Before we learn, dear reader, what is the meaning of Bismillah ( Arabic: بسم الله ), I would like to tell you that you should start Bismillah in everything and every work you do, so that you will be blessed in all your actions and add immense reward and barakah to all your work.

What is bismillah?

What is bismillah
What is bismillah

The Bismillah (Basmala) in Arabic as(بسملة), and also known by Bi-semi llah( بسم الله ), or Tasmiyah ( تَسْمِيَّة ).

Bismillah is the Islamic phrase in Arabic(بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم), (bi-semi llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīmi).

It is an important phrase in Islam and Muslims, as it has become in their daily routine before anything they start, such as daily auctions, new tasks, and in their prayers. It is the simplest supplication for Muslims to obtain blessings and barakah in all actions.

Muslims recite the Bismillah at the beginning of the Quran before each surah except one surah. All Surah in the Quran starts with these beautiful and comfortable words Bismillah.

Before we recite the basmalah, we must seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan(أَعُوذُ بِٱللَّٰهِ مِنَ ٱلشَّيْطَانِ ٱلرَّجِيمِ).

 “Ta’awwudh” (تَعَوُّذ) for the phrase “I seek refuge with Allah from the pelted Satan” (اعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم, ʾaʿūḏu bi-llāhi mina š-šayṭāni r-rajīmi).

The basmalah is more widespread than the martyrs. It appeared in Arabic calligraphy as Islamic Arabic inscriptions in the fifth and sixth centuries.

Bismillah meaning

The meaning of Bismillah is(In the name of Allah), and is known as(Bismillah ir Rahman ir Raheem).

The Meaning of bismillah al Rahman al Rahim is that we renew our aim toward what we do, even though it’s a small act, and we consider something sincerely earlier than we act.

Bismillah means in English as follows

  • Bism» meaning(with, by, or name).
  • Allah» Arabic word meaning(God).
  • Ar Rahman and Ar Raheem are two of the 99 names of Allah, They are two attributes of God’s mercy and kindness

وَللَّهِ الأَسْمَآءُ الْحُسْنَى فَادْعُوهُ بِهَا

From this meaning, we can get the translation of the Bismillah “By the name of God (Allah), the all-Merciful, the especially-Merciful”.

Bismillah in English Translation

Surahs of Bismillah help you to consider reciting those beautiful and comfortable phrases before doing any action on your day. As it’s also very big to apprehend the meaning of the Dua.

When you understand the Arabic language, you understand the meaning of this dua. Then you can recite the Bismillah with English translation to understand the meaning of this dua.

The translation of Bismillah in English is “in the name of Allah the most beneficent the most merciful.”

When you are busy in your daily life, routine works. You need to recite these beautiful words or Dua before starting any task and anything. If you recite this dua, Allah will make your work easier for you and there is barakah in this work.

To get success in your life and after this life, make a habit of reciting this dua before starting any work in your daily life.

Other common Tasmiyah spellings

You hear Bismillah Hir Rahman Nir Rahim(بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ) being that when Muslims recite before reading the Quran. They said during obligatory prayers (salat) before Surah Fatiha but it is Sunnah that this is recited silently in the reader’s head. 

The basmalah is part of monotheism(Ta’awwudh) with Allah.

Bismillah Hir Rahman Nir Rahim in ARABIC

In Arabic this is written:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


There are lots of hadiths that emphasize the virtues and advantages of those who say the basmalah.

As follows:

Reciting Bismillah Before: 

  • Eating:
  • Narrated Umm Kulthum: From ‘Aishah that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

When one of you eats food, then let him say: Bismillah. If he forgets in the beginning, then let him say: Bismillah Fi Awwalihi Wa Akhirih (In the Name of Allah in its beginning and its end.)

Grade: Sahih (Darussalam)

Reference: Jami At-Tirmidhi 1858

In-book reference: Book 25, Hadith 75.

  • Umaiyyah bin Makshi reported:

“The Prophet was sitting while a man was eating food. That man did not mention the Name of allah till only a morsel of food was left.

When he raised it to his mouth, he said, Bismillah awwalahu wa akhirahu.

The Prophet smiled at this and said, “evil had been eating with him but when he mentioned the Name of Allah, evil vomited all that was in his stomach”.

— From Abu Dawud and Al-Nasa’i.

  • Wahshi bin Harb reported:

 “Some of the Sahaba of the Prophet said, ‘We eat but are not satisfied.’ He said, ‘Perhaps you eat separately.’ The Sahaba replied in the affirmative. He then said, ‘Eat together and mention the Name of allah over your food. It will be a blessing for you.’

— From Abu Dawood

A tradition ascribed to Muhammad states.

