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THE STATUS AND IMPORTANCE OF BISMILLAH
With reference to all important projects, works, chores and missions,
the shari'ah has urged its adherents to begin them with:



                BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

The Hadith states:



             KULLU AMRIN DH• BLIN LAM YUBDA’
                 BI BISMIL-LHI FAHUWA AQ£A`

Any important work that does not begin with Bismillah is imperfect.

According to another version:




             KULLU AMRIN DH• BLIN LAM YUBDA’
                 BI BISMIL-LHI FAHUWA ABTAR

       Any important work that does not begin with Bismillah
                      is devoid of Barakah

When there is no barakah the chances are that a person will not be
successful in that project. Therefore,
BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Should be read before beginning that project or work.

THE BARAKAH AND BLESSINGS OF BISMILLAH
Bismillah: The Essence Of The Holy Qur'an
According to some scholars, Surah Al-Fatihah is the essence of the
entire Qur'an. And:


                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

is the essence of Surah Al-Fatihah.

When Bismillah Was Revealed…
Jabir t is reported to have said that when:



                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

was revealed, the clouds gave way by moving to the East, the winds
ceased blowing, the oceans became calm, the creatures prepared
themselves to listen, the shayatin were pelted with fire from the
heavens and Allah I, swearing an oath by His honour, declared:
Anyone who says this name of mine upon anything, I will surely impart
barakah in that thing.                 Ad Durrul Manthur and Ibn Kathir
Bismillah Before Wahi

In Ad-Durrul Manthur, Ibn Umar t is reported as saying that surely,
whenever Jibreel u used to bring wahi to Rasulullah r, he used to first
recite:



                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

The reason for the above is as follows: in Bismillah there are three
names of Allah I:

1) Allah I which is His personal name indicating that all projects can
   only be initiated by the will and wish of Allah I.
2) Rahman (Kind) which is His attributive name indicating that
   only Allah I can keep that project intact and existent
   (guarding it against destruction).
3) Rahim (Most Merciful) which is also His attribute name indicating
   that only Allah I can, through His mercy and grace, enable any
   person to derive benefit from that project.
This clearly proves that any project beginning with:




                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

will be granted barakah (blessings) from the beginning till the end.
Bismillah Before Doing Anything
It is for this reason that Rasulullah r used to recite:



                  BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

before doing any work. He r also advised the ummah to do the same.
For example, reading it before shutting the door, before putting out the
light, before taking meals, before drinking water, before boarding any
mode of transport.

The Beauty Of Islam
Islam is not confined only to the masjid and madrasah. It is a way of life.
Each and every aspect of a Muslim's life is supposed to be deen. It is for
this reason that Rasulullah r has shown the ummah simple little
methods which would render each and every worldly affair of his to
become deen and for which he will be rewarded. It is for this reason
that saying:


                  BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

before any action, will render that action into an ibadah for which the
reader will be rewarded. Besides by saying:



                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

before any action, one is suggesting that his every affair - whether small
or big - can only be accomplished with the help and mercy of Allah I.

Thus every activity of a person will become an ibadah. By doing this, he
will draw closer to Allah and distance himself from the accursed
Shaytan. And by not doing this he will deprive none other than himself.

According to Ibn Abbas t in Ad-Durrul Manthur, Rasulullah r has said
that people are unaware of the blessings of one ayah of the Holy Qur'an
which was revealed to no one other than me and Sulaiman u. And
that is:



                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Remembering Allah Through His Three Thousand Names
It is mentioned in Tafsir Ruhul Bayan that Allah I has three thousand
names. He revealed one thousand to the angels, one thousand to the
prophets u, three hundred are mentioned in the Towrah, three
hundred in the Zabur, three hundred in the Injil, and ninety-nine in the
Holy Qur'an. One name He has kept to Himself; He revealed it to no
one. He has condensed all His names into the three names contained in:




                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
They are Allah, Rahman and Rahim. Any person saying:




                BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

is as though he has remembered Allah I by His three thousand names.

Teaching Children To Say Bismillah:                  A Means Of
Forgiveness For Parents
It is reported from Abdullah bin Abbas t that as soon as the tutor says
to a child, read:



                BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

the teacher, the child and the child’s parents are all guaranteed
freedom from the fire of Jahannam.

An Incident
It is reported that prophet Isa u passed by a grave whose inmate was
being tormented. After some days he happened to pass by the same
grave again. This time there was no punishment. The inmate was in
great comfort. This surprised him a great deal. He asked Allah I:
“Lord, what brought about Your mercy so that you have lifted the
punishment from this person?” Allah I replied: “O Isa, when the man
died, he left behind a child. When his mother took him to the
madrasah, the child said:
BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

in the presence of the teacher, it does not befit me to keep on punishing
his father while he called me Rahman and Rahim. Hence, I forgave him.

Bismillah - A Means Of Deliverance From Punishment

It is reported from Abdullah bin Mas'ood t that:




                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

has 19 letters and the angels of Jahannam are also 19. Anyone who
says:



                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

will be safeguarded against the 19 angels of Jahannam
                              Tafsir Qurtubi and Durrul Manthur, volume 1 page 9


Bismillah - A Means Of High Status In The Hereafter

Rasulullah r is reported as saying that any du'a which begins with:
BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

is not rejected. By saying:




                  BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

the scales of my ummah will become heavy on the Day of Qiyamah”.

The other people will enquire:
“Why are the virtues of the Ummah of Muhammad so heavy?” Their
prophets will reply: “In the utterances of the Ummat of Muhammad
there is such an honourable name of Allah I that if it is placed on one
side of the scale, and the sins of the entire creation are placed onto the
other side, then the side with the virtues will be heavier.”

