بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
In the Name of Allah, the Most Kind, the Most Merciful
AN INCIDENT WITH ISA – JESUS (عليه السلام)
It is reported that Sayyidina Isa (عليه السلام) passed by a grave whose inmate was being tormented. After some days he happened to pass by the same grave again. This time there was no punishment. The inmate was in great comfort. This surprised him a great deal. He asked Allah: -O Lord, what brought about Your mercy so that you have lifted the punishment from this person?” Allah Ta’ala replied: -O Isa, when the man died, he left behind a child. When his mother took him to the madrasah and he, the child, said بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم in the presence of the teacher, it is not like me to keep on punishing his father while he called me Rahmaan and Raheem. Hence, I forgave him.
BASHR HAAFI’S INCIDENT
Bashr Haafi once saw a paper with the inscription “بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم” lying on the ground. He picked it up. He had 2 Dirhams in his pocket. He bought perfume with these and smeared it on the paper. That night he saw (the noor(light)) of Allah Ta’ala in his dream.
Allah said to him: O Bashr Haafi, just as you have honoured my name, in the same way I shall make you popular in the world and hereafter.
ABU MUSLIM KHAULANI’S INCIDENT
Abu Muslim Khaulani had a slave girl who used to serve him. For some time she began feeding him food mixed with poison so he could die. After a number of weeks she saw no signs of illness. So, she told him what she had been doing and asked him why no harm was coming to him. He, in turn asked her why she was doing this. She replied that he has grown old and it was her desire to become free as soon as possible. This could only happen if he died. He replied that no harm came to him because it is his practice to say “بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم” before taking any food or drink. Thereafter, he set her free so she could marry whoever she desired.
A FASCINATING STORY OF A JEWISH GIRL
It is mentioned in Lam’aate Soofiyyah that a pious man was once lecturing on the virtues of “بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم”. A Jewish girl was also listening to his lecture. She was so moved by the lecture that she accepted Islam. Now, whenever she did anything she always said “بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم” first. When her father, who was the king’s minister, discovered that she had embraced Islam, he became very upset. He feared that the people would look down upon him. So, he began threatening her in the hope that she would forsake Islam. But she would not. Finally, he decided, the only solution was to kill her.
Thus, he thought of a plan: he gave her the ring, which was used for sealing letters and documents in the king’s court. He said to her: “Keep it until I ask for it.” Saying “بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم” she took it and put it in her pocket.’
That night the father tip-toed into her room and stole the ring and flung it into the river. That would give the king all the reason to hang her.
The following day a fisherman came along to the minister and gave him a fish as a gift. The minister took it and gave it to his daughter to prepare it. As soon as she opened the stomach to clean the fish she found the ring. She was shocked! For it looked exactly like the ring her father had given her! She searched for the ring in her pocket but couldn’t find it. She read “بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم” and put the ring back into her pocket.
She then prepared the fish and presented it to her father. After he had his meal. He then asked for the ring. She said “بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم” and produced it from her pocket The father was shocked for he had thrown it into the river! How could she take it out from her pocket! He then told her what he had done and enquired where the ring came from. She told him she found it from the fish’s stomach. Witnessing the barakah (blessing) of Bismillah he accepted Islam straightaway.
THE STORY OF THE ROMAN KING
It is mentioned in Moo-dhi-hul Qur’aan that the king wrote to Sayyidina Umar (رضي الله عنه) that he has continious headaches and to kindly send him some medication. Sayyidina Umar (رضي الله عنه) sent him a topee(hat). As long as he had the topee(hat)on his head he would feel well. But when he took it off, the headache came back. He was surprised. He took off the topee(hat) and inspected it carefully. And he found “بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم” inscribed inside.
THE STORY OF SAYYIDINA KHAALID (رضي الله عنه)
On one occasion Sayyidina Khaalid (رضي الله عنه) surrounded the enemy. So they said to him that you claim that Islam is a true religion. Show us some proof. So he said to them to bring him some poison They brought him a cup filled with poison. He said ‘Bismillah’ and drank it. No harm whatsoever came to him. Witnessing this, they all embraced Islam.
THE STORY OF FAQEEH MUHAMMAD ZAMANI
Faqeeh Muhammad Zamani had a severe fever. His Ustaad Faqeeh Wali Muhammad came to pay him a visit. He gave him a ta’weez(amulet) and advising him not to open it, he departed. As soon as he wore it, his fever disappeared. He became curious. So he opened it and found “بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم” written in it. This made him lose his confidence in the ta’weez. So his fever returned. He went back to his Ustaad and offered his apology and asked for another ta’weez(amulet). The Ustaad gave him another one. He wore it and his fever again disappeared. He opened it after a year and again, to his surprise, found “بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم” written in it. By this time he was cured and his yaqeen in “بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم” grew tremendously.