  • Entering Your House:

Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

I heard Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “If a person mentions the Name of Allah upon entering his house or eating, Satan says, addressing his followers: You will find nowhere to spend the night and no dinner.’ But if he enters without mentioning the Name of Allah, Satan says (to his followers); ‘You have found (a place) to spend the night in, and if he does not mention the Name of Allah at the time of eating, Satan says: ‘You have found (a place) to spend the night in as well as food.”‘

[Muslim] – Riyad As Salihin

Arabic/English book reference: Book 3, Hadith 730

All that is contained in the revealed books is to be found in the Qur’an and all that is contained in the Qur’an is summed up in the surat al-Fatihah (“The opening one”) while this is in its turn contained in the formula Bismillahi-r-Rahmani-r-Rahim (“In the name of allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful”).

A tradition ascribed to Imam Ali states.


بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Bismillah calligraphy

In a commentary on the Basmala in his Tafsir al-Tabari, al-Tabari writes:

“The Messenger of Allah (the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that Jesus was handed by his mother Mary over to a school so that he might be taught. [The teacher] said to him: ‘Write “Bism (In the name of)”.’ And Jesus said to him: ‘What is “Bism”?’ The teacher said: ‘I do not know.’ Jesus said: ‘The “Ba” is Baha’u’llah (the glory of Allah), the “Sin” is His Sana’ (radiance), and the “Mim” is His Mamlakah (sovereignty).

How to pronounce bismillah?

Pronunciation: {/bis.mi‿l.laː.hi‿r.raħ.maː.ni‿r.ra.ħiː.mi/}.


بِسْمِ ٱللّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ‎ 

  • {bi-smi llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīmi}.

“In the name of allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate basmala.

_بَسْمَلَ‎ (basmala, “to say the bismillah”).

_See also

بِسْمِ اللّٰه‎ (bi-smi llāh).

Which surah in the Quran has 2 bismillah?

That is in surah Naml.

There are two instances of Bismillah in surah Naml due to Hazrat SULIMAN Writes letter to Bilkees whilst she turned into Queen of Saba at that time, and letter starts with Bismillah. So there may be instances of Bismillah in Surah Naml.

Chapter 27: The Ant (Al-Naml)‎

٢٧بِسمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحمٰنِ الرَّحيمِ

In the name of allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

٣٠:٢٧إِنَّهُ مِن سُلَيمٰنَ وَإِنَّهُ بِسمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحمٰنِ الرَّحيمِ

Q27:30 {It is from Solomon, and it is, ‘In the name of allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.}

which surah has no bismillah?

That is in surah Tawba which is known as surah Barat, That doesn’t begin with bismillah.

There are 114 chapters/surahs withinside the Qur’an. All surahs begin with bismillah besides surah Tawba. But the whole verse of bismillah is covered in surah Naml, this is lacking in Sura Tawba. This is why Surah Naml is called the Surah with bismillah.

Which sahabi wrote bismillah first?

The first person who writes Bismillah: Prophet Sulaiman AS.

How many times is bismillah repeated in the Quran?

It’s 114 times.

Note: each surah begins with the Basmallah except surat Al-Tawbah, one chapter

( Al-Naml)has the Bismillah twice, because the Holy Quran has 114 chapters then the Basmallah appears in total 114 times.

The Basmallah is supposed to be the whole one (Bismillah AlRahman AlRaheem) By the call of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

What do I have to respond to the basmalah?

There is no specific reaction to announcing the basmalah, it’s a stunning supplication to God and we are saying it earlier than beginning to do something so that our Lord blesses us with it and keeps us away from any harm.

Is saying Bismillah a good deed?

Yes, of course.

It is a great deed due to the fact it is from the Sunnah of the Prophet, can also additionally Allah bless him and provide him peace, and whoever follows the Sunnah of the Prophet will have an awesome reward with Allah.

In addition, God blesses you for what you do and continues far from demons and the entirety harmful. How stunning to recall God in each moment! Hence, Allah noted numerous of His Names as Attributes for His Name ‘Allah’. Similarly, Allah said:

وَللَّهِ الأَسْمَآءُ الْحُسْنَى فَادْعُوهُ بِهَا

And all the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allah, so name on Him via way of means of them.

How do we use Bismillah in a sentence?

  • What did we are saying earlier than you stated withinside the call of God earlier than beginning any movement similar to that it’s far a Sunnah earlier than you recite any surah of the Qur’an. And it’s also a yr from the beginning of eating.
  • And it is compulsory while any animal is slaughtered as its miles are slaughtered consistent with Sharia (halal).
  • We explored social media information feeds of Muslims to compile a listing of various methods one should use the word bismillah in an everyday context.


