The beginning is the most important part of the work ~Plato~
It’s the first post in the series of Revive a Sunnah, an attempt to fashion our lives in line with the sunnah of the Prophet (SAW), and as we all know that a good beginning brings about a good end, this post is about starting right.
Begin with Bismillah
Starting right means starting everything by saying Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim (In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, The most Merciful), and I’m not just talking about starting important matters here (this is when we inevitably remember Allah), but everything – opening a door, getting in a car, reading a book, sitting, eating, drinking, rising, driving, starting a conversation… – everything we do regardless of its level of importance.
Why say Bismillah
* It is the first Verse of the first chapter of the Holy Qur’an: The companions started the book of Allah with Bismillah
* Allah commanded the Prophet (SAW) to read in His name (Q 96:1)
* The Prophet (SAW) recommended starting a lot of actions by saying Bismillah, some of which are starting a khutba (speech), before entering a rest room, before ablution, before eating, etcetera.
Source : The above was summarized from the tafsir of surah Al-Fatihah by Ibn Kathir.
Virtues of saying Bismillah
* Saying Bismillah belittles shaytan
Imam Ahmad recorded in his Musnad, that a person who was riding behind the Prophet (S.A.W.) said, “The Prophet’s animal tripped, so I said, `Cursed Shaytan.’ The Prophet said,
(Do not say, ‘Cursed Shaytan,’ for if you say these words, Satan becomes arrogant and says, ‘With my strength I made him fall.’ When you say, ‘Bismillah,’ Satan will become as small as a fly.
Saying bismillah allows one to restrain oneself from any misdeeds, for it is difficult to start a sinful act by saying the name of Allah. Thus consciously starting every act with Bismillah will inevitably make us better Muslims.
* Allah’s support
When a person begins something by pronouncing Allah’s (God’s) name (with sincerity in his heart), he will enjoy Allah’s support and succor; Allah will bless his efforts and protect him from the machinations and temptation of Satan. For whenever man turns to Allah (God), Allah turns to him as well.
(Sheikh Modudi in his tafsir of Q 1:1)
May Allah make imbibing this beautiful act into our lives easy, and accept it from us as an act of ibaadah (amin)
Till next week Friday, in sha Allah – Revive a Sunnah
Peace be with you