In this section, the writer has argued that the Quran starts with the statement
"(I begin this book) In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful." (1*:1.)
The writer argues that this is written by someone other than God as God would not say His own name before starting anything. This appears to be a valid claim and it is our duty as Muslims to enlighten the non-Muslims on this issue. Insha’Allah when the explanation will be given below, the readers would say that it is accurate and makes sense.
This Surah is called Al-Fatihah, that is, the Opener of the Book, the Surah with which prayers are begun. It is also called, Umm Al-Kitab (the Mother of the Book), according to the majority of the scholars. In an authentic Hadith recorded by At-Tirmidhi, who graded it Sahih, Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said,
«الْحَمْدُ للهِ رَبَ الْعَالَمِينَ أُمُّ الْقُرْآنِ وَأُمُّ الْكِتَابِ وَالسَّبْعُ الْمَثَانِي وَالْقُرْآنُ الْعَظِيمُ»
(Al-Hamdu lillahi Rabbil-`Alamin is the Mother of the Qur'an, the Mother of the Book, and the seven repeated Ayat of the Glorious Qur'an.)
It is also called Al-Hamd and As-Salah, because the Prophet said that his Lord said,
«قَسَمْتُ الصَّلَاةَ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَ عَبْدِي نِصْفَيْنِ، فَإِذَا قَالَ الْعَبْدُ:الْحَمْدُدِلله رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ، قَالَ اللهُ: حَمِدَنِي عَبْدِي»
(`The prayer (i.e., Al-Fatihah) is divided into two halves between Me and My servants.' When the servant says, `All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of existence,' Allah says, 'My servant has praised Me.')
Al-Fatihah was called the Salah, because reciting it is a condition for the correctness of Salah - the prayer. Al-Fatihah was also called Ash-Shifa' (the Cure).
Fatiha is a prayer that was taught by Allah to the Prophet who taught it to the Muslims.
The writer then goes to criticize the Muslims for killing animals. He obviously appears to be a vegetarian. If he himself is a non-vegetarian, then it is pure hypocrisy. This is a very long debate and will be answered with a link:
Please see it with an open mind and decide for yourself.
A Hindu has made the following objections:
Now, Why wud God ask prophet to sing a prayer to him? God told mohammad to say thisIn the name of God, the Compassionate, the MercifulPraise be to Allah, Lord of the WorldsThe Beneficent, the Merciful.Master of the Day of Judgment, Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help. Show us the straight path, The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astrayNow will this all praise can make God happy?Is God unaware of his power so that he ask human to sing his glory?Prayer are said by devotee to his God not bu God to God!!!Its as ridiculous as anything!!!!!
This is not a prayer that praises God alone but is a guidance for the people. We say what we are supposed to and our Creator has the highest right to our respect. You might say that this is common sense and we do not need God saying this to us. This is a good argument but yet we see people not praising God! God is above pride or arrogance and orders are orders eben if they seem arrogant. This fact is explained is straight words by God but still people disobey and disrespect God.
This prayer is for us which God has taught us humans. In Islam, worshipping God is on His terms and not on our terms and so this is for that.
God is not shy (2:26) and God does not shy away from any important teaching. This is arrogance for some but it is making things clear for the Muslims. Any matter not explained well may give an incorrect impression of God and therefore, this plain truth in plain terms is required.