Other Wonders Of Bismillah
Rasulullah r is reported to have said that as long as people keep on
saying:



                  BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

it will be a means of safeguarding them against sickness; a means of
granting riches to the destitute; a means of freedom against the fire; a
means of safety against being swallowed by the earth; a means of
safety against faces becoming distorted; and a means of safety from
stones raining down from the heavens.
                                                 Ghunyatut Talibin Page 157

A Hadithe Qudsi

Rasulullah r said that the angel Jibreel u made a mention of this
hadith under oath that he heard it from the angel Mika'il u under oath
who heard it from the angel Israfeel u under oath that Allah I said;
“By my honour, grace and grandeur, whoever reads:




                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

and surah Al-Fatihah jointly once, then you be witness that I shall not
burn his tongue and I will save him from the fire as well as the
punishment of the grave and on the day of Qiyamah.

Note: Reading Bismillah and surah Al-Fatihah jointly means to read it as
follows:




                BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•MIL
                AMDU LILLHI RABBIL-`LAM•N

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
   Praise be to Allah, The Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds:
Saying Bismillah Before Wudhu
Rasulullah r said: “One who does not say Bismillah before wudhu, his
wudhu is incomplete.”                                        Tirmidhi


It is reported from Abu Hurairah t that anyone who does not say
Bismillah before wudhu, only the sins committed by the limbs which
are washed in wudhu will be washed away; and one who says
Bismillah before wudhu, the sins of the entire body will be washed
away.                                                        Mishkat


Saying Bismillah Before Meals
Umar Ibn Abi Salamah u reports that Rasulullah r said to me: “Say
Bismillah and eat with your right hand the food that is in front of you.”
                                                    Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi

Whoever ate without saying Bismillah, Rasulullah r used to hold his
hand and urge him to say Bismillah.
                                         Zadul ma'ad, Uswah-e Rasoole Akram

The scholars have said that it is preferable to say the Bismillah aloud so
that it is a reminder for those who forget.

Also, Ibn Hibban is reported as saying that if Bismillah is said prior to
utilising any bounty of Allah I and Alhamdu-lillah is said after utilising
it the user will not be asked to give accountability for that bounty on
the Day of Qiyamah.

Blessings In Food

By saying Bismillah before eating, barakah is imparted to that food.
Hence, Aishah y reports that Rasulullah r was once having meals with
the Sahabah y when a Bedouin came along and joined them. He
finished all the food in two morsels. Rasulullah r remarked that if he
would have said Bismillah before eating, this food would have sufficed
for everyone. And if anyone forgets to say Bismillah, he should say:




             BISMILLHI-AWWALUH¤ WA KHIRAH¤

            In the name of Allah at its beginning and end

This will make the Shaytan vomit the food he had eaten. (This means
that the barakah will return)                             Abu Dawud


Not Saying Bismillah - A Cause For Remaining Hungry

A person once complained to Rasulullah r that he ate food but still
remained hungry. Rasulullah r said that perhaps you are not saying
Bismillah before meals. He admitted. Rasulullah r said that by not
reading Bismillah your stomach does not fill.

When Undressing
Anas t reports from Rasulullah r that when a person undresses for the
purpose of either relieving himself or bathing or having relations with
his spouse then the Shaytan interferes and plays with his/her private
parts. If he/she says Bismillah before taking off the clothes, then this
serves as a barrier and safety against the shayateen and jinnat.
                                                                 Tirmidhi


The masnun du'a mentioned in Amalul Yaum Wal Lailah is this:
BISMILLHIL-LADH• L ILHA ILL H¤

         With the name of Allah besides whom there is none
                        worthy of worship.

Safety Against Shaytan When Leaving Home

According to the ahadith anyone who recites the following du'a when
leaving the house then Allah I responds by saying: “ I have given you
protection and I have saved you from your enemy, the Shaytan.”
(Thus, the Shaytan departs from him).                          Tirmidhi


The du'a is as follows:




     BISMILLHI TAWAKKALTU `ALAL-LH. WA L AWLA
                   WA L Q¤WWATA ILL BILLH

                   With Allah’s name. I rely in Allah.
          There is no power to do good or abstain from evil
                    except with the help of Allah.

Bismillah When Entering Home

Jabir t reports from Rasulullah r that when a person says Bismillah
and enters his home and then says Bismillah and begins eating his
food then Shaytan says to his friends: “Let's get out of here. There is
no food here nor sleeping place.” And if the person does not say
Bismillah then Shaytan says to his friends: “There is food as well as
sleeping place for us here.”
                                                      Muslim, Abu Dawud
Masnun Du'a When Entering Home




ALLHUMMA INN• AS’ALUKA KHAYRAL MAWLAJI WA KHAYRAL
      MAKHRAJI. BISMILLHI WALAJN WA BISMILLHI
      KHARAJN. WA`ALAL-LHI RABBINA TAWAKKALN

  O Allah, I ask of You the good of entering and the good of leaving
(this home). With Allah's name we enter and with His name we leave
               and upon Allah, our sustainer, do we rely.

Safety Against Calamities Of The Day And Night

Recite the following du’a three times after Fajr and after Maghrib:




    BISMILLHIL-LADH• L YAˆURRU MA`AS-MIH• SHAY’UN
    FIL-ARˆI WA L FIS-SAM’I WA HUWAS-SAM•`UL-`AL•M.

   (I begin this day) with the name of that Allah with whose name
         nothing on earth or in the heavens can cause harm.
                  And He is All-hearing, All-knowing.

