Begin your day with ‘Bismillah’. Start your meal with ‘Bismillah’. Going for a college exam or on a long treacherous drive? Don’t forget to say ‘Bismillah’. ‘Bismillah’ is Arabic for ‘In the Name of Allah’ and its full form ‘Bismillah-Ir-Rahman-Ir-Raheem’ translates into ‘In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful’. When a believer begins his day or any task, whether it is big or small, routine or special, he starts it in the Beautiful Name of Allah. Given the all-pervading significance of this ayat, it is no wonder that many Muslim families across decorate the walls of their homes with Bismillah art work wherein ‘Bismillah’ is written or printed or painted in a calligraphic style. It’s likely that someone at this very moment is searching for ‘best Bismillah art’ online as well.
‘Bismillah-Ir-Rahman-Ir-Raheem’is the opening line of the Holy Quran. Also, all 114 chapters of the Holy Quran, except one, begin with this verse. The fact that ‘Bismillah-ir-Rahman-in-Raheem’ is the foremost verse of the Quran and also the first ayat of almost all its chapters is a powerful indicator of its significance. Since the Word of Allah itself starts with this ayat, then why should not His creation, the humble human, also begin his every day, his every good deed, with ‘Bismillah’ too?
Given below are scholarly explanations of the benefits and virtues of reciting the verse.
Sheikh Maududi, in his well-known detailed commentary (Tafseer) of the Holy Quran, has said:
- (Saying Bismillah) allows one to restrain oneself from any misdeeds since the habit of pronouncing the name of God is bound to make one wonder when about to commit some offense and how such an act can be reconciled with the saying of God’s holy name.
- When a person begins something by pronouncing Allah’s (God’s) name (with sincerity in his heart), he will enjoy Allah’s support and succor; Allah will bless his efforts and protect him from the machinations and temptation of Satan. For whenever a man turns to Allah (God), Allah turns to him as well.
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid, another well-known scholar, says, “When one says ‘Bismillaah’ before starting anything, it means, ‘I start this action accompanied by the Name of Allah or seeking help through the Name of Allah, seeking blessing thereby.’ Allah is God, the beloved and worshipped, to Whom hearts turn in love, veneration, and obedience (worship). He is al-Rahman (the Most Gracious) Whose attribute is vast mercy; and al-Raheem (the Most Merciful) Who causes that mercy to reach His creation.”
Indeed, reciting the Name of Allah before doing any good act puts barakah in it, and saves us from sin. To sum up, ‘Bismillah’ has immense spiritual value in the life of every Muslim. Therefore, it’s no wonder to see Muslims decorating their homes with Bismillah artwork or searching on the Internet for best Bismillah art frames for their walls. This can be a very good frequent spiritual reminder of the Mercy and Grace of Almighty Allah.