In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Qur’an 1:1
This verse serves as the guided opening to the activities of believers and to the opening Chapter of the Qur’an. It is a declaration-cum-submission that the pronouncer has given up and sincerely, to proceed as it may please Allah (S.W.T).
It is immediately followed by giving gratitude, recognition and praise of the One Allah, that the believer submits, accepts and bears witness, to the truth that He is the One Creator who is ultimately responsible for evolvement and maintenance of all creations:
Praise be to Allah, The Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds. Qur’an 1:2
By this testimony, the believer affirms and thus, announces that Allah in His greatness surrounds everything. A Muslim is for emphasis and clarity taught (by his declaration bears witness) that His attribute of surrounding everything as an entity for existence and in relation to all for their survival is by His mercy. For instance, He has subjected animals to men, for food, their labour, work and for their leisure.
Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Qur’an 1:3
To the same Allah, a believer is made to certify, as responsible for the end of things. These include the immediate and ultimate end or fate of everything. This reconfirms the belief and believers’ witnessing that Allah encompasses all things.
Master of the Day of Judgement. Qur’an 1:4
At this point, the believer in consequence is taught, follows and submits by confirming his position in relation to Allah. The believer is none other than a servant and has no relationship with Allah except to worship Him.
Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek. Qur’an 1:5
The help and support that a servant can ask of his Lord and Master cannot be and must not be contrary to His rules, His standards, and His instructions. Given the nature of the status of both, the relationship must be defined by what is consistent with the Master. Hence, a believer is taught to go social in seeking for Allah’s guidance in accordance with His Commandments.
Show us the straight way. Qur’an 1:6
Noting that Allah who is the Creator of all creations in their number and variety, He has sent His Message and Messenger to show the way that He has desired to be of success. The Muslim ought not ignore or pretend that since Allah created all things, whatever way one follows, is that of Allah. Thus, in the teaching of the specific help Allah should give a Muslim (i.e the Straight Way), a further distinctive identity of the way is prayed or pleaded for.
The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath and who go not astray. Qur’an 1:7
In practice, this is to be immediately followed by the outstanding tradition of the Messenger, Muhammad (S.A.W) of saying AMEN, which means so be the plea for the acceptance of Allah.