Exploring ‘Bismillah’: The First Step in Every Good Deed

Please note: For ease of understanding, I will use masculine words in this post, but it is equally applicable for all genders. For example, every true Muslim’s heart is always concerned about his Lord Almighty Allah.

Last day I was using Facebook when I suddenly saw a post where something was written about “Bismillah” {بسم الله} (starting good work with the name of Allah Almighty). Then I realized that it’s really important to know about this matter with some detailed information. That’s why I did a little bit of research myself about this matter and found something very important for me. I thought it would help you also. Because of that, I wrote this blog. In this blog, you will get to know some Hadith (narrations of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)) about this important matter. I think this blog is necessary for you. Because when I wanted to know about this matter, I really didn’t find a good blog where I could get to know some Hadith about this matter with references. That’s why I thought that I should do this. Now you will get at least some detailed information about the importance of mentioning the name of Allah Almighty before starting any good work. Hope you will enjoy this. Jazakallah (Thank you).

Every true Muslim’s heart is always concerned about his Lord Almighty Allah. He always thinks about how he can get blessings from his Lord Almighty Allah and how he can abide by the ruling of Islam which came from Allah Almighty. In continuation of this, a true Muslim always tries to begin good work with the name of Almighty Allah. As a result of this, he can also do a significant task, which is remembering Allah Almighty more and more, which is also instructed by Allah Subhanahu Owa Ta’Ala. Allah Almighty mentions various verses about remembering Him in the Holy Quran, here are some of these verses from the Holy Quran about this matter.

Quranic Verses on Remembering Allah

You will find lots of verses in the Holy Quran besides these where Muslims are told to remember his Lord Almighty Allah.

So when we start a good task with the name of Almighty Allah, we are actually remembering Him consciously. This is also a reminder for ourselves that we firmly acknowledge that we don’t have the ability to do a good job except by the power and help of Allah Almighty. This noble virtue is also loved by Allah Subhanahu Owa Ta’Ala.

Hadith on the Importance of Mentioning Allah's Name When Beginning Good Deeds

Now let’s move on to the command of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) where it’s being told to us to start various works with the name of Almighty Allah. There are lots of Hadith in this regard in the various books of Hadith. We will mention some of them for you to understand the importance of mentioning the name of Almighty Allah while starting good work. So let’s start with the name of Almighty Allah.

In addition to the above-mentioned Hadiths, you can find many more Hadiths on this same topic in the books of Hadith. If you want, you can do your own research to get more Hadith about this matter.

Some Exception

Though starting good work with the name of Allah Almighty has a very significant role in Islam, there are some exceptions also. These exceptions are made by Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) with the will of Allah Almighty. Here are some exceptions:

  • All types of Khutbah (speech) including the Khutbah of Juma’h, Khutbah of two Eid etc.
  • Before starting Religious discussion.
  • Before starting Adhan.

The rule in all these cases is to begin by sharing the words that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and his companions began with, such as praising Allah Almighty, reciting Salat and Salam (peace and blessings) for the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Before Adhan, there are no specific words and sentences we should mention. We should not recite anything at that moment because this is the Sunnah (Rule) of the Messenger of Allah Subhanahu Owa Ta’Ala. Remember one thing: “Exception is always an exception” it’s not considered as general ruling.

My last thought

We, as servants of Allah Almighty, have to realize that we are nothing without Allah’s blessings. Even we don’t have that much power that we can take a single breath without the help of Allah Almighty. So we don’t have any excuse for not worshipping Him. Mentioning His name at the beginning of any good work is a way of worshipping Him. But remember this thing also that mentioning His name before starting any good work is not obligatory. Yes! It’s an encouraged thing in Islam. But not obligatory. That’s why we should treat this thing as the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and his companions treated it. Because they are our role models. We have no authority to add and reduce new things in Islam. Islam is a totally complete religion. There’s no scope for us to add new things in Islam in the name of worshipping. I strongly believe that the Sunnah (way of living) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is enough for us to succeed in this life and also hereafter. I am saying from my personal experience that if we decorate our lives with the Sunnah (way of living) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), then our lives will become more enjoyable and peaceful. I’m responsible for my words.

 Always remember these two verses from the Holy Quran: 

May Allah Almighty guide us to always remember Him and follow the path of His beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Ameen.

FOOTNOTE

1. Surah Ankabut, 29:42
2. Surah Juma’h, 62:10
3. Surah Ah’jab, 33:41-42
4. Sahih (Darussalam) Jami`at-Tirmidhi, 1858 In-Book Reference: Book 25, Hadith 75 English Reference: Vol. 3, Book 23, Hadith 1858
5. Sahih (Darussalam) Jami` at-Tirmidhi, 1046 In-Book Reference: Book 10, Hadith 82 English Reference: Vol. 2, Book 5, Hadith 1046
6. Sahih (Darussalam) Jami` at-Tirmidhi, 1494 In-Book Reference: Book 19, Hadith 2 English Reference: Vol. 3, Book 17, Hadith 1494
7. Sahih Sahih al-Bukhari, 141 In-Book Reference: Book 4, Hadith 7 USC-MSA web (English) reference: Vol. 1, Book 4, Hadith 143 (deprecated numbering scheme)
8. Sahih (Darussalam) Sunan Ibn Majah, 3522 In-Book Reference: Book 31, Hadith 87 English Reference: Vol. 4, Book 31, Hadith 3522
9. Sahih (Al-Albani) Sunan Abi Dawud, 2602 In-Book Reference: Book 15, Hadith 126 English Reference: Book 14, Hadith 2596
10. *Note: This Hadith contains difference of opinion being authentic or weak. According to some scholar this is authentic Hadith and for other scholar this is an weak Hadith. (Allah Almighty knows best). Da’if (Darussalam) Jami` at-Tirmidhi, 3426 In-Book Reference: Book 48, Hadith 57 English Reference: Vol. 6, Book 45, Hadith 3426
11. Surah Al-Ma’idah, 5:3
12. Surah Al-Ahzab, 33:21

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