Safety Of One's Deen, Life, Family And Belongings

Recite the following du’a three times after Fajr and after Maghrib:
BISMILLHI `AL D•N• WA NAFS• WA WALAD•
                         WA AHL• WA ML•

   With Allah's name do I seek protection of my deen, my life, my
              children, my spouse and my belongings.

Safeguarding A Child From The Shaytan As Soon As It Is Born

Imam Bukhari (R.A.) has mentioned a Hadith from Abdullah bin Abbas
t : Whoever says :




       BISMILLHI ALLHUMMA JANNIBNASH-SHAY£NA
           WA JANNIBISH-SHAY£NA M RAZAQTAN

       O Allah, keep us away from the shaytaan and keep him
                Away from what You provide us with.

before having relations with his wife, the child that will be born as a
result of that will be safeguarded against the harassment of the
Shaytan.                                                         Bukhari


Before Every Du'a
Rasulullah r has said that any du'a which begins with:
BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

It is not rejected.                                                 Ghunyah


When In Pain
Uthman bin Abil Aas t once complained to Rasulullah r about bodily
pain. Rasulullah r said that place the hand on the part that is in pain,
then say Bismillah three times and this du'a seven times:

          ¿½& ˆ ¼9%|«¶ ‚|†1 ˆ É %-½‰d%
            =%    &       ¿¼p &
           A`¤DHU BILLHI WA QUDRATIH• MIN SHARRI
                      M AJIDU WA UDHIRU

    I seek refuge in Allah and His might from what I feel and fear.

He did as he was told, and the pain disappeared.

When Embarking A Ship
It is reported from Hussain Ibn Ali y that Rasulullah r said that my
Ummah will be safeguarded against drowning as long as they say this
du'a when embarking a ship:




         BISMILLHI MAJR‹H WA MURSH INNA RABB•
LAGHAF¤RUR-RA•M. WA M QADAR¤L-LHA AQQA QADRIH
     (Please Note : “‹” should be read as the “e” of end but prolonged)
With Allah's name be its sailing and mooring. Surely, my Lord is
   most forgiving and kind. And they have not understood Allah as
                    He aught to be understood.

Bismillah Brings One Closer To Allah I.
According to one hadith, Rasulullah r was asked by Uthman t
regarding Bismillah. He replied that it is one of the great names of
Allah I and it brings a person as close to Allah I as is the closeness
of the whiteness and blackness of the eyes.                Tafsir Ibn Kathir


To Simplify A Difficult Task
Ali t is reported as saying that:



                  BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

is an effective du'a for simplifying a difficult task; and removes all grief
and brings happiness in the heart.

For Success In Any Project
Whoever reads:



                  BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

every day, then makes du’a for the success of his project, Allah I will
surely grant him success in that project.                     Qur'ani Ilaaj
Safety Against All Calamities

Whoever writes:


                  BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

on a piece of paper and keeps the paper on him, he will be
safeguarded against all calamities.              Qur'ani Ilaaj


The Benefit Of Writing Bismillah
A pious person says that whoever writes:




                  BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

On paper and keeps the paper with him. Allah I will grant him honour
and no one will harass him.                        Tafsir Mudhihul Qur'an

The same person says that whoever recites:



                  BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

many times and keeps the meaning in mind, the people will hold him
in high esteem and no one will ill treat him.
Strengthening The Memory
Recite:

                BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

numerous times, blow in water and let the person who has a weak
memory drink it. Insha Allah, any weakness in memory will soon
disappear.

For Love And Affection

Reciting:

                BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

blowing in water and letting someone drink the water, will make love
and affection for his family come into his heart.

For Children To Live
Any woman whose children do not live after birth should read:



                BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

many times and keep the meaning in mind. Her children will live,
Insha-Allah.
Barakah And Safety In Crops

Write:

                BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

and bury the paper in the field. The crops will be safeguarded against
all calamities and there will be barakah in it.

For Any Need To Be Fulfilled

It has been narrated in Tafsir Azizi and A'male Qur'ani that a person
should read:



                BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

numerous times. When he has reciting it a substantial number of times
times, he should offer two rak'ah nafl and make du'a to Allah I for his
needs. Then he should perform the same routine numerous times in
the same way. Insha-Allah, his needs will be fulfilled.

Before Starting A Journey
Jubair Ibn Mut'im t says that once Rasulullah r asked him whether he
was desirous that whenever he went out on a journey he should be
more prosperous than his companions. He said: “Yes, O messenger of
Allah, may I sacrifice my father and mother for you.”
Rasulullah r said: “Recite the last five chapters of the Qur'an by
beginning every surah with Bismillah and finally, ending with Bismillah.”

Jubair t says that prior to this I always found myself having less than
my companions. But after I began practising on the instructions of the
prophet, I found myself more prosperous than my companions.
                                                             Tafsir Mazhari

For Safety Against Crime



                  BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

If the above is read before going to bed, the house will be safeguarded
against burglary.

For Safety Against The Evil Effects Of Shaytan



                  BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

If the above is read before going to bed, the reader will be safeguarded
against the evil effects of Shaytan.

For Safety Against Sudden Death
If, prior to going to bed,
BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

is read, the reader will be safeguarded against sudden death.

To Overpower A Tyrant
For overpowering a tyrant say following in his presence.:




                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Safety Against A Tyrant Ruler

Read

                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

as often as possible and blow on the paper and keep this paper on the
body (in the pocket etc). Insha-Allah, the one who does this and then
approaches the tyrant, the tyrant's attitude will change for the better.
He will respond kindly and the person will be secure against his harms.

For Headache

Write


                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

on a piece of paper and tie it around the head. The headache will
lesson and then disappear, Insha-Allah.

INCIDENTS RELATING TO BISMILLAH
Although not from the ahadith, the following incidents still have
lessons for all to keep in mind.

