[Source courtesy of Muslim Research and Development Foundation, UK]
AlhamdulilLah, Ustaz Rahmat Jumaat explained the significance of Ar-Rahmaan and Ar-Raheem. When the two names are recited in succession in the Quran, their usage clearly declares the ultimate Authority and Power of Allah, glory to Him, for example in Surah al-Baqarah: 163, Surah Fussilat: 2, Surah al-Hashr: 21.
Ar-Rahmaan describes the One endowed with Mercy that extends to all of the creations in this world and to the believers in the Hereafter, demonstrating the need for the Ummah to believe in Allah's ihsan while Ar-Raheem describes the One endowed with Mercy that extends to only the believers on the Day of Judgement - this being the understanding of the jumhur Ulama' (majority of the scholars i.e. Mujtahid).
In short, when one consistently recites isti'-aatha, basmalah (including Ar-Rahmaan and Ar-Raheem), one consciously declares full submission to Allah SWT, whose attributes are exclusively His as The Almighty! ... A truly a humbling experience when recited with full conviction.
I'm looking forward to the next lesson where Ustaz will go into the details of the 7 ayat of Surah al-Fateha. Meanwhile, read more about the Tafseer of Surah al-Fateha here and view the video above on the first of seven parts of Tafseer surah Al-Fateha.
Afternote: In conversations with peers at work or with friends, sometimes one will hear as to why the rich and wealthy are disbelievers. To me, I believe in the phrase "Amma yaf'al, amma yaf'alu" - truly Allah SWT Knows best. Our purpose on earth is temporal while the final destination is the Hereafter. Tauqid asma wa as-sifat requires one to believe and submit to all of Allah's traits without question. Thus, to be truly monotheistic, one must not only worship God alone in one's prayer (outward tawhid al-ibada) but one must have the correct knowledge (tawhid ar-rububiyya), the correct understanding (tawhid al-asma wa as-sifat), and the correct motivation (inner tawhid al-ibada). Wallahualam bissawab.