Question: Should we say Bismillah when we do things that Allah dislikes?
Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
Thank you for your important question.
Allah does not like it (makruh) when we say Bismillah when doing things that He dislikes.
For example, it would be offensive to say Bismillah and then stand to drink, this is because drinking standing up is offensive in itself.
This would be different to saying Bismillah before making ritual ablutions with really cold water because making ritual ablutions with really cold water is not offensive in itself, but only offensive for fear of not doing the rituals properly. (Hashiyat al-Sharwani)
I pray this helps.
[Ustadh] Farid Dingle
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language.