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BISMILLAH


The Arabic word “Bismillah ” is a combination of:

Bi- with or in

Ism- name

illah- Allah (Glory be to Him)

 

So, it means, "with the name of Allah". [1]

 

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Literal meaning

The word 'Bismillah' literally means, in the name of Allah, or I start in the name of Allah. And the significance of starting anything important or anything good in the name of Allah, is that we acknowledge and re-affirm our belief that He is our Lord, who Created us, who Created the heavens and the earth and everything in between, He is the One who is Alone running the affairs of the universe, He is the One who gave us life and He is the One who will give us death. All Power belongs to Him Alone, and He it is who has allowed us to start the thing we are about to start. We thus also acknowledge by saying 'Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem', that since He Alone created everything in creation and is Alone running the affairs of His creation, and All Power belongs to Him Alone, then He Alone deserves our worship, reverence, and absolute obedience.

 

Bismillah precedes all Surah’s of the Qur’an except one. Bismillah is said as a blessing before eating food and other actions that are worthy of giving thanks to Allah (Glory be to Him) or asking of His support. A Muslim’s ultimate purpose in life is the worship of Allah (Glory be to Him). And so he/she starts his/her work with the name of Allah (Glory be to Him), then that work is also regarded as an act of worship unless the act goes against Shariah (Islamic law). [2]

 

Qur’an

Indeed, it is from Solomon, and indeed, it reads: 'In the name of Allah , the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. Qur’an 27:30 [3]

 

Hadith

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:  Every important matter that is not prefaced with ‘Bismillah’ (In the Name of Allah) is maimed (i.e. cut off from blessing).  al Musannaf 20208, adab al Imla 51.[4]

 

Every good action or deed should be started with reciting Bismillah

Below are quoted some Authentic sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) regarding Bismillah - In the name of Allah:

 

Saying Bismillah Is Recommended Before Eating:

The “Prophet Muhammad' (May Allah honour Him and grant Him peace) said, "Say Bismillah, eat with your right hand and eat what is in front of you." Sahi Al Bukhari Vol 7:288, Sahi Muslim Hadith Number 5012 and Ibn Majah Vol 1:557

 

Saying Bismillah Is Recommended When Drinking Water:

Ibn Abbas (R) reported that the Messenger of Allah (May Allah honour Him and grant Him peace) said, "Do not drink in one gulp like a camel, but in two or three [Gulps]. Mention the Name of Allah (Glory be to Him) when you start drinking and praise Him after you have finished Drinking.''Fath al-Bari Vol 12:197 and Al-Trimidhi.

 

Saying Bismillah Is Recommended At The Beginning Of Ablution:

The “Prophet Muhammad” ( May Allah honour Him and grant Him peace) said, "Make Wudu [Ablution] in the name of Allah (Glory be to Him)" An-Nasai Vol 1:11 and Ibn Khuzaimah Vol 1:84

 

Saying Bismillah Is Recommended When Entering The House:

Jabir (R) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (May Allah honour Him and grant Him peace) saying, "If a person mentions the Name of Allah (Glory be to Him) upon entering his house or eating, Satan says, addressing his followers: `You will find no where to spend the night and no dinner.' But if he enters without mentioning the Name of Allah (Glory be to Him), Satan says [To his followers]; `You have found [A place] to spend the night in, and if he does not mention the Name of Allah (Glory be to Him) at the time of eating, Satan says: `You have found [A place] to spend the night in as well as food." Sahih Muslim Hadith Number 5006

 

Saying Bismillah Is Recommended When Leaving The House:

The Messenger of Allah (May Allah honour Him and grant Him peace) said, "If anyone of you when leaving the house says In the name of Allah (Glory be to Him), I trust in Allah(Glory be to Him), there is no power and might except from Allah(Glory be to Him). Your needs shall be fulfilled, you shall be saved from difficulties and hardships. Shaitaan hearing these words leaves him." Al-Trimidhi Vol 2:493

 

Saying Bismillah At The Time When Slaughtering An Animal:

