Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
If there is anything I practice more than anything else since I started learning about Islam, would be the act of saying Bismillah -‘In the name of my Lord’.
I have forced myself into the habit of saying it before engaging in anything be it cooking, eating, drinking, writing and literally anything to be honest to gain the blessing and help from my Creator.
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “On the night on which I was taken on the Night Journey (Isra’), a beautiful fragrance came to me. I said: O Jibreel, what is this beautiful fragrance? He said: This is the fragrance of the hairdresser of Pharaoh’s daughter and her children. I said: What is their story? He said: Whilst she was combing the hair of Pharaoh’s daughter one day, the iron comb fell from her hand and she said, ‘Bismillaah (in the name of Allaah).’ The daughter of Pharaoh said: ‘My father?’ She said: ‘No. My Lord and the Lord of your father is Allaah.’ She said: ‘I will tell him about that.’ She said: ‘Yes.’ So she told him and he summoned her and said: ‘O So and so, do you have a Lord other than me?’ She said: ‘Yes, my Lord and your Lord is Allaah.’ You can read the complete hadith here .
The hairdresser in the story belittled Pharaoh by showing him that her Lord is Allah. Therefore, saying Bismillah in all situations for me, is another way to downgrade Shaytan by starting anything in the name of my Lord.
So.. are you one to say it before engaging in anything you do or do you sometimes omit due to forgetfulness? Whatever the situation may be, I am sure we can try and get into the habit of starting our daily tasks with Bismillah.
Barakallahu feekum and Asalamu 'alaikum Your Sister in Islam (Umm Yusuf / Mina)
Photo taken right after helping my niece with some colouring of her Bismillah place mats! Please check out http://www.karimascrafts.com for lots of other amazing printable sheets.
Shaytan – Satan (iblees/devil)