Bishr Haafi's Incident
Bashr Haafi once saw a paper with the inscription:




                BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

lying on the ground. He picked it up. He had 2 Dirhams in his pocket.
He bought perfume with these and smeared it on the paper. That
night he saw a dream. He was told : “O Bishr Haafi, just as you have
honoured my name, in the same way I shall make you popular in the
world and in the hereafter”.

Abu Muslim Khaulani's Incident
Abu Muslim Khaulani had a slave girl who used to serve him. For some
time she was feeding him food mixed with poison to kill him. After a
number of weeks she saw no signs of illness. She told him what she had
been doing and she asked him Why no harm was coming to him? He,
in turn asked her why she was doing this. She replied that he has grown
old and it was her desire to become free as soon as possible.
This could only happen if he died. He replied that no harm came to
him because it is his practice to say;




                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

before taking any food or drink. Thereafter, he set her free so she could
marry whoever she desired.

The Story Of Allah's I Forgiving A Qadhi (Judge)

A certain Qadhi passed away while his wife was expecting. The child
was born. When he grew up, his mother took him to the madrasah.
When he said:



                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

in the presence of the teacher for the first time, Allah I lifted the
punishment from his father. Allah I said to Jibreel u: “O Jibreel, it
does no befit me to keep on punishing the father while his child
remembers me with:




                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
A Fascinating Story Of A Jewish Girl
It is mentioned in Lam'aate Soofiyyah that a pious man was once
lecturing on the virtues of:



                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

A Jewish girl was also listening to his lecture. She was so moved by the
lecture that she accepted Islam. Whenever she did anything she
always said:



                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

 When her father, who was the king's minister, discovered that she had
embraced Islam, he became very upset, He feared that the people
would look down upon him. He began threatening her in the hope
that she would forsake Islam. But she would not. Finally, he decided,
the only solution was to kill her.
Thus, he thought of a plan. He gave her the ring which was used for
sealing letters and documents in the king's court. He said to her: “Keep
it until I ask for it.”

Saying:

                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
She took it and put it in her pocket. That night the father tip-toed into
her room and stole the ring and flung it into the river. That would give
the king all the reason to hang her.

The following day a fisherman came along to the minister and gave
him a fish as a gift. The minister took it and gave it to his daughter to
prepare it. As soon as she opened the stomach to clean the fish she
found the ring. She was shocked! For it looked exactly like the ring her
father had given her! She searched for the ring in her pocket but
couldn't find it. She read:




                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

and put the ring back into her pocket. She prepared the fish and
presented it to her father. He ate the fish. He then asked for the ring.

She said:



                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

and produced it from her pocket. The father was shocked for he had
thrown it into the river! How could she take it out from her pocket! He
told her what he had done and asked her where she got it from. She
told him she found it from the fish's stomach. Witnessing the barakah
of Bismillah he accepted Islam straight away!
The Story Of The Roman King
It is mentioned in Mudhihul Qur'an that a Roman king wrote to
Umar t that he has continuous headaches and to kindly send him
some medication.

Umar t sent him a hat. As long as he had the hat on his head he would
feel well. But when he took it off, the headache came back. He was
surprised. He took off the hat and inspected it carefully. And he found
following words inscribed inside:




                BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

The Story Of Khalid t

On one occasion, Khalid t surrounded the enemy. They said to him
that you claim that Islam is a true religion. Show us some proof. He
said to them to bring him some poison. They brought him a cup filled
with poison. He said Bismillah and drank it. No harm whatsoever came
to him. They all embraced Islam.

The Story Of Faqih Muhammad Zamani
Faqih Muhammad Zamani had a severe fever. His teacher Faqih Wali
Muhammad came to pay him a visit. He gave him an amulet and
saying, don’t open it, he departed.

As soon as he wore it his fever disappeared. He became curious. So
he opened it and found:
BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

written in it. This made him lose his confidence in the amulet. fever
returned.

He went back to his teacher and offered his apology and asked for
another amulet. The teacher gave him another one. He wore it and his
fever again disappeared. He opened it after a year and again, to his
surprise, found:



                BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

written in it. By this time he was cured and his yaqeen in following
words grew tremendously:



                BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

SOME MASA’IL PERTAINING TO BISMILLAH
Mas’lah 1: According to Imam Abu Hanifah (R.A.) It is better to say:
BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

softly in salaah between surah Al-Fatihah and any surah.

Mas'lah 2:

                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Which separates two chapters is not part of that surah though it is an
ayah of the Holy Qur'an. Therefore it should be given the same honour
as any other verse of the Holy Qur’an.

Mas'lah 3:

                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Is an exclusive ayah of surah Naml in the following verse:




              INNAH¤ MIN SULAYMNA WA INNAH¤
                BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M


Mas'lah 4:

                 BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Since it is an ayah of the Holy Qur'an, it is not preferable to write it or
hold a paper on which it (Bismillah) is written, without wudhu.

Mas'lah 5: :

                  BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Since it is a verse of the Holy Qur'an it should be recited at least once
aloud in the tarawih prayer.

Mas'lah 6: It is necessary to say:




                  BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M

     In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

when slaughtering an animal. If a person leaves it out intentionally, the
animal will not be halal for consumption according to not only Imam
Abu Hanifah (R.A) but all the Fuqaha Imams                 Ma'ariful Qur'an


Mas'lah 7: When slaughtering an animal one should say:




                    BISMILLHI ALLHU AKBAR

               In the name of Allah, Allah is the Greatest.

It is sunnah to say Bismillah before wudhu.
According to the ahadeth any of the 4 forms of Tasmiyah can be read:




                            BISMILLH.
                BISMILLHI WALAMDU LILLH.
                BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M.
 BISMILLHIL `A¨•MI WALAMDU LILLHI `AL D•NIL ISLM.