  1. Bismillah hir Rahman nir Rahim alhamdulillah rabbil alamin (recited before beginning of a surah, in this case, surah Fatiha).
  2. Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim, La ilaha unwell Allah Muhammadun Rasool Allah… We stay in submission, however, there’s no assurance we can die in SUBMISSION (stated earlier than shahada).
  3. We will try again today. Bismillah. Good Morning!.
  4. Bismillah Hir Rahman Nir Raheem. Remember that this night can be our last night so don’t forget to praise Allah Tabara’kah Ta’ala Rahman as much as you can and be in Sujood and ask Allah Al Janna’ah In Sha Allah. Will you then misguide yourself and invest time with TV and Movies (here Dr. Abdul Jabbar Al Ahmed begins his message with the name of Allah).
  5. Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Raheem.In the Name of Allah, the Most Blessed, the Most Merciful.Congratulations on choosing(begin with the name of Allah and then continue with their message).

To remind yourself for the Bismillah:

You can do it by downloading beautiful Images of Bismillah, the wonderful Bismillah pictures. There are different images of this dua available in Arabic and other languages.

Is it haram to say Allah in the bathroom?

Whoever sees it as hate, and whoever sees it as forbidden. Since remembering God withinside the toilet is disrespectful to the call of our God, you don’t want to say God withinside the toilet.

As the bathroom is the desired location for the devils, the bathroom has one character and isn’t always an area for the remembrance of God.

Saying Bismillah serves as a form of protection for us from jinns whenever we enter the restroom. Although for this, a Muslim is advised to go further by reciting the full dua for entering the toilet:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْخُبُثِ وَالْخَبَائِثِ

“O Allah, I seek refuge with you from all evil and evil-doers.”

“Bismillah, Allahumma innee a‛oodhu bika minal-khubuthi wal-khabaa’ith”.

As for what he says when he comes out of the toilet: (Your forgiveness, praise be to God who has removed the harm from me and healed me).

Why do we say bismillah? And why is it important?

Bismillah hir Rahman nir Rahim have three names of Allah: 

  1. Allah is His most familiar name to indicate that all things happen only by the will of Allah.
  2. Rahman which means gracious. Allah is the only one who can keep things from destruction.
  3. Rahim which means merciful. Allah is the most merciful and it is only through His mercy that man can thrive or be successful.

Its importance:

  1. We start all our actions withinside the call of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Benevolent, to bear in mind that the whole lot is for His sake. We start in Allah’s call withinside the desire that we can be successful, rewarded, and blessed.
  2. Bismillah is a powerful word that completes our actions and provides monstrous praise and barakah to the whole lot that follows it.
  3. BY recite, ‘BISMILLAHIR RAHMANIR RAHEEM’ بِسمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحمٰنِ الرَّحيمِ (meaning, “IN THE NAME OF ALLAH), the benefit of the merciful), you’re consciously asking Allah to be with you all through the task, speech or movement which you are approximately to perform.
  4. Opening to Basmala approaches that we begin our action seeking help and blessings through the name of Allah.


Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:

“Every important word or matter that does not begin with the remembrance of Allah is maimed.”


That means that without starting with Bismillah, we deprive ourselves of blessing, goodness, and ease. Therefore, through pronouncing Bismillah we invite and welcome advantages and the assistance of Allah (SWT) to make things easy and good.

  1. Renewing our intentions

Saying Bismillah offers us the possibility to make clear our intentions so that our act is preceded with a clear concept of why we’re doing it. If we need to maximize our praise for any act, irrespective of how small, we want to assume via our purpose.


It is narrated on the authority of Amirul Mu’minin, Abu Hafs ‘Umar bin al-Khattab, radiyallahu ‘anhu, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wasallam, say: 

“Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.”

[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

  1. Essentially, whilst we are saying Bismillah we remind ourselves that the entirety is for Allah (SWT) alone. Our sustenance, futures, and akhirah lie with Allah alone.
  2. This word is at the beginning of the entirety we do as Muslims and the Holy Prophet (saw) has advocated us to recite the basmallah every time we need to begin anything, while insignificant as sitting on our shoes.
  3. When we are saying Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim, we’re beginning with the call of Allah (swt). We are recognizing Him as our Lord and the cause we’re taking that action.
  4. Looking at the importance of Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim even from the Qur’an, we can see that apart from Surah at-Taubah, every single chapter of the Qur’an starts with bismillah. Every letter that the Prophet wrote in his lifetime started with Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim and this only further shows the importance of the phrase.

Related: Best Duas for Shifa.

  1. We are seeking His protection and mercy. This is sometimes the reason why people would say that if you cannot say the bismillah before doing something, then it shows that the act is probably haram and you shouldn’t be doing it.


The word Bismillah is one of the necessary words, and also you need to realize the Meaning of bismillah al Rahman al Rahim properly if you want to repeat it in your tongue and on your heart. Now you realize it’s that means and the way to write it and its that means in English, so there may be no excuse to repeat it.

In addition, it’s miles crucial to recite any surah withinside the Qur’an, so you need to say Bismillah earlier than you recite any surah.

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