Anas (R) reported that the Messenger of Allah (May Allah honour Him and grant Him peace) sacrificed two horned rams of white color with black markings over them. He also stated: I saw him sacrificing them with his own hand and saw him placing his foot on their sides, and recited in the name of Allah and Glorified Him [Bismillah Allaahu Akbar] Sahih Al Bukhari Vol 7:465, Sahih Muslim Hadith Number 4841, Abu Dawud Vol 3:230, An-Nasai Vol 7:231, Al-Trimidhi Vol 5:76, Ibn Majah 2120

 

Saying Bismillah Is Recommended When Fighting For The Cause Of Allah(Glory be to Him):

The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) (May Allah honour Him and grant Him peace) said, "Fight in the name of Allah (Glory be to Him) and in the way of Allah"Sahih Muslim 4294.

 

Saying Bismillah Is Recommended Before Entering The Toilet:

The Prophet Of Allah (May Allah honour Him and grant Him peace) said "When you enter the toilet you should say, In the Name of Allah (Glory be to Him), I seek protection in you from unclean spirits, male and female." Abu Dawud Vol 4:264, Musnad Ahmad Vol 2:389 and Fath Al-Bari Vol 1:254

 

Saying Bismillah Is Recommended When Night Falls:

Allah's Apostle (May Allah honour Him and grant Him peace) said, "When night falls stop your children from going out, for the devils spread out at that time. But when an hour of the night has passed, release them and close the doors and mention Allah's Name, for Satan does not open a closed door. Tie the mouth of your water-skin and mention Allah's Name; cover your containers and utensils and mention Allah's Name. Cover them even by placing something across it, and extinguish your lamps. " Sahi Al Bukhari Vol 7:527 and Abu Dawud 3722

 

Saying Bismillah Is Recommended When Placing The Body Of The Deceased In The Grave:

The Prophet of Allah (May Allah honour Him and grant Him peace) said, "When you are lowering the deceased in the grave you should say In the name of Allah (Glory be to him) and in accordance to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah."  Musnad Ahmad Vol 8:58 and Al-Hakim Vol 1:366

 

When Writing A Letter Bismillah Should Also Be Written:

Abu Sufyan (radiAllahu anhu) said that the contents of the letter were as follows:

"In the name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, [This letter is] from Muhammad the slave of Allah and His Apostle to Heraclius the ruler of Byzantine. Peace be upon him, who follows the right path. Furthermore I invite you to Islam, and if you become a Muslim you will be safe, andAllah will double your reward, and if you reject this invitation of Islam you will be committing a sin by misguiding your peasants." Sahih Al Bukhari 4/191, Sahih Muslim Vol 2:91, Al-Trimidhi 7/500

 

The virtue of saying Bismillah

It causes humiliation to Shaitaan

Abul Malih(R) said: I was riding on a mount behind the Prophet (May Allah honour Him and grant Him peace). It stumbled. Thereupon I said: May the devil perish! He said: Do not say: May the devil perish! For if you say that, he will swell so much so that he will be like a house, and say: By my power. But say Bismillah for when you say that, he will diminish so much so that he will be like a fly.  An-Nasai Vol 6:142, Musnad Ahmad Vol 5:59 and Abu Dawud 4946

 

Uthman bin Abu al-As Al-Thaqafi(R) reported that he made a complaint of pain to Allah's Messenger (May Allah honour Him and grant Him peace) that he felt in his body at the time he had become Muslim. Thereupon Allah's Messenger (May Allah honour Him and grant Him peace) said: Place your hand at the place where you feel pain in your body and say in the name of Allah (Glory be to Him) three times and seven times I seek refuge with Allah (Glory be to Him) and with His Power from the evil that I find and that I fear. Sahih Muslim 5462 [5]

 

References

[1]http://www.suhaibwebb.com/relationships/withthedivine/in-the-name-of-allah/

[2]http://islamhelpline.net/node/1314

[3]http://quran.com/27/30

[4]http://alifta.net/Search/ResultDetails.aspx?

[5]http://abdurrahman.org/zikr/virtuesBismillah.html

 

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