THE VERSE "BISMILLAHIR RAHMANIR RAHIM"
Whenever we recite a verse from the Holy Quran, we start with Bismillah, i.e. Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. The verse means, "In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the most Merciful."
The verse appears 114 times in the Holy Quran. It appears at the head of all the Suras except for Surah al-Bara'ah (Tawbah) where the Bismillah is not recited.
This is for two reasons. The first is that it is believed that the Surah is a continuation of the previous Surah, al-Anfal.
Another reason may be that the Surah contains very stern commandments against the idolaters and hypocrites and curses them.
In Surah an-Naml (the Ant), the Bismillah appears twice, once at the head of the Surah, and once as verse 27:30:
"She (the queen Bilqis) said, "O chiefs, verily, an honourable letter has been delivered to me. It is from Sulayman, and it says, "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful; Do not exalt yourselves against me, and come to be as those who submit (themselves to Allah)." (an-Naml, 27:29-31)
Imam Jafar as Sadiq (A) has said about Bismillah:
The "Ba" is
derived from "Baha-allah", the Splendour of Allah.
The words Rahman and Rahim are essentially from the same root word meaning mercy or grace. Yet in their application, they mean a different aspect of Allihs mercy.
He is Rahman to all His creation, whether they be obedient to Him or disobedient.
He is Rahim to the faithful Muslims who do good and receive His mercy as a reward, both in this world and the next.
Is Bismillah part of the Suras of the Holy Qur'an
Merits of reciting Bismillah
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