Al Fatiha, or The Opening Chapter
In the name of ALLAH, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. All praises are due to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds; the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment. You alone, do we worship, and your aid do we seek. Show us the Straight Way. The way of those whom you honored with your favors. Not (the Path) of those who earned Your anger nor of those who went astray. Ameen.
We welcome you to the Muslim Center with this beautiful Surah. This Surah consists of seven verses, and is rightly called the essence of the Qur’an. It teaches us the perfect prayer. If we can pray aright, it means that we have some knowledge of ALLAH and His attributes, of His relations to us and His creation, which includes ourselves; that we glimpse the source from which we come, and that final goal which is our spiritual destiny under ALLAH’s true judgment; then we offer ourselves to ALLAH and seek His light.
Prayer is the heart of religion and faith. We are taught a prayer that sums up our faith, our hope, and our aspiration in things that matter. We think in devotion of ALLAH’s name and His nature; We praise Him for His creation and His cherishing care; We call to mind the realities, seen and unseen; we offer Him worship and ask His guidance; and we know the straight from the crooked path by the light of His grace that illumines the righteous.
The Muslim Center was incorporated in January, 1985 as a Mosque dedicated to the pure worship of ALLAH and to the inclusion of Muslims of all races, cultures, and ethnic groups.
We are a Mosque that also has an aggressive outreach ministry designed to interact and cooperate with members of the non-Muslim Community for the betterment of the whole society which we all share.
We, at The Muslim Center, identify with the leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, the son of the late leader, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Imam W. D. Mohammed is credited with turning an entire nation of Muslim toward the pure teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.), to whom the Holy Qur’an was revealed over 1,400 years ago.
Our aim as Muslims is to “Remake the World”. We want to remake the world from the decadent state it is now in. We want to remove negative images of nudity, vulgarity, ignorance and devilish behavior from our society – and particularity from our youth.
To this end we wish to work with Christians, Jews and other religions, as well as people of good will, putting our common God first, above us all, to collectively stamp out the Devil, who is the avowed enemy of all mankind.