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Selamat Ulang Tahun
Ir. Hendra Salewangeng
(24 Agustus 1964 - 24 Agustus 2003)
(Elektro UNHAS 8309254)
{Teknik Tenaga Listrik}
[1] Dengan menyebut nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah lagi Maha Penyayang.

[2] Segala puji bagi Allah, Tuhan semesta alam,

[3] Maha Pemurah lagi Maha Penyayang,

[4] Yang menguasai hari pembalasan.

[5] Hanya kepada Engkaulah kami menyembah dan hanya kepada Engkaulah kami mohon pertolongan

[6] Tunjukilah kami jalan yang lurus,

[7] (yaitu) jalan orang-orang yang telah Engkau anugerahkan nikmat kepada mereka, bukan (jalan) mereka yang dimurkai dan bukan (pula jalan) mereka yang sesat.
"THE OPENING" chapter (or sura) of the Quran - called al-Fatiha - is undoubtedly the most often recited portion of revealed scripture in the world. Its impact on the psyche and soul of more than a fifth of human family cannot be overstated. One who comes close to the meaning and import of its seven sacred verses draws near indeed to understanding the religion of Islam and the Muslim men and women who seek to follow its "straight way".

In these pages, a leading scholar of the Quran (the Muslim scripture), Dr. Ahmad Zaki Hammad, takes the English-speaking reader through the gateway of the Quran and introduces him or her to the treasure trove of vivid meanings and penetrating themes of this concise sura and the Book it opens.

"The Opening to the Quran" begins with an English "Interpretation" that keeps close to the original Text of the sura. It proceeds to an "Overview" that gives a brief explanation of al-Fatiha and summarizes its background and the circumstances and chronology of its revelation. An extended "Commentary" then elaborates the seven verses of al-Fatiha and highlights their collective message in the context of the whole Quran. A chapter on the "Rules and Facts" of the sura follows, bringing to light important rules (ahkam) and aspects related to al-Fatiha in terms of its application in worship and occasions for recitation. Finally, the "Vocabulary Reference" explicates the key words of al-Fatiha, examining the Arabic and Quranic usages of each term, with references to facilitate access to a wealth of scholarly sources.

The English-speaking world finds its books, periodicals, and broadcasts increasingly focused on events and issues emanating from or involving the Islamic milieu. This phenomenon, however, has underscored the urgent need for genuine access to the primary sources of Islam in relevant and clear English. The Gracious Quran (the countenance of Islam) and and model and life of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) are the two most vital of these sources.

The Opening to the Quran is an essential guide for any who seek a deeper understanding of "the greatest sura of the Quran," as the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) once called it, and for any who seek to open up afresh to the wonderful universe of the Quran.

::: REVIEWS :::

"I am deeply inspired by this new interpretation. The English reads well and is accurately close to its original Arabic. The Commentary is very prayerful. It helps the reader to come closer the World of God and enjoy its riches."..... 
Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, President ISNA

"It has presence - one feels that one has entered the realm of the majestic. It inspires and elicits further thinking. I benefited greatly."..... Dr. Abd Al-Hakim Jackson, Indiana University

ISBN (cloth):0-9650746-0-9
Printed on premium acid-free paper that is in compliance with standards set for alkaline papers by the American National Standards Institute, Inc. The paper's permanence is estimated at more than 300 years. The binding materials were chosen for strength, durability, longevity, and ecological concerns. The text is set in Palatino Diacritic, a special type to facilitate Arabic transliteration and the use of features special to Islamic literature.