The basic building block of Salah is knowing how to recite Surah al-Fatihah.
This verse of the Qur’an is recited in every single Salah we perform.
So, it is really important that you learn the correct pronunciation of Surah al-Fatihah at the earliest possible stage.
Ideally, you will have someone who can teach you correct pronunciation of the Arabic verses. This would be the best way to learn because any errors in your pronunciation can be picked up and corrected.
But this is not always possible for a good number of reasons …
- Perhaps you live a fair distance away from a mosque or from any other Muslims.
- Perhaps you just don’t know any Muslims.
- Or you may be at such an early stage of embracing Islam, that you haven’t plucked up the courage to introduce yourself to local Muslims yet.
So … you are on your own but you still want to learn al-Fatihah?
If this is the case then you can turn to resources available on the internet to help you learn and to pronounce the ayat (verses) of Surah al-Fatihah.
On this page are some excellent YouTube clips that are available that we think you can rely on to help you in your learning. We have used these ourselves and have recommended them to other beginners in Islam we have worked with.
If you are going to learn to recite Surah al-Fatihah by yourself using YouTube clips, it will help you greatly if you can listen very, very carefully to the pronunciation, the cadence, the rhyme of what you are hearing.
The musical quality and characteristics of the words of the Qur’an will aid you in your learning and recitation.
Insha’Allah, may Allah make it easy for you and may He help you in your desire to learn the Qur’an and Salah.
You should ask Allah to help you in your learning. Do this every time you sit down to try and learn.
If you are by yourself at this point in your journey of faith, eventually you will meet up with other Muslims. That would then be a good time to find someone you trust who you can ask to listen to you recite Surah al-Fatihah to make sure that your pronunciation of the Arabic is correct and acceptable.
In this first clip, Surah al-Fatihah is recited very clearly line by line. After the Arabic recitation of each line, there is a reading of what the English meaning of the Arabic is.
In this next video clip , each line of Surah al-Fatihah is recited three times so that you can hear the correct pronunciation and then try reciting along with the Arabic.
At the end of the clip, Surah al-Fatihah is recited all the way through, line by line, as it should be heard. This is what you are aiming to be able to do.
The following two YouTube clips make up a tutorial that was put together by Dawah Addict, a young convert to Islam. His videos have helped many newcomers to Islam. He explains each line of the Surah in detail – what the meaning of the Arabic is and how to pronounce the Arabic words.
Never feel that you will never learn how to recite Surah al-Fatihah. We all have to learn some time.
Even people who are born in to the Muslim faith have to learn how to recite the Arabic Surah when they are very young – even though Arabic is probably not their native language.
These clips are fun.
They remind you that we all have to learn – no matter what age we are – and they are quite useful as learning tools too.