                        In the name of Allah.
              In the name of Allah, and with His praise.
     In the name of Allah the most Gracious, the most Merciful.
         In the name of Allah the great, and with His praise,
                      upon the religion of Islam.

Mas'lah 8: When lowering the dead into the grave the following form
of Tasmiyah should be read:




          BISMILLHI WA `AL MILLATI RAS¤LIL-LH

             In the name of Allah and on the religion of
                      the Messenger of Allah r.

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The Status and Importance of Bismillah

  • 1. THE STATUS AND IMPORTANCE OF BISMILLAH With reference to all important projects, works, chores and missions, the shari'ah has urged its adherents to begin them with: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. The Hadith states: KULLU AMRIN DH• BLIN LAM YUBDA’ BI BISMIL-LHI FAHUWA AQ£A` Any important work that does not begin with Bismillah is imperfect. According to another version: KULLU AMRIN DH• BLIN LAM YUBDA’ BI BISMIL-LHI FAHUWA ABTAR Any important work that does not begin with Bismillah is devoid of Barakah When there is no barakah the chances are that a person will not be successful in that project. Therefore,
  • 2. BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Should be read before beginning that project or work. THE BARAKAH AND BLESSINGS OF BISMILLAH Bismillah: The Essence Of The Holy Qur'an According to some scholars, Surah Al-Fatihah is the essence of the entire Qur'an. And: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. is the essence of Surah Al-Fatihah. When Bismillah Was Revealed… Jabir t is reported to have said that when: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. was revealed, the clouds gave way by moving to the East, the winds ceased blowing, the oceans became calm, the creatures prepared themselves to listen, the shayatin were pelted with fire from the heavens and Allah I, swearing an oath by His honour, declared: Anyone who says this name of mine upon anything, I will surely impart barakah in that thing. Ad Durrul Manthur and Ibn Kathir
  • 3. Bismillah Before Wahi In Ad-Durrul Manthur, Ibn Umar t is reported as saying that surely, whenever Jibreel u used to bring wahi to Rasulullah r, he used to first recite: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. The reason for the above is as follows: in Bismillah there are three names of Allah I: 1) Allah I which is His personal name indicating that all projects can only be initiated by the will and wish of Allah I. 2) Rahman (Kind) which is His attributive name indicating that only Allah I can keep that project intact and existent (guarding it against destruction). 3) Rahim (Most Merciful) which is also His attribute name indicating that only Allah I can, through His mercy and grace, enable any person to derive benefit from that project. This clearly proves that any project beginning with: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. will be granted barakah (blessings) from the beginning till the end.
  • 4. Bismillah Before Doing Anything It is for this reason that Rasulullah r used to recite: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. before doing any work. He r also advised the ummah to do the same. For example, reading it before shutting the door, before putting out the light, before taking meals, before drinking water, before boarding any mode of transport. The Beauty Of Islam Islam is not confined only to the masjid and madrasah. It is a way of life. Each and every aspect of a Muslim's life is supposed to be deen. It is for this reason that Rasulullah r has shown the ummah simple little methods which would render each and every worldly affair of his to become deen and for which he will be rewarded. It is for this reason that saying: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. before any action, will render that action into an ibadah for which the reader will be rewarded. Besides by saying: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M
  • 5. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. before any action, one is suggesting that his every affair - whether small or big - can only be accomplished with the help and mercy of Allah I. Thus every activity of a person will become an ibadah. By doing this, he will draw closer to Allah and distance himself from the accursed Shaytan. And by not doing this he will deprive none other than himself. According to Ibn Abbas t in Ad-Durrul Manthur, Rasulullah r has said that people are unaware of the blessings of one ayah of the Holy Qur'an which was revealed to no one other than me and Sulaiman u. And that is: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Remembering Allah Through His Three Thousand Names It is mentioned in Tafsir Ruhul Bayan that Allah I has three thousand names. He revealed one thousand to the angels, one thousand to the prophets u, three hundred are mentioned in the Towrah, three hundred in the Zabur, three hundred in the Injil, and ninety-nine in the Holy Qur'an. One name He has kept to Himself; He revealed it to no one. He has condensed all His names into the three names contained in: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
  • 6. They are Allah, Rahman and Rahim. Any person saying: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. is as though he has remembered Allah I by His three thousand names. Teaching Children To Say Bismillah: A Means Of Forgiveness For Parents It is reported from Abdullah bin Abbas t that as soon as the tutor says to a child, read: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. the teacher, the child and the child’s parents are all guaranteed freedom from the fire of Jahannam. An Incident It is reported that prophet Isa u passed by a grave whose inmate was being tormented. After some days he happened to pass by the same grave again. This time there was no punishment. The inmate was in great comfort. This surprised him a great deal. He asked Allah I: “Lord, what brought about Your mercy so that you have lifted the punishment from this person?” Allah I replied: “O Isa, when the man died, he left behind a child. When his mother took him to the madrasah, the child said:
  • 7. BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. in the presence of the teacher, it does not befit me to keep on punishing his father while he called me Rahman and Rahim. Hence, I forgave him. Bismillah - A Means Of Deliverance From Punishment It is reported from Abdullah bin Mas'ood t that: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. has 19 letters and the angels of Jahannam are also 19. Anyone who says: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. will be safeguarded against the 19 angels of Jahannam Tafsir Qurtubi and Durrul Manthur, volume 1 page 9 Bismillah - A Means Of High Status In The Hereafter Rasulullah r is reported as saying that any du'a which begins with:
