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INCIDENTS RELATING TO BISMILLAH
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
In the Name of Allah, the Most Kind, the Most Merciful

INCIDENTS RELATING TO BISMILLAH

AN INCIDENT WITH ISA-JESUS (A.S.)
It is reported that Sayyidina Isa (AS) passed by a grave whose Inmate was being tormented. After some days he happened to pass by the same grave again. This time there was no punishment. The inmate was in great comfort. This surprised him a great deal. He asked Allah: -Lord, what brought about your mercy so that you have lifted the punishment from this person?" Allah Ta'ala replied: -0 Isa, when the man died, he left behind a child. When his mother took him to the madrasah and he, the child, said “Bismillaahir rahmaanir raheem” in the presence of the teacher, it is not like me to keep on punishing his father while he called me Rahmaan and Raheem. Hence, I forgave him.

BASHR HAAFI'S INCIDENT
Bashr Haafi once saw a paper with the inscription "Bismillahir Rahman nir Raheem" lying on the ground. He picked it up. He had 2 Dirhams in his pocket. He bought perfume with these and smeared it on the paper. That night he saw the noor (light) of Allah Ta'ala in his dream. Allah said to him: 0 Bashr Haafi, just as you have honoured my name, in the same way I shall make you popular in the world and hereafter.

ABU MUSLIM KHAULANI'S INCIDENT
Abu Muslim Khaulani had a slave girl who used to serve him. For some time she began feeding him food mixed with poison so he could die. After a number of weeks she saw no signs of illness. So, she told him what she had been doing and asked him why no harm was coming to him. He, in turn asked her why she was doing this. She replied that he has grown old and it was her desire to become free as soon as possible. This could only happen if he died. He replied that no harm came to him because it is his practice to say "Bismillahir Rahman nir Raheem" before taking any food or drink. Thereafter, he set her free so she could marry whomever she desired.

A FASCINATING STORY OF A JEWISH GIRL
It is mentioned in Lam'aate Soofiyyah that a pious man was once lecturing on the virtues of "Bismillahir Rahman nir Raheem". A Jewish girl was also listening to his lecture. She was so moved by the lecture that she accepted Islam. Now, whenever she did anything she always said "Bismillahir Rahman nir Raheem" first. When her father, who was the king's minister, discovered that she had embraced Islam, he became very upset. He feared that the people would look down upon him. So, he began threatening her in the hope that she would forsake Islam. But she would not. Finally, he decided, the only solution was to kill her. Thus, he thought of a plan: he gave her the ring that was used for sealing letters and documents in the king's court. He said to her: "Keep it until I ask for it." Saying "Bismillahir Rahman nir Raheem" she took it and put it in her pocket.'

That night the father tiptoed into her room and stole the ring and flung it into the river. That would give the king all the reason to hang her. The following day a fisherman came along to the minister and gave him a fish as a gift. The minister took it and gave it to his daughter to prepare it. As soon as she opened the stomach to clean the fish she found the ring. She was shocked! For it looked exactly like the ring her father had given her! She searched for the ring in her pocket but couldn't find it. She read "Bismillahir Rahman nir Raheem" and put the ring back into her pocket. She then prepared the fish and presented it to her father. After he had his meal. He then asked for the ring. She said "Bismillahir Rahman nir Raheem" and produced it from her pocket. The father was shocked for he had thrown it into the river! How could she take it out from her pocket!

He then told her what he had done and enquired where the ring came from. She told him she found it from the fish's stomach. Witnessing the barakah (blessing) of Bismillah he accepted Islam straightaway.

THE STORY OF THE ROMAN KING
It is mentioned in Moo-dhi-hul Qur'aan that the king wrote to Sayyidina Umar (RA) that he has continuous headaches and to kindly send him some medication. Sayyidina Umar (RA) sent him a topee (hat). As long as he had the topee (hat) on his head he would feel well. But when he took it off, the headache came back. He was surprised. He took off the topee (hat) and inspected it carefully. And he found "Bismillahir Rahman nir Raheem" inscribed inside.

THE STORY OF SAYYIDINA KHAALID (RA)
On one occasion Sayyidina Khaalid (RA) surrounded the enemy. So they said to him that you claim that Islam is a true religion. Show us some proof. So he said to them to bring him some poison. They brought him a cup filled with poison. He said 'Bismillah' and drank it. No harm whatsoever came to him. Witnessing this, they all embraced Islam.

