The Compulsive Voice Of His Own Heart And Mind

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadThe Tarjuman al-Qur’an1968

The function of revelation has been simply to interpret, on the basis of knowledge and conviction, the inherent urges of man. And this is what Surat-ul-Fatiha does. It expresses this instinctive urges of man so artfully and with such ease that he is impelled to affirm that every line of this chapter, nay every word of it, is but the compulsive voice of his own heart and mind. Think it over again. Although the very nature of it, this chapter is no more than a simple invocation, it reveals in every word of it, and in every turn of expression, one or other of the great purposes which underlie the Din or the way of life sponsored by the Qur’an.