  • 8. BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. is not rejected. By saying: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. the scales of my ummah will become heavy on the Day of Qiyamah”. The other people will enquire: “Why are the virtues of the Ummah of Muhammad so heavy?” Their prophets will reply: “In the utterances of the Ummat of Muhammad there is such an honourable name of Allah I that if it is placed on one side of the scale, and the sins of the entire creation are placed onto the other side, then the side with the virtues will be heavier.” Other Wonders Of Bismillah Rasulullah r is reported to have said that as long as people keep on saying: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. it will be a means of safeguarding them against sickness; a means of
  • 9. granting riches to the destitute; a means of freedom against the fire; a means of safety against being swallowed by the earth; a means of safety against faces becoming distorted; and a means of safety from stones raining down from the heavens. Ghunyatut Talibin Page 157 A Hadithe Qudsi Rasulullah r said that the angel Jibreel u made a mention of this hadith under oath that he heard it from the angel Mika'il u under oath who heard it from the angel Israfeel u under oath that Allah I said; “By my honour, grace and grandeur, whoever reads: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. and surah Al-Fatihah jointly once, then you be witness that I shall not burn his tongue and I will save him from the fire as well as the punishment of the grave and on the day of Qiyamah. Note: Reading Bismillah and surah Al-Fatihah jointly means to read it as follows: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•MIL AMDU LILLHI RABBIL-`LAM•N In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, The Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds:
  • 10. Saying Bismillah Before Wudhu Rasulullah r said: “One who does not say Bismillah before wudhu, his wudhu is incomplete.” Tirmidhi It is reported from Abu Hurairah t that anyone who does not say Bismillah before wudhu, only the sins committed by the limbs which are washed in wudhu will be washed away; and one who says Bismillah before wudhu, the sins of the entire body will be washed away. Mishkat Saying Bismillah Before Meals Umar Ibn Abi Salamah u reports that Rasulullah r said to me: “Say Bismillah and eat with your right hand the food that is in front of you.” Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi Whoever ate without saying Bismillah, Rasulullah r used to hold his hand and urge him to say Bismillah. Zadul ma'ad, Uswah-e Rasoole Akram The scholars have said that it is preferable to say the Bismillah aloud so that it is a reminder for those who forget. Also, Ibn Hibban is reported as saying that if Bismillah is said prior to utilising any bounty of Allah I and Alhamdu-lillah is said after utilising it the user will not be asked to give accountability for that bounty on the Day of Qiyamah. Blessings In Food By saying Bismillah before eating, barakah is imparted to that food. Hence, Aishah y reports that Rasulullah r was once having meals with the Sahabah y when a Bedouin came along and joined them. He
  • 11. finished all the food in two morsels. Rasulullah r remarked that if he would have said Bismillah before eating, this food would have sufficed for everyone. And if anyone forgets to say Bismillah, he should say: BISMILLHI-AWWALUH¤ WA KHIRAH¤ In the name of Allah at its beginning and end This will make the Shaytan vomit the food he had eaten. (This means that the barakah will return) Abu Dawud Not Saying Bismillah - A Cause For Remaining Hungry A person once complained to Rasulullah r that he ate food but still remained hungry. Rasulullah r said that perhaps you are not saying Bismillah before meals. He admitted. Rasulullah r said that by not reading Bismillah your stomach does not fill. When Undressing Anas t reports from Rasulullah r that when a person undresses for the purpose of either relieving himself or bathing or having relations with his spouse then the Shaytan interferes and plays with his/her private parts. If he/she says Bismillah before taking off the clothes, then this serves as a barrier and safety against the shayateen and jinnat. Tirmidhi The masnun du'a mentioned in Amalul Yaum Wal Lailah is this:
  • 12. BISMILLHIL-LADH• L ILHA ILL H¤ With the name of Allah besides whom there is none worthy of worship. Safety Against Shaytan When Leaving Home According to the ahadith anyone who recites the following du'a when leaving the house then Allah I responds by saying: “ I have given you protection and I have saved you from your enemy, the Shaytan.” (Thus, the Shaytan departs from him). Tirmidhi The du'a is as follows: BISMILLHI TAWAKKALTU `ALAL-LH. WA L AWLA WA L Q¤WWATA ILL BILLH With Allah’s name. I rely in Allah. There is no power to do good or abstain from evil except with the help of Allah. Bismillah When Entering Home Jabir t reports from Rasulullah r that when a person says Bismillah and enters his home and then says Bismillah and begins eating his food then Shaytan says to his friends: “Let's get out of here. There is no food here nor sleeping place.” And if the person does not say Bismillah then Shaytan says to his friends: “There is food as well as sleeping place for us here.” Muslim, Abu Dawud
  • 13. Masnun Du'a When Entering Home ALLHUMMA INN• AS’ALUKA KHAYRAL MAWLAJI WA KHAYRAL MAKHRAJI. BISMILLHI WALAJN WA BISMILLHI KHARAJN. WA`ALAL-LHI RABBINA TAWAKKALN O Allah, I ask of You the good of entering and the good of leaving (this home). With Allah's name we enter and with His name we leave and upon Allah, our sustainer, do we rely. Safety Against Calamities Of The Day And Night Recite the following du’a three times after Fajr and after Maghrib: BISMILLHIL-LADH• L YAˆURRU MA`AS-MIH• SHAY’UN FIL-ARˆI WA L FIS-SAM’I WA HUWAS-SAM•`UL-`AL•M. (I begin this day) with the name of that Allah with whose name nothing on earth or in the heavens can cause harm. And He is All-hearing, All-knowing. Safety Of One's Deen, Life, Family And Belongings Recite the following du’a three times after Fajr and after Maghrib:
  • 14. BISMILLHI `AL D•N• WA NAFS• WA WALAD• WA AHL• WA ML• With Allah's name do I seek protection of my deen, my life, my children, my spouse and my belongings. Safeguarding A Child From The Shaytan As Soon As It Is Born Imam Bukhari (R.A.) has mentioned a Hadith from Abdullah bin Abbas t : Whoever says : BISMILLHI ALLHUMMA JANNIBNASH-SHAY£NA WA JANNIBISH-SHAY£NA M RAZAQTAN O Allah, keep us away from the shaytaan and keep him Away from what You provide us with. before having relations with his wife, the child that will be born as a result of that will be safeguarded against the harassment of the Shaytan. Bukhari Before Every Du'a Rasulullah r has said that any du'a which begins with:
