بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Surah is generally translated as “chapter” (although that isn’t the most accurate meaning).
Al-Fatihah means “The Opening”. Surah Al-Fatihah is the opening chapter of the Quran. [The Quran contains a total of 114 surahs/chapters.]
Why do you need to learn Al-Fatihah? Well, because the prayer is invalid without it.
So, how can you learn it? Well, the audio route would be a good idea.
Al-Fatihah has seven ayaat (verses). Just keep playing each one and keep repeating after it.
I’ve also put the Arabic script (for those who can read Arabic) and the meaning below it. [The word to word meaning may be found here. I don’t necessarily agree with everything on this site.]
For those who may be wondering why I didn’t put the transliteration, I’ll explain this issue in a future post, insha-Allah.
Ayah (Verse) 1 (Download):
“In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.”
Ayah 2 (Download):
“All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the Alamin (mankind, jinns* and all that exists).”
[*Jinns are a species created from fire. Shaytan (the devil) is a jinn. Like humans, the jinns are also composed of believers and disbelievers.]
Ayah 3 (Download):
“The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.”
Ayah 4 (Download):
“The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection).”
Ayah 5 (Download):
“You (Alone) we worship, and you (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything).”
Ayah 6 (Download):
“Guide us to the Straight Way.”
Ayah 7 (Download):
“The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace , not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger (such as the Jews), nor of those who went astray (such as the Christians).”
The Whole Surah (Download):
For those who want a deeper look into this surah, you may read this concise interpretation by Dr. Saleh As-Saleh (rahimahullah).