What Is the Technical Difference Between the Basmala and the Tasmiya?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


What Is the technical difference between the basmala and the tasmiya?


The basmala is the utterance of the formula Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Raheem.
(بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ)

Tasmiya, literally means naming, appellation, or designation. This word can be used when naming a person, a stipulation, or anything else. It can also be used to imply the basmala.

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
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Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqida, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.