Start your breakfast with ‘Bismillah’. Begin your work assignment with ‘Bismillah’. Going for a long, arduous journey or simply waking up from your sleep? Don’t forget to say ‘Bismillah’. What does ‘Bismillah’ or its fuller form,‘Bismillah-ir-Rahman-in-Raheem’, mean and what are its implications?‘Bismillah’ is Arabic for ‘In the Name of Allah (God)’ whereas ‘Bismillah-Ir-Rahman-in-Raheem’ translates into ‘In the Name of Allah (God), the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful’.
When a Muslim begins his day or any task – routine or special, ordinary or extraordinary, minuscule or overwhelming, big or small — he begins in the Beautiful Name of Allah. It is no wonder then that ‘Bismillah art online’ and ‘Bismillah art online shopping’ are among the major Google searches within the home décor category of Islamic wall art. Whenever you visit a Muslim home, do not be surprised to see a beautiful piece of Islamic wall art with the words ‘Bismillah’ written in a calligraphic style.
‘Bismillah-Ir-Rahman-in-Raheem’is the opening line of the Holy Quran. Each of the114 chapters of the Quran, except one, begin with this ayat (Arabic for verse). The fact that ‘Bismillah-Ir-Rahman-in-Raheem’ is the first ayat of the Quran and indeed the foremost line of almost all its chapters is a major indicator of its significance. If the Word of Allah itself starts with this ‘Bismillah’ then why should not the mortal, insignificant man, also begin his every task with this phrase too?
What are the virtues and benefits of saying ‘Bismillah’?
According to scholar Sheikh Maududi, 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”.Maududi also says that 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.”
Another scholar, Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid, says: “When one says ‘Bismillah’ 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.’”
It is quite clear that ‘Bismillah’ holds much spiritual sway over the life of every person adhering to the Islamic faith. It is no surprise that Muslims across the world search for Bismillah art online or go forBismillah art online shopping. They obviously want to be reminded of the Blessings and Mercy of Allah, which is why the Islamic wall art at their homes often have Bismillah written in calligraphic style.