  • 15. BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. It is not rejected. Ghunyah When In Pain Uthman bin Abil Aas t once complained to Rasulullah r about bodily pain. Rasulullah r said that place the hand on the part that is in pain, then say Bismillah three times and this du'a seven times: ¿½& ˆ ¼9%|«¶ ‚|†1 ˆ É %-½‰d% =% & ¿¼p & A`¤DHU BILLHI WA QUDRATIH• MIN SHARRI M AJIDU WA UDHIRU I seek refuge in Allah and His might from what I feel and fear. He did as he was told, and the pain disappeared. When Embarking A Ship It is reported from Hussain Ibn Ali y that Rasulullah r said that my Ummah will be safeguarded against drowning as long as they say this du'a when embarking a ship: BISMILLHI MAJR‹H WA MURSH INNA RABB• LAGHAF¤RUR-RA•M. WA M QADAR¤L-LHA AQQA QADRIH (Please Note : “‹” should be read as the “e” of end but prolonged)
  • 16. With Allah's name be its sailing and mooring. Surely, my Lord is most forgiving and kind. And they have not understood Allah as He aught to be understood. Bismillah Brings One Closer To Allah I. According to one hadith, Rasulullah r was asked by Uthman t regarding Bismillah. He replied that it is one of the great names of Allah I and it brings a person as close to Allah I as is the closeness of the whiteness and blackness of the eyes. Tafsir Ibn Kathir To Simplify A Difficult Task Ali t is reported as saying that: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. is an effective du'a for simplifying a difficult task; and removes all grief and brings happiness in the heart. For Success In Any Project Whoever reads: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. every day, then makes du’a for the success of his project, Allah I will surely grant him success in that project. Qur'ani Ilaaj
  • 17. Safety Against All Calamities Whoever writes: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. on a piece of paper and keeps the paper on him, he will be safeguarded against all calamities. Qur'ani Ilaaj The Benefit Of Writing Bismillah A pious person says that whoever writes: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. On paper and keeps the paper with him. Allah I will grant him honour and no one will harass him. Tafsir Mudhihul Qur'an The same person says that whoever recites: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. many times and keeps the meaning in mind, the people will hold him in high esteem and no one will ill treat him.
  • 18. Strengthening The Memory Recite: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. numerous times, blow in water and let the person who has a weak memory drink it. Insha Allah, any weakness in memory will soon disappear. For Love And Affection Reciting: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. blowing in water and letting someone drink the water, will make love and affection for his family come into his heart. For Children To Live Any woman whose children do not live after birth should read: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. many times and keep the meaning in mind. Her children will live, Insha-Allah.
  • 19. Barakah And Safety In Crops Write: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. and bury the paper in the field. The crops will be safeguarded against all calamities and there will be barakah in it. For Any Need To Be Fulfilled It has been narrated in Tafsir Azizi and A'male Qur'ani that a person should read: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. numerous times. When he has reciting it a substantial number of times times, he should offer two rak'ah nafl and make du'a to Allah I for his needs. Then he should perform the same routine numerous times in the same way. Insha-Allah, his needs will be fulfilled. Before Starting A Journey Jubair Ibn Mut'im t says that once Rasulullah r asked him whether he was desirous that whenever he went out on a journey he should be more prosperous than his companions. He said: “Yes, O messenger of Allah, may I sacrifice my father and mother for you.”
  • 20. Rasulullah r said: “Recite the last five chapters of the Qur'an by beginning every surah with Bismillah and finally, ending with Bismillah.” Jubair t says that prior to this I always found myself having less than my companions. But after I began practising on the instructions of the prophet, I found myself more prosperous than my companions. Tafsir Mazhari For Safety Against Crime BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. If the above is read before going to bed, the house will be safeguarded against burglary. For Safety Against The Evil Effects Of Shaytan BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. If the above is read before going to bed, the reader will be safeguarded against the evil effects of Shaytan. For Safety Against Sudden Death If, prior to going to bed,
  • 21. BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. is read, the reader will be safeguarded against sudden death. To Overpower A Tyrant For overpowering a tyrant say following in his presence.: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Safety Against A Tyrant Ruler Read BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. as often as possible and blow on the paper and keep this paper on the body (in the pocket etc). Insha-Allah, the one who does this and then approaches the tyrant, the tyrant's attitude will change for the better. He will respond kindly and the person will be secure against his harms. For Headache Write BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M
  • 22. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. on a piece of paper and tie it around the head. The headache will lesson and then disappear, Insha-Allah. INCIDENTS RELATING TO BISMILLAH Although not from the ahadith, the following incidents still have lessons for all to keep in mind. Bishr Haafi's Incident Bashr Haafi once saw a paper with the inscription: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. lying on the ground. He picked it up. He had 2 Dirhams in his pocket. He bought perfume with these and smeared it on the paper. That night he saw a dream. He was told : “O Bishr Haafi, just as you have honoured my name, in the same way I shall make you popular in the world and in the hereafter”. Abu Muslim Khaulani's Incident Abu Muslim Khaulani had a slave girl who used to serve him. For some time she was feeding him food mixed with poison to kill him. After a number of weeks she saw no signs of illness. She told him what she had been doing and she asked him Why no harm was coming to him? He, in turn asked her why she was doing this. She replied that he has grown old and it was her desire to become free as soon as possible.
