Guidance From the Noble Quran
By Shaykh Mufti Afzal Hoosen Elias
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Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
I begin in the name ofAllaah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Bismillaah is a verse of the Qur’aan
All Muslims are united on the fact the Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem forms part of Surah Naml in an and that it is written at the beginning of all Surah except Surah Tawbah. Mujtahideen differ in what whether Bismillaah forms part of Surah Faatihah and all other Surah or now? The Mazhab of the great Imaam Abu Hanifah is that except for Surah Naml, Bismillaah is not part of any Surah; It is an independent and absolute verse revealed at the beginning of every Surah in order to introduce a break and distinction between two Surahs.
To begin reading of Qur’aan, or any other important task by Bismillaah…
It was the habit of people of Jaahiliyyah (ignorance) to begin their tasks by uttering names of their idols. To exterminate this old custom of ignorance the first ever verse Jibra’eel Ameen instructs (readers) to begin the Qur’aan by the name of Allaah. “Iqra’a bismi Rabbika (Read in the name of your Lord). Allaamah Suyooti says that all the other heavenly scriptures were also began by Bismillaah. Some Ulemaa (Scholars) have stated that Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem is unique to Qur’aan and the followers of Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The explanation for those two differing views is that beginning by the name of Allaah, is common in all heavenly Books, but the words of Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem are unique toqur’aan. This is also evident form some Ahaadeeth that the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in the initial stages used to write oumma to begin any task. When the verse Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem was revealed, he adopted these words, and this Sunnah continued forever. [Qurtubi, Rahul Ma’aani]. Qur’aan exhorts at various places, to start all tasks with the name of Allaah. Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“Every important work which had not been started by Bismillaah remains without barakah (blessings). ”
In one Hadeeth it is stated that when you close the door of the house, say Bismillaah; when you extinguish the candle, say Bismillaah; when you cover the utensils, say Bismillaah; when eating food, drinking, beginning ablution, riding the vehicle, and disembarking, etc. in all tasks we are advised to say Bismillaah by various Qur’aanic verses and Ahaadeeth.
WISDOM OF STARTING ALL TASKS BY BISMILLAAH
By advising human beings to begin all works by Bismillaah, Islaam has turned his entire life’s direction towards Allaah, so that human will refresh his covenant and promise at every step; that my existence or any of my tasks cannot be possible without the will and help from Allaah, who has made all my movements and worldly tasks into worship.