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Why Do We Say Bismillah?

Why Do We Say Bismillah?

‘Basmalah’ or ‘Bismillah’ is a phrase to mention God (Allah) before beginning any action or speech. It is a powerful phrase that commences our actions and adds immense reward and barakah (blessing) to everything that follows it.

By saying, ‘Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem’ الرَّحِيْمِ الرَّحْمٰنِ اللهِ بِسْمِ (meaning, “In the Name of Allah, The All-Merciful, The Mercy-Giving”), you are consciously asking Allah to accept the action as worship, be with you during the task, speech or action that you are about to perform, and bless your effort and deed.

Imagine having a difficult task or exam ahead of you and you are unprepared or simply nervous. Who do you call or ask for help? None other than The Most Powerful, The Most High: Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى. Imagine the task gets easy and you get an immense reward and blessing.

There are numerous benefits of saying ‘Bismillah.’ Which we will discover in this article.



 

What does bismillah mean?

‘Basmalah’ or ‘Bismillah’ is a phrase to mention God (Allah) before beginning any action or speech. bismilah meaning in English is:

“In the Name of Allah, The All-Merciful, The Mercy-Giving”. It is a powerful phrase that commences our actions and adds immense reward and barakah (blessing) to everything that follows it.

Why should we say bismillah?

Starting with bismilah has many virtues and benefits for us, here are some of them:

Wards Away Satan 

Saying ‘Bismillah’ wards away our worst enemy, Satan (shaytan), who is constantly trying to distract us from doing good deeds.

Before Reading Quran

The first words revealed to our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ were: “Read, in the Name of Your Lord….” (Quran 96:1). This shows the ultimate importance of beginning any major or minor task with Allah’s name. All Quranic chapters, except one, begin with ‘Bismillah.’ 

Barakah 

Starting things with ‘Bismillah’ improves productivity, wards away laziness, provides blessings and is a source of barakah in all acts.

Before Eating 

Aishah رضي الله عنها related that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:

“When one of you eats food, then let him say: ‘Bismilah.’ If he forgets in the beginning, then let him say: ‘Bismillah Fi Awwalihi Wa Akhirih (In the Name of Allah in its beginning and its end.)” [Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1858]

A simple act, such as eating becomes a source of blessing (by the permission of Allah) and an act of worship. 

Following the Sunnah

Dua’s for entering and leaving the house, dua’ for calamities, dua’ for safety and protection and numerous others have been reported with having “Bismillah” at the beginning or having “Bismilah” in them. Saying this completes an important sunnah of our beloved Prophet ﷺ.

Why do we say bismillah before any task?

Saying bismilah is a way of following the Sunnah of our beloved prophet.  Most Duas start with it, for instance:

Dua’s for entering and leaving the house.

Dua’ for calamities.

Dua’ for safety and protection and numerous others.

They are all have been reported with having “Bismilah” at the beginning or having “Bismillah” in them. Saying this completes an important sunnah of our beloved Prophet ﷺ.

What is the reward of saying Bismillah?

Bismillah is a sunnah of our beloved prophet and is a way of protection from any evil. Additionally, it is a source of blessing

Bismillah meaning in English

Bismilah meaning in English is “In the Name of Allah, The All-Merciful, The Mercy-Giving”.

Bismillah in Arabic.

‘bismilah Rahmanir Raheem’ in Arabic is written as: الرَّحِيْمِ الرَّحْمٰنِ اللهِ بِسْمِ. It means, “In the Name of Allah, The All-Merciful, The Mercy-Giving”.