Al-Fatiha is the first chapter of the Quran. It is known as one of the treasures of paradise. Its is essential to be recited in every unit prayer.
The word comes from the Arabic word to open as this opens the Quran.
It is usually asked to be recited as a supplication, sometimes after a religious lecture or lesson.
The text is as follows;
"In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds,
The Beneficent, the Merciful.
Master of the Day of Judgement,
Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help.
Show us the straight path,
The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray"