Besides being called Al-Hamd, As-Salah, Ash-Shifa and Umm al-kitab Surah Fatiha is also called Ar-Ruqyah (remedy), because there is the narration in the Sahih of Abu Sa`id telling the story of a Sababa/ Companion of the Prophet (saw) who used Al-Fatihah as a cure for the tribal chief who was stung by a scorpion. Later on, Prophet Mohammad (saw) said to a Companion,
"How did you know that Surah Fatiha is a Ruqyah?"
Some commentators opined that the focal point of healing powers of Surah Fatiha is in the power and blessings of the words: “Thee we worship(iyyaka na`budu), and Thy help we seek (iyyaka nasta`in)” The words, worship(na’budu) and help (nasta`in) have been understood to be the strongest elements for the most effective cure. In these lines we directly plead for help from the Allah (swt) (al-Shafi) whom we completely trust for recovery. This is why surah al-fatihah is one of recommended surah to be recited for ruqyah.
In Bab Fadl Fatihat al-Kitab of Kitab Fada`il al-Quran, Imam Bukhari reported that:
Narrated Abu Sa'id Al-Mu'alla, ‘Once when I was praying the Prophet (saw) called me but I did not respond to his call. Later on I said, "O Allah's Apostle! I was praying." He said, "Didn't Allah say: 'O you who believe! Give your response to Allah (by obeying Him) and to His Apostle when he calls you'?" (8.24). He then said, "Shall I not teach you the most superior Surah in the Qur'an?" He said, '(It is), 'Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. '(i.e., Surat Al-Fatiha) which consists of seven repeatedly recited Verses and the Magnificent Qur'an which was given to me."
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