As Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu
The Straight Path
اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ
"Guide us to the straight path,"
(Surah Al-Fatihah 1:6)
There is only one Surah we are required to recite every day a minimum of seventeen times a day (in the five daily Salah) and that is Surah Fatihah. The central verse of Surah Fatihah is a Dua which Allah promises to accept and that Dua is a Dua for guidance.
Guidance is the single most important thing a believer could ask for! It is more important than health, wealth and all worldly things, as without guidance we are lost in both worlds.
Furthermore, guidance is not a once-off thing, we are constantly in need of Allah's guidance as we always slip and make mistakes, thus praying and reciting Surah Fatihah with concentration and understanding in every Salah every day is vital for keeping us on the straight path.
So what about those of us who don't pray with understanding? Even worse, what about those of us who don't pray at all? How will we achieve success if we shun Allah’s guidance?
Indeed it is a gift from Allah that he has given us this beautiful Dua and opportunity to have it accepted so many times a day, how many of us appreciate and take advantage of this gift?
Source: Verse of the Day Collection by Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar