May 2, 2008

The Importance of Bismillah [PART I]

Posted in Hadith, Islam, Knowledge, Taqwa, Tazkiyah at 7:49 pm by faith786

***Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim***

I don’t know about other people out there, but ever since I was little, I was taught to say Bismillah before anything and everything. I never understood why, but now after reading some things, I think I am now beginning to understand…. So I wanted to share what I have read/heard and may Allah forgive me if I gave any falso inforamtion or did something wrong. Ameen. So, the importance of saying Bismillah:

There is a Hadith (can’t find the narrator): “Any important work that does not begin with Bismillah is imperfect.”

And, “Any important work that does not begin with Bismillah is devoid of barakah.”

Surah Fatihah is considered Umm al Kitab, “Mother of the book[Quran]” and some scholars consider Bismillahir rahmanir rahim to be the essence of surah Fatihah. (It is considered the first ayah of the Quran.)

How Bismillah was revealed: According to Jabir (RA) Bismillahir rahmanir rahim 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 shayateen were pelted with fire from the heavens and Allah (swt), swearing an oath by His Honor, declared: ‘Anyone who says this name of mine upon anything, I will surely impart barakah in that thing.'” (Ibn Kathir)

Before the prophet Muhammad saw got a wahi, he used to say bismillahir rahmanir rahim.

Bismillah has three of Allah’s names:

  • —Allah: His personal name which symbolizes that nothing can happen but by the will of Allah.
  • —Rahman (Highest form of Kindness): Symbolizes how nothing can be protected from harm or reach completion without Allah’s Kindness.
  • —Rahim (Most Merciful): symbolizes that only through Allah’s Mercy and Grace can a project be completed.

Prophet Muhammad (saw) used to (and advised the ummah to) say Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim before any work-i.e. eating, folding clothes, going in a vehicle, etc. etc.

It is mentioned in Tafseer Ruhul Bayanthat Allah (swt) has 3000 names. 1000 were revealed to the angels, 1000 to the prophets, 300 were in the original Torah, 300 were in the original Injeel, 300 were in the original Zabur, and 99 were in the Quran. And one name is for Himself and is strictly not revealed to anyone. But it is believed that he condensed all 3000 of his names into 3 names in :Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. (Allah, Rahman and Rahim)

“It is reported by Abdullah bin Abbas that as soon as the tutor says to a child, read: Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim, the teacher, the child, and the child’s parents are all granted freedom from the fire of Jahannam”

Other things about Bismillah:

  • It is a means of protection from punishment-
  • —It has been reported that Abdullah Bin Masood said that there are 19 letters in Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim and there are 19 angels of Jahannam and saying BismillahirRahmanir Rahim protects you from them.
  • It is a means of a higher status in the hereafter-
  • —Prophet Muhammad (saw) was reported to have said that any duaa that begins with Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim is not rejected. And saying it will make the scale heavy for the ummah on the Day of Judgment.
  • It also can protect someone from illnesses, grant riches to the poor, freedom from hell fire, safety from those whose faces are distorted (hypocrites?), and saftey of stones raining from the heavens.


-Rasulullah (saw) said that the angel Jibrael made a mention of this hadith under oath that he heard it from the angel Mika’il under oath who heard it from the angel Israfeel under oath that Allah (swt) said: “By My Honor, Grace, and Granduer, whoever reads Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim and surah Fatihah jointly once, then you will 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.”

(That means, read it like: Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahimil Hamdu Lillahi Rabbil ‘Alamin….)

(I am 95% sure all the information is accurate from multiple sources and definitely not my own brain. I ask for forgiveness if there is something false here that I don’t know about, but again, these are from multiple sources, and I could be wrong)

PART [II] to come soon, insha ‘Allah…..



  1. yearningforislam said,

    good post, masha’Allah…btw, wats the Tafseer Ruhul Bayan?

  2. Su'aidah said,

    Alhamdulilah i came across this blog. It’s very useful to me. Thanks! 🙂 Will be waiting for the second part. InsyaAllah. Amin. Salaams.

  3. Zahra said,

    Salam.. its a good post . I just wanted to correct a bit …

    in the begining you have written that some scholar said that Bismillah is the essence of Surrah Humd. Its a part of famous sermon of Harzar Ali (a)
    it says: ” All that is in the Quran is in surah Hamd, and all that is in Surah Hamd is in Bismillah, and all that is in Bismillah is in the dot of “Bay”( first letter of Bismillah in Arabic) and I am that.”

    reference : Peak of Eloquence

  4. Fatuma said,

    Thanks, Really it is important for me and my Children.

    Thanks again.

  5. Abba Jumare said,

    Is the begining of everything.

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