| Explaining the Fatihah to Non-Muslims - The Straight Path — while the path “of those who have evoked Allah’s anger” are the Jews, and those who have gone “astray” are the Christians
| Wednesday, June 08, 2016
|The final two verses of the Fatiha ask Allah:
The Fatiha (Opening) is the first sura (chapter) of the Qur’an, and most common prayer of Islam. If you’re a pious Muslim who prays the five requisite daily prayers of Islam, you will recite the Fatiha seventeen times in the course of those prayers.
Guide us to the straight path, the
path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have
evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray.
The traditional Islamic understanding of this is that the “straight path” is Islam — cf. Islamic apologist John Esposito’s book Islam: The Straight Path — while the path “of those who have evoked Allah’s anger” are the Jews, and those who have gone “astray” are the Christians.
The classic Qur’anic commentator Ibn Kathir explains that “the two paths He described here are both misguided,” and that those “two paths are the paths of the Christians and Jews,
a fact that the believer should beware of so that he avoids them. The
path of the believers is knowledge of the truth and abiding by it. In
comparison, the Jews abandoned practicing the religion, while the
Christians lost the true knowledge. This is why ‘anger’ descended upon the Jews, while being described as ‘led astray’ is more appropriate of the Christians.”
Ibn Kathir’s understanding of this passage is not a lone “extremist” interpretation. In fact, most Muslim commentators believe that the Jews are those who have earned Allah’s wrath and the Christians are those who have gone astray.
This is the view of Tabari, Zamakhshari, the Tafsir al-Jalalayn, the Tanwir al-Miqbas min Tafsir Ibn Abbas,
and Ibn Arabi, as well as Ibn Kathir. One contrasting, but not majority
view, is that of Nisaburi, who says that “those who have incurred
Allah’s wrath are the people of negligence, and those who have gone
astray are the people of immoderation.”
Wahhabis drew criticism a few years back for adding “such as the Jews” and “such as the Christians” into parenthetical glosses on this passage in Qur’ans printed in Saudi Arabia.
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|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 11:41 AM