Bismillah…

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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 ‘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).’” 
Subhanallah! How amazing is our Prophet Muhammad  صلي الله عليه وسلم that he even taught us what to say in situations of forgetfulness for indeed, as humans we are not perfect and bound to forget sometimes.
Also, this amazing story narrated by Prophet Muhammad صلي الله عليه وسلم is one I can always read over as it is an encouragement for me to be saying it in all situations.

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)

https://www.sunnah.com/urn/1273720


 

11 thoughts on “Bismillah…

  1. Sparkyjen says:

    Yes. Yes. Yes! I will make an effort to include this before I do anything because it will keep me mindful of how blessed I am. I usually thank Him many times during a day already. I am thankful for what has been provided, and He is worth much in my life, because he forgives even when I forget.

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  2. ashleybounoura says:

    Salaam alaikum! Jazakallah khair for the wonderful reminder…unfortunately I converted to Islam two years ago, but saying Bismillah when beginning actions is still something I struggle with, and I often forget. InshAllah your post will be good motivation for me to start working harder on it!

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    • MINA'S MEMOIR says:

      Walaikum As salaam sister Ashley. Wa iyaki. Alhamdullilah that Allah SWT has guided you to Islam. Islam is truly a beautiful religion and may Allah SWT continue to guide us to remain on the straight path. Ameen.
      Insha allah you find the post beneficial. It is also a reminder for me as I do forget sometimes. May Allah SWT make it easy for us all to begin everything with His name. Ameen

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