When a Muslim starts any action, big or small, routine or extraordinary, he/she recites, ‘Bismillah’ or ‘Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Raheem’. In English, this respectively translates into ‘In the Name of Allah’ and ‘In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful’. Be it is a daily affair like eating lunch or going to work, or a once-in-a-lifetime experience like climbing a mountain or undergoing a medical operation, a Muslim must always begin the action in the Name of Allah. As a matter of fact, so all-pervading is the significance of this verse that it would not be unusual to find ‘Bismillah’ written or printed or painted or etched in a calligraphic font, framed and displayed on a wall in a Muslim home. It is quite likely that someone or the other would be Googling for ‘best Bismillah art’ or ‘Bismillah Muslim Islamic art’.
Let us examine the significance of ‘Bismillah’.
First, the Glorious Quran starts with the line ‘Bismillah-ir-Raham-ir-Raheem’. The very fact that it is the opening verse in the Holy Book is a big sign of its importance. Secondly, each of the 114 chapters of the Quran, except one, begins with this ayat– a further indication of its importance. Therefore, if the Divine Word of Allah starts with this ayat, why should not a mere mortal begin his or her every action, indeed his or her day, with ‘Bismillah’?
Now let us also attempt to understand the essence, benefits and virtues of reciting the verse.
Sheikh Maududi, in his exegesis ofthe Holy Quran, has commented:
- (Saying Bismillah) allows one to restrain oneself from any misdeeds, since the habit of pronouncing the name of God is bound to make one wonder when about to commit some offence and how such an act can be reconciled with the saying of God’s holy name.
- When a person begins something by pronouncing Allah’s (God’s) name (with sincerity in his heart), he will enjoy Allah’s support and succour; 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 Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid, a well-known scholar, explained it succintly: “When one says ‘Bismillaah’ before starting anything, it means, ‘I start this action accompanied by the Name of Allah or seeking help through the Name of Allah, seeking blessing thereby. Allah is God, the beloved and worshipped, to Whom hearts turn in love, veneration and obedience (worship). He is al-Rahmaan (the Most Gracious) Whose attribute is vast mercy; and al-Raheem (the Most Merciful) Who causes that mercy to reach His creation.’
As is lucid from the above explanations, ‘Bismillah’ pervades the life of every Believer across the world. It’s therefore really no wonder that Bismillah Muslim Islamic art is much sought after. It’s probable that many Muslims search for ‘best Bismillah art’on the internet – ‘best’ indicating a beautiful calligraphic font – as looking at the art can remind them of the the Blessings of Almighty Allah.