I heard that you shouldn’t say “Bismaillah hirrahman nir raheem”

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Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2011





I heard that you shouldn’t say “Bismaillah hirrahman nir raheem”


I heard that you shouldn’t say “Bismaillah hirrahman nir raheem” in full for anything except when reading quran.  While doing other things, such as eating or whatever one should just say “Bismillah”.

Can you please comment on this?


Muhtaram / Muhtaramah

In the Name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāh wa-barakātuh.


Ahadith report that in order to begin with the name of Allah on anything he undertook, the Holy Prophet (sallahu alaihi wa sallam) used to say the words Bismika Allahumma, but when the verse Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Rahim was revealed, he adopted these words.  Since then this practice was established through the verbal command of the Holy Prophet Sallahu alaihi wa sallam or through his act or tacit approval. (Maariful Quran, vol 1 pg. 55)

The Holy Prophet Sallahu alaihi wa sallam has said that no important work receives the blessings of Allah, unless it is begun with His name (Bismillah).

It is evident from this that we should always begin our work with Allah’s name.  Both Bismillah or Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Rahim could be recited.

And Allah knows best
Darul Iftaa

Madrasah Inaa’miyyah



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