Contemplation in the virtue and power in Bismillah (In the Name of Allah)
All of our life’s performances and activities should be preceded by reciting Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Rahim. This sacred phrase is an inexhaustible source of strength and grace for those constantly reciting it, and it signifies the tolerance of Islam.
Bismillah is a fountain of treasures. It has the potential to transform your limitation and insufficiency through uniting you to the supreme and compassionate, infinite Power of Allah — the Almighty — the Omnipotent. When you utter Bismillah, you act in His holy name, and convey blessing on every step you tread in life.
The objective of initiating every act with the name of Allah is to bestow sacredness and blessing upon that act based on your believe in Allah as the holy essence and the source of all Grace. For this reason an abuser would not say Bismillah before committing an offense.
Another issue we ought to contemplate when reciting Bismillah (In the Name of Allah) is the distinction between Rahman and Rahim. The word Rahman symbolizes abundance of mercy and indicates non-exclusivity. Therefore, Rahman means that Allah’s mercy spreads allover and wraps everything. The mercy of Allah has no exception or limitation. It does not exclude non-humans, or eliminate non-believers, nevertheless, it encompasses the entire universe and extends blessings to all existence as they exist and beyond, given that all living creatures and organisms are perishable.
Whereas, the word Rahim (the merciful) that signifies stability with its sense of permanence and eternity applies only on those who have placed themselves in the path of Allah’s blessings through their faith and good deeds. It’s attributed to the believers. Allah is ever Rahim to those who believe and put their trust in him.
This brief explanation gives evidence that Rahman bears a broader capacity pertaining to the mercy of Allah with His creation in both lives. Whereas, the Rahim is confined on the believers. Therefore, Allah’s mercy is both universal and specific. The Rahman and the Rahim of this life and the Hereafter.
Allah describes Himself as the Rahman, (The Most Gracious), followed by the Rahim. This order implies that Rahman has wider spectrum than Rahim, as typically the most honorable Names are mentioned first.
Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) has said that on the Day of Judgment, some people will have to go to Hell because of committing bad deeds. However, among these people, some have been accustomed to say Bismillahirrahmanirrahim (In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful) before they did anything or entered anywhere. When taken to Hell by the angels, they will say Bismillahirrahmanirrahim, Allah will tell the angels – “STOP”.
Allah will tell them, He cannot let someone calling Him Rahman and Rahim, – thus, uniting with his infinite omnipotent and mercy – go to (Hell).
With Bismillahirrahmanirrahim (In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful) you can move mountains provided you have trust and faith in Allah.
Put your infinite trust in Allah, He loves those who put their trust (in Him). If Allah helps you, no one can triumph over you; and if He abandons you, who can be there for you after Him?