“In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficial and the Most Merciful.” When hasn’t a Muslim said this and treasured this blessing before starting his work? Every other Muslim starts his work, day, an important event, or a sacred prayer by saying Bismillah to aspire to Allah’s grace.
Points Of Discussion
What Virtues Does Bismillah Bring To A Muslim’s Life?
Have you ever planned a night out or a road trip along with your friends without asking for approval from your parents? Absolutely Not. The permissions and prayers of your parents are the gateways to their children’s well-being.
The same is the spiritual connection with this magical phrase. Every Muslim is confined to asking his lord’s lenience and grace before doing any life chore. Now, these chores are many. For example, remember your school day in an examination hall. Right before solving your first objective question, what did your heart whisper? Bismillah. And the list of all such activities that include Bismillah in their beginnings is uncountable.
I have observed several passengers saying bismillah before entering and leaving the buses. Shopkeepers say Bismillah before taking money from their customers. Homemakers practicing Bismillah before making meals and pour this habit into their offspring. No doubt indulging this habit in our hearts purifies our souls but also erases our sins as well.
What Did Our Prophet (PBUH) Say About Bismillah?
It was narrated that ‘Aishah said:
“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was eating food with six of his Companions when a Bedouin came and ate it all in two bites. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘If he had said Bismillah, it would have sufficed you (all). When any one of you eats food, let him say Bismillah, and if he forgets to say Bismillah at the beginning, let him say Bismillah fi awwalihi wa akhirih (In the Name of Allah at the beginning and at the end).’
Benefits of Saying Bismillah
1. Before Leaving And Entering Your Home
The advantages and ease Bismillah beholds are hard to summarise. But according to the sayings of our beloved Prophet (PBUH), it becomes an obligation for every single Muslim to interpret and practice the benefits of Bismillah in daily life.
Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Whoever says (upon leaving his house): ‘Bismillah, tawakkaltu ‘alallah, wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah [I begin with the Name of Allah; I trust in Allah; there is no altering of conditions but by the Power of Allah],’ it will be said to him: ‘You are guided, defended and protected.’ The devil will go far away from him.”
Abu Dawud reported it with this addition: “One devil will say to another: ‘How can you deal with a man who has been guided, defended and protected?”
2. All The Evil Energies Shatter
By saying Bismillah before every task of daily routine, Allah protects the person with all the negative affirmations and adds peace to his surroundings.
3. Putting The Hand Where Is Pains
Uthman b. Abu al-‘As Al-Thaqafi reported that he made a complaint of pain to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) that he felt in his body at the time he had become Muslim. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said:
Place your hand at the place where you feel pain in your body and say Bismillah (in the name of Allah) three times and seven times A’udhu billahi wa qudratihi min sharri ma ajidu wa uhadhiru (I seek refuge with Allah and with His Power from the evil that I find and that I fear).
Reference: Sahih Muslim 2202
Benefits Of Saying Bismillah Before Eating
Eating is considered one of the inevitable activities of the day. Many researchers and nutritionists nowadays emphasize a lot about the etiquette of eating. But our prophet has told us about the manners of eating years ago.
‘Umar bin Abu Salamah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said to me, “Mention Allah’s Name (i.e., say Bismillah before starting eating), eat with your right hand, and eat from what is near you.”
Reference: Riyad as-Salihin 727
What are the Benefits of Saying Bismillah 21 times?
What happens when you recite Bismillah twenty-one times before going to sleep? Allah showers his mercy by telling the angels to remove your sins of the day. That’s how powerful the phrase is. But in actuality, the proper references to hadith and quranic verses are unavailable to prove the benefits right. However, there is no harm in reciting bismillah twenty-one times before sleeping. As the fatwa explains:
Question: “Whoever says ‘Bismillah’ 21 times before falling asleep, Allah tells the angels to write down a good deed for every breath he takes.” Is this authentic? Is there a Hadith or Quran about this?
Benefits of Saying Bismillah 100 times
Do you want to rank your good deeds above the bad ones? Well, every Muslim wishes for a stronger bond with his creator. That being the case, every Muslim seeks to thrive in his desire by reciting different surah and kalma, etc. but one of the gateways, being told by various scholars, is to recite Bismillah over hundred times or as much as a person can. This holy act increases the pleasures and joys while vanishing all the discomforts. However, no authentic reference is available about saying Bismillah for hundred times in any hadith. But most believers implement this virtue to gain sawab (rewards) in their lives.
Benefits Of Saying Bismillah 1000 Times
Many Islamic scholars have been observed instructing their listeners about wazifas regarding saying Bismillah one thousand times. It is believed that by doing such wazifa, one cherishes success and elation in every field of life. Moreover, reciting Bismillah strengthens the spiritual connection between the person and Allah.
Bismillah is the best practice every Muslim does while opening his eyes to every field of life. I, along with others, have a firm belief in the hadith that put light upon about intentions of Muslims:
‘Umar bin Al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
وعن أمير المؤمنين أبي حفص عمر بن الخطاب بن نفيل بن عبد العزى بن رياح بن قرط بن رزاح بن عدى بن لؤى ابن غالب القرشى العدوى. رضي الله عنه، قال: سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: “ إنما الأعمال بالنيات، وإنما لكل امرىء ما نوى فمن كانت هجرته إلى الله ورسوله فهجرته إلى الله ورسوله، ومن كانت هجرته لدنيا يصيبها، أو امرأة ينكحها فهجرته إلى ما هاجر إليه” ((متفق على صحته. رواه إماما المحدثين: أبو عبدالله محمد بن إسماعيل بن إبراهيم بن المغيرة بن بَرْدِزْبَهْ الجعفي البخاري، أبو الحسين مسلم بن الحجاج بن مسلم القشيرى النيسابورى رضي الله عنهما في صحيحهما اللذين هما أصح الكتب المصنفة)).
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “The deeds are considered by the intentions, and a person will get the reward according to his intention. So whoever emigrated for Allah and His Messenger, his emigration will be for Allah and His Messenger; and whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration would be for what he emigrated for”.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “He who lets the people hear of his good deeds intentionally, to win their praise, Allah will let the people know his real intention (on the Day of Resurrection), and he who does good things in public to show off and win the praise of the people, Allah will disclose his real intention (and humiliate him).
Reciting Bismillah is undoubtedly a great habit that every Muslim should possess. But one should take the above hadith into notice that every act with positive intention is admired by Almighty Allah. Whether a person recites Bismillah twenty-one times, thousand, or a hundred times, it wholly depends upon the pure preferences of the believer.
Author: Islamic Nuskhe