Caesar of Rome wrote a letter to Amīr-ul-Mūminīn Sayyīdunā ‘Umar Fārūq al-A’ẓam raziallahu tala anhu
saying, ‘I suffer from an unrelenting headache – if you have any medicine for this please send it to me.’
Amīr-ul-Mūminīn Sayyīdunā ‘Umar Fārūq al-A’ẓam raziallahu tala anhu
sent him a hat and whenever he would wear that hat hisheadache would disappear, and when he would remove the hat, his headache would resume. He was amazed by this, and eventually, he opened up the hat, and found a piece of paper inside in on it bismillahirahma nirraheem was incribed (TAFSIRE Kabīr, pp. 155, vol. 1)Bismillah ar-rahman ar-rahim: “In (or with) the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.”
Not only does the Holy Quran begin with this verse, but it also heads every chapter of the Quran, except for Chapter 9. This verse is a part of the Quranic revelation and through which the Holy Prophet distinguished the separation of the various chapters. In short, this verse keeps on recurring and possesses such depth that it has been said that just as the Fatihah (the first chapter of the Quran) summarizes the entire Holy Quran so does this verse summarize the Fatihah. In other words this verse is the summary of the summary of the Quran. Therefore, I will make a general commentary on this verse, so that it will not be necessary to comment on this verse at the beginning of every chapter. It may be noted, however, that like the daily sun, this verse too shines with a new splendour and power at the beginning of each chapter of the Quran.