As it has been mentioned earlier, the performance of five-time prayers is obligatory. Reciting Al-Fatihah (the opening chapter of the Holy Quran) and some verses or a short surah (chapter) in Arabic is obligatory too. Learning the proper Arabic pronunciation of these verses and understanding their meanings is also essential.
However, there is no true substitute for a teacher. Therefore, it is advisable to have your recitation checked by a teacher of the Holy Quran at the first available chance.
Al-Fatihah, or the Opening Chapter
Bismillah e errahman e erraheem
Al humdo lil-lahi rab-bil al ala-meen.
Arrahman i erraheem.
Maliki yaum i eddeen.
Iyyaka nabudu wa iyyaka nasta een.
Ihdina assirata al mustaqeem.
Sirata allazhina anamta alaihim, ghairil maghdubi alaihim, wa la adhdhaal leen. (Aameen)
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds;
Most Gracious, Most Merciful;
Master of the Day of Judgment.
Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek.
Show us the straight way, the way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray. (Amen)
Al-Asr, or Time Through the Ages
Inna al insaana la fee khusr
ella allazheena aamanu wa amilu ssalihati,
wa tawasau bilhaqqi watawasau bi assabr.
By (the token of) Time (through the ages)
Verily Man is in loss;
Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.
Al-Kawthar, or Abundance
Inna atainaka alkawthar
Fasalli li rabbika wanhar
Inna shaniaka huwa alabtar.
To thee have We Granted the Fount (of Abundance)
Therefore to thy Lord turn in prayer and sacrifice
For he who hateth thee, He will be cut off (from future hope).
An-Nasr, or Help
Izha ja a nasru Allah i wa alfath,
Waraita annasa yadkhuloona fee deen e illahi afwaja
Fa subbih bi hamdi rabbika wa estaghfirho, innahoo kana tawwaba.
When comes the Help of Allah and Victory,
And thou dost see the People enter Allah's Religion in crowds,
Then Celebrate the Praises of thy Lord, and pray for his Forgiveness
For He is Oft-Returning (in Grace and Mercy).
Al-Ikhlas, or Purity (of Faith)
Qul, how Allah u ahad
Allah u ssamad
Lam yalid wa lam yoolad
Wa lam yakun lahu kufuwan ahad.
Say "He is Allah, The One and Only,
"Allah. the Eternal, Absolute;
"He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
"And there is none like unto Him.
Al-Falaq or The Dawn
Qul aoozhu bi rubbil falaq; min sharri ma khalaq
Wa min sharri ghasiqin Izha waqub
Wa min sharri ennaffathati fi el oqad
Wa min sharri hasidin izha hasud.
Say : "I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn,
"From the mischief of created things;
"From the mischief of Darkness as it overspreads;
"From the mischief of those who practice Secret Arts
"And from the mischief of the envious one as he practices envy."
An-Nas, or The Mankind
Qul aoozhu bi rubbi enaas
Min sharri elwaswasil khannaas
Allazhi yuwasswiso fee sudoori ennaas
Min aljinnati wa annaas.
Say: "I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind,
"The King (or Ruler) of mankind,
"The Lord (or Judge) of mankind,
"From the mischief of the whisperer (of Evil), who withdraws (after his whisper)
"(The same) who whispers into the hearts of Mankind,
Among Jinns and among men."
The prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) used to say one of this opening Supplications, You can choose the easiest one for you:
Subhana Kallah humma wabi hamdika watabara kasmuka wata 'ala jad-duka wala ilaha ghayruk
This means: You are Glorified, O Allaah, and Praised; Your Name is Blessed; Your Majesty is Exalted, and none has the right to worshipped but You.
Allah humma ba'id baynee wa bayna khatayana kama ba'adta baynal mashriqi wal maghribi, Allah humma naq-qinee min khatayaya kama yunaq-qath thuwabul abyadu minad danasi , Allah hum maghsilnee min khatayaya bil maee wath thalji wal bardi
This means: O Allaah! Separate me (far) from my sins as you have separated (far) the East and West. O Allaah! Cleanse me of my sins as white cloth is cleansed from dirt. O Allaah! Wash me of my sins with water, ice and snow.
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