THE STORY OF FAQEEH MUHAMMAD ZAMANI
Faqeeh Muhammad Zamani had a severe fever. His Ustaad Faqeeh Wali Muhammad came to pay him a visit. He gave him a ta'weez (amulet) and advising him not to open it, he departed. As soon as he wore it, his fever disappeared. He became curious. So he opened it and found "Bismillahir Rahman nir Raheem" written in it. This made him lose his confidence in the ta'weez. So his fever returned. He went back to his Ustaad and offered his apology and asked for another ta'weez (amulet). The Ustaad gave him another one. He wore it and his fever again disappeared. He opened it after a year and again, to his surprise, found "Bismillahir Rahman nir Raheem" written in it. By this time he was cured and his yaqeen in "Bismillahir Rahman nir Raheem" grew tremendously.

THE BARAKAH AND BLESSINGS OF BISMILLAH WHEN BISMILLAH WAS REVEALED...
Sayyidina Jaabir (RA) is reported to have said that when “Bismillaahir rahmaanir raheem” was revealed, the clouds gave way by moving to the East, the winds ceased blowing, the oceans became calm, the creatures prepared themselves to listen, the shaytaan got pelted with fire from the heavens and Allah Ta'ala, swearing an oath by His honour, declared: Anyone who says this name of mine, “Bismillaahir rahmaanir raheem” upon anything, I will surely impart barakah in that thing, (Durre Manthoor and Ibne Katheer)

BISMILLAH BEFORE WAHEE
In Durre Manthoor Sayyidina Ibne Umar (RA) is reported as saying that surely, whenever Jibreel (AS) used to bring wahee to Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu-alayhi-wasallam), he used to first recite “Bismillaahir rahmaanir raheem”. The reason for the above is as follows; in Bismillah there are three names of Allah:

(1) Allah, which is His personal name indicating that all projects can only be initiated by the will and wish of Allah.
(2) Rahmaan (Kind), which is His attributive name indicating that only Allah can keep that, project intact and existent (guarding it against destruction).
(3) Raheem (Most Merciful), which is also His attributive name indicating that only Allah can, through His mercy and grace, enable any person to derive benefit from that project. This clearly proves that any project begun with “Bismillaahir rahmaanir raheem” will be granted barakah and blessings from the beginning till the end.

BISMILLAH BEFORE DOING ANYTHING
It is for this reason that Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu-alayhi-wasallam) used to recite “Bismillaahir rahmaanir raheem” before doing any work and he (sallallaahu-alayhi-wasallam) also advised the Ummah to do the same. For example, reading it before shutting the door for the night, before putting out the light, before taking meals, before drinking water, before boarding a conveyance, and when alighting any conveyance.

REMEMBERING ALLAH THROUGH HIS THREE THOUSAND NAMES
It is mentioned in Tafseer Roohul Bayaan that Allaamah Sayyid Haqqi (RA) said that Allah Ta'ala has three thousand names. He revealed one thousand to the angels, one thousand to the ambiya (AS), three hundred are mentioned in the Toraah, three hundred in the Zaboor, three hundred in the Injeel, and ninety-nine in the Holy Qur'aan. One Name He has kept to Himself; He revealed it to no one. Also, He has condensed all His names into the three names contained in “Bismillaahir rahmaanir raheem”. They are Allah, Rahmaan and Raheem. Any person saying “Bismillaahir rahmaanir raheem”, it is as though he has remembered Allah by all His names.

BISMILLAH - A MEANS OF HIGH STATUS IN THE HEREAFTER
Rasoolullah (Sallaahu-alayhi-wasallam) is reported as saying that any du’a, which is begun with, is not rejected. Because of saying “Bismillaahir rahmaanir raheem” the scales of my Ummah will become heavy on the Day of Qiyaamah. The other people will enquire: "Why is the virtues of the Ummate Muhammadiyyah so heavy?" Their prophets will say: "In the utterances of the Ummate Muhammadiyyah there is such an honourable name of Allah that if it is placed on the one side of the scale, and the sins of the entire creation is put onto the other side then the side with the virtue will be heavier.


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