ (12:123)
‘But if they turn away, say: Allaah is sufficient for me, none has the right to be worshipped but Him, in Him I put my trust’ (9:129)
‘The Lord of the East and the West, none deserves to be worshipped but Him, so take Him as the Disposer of your affairs’ (73:9)
‘Say: He is the Most Beneficent, we have believed in Him and put our trust in Him’ (67:29)
When one reads the commentary, it is obvious that there is hardly any mention of Jesus(P) being God or that he is the Son of God; that all Muslims should just convert en masse to Christianity and be Trinitarian worshippers. Such allusions are simply ridiculous, to put it quite bluntly.
Interestingly though, the missionary left out the last verse of the Sura. It refers to people who have earned God’s wrath and people who have gone astray. So who are those people that the Sura’ is referring to? Here is the answer:
The saying of the Exalted, ‘not the Path of those who have earned Your Anger, nor of those that went astray’: the majority of the scholars of tafseer said that ‘those who have earned Your Anger’ are the Jews, and ‘those that went astray’ are the Christians, and there is the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah(T) reported from Adee bin Haatim(R) concerning this. And the Jews and the Christians even though both of them are misguided and both of them have Allaah’s Anger on them – the Anger is specified to the Jews, even though the Christians share this with them, because the Jews knew the truth and rejected it and deliberately came with falsehood, so the Anger (of Allaah being upon them) was the description most befitting them. And the Christians were ignorant, not knowing the truth, so misguidance was the description most befitting them.
It is the Christians! The Christians are denounced as those “who have gone astray”. Obviously logic dictates that if the Christians are the ones who are denounced in this verse of the Sura, it does not make any sense for the Qur’an to be supporting any of the Christian doctrines. Thus we see how obviously fallacious the claims of the missionary are and with this exposure, their arguments fall to the ground.
In conclusion, rather than supporting their beliefs Sura’ al-Fatihah actually attacks their doctrines and disputes their claim that they are the guided ones. The Christian missionaries should thus stop dreaming that the Qur’an will ever support their lies. It never had and never will. As far as the Muslims are concerned, Guidance is in Al-Huda (Islam), the Straight Path, and it certainly does not belong to the Christians.
In the end, we are reminded to put our trust in the following verse:
“And they say: “None shall enter Paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian”. Those are their [vain] desires. Say: “Produce your proof if you are truthful!“2
We are rest assured that the Christians will never be able to produce their evidence apart from twisting their facts, and their destination is no doubt the Hellfire. And only God knows best!