  • 23. This could only happen if he died. He replied that no harm came to him because it is his practice to say; BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. before taking any food or drink. Thereafter, he set her free so she could marry whoever she desired. The Story Of Allah's I Forgiving A Qadhi (Judge) A certain Qadhi passed away while his wife was expecting. The child was born. When he grew up, his mother took him to the madrasah. When he said: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. in the presence of the teacher for the first time, Allah I lifted the punishment from his father. Allah I said to Jibreel u: “O Jibreel, it does no befit me to keep on punishing the father while his child remembers me with: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
  • 24. A Fascinating Story Of A Jewish Girl It is mentioned in Lam'aate Soofiyyah that a pious man was once lecturing on the virtues of: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. A Jewish girl was also listening to his lecture. She was so moved by the lecture that she accepted Islam. Whenever she did anything she always said: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. When her father, who was the king's minister, discovered that she had embraced Islam, he became very upset, He feared that the people would look down upon him. He began threatening her in the hope that she would forsake Islam. But she would not. Finally, he decided, the only solution was to kill her. Thus, he thought of a plan. He gave her the ring which was used for sealing letters and documents in the king's court. He said to her: “Keep it until I ask for it.” Saying: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
  • 25. She took it and put it in her pocket. That night the father tip-toed into her room and stole the ring and flung it into the river. That would give the king all the reason to hang her. The following day a fisherman came along to the minister and gave him a fish as a gift. The minister took it and gave it to his daughter to prepare it. As soon as she opened the stomach to clean the fish she found the ring. She was shocked! For it looked exactly like the ring her father had given her! She searched for the ring in her pocket but couldn't find it. She read: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. and put the ring back into her pocket. She prepared the fish and presented it to her father. He ate the fish. He then asked for the ring. She said: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. and produced it from her pocket. The father was shocked for he had thrown it into the river! How could she take it out from her pocket! He told her what he had done and asked her where she got it from. She told him she found it from the fish's stomach. Witnessing the barakah of Bismillah he accepted Islam straight away!
  • 26. The Story Of The Roman King It is mentioned in Mudhihul Qur'an that a Roman king wrote to Umar t that he has continuous headaches and to kindly send him some medication. Umar t sent him a hat. As long as he had the hat on his head he would feel well. But when he took it off, the headache came back. He was surprised. He took off the hat and inspected it carefully. And he found following words inscribed inside: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. The Story Of Khalid t On one occasion, Khalid t surrounded the enemy. They said to him that you claim that Islam is a true religion. Show us some proof. He said to them to bring him some poison. They brought him a cup filled with poison. He said Bismillah and drank it. No harm whatsoever came to him. They all embraced Islam. The Story Of Faqih Muhammad Zamani Faqih Muhammad Zamani had a severe fever. His teacher Faqih Wali Muhammad came to pay him a visit. He gave him an amulet and saying, don’t open it, he departed. As soon as he wore it his fever disappeared. He became curious. So he opened it and found:
  • 27. BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. written in it. This made him lose his confidence in the amulet. fever returned. He went back to his teacher and offered his apology and asked for another amulet. The teacher gave him another one. He wore it and his fever again disappeared. He opened it after a year and again, to his surprise, found: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. written in it. By this time he was cured and his yaqeen in following words grew tremendously: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. SOME MASA’IL PERTAINING TO BISMILLAH Mas’lah 1: According to Imam Abu Hanifah (R.A.) It is better to say:
  • 28. BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. softly in salaah between surah Al-Fatihah and any surah. Mas'lah 2: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Which separates two chapters is not part of that surah though it is an ayah of the Holy Qur'an. Therefore it should be given the same honour as any other verse of the Holy Qur’an. Mas'lah 3: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Is an exclusive ayah of surah Naml in the following verse: INNAH¤ MIN SULAYMNA WA INNAH¤ BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M Mas'lah 4: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
  • 29. Since it is an ayah of the Holy Qur'an, it is not preferable to write it or hold a paper on which it (Bismillah) is written, without wudhu. Mas'lah 5: : BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Since it is a verse of the Holy Qur'an it should be recited at least once aloud in the tarawih prayer. Mas'lah 6: It is necessary to say: BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. when slaughtering an animal. If a person leaves it out intentionally, the animal will not be halal for consumption according to not only Imam Abu Hanifah (R.A) but all the Fuqaha Imams Ma'ariful Qur'an Mas'lah 7: When slaughtering an animal one should say: BISMILLHI ALLHU AKBAR In the name of Allah, Allah is the Greatest. It is sunnah to say Bismillah before wudhu.
  • 30. According to the ahadeth any of the 4 forms of Tasmiyah can be read: BISMILLH. BISMILLHI WALAMDU LILLH. BISMILLHIR-RAMNIR-RA•M. BISMILLHIL `A¨•MI WALAMDU LILLHI `AL D•NIL ISLM. In the name of Allah. In the name of Allah, and with His praise. In the name of Allah the most Gracious, the most Merciful. In the name of Allah the great, and with His praise, upon the religion of Islam. Mas'lah 8: When lowering the dead into the grave the following form of Tasmiyah should be read: BISMILLHI WA `AL MILLATI RAS¤LIL-LH In the name of Allah and on the religion of the Messenger of Allah r.