THE BARAKAH AND BLESSINGS OF BISMILLAH WHEN BISMILLAH WAS REVEALED …
Sayyidina Jaabir (رضي الله عنه) is reported to have said that when بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 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 shaytaan got pelted with fire from the heavens and Allah Ta’ala, swearing an oath by His honour, declared: Anyone who says this name of mine (ie. Bismillaahir (rahmaanir raheem) upon anything, I will surely impart barakah in that thing, (Durre Manthoor and Ibne Katheer)
BISMILLAH BEFORE WAHEE
In Durre Manthoor Sayyidina Ibne Umar (رضي الله عنه) is reported as saying that surely, whenever Jibreel (عليه السلام) used to bring wahee to Rasoolullah (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم), he used to first recite بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم . The reason for the above is as follows: in Bismillah there are three names of Allah:
(1) Allah which is His personal name indicating that all projects can only be initiated by the will and wish of Allah.
(2) Rahmaan (Kind) which is His attributive name indicating that only Allah can keep that project intact and existent (guarding it against destruction).
(3) Raheem(Most Merciful) which is also His attributive name indicating that only Allah can, through His mercy and grace, enable any person to derive benefit from that project.
This clearly proves that any project begun with بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم will be granted barakah and blessings from the beginning till the end.
BISMILLAH BEFORE DOING ANYTHING
It is for this reason that Rasoolullah (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم) used to recite بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم before doing any work. And he (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم) also advised the Ummah to do the same. For example, reading it before shutting the door for the night, before putting out the light, before taking meals, before drinking water, before boarding a conveyance, and when alighting any conveyance.
REMEMBERING ALLAH THROUGH HIS THREE THOUSAND NAMES
It is mentioned in Tafseer Roohul Bayaan that Allaamah Sayyid Haqqi (رضي الله عنه) said that Allah Ta’ala has three thousand names. He revealed one thousand to the angels, one thousand to the ambiya(عليه السلام), three hundred are mentioned in the Toraah, three hundred in the Zaboor, three hundred in the Injeel, and ninety-nine in the Holy Qur’aan. One Name He has kept to Himself; He revealed it to no one. Also, He has condensed all His names into the three names contained in بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم. They are Allah, Rahmaan and Raheem. Any person saying Bismillaahir rahmaanir raheem; it is as though he has remembered Allah by all His names.
BISMILLAH – A MEANS OF HIGH STATUS IN THE HEREAFTER
Rasoolullah (Sallaahu-alayhi-wasallam) is reported as saying that any du’a which is begun with is not rejected. Because of saying بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم the scales of my Ummah will become heavy on the Day of Qiyaamah. The other people will enquire: “Why is the virtues of the Ummate Muhammadiyyah so heavy?” Their prophets will say: “In the utterances of the Ummate Muhammadiyyah there is such an honourable name of Allah that if it is placed on the one side of the scale, and the sins of the entire creation is put onto the other side then the side with the virtue will be heavier.
A HADEETH E QUDSI
Rasoolullah (Saliallaahu-alayhi-wasallam) said that Sayyidina Jibreel made mention of this Hadeeth under oath that he heard it from Sayyidina Mika’il(عليه السلام) under oath who in turn heard it from Sayyidina Israfeel (عليه السلام)under oath that Allah Ta’ala said: “By my honour, grace and grandeur, whoever reads بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم and Soorah Faatihah jointly once, then you 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 the day of Qiyaamah. Note: Reading Bismillah and Sooratul Faatihah jointly means to read it As follows:
“بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم mil hamdu lillaahi rabbil aalameen…”
SAYING BISMILLAH BEFORE WUDHU
Rasoolullah (Sallailaahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: “One who does not say Bismillah before wudhu, his wudhu is incomplete.” (Tirmizi). It is reported from Sayyidina Abu Hurairah (رضي الله عنه) that anyone who does not say Bismillah before wudhu, only the sins committed by the limbs which are washed in wudhu will be washed away; and one who says Bismillah before wudhu, the sins of the entire body will be washed away. (Mishkaat)
SAYING BISMILLAH BEFORE MEALS
Sayyidina Umar Ibne Abee Salmah (رضي الله عنه) reports that Rasoolullah (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم) said to me: “Say Bismillah and eat with your right hand the food that is in front of you.” (Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmizi)
Whoever used to eat without saying Bismillah, Rasoolullah(صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم) used to hold his hand and urge him to say Bismillah. (Zaadul Ma’aad,Uswah-e-Rasoole Akram).
The Ulama have said that it is preferable to say the Bismillah aloud so that it is a reminder for those who forget. Also, Ibne Habbaan is reported as saying that if Bismillah is said prior to utilising any bounty of Allah and Alhamdu- lillah is said after utilising it, the user will not be asked to the give accountability for that bounty on the Day of Qiyamah.
Sayyidina Anas (رضي الله عنه) reports from Rasoolullah (Sallallaa-hu-alayhi-wasallam) that when a person undresses for the purpose of either relieving himself or bathing or having relations with his spouse then the shaytaan interferes and plays with his or her private parts.
But if he or she says Bismillah before taking off the clothes, then this serves as a barrier and safety against the shaytaan and jinn. (Tirmizi)
OTHER WONDERS OF BISMILLAH
Rasoolullah (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم) is reported as saying that as long as people keep on saying بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم it will be a means of safeguarding them against sicknesses; a means of granting riches to the destitute; a means of freedom against the Fire; a means of safeguard against being swallowed by the earth; a means of safety against faces becoming distorted; and a means of safety from stones raining down from the heavens. (Ghunyatut Taalibeen Page 157)