Every Muslim should form a habit of saying ‘Bismillahir-rahmanir-rahim’ at the beginning of every act of Khayr (good) and ‘Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alamin’ at its end. By doing so, they can feel the taste of Iman (faith) in their heart and feel the benefit and blessing of everything they do.

Nabi Sallallâhu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “If a person does not begin a good (permissible) act by mentioning the name of Allâh Ta‘âlâ with ‘Bismillahir-rahmanir-rahim’ (or a similar expression), then it will be incomplete, lacking blessings and benefits in it.

As we understand from this Hadith al-Sharif, it is Sunnah to recite Basmalah Sharifah at the beginning of every good act. That is why the Ulama of Fiqh (Scholars of Islamic Jurisprudence) expressed a view: “If a person performing Wudhu forgets to say Basmalah at the beginning and recites it later in Wudhu, he will not have practiced the Sunnah. Because the entire Wudhu is one act. However, if a person forgets to say Bismillah before eating and then recites it later while eating, he will have practiced the Sunnah, for each morsel of the food is regarded as a separate act of eating."

In a Hadith al-Sharif, Rasulullah Sallallâhu Alayhi Wa Sallam was reported to have said: “When one of you eats (or drinks) something, let him recite Basmalah al-Sharifah. If he forgets to recite it before eating (and remembers later), let him say ‘Bismillahi awwalahu wa akhirahu’ (I begin in the name of Allâh Ta‘âlâ at the beginning and the end).

Reciting Basmalah is a means of barakah (blessing). Neglecting it, on the other hand, ceases that blessing. Our mother, Hadhrat Aysha (Radhiyallahu Anha) said:

Rasûlullâh Sallallâhu Alayhi Wa Sallam was having a meal together with six of his Ashab (Companions). At that time, a Bedouin came in and took two morsels from the food and finished it though it was meant to suffice for six people. Upon that, Rasûlullâh Sallallâhu Alayhi Wa Sallam commented: “Had he said Basmalah al-Sharifah,it would have sufficed you all.

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