During Ramadan 2023, Sheikh Faraz Rabbani gave a series of daily video talks on supplications in the Quran. This series of articles are drawn from those talks and the related eBook. This article is about asking for blessed beginnings. The video series can be viewed here.
بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ,
“In the Name of Allah Most Merciful and Compassionate.”
Few of us conceive of this daily statement that we make as a supplication. But it is. When we recite the Basmala, when we recite in the name of Allah, we are declaring that we are beginning whatever we’re beginning in the name of Allah.
What does it mean to begin something in the name of Allah? It means that I begin this reliant upon Allah, seeking to be conscious of Allah in the action, and seeking Allah through this action.
By saying: “In the name of Allah, I begin,” it is as if you’re saying, “O Allah, I’m beginning this action for You, by You, with You, so assist me in this action.”
Begin in the Name
When we, as a matter of habit, say the basmala before we eat, before we drink, before we begin to drive, before all that we do – which is a Prophetic teaching – mean: I’m beginning and intend the specific action that you’re beginning. Turn your heart to Allah. That is why it is a supplication.
This is one of the keys of good that God has gifted us with. Every chapter of the Quran opens with the basmala but one. It opens for us the floodgates of good in whatever we direct ourselves to. So mean it as you say it.
Praise be to Allah, Lord of all the worlds.