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Decorating Walls With Bismillah Art

by - November 26, 2018

Begin the day with ‘Bismillah’. Take your first bite with ‘Bismillah’. Going for a medical surgery or embarking on a long haul flight? Remember to say ‘Bismillah’. What is the meaning and significance of ‘Bismillah’ or its complete form ‘Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Raheem’? ‘Bismillah’ in English means ‘In the Name of Allah’ whereas ‘Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Raheem’ is Arabic for ‘In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful’. When a Muslim starts his day or any work – big or small, routine or special -- he recites or remembesthe Beautiful Name of Allah. It would not be a wonder thus to see the verse framed on the walls of Muslim homes. On the Internet, it is likely many people look up ‘Bismillah art online’ and ‘Best Bismillah art’.



‘Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Raheem’is the first verse of the Holy Quran. It is also the first verse of all 114 surahs (chapters) of the Quran, except one. This very fact itself signifies the importance of this verse. Since the Word of Allah starts with this verse, then why should not the mere humble and mortal human being also begin his every day and his every taskwith ‘Bismillah’?

Apart from the above-mentioned scriptural significance of ‘Bismillah’, following are the reasons for the benefits of saying the verse.

Scholar Sheikh Maududi, in his commentary (tafseer) of the Holy Quran, has said:

1)     (Saying Bismillah) allows one to restrain oneself from any misdeeds, since the habit of pronouncing the name of God is bound to make one wonder when about to commit some offence and how such an act can be reconciled with the saying of God’s holy name.
2)     When a person begins something by pronouncing Allah’s (God’s) name (with sincerity in his heart), he will enjoy Allah’s support and succour; Allah will bless his efforts and protect him from the machinations and temptation of Satan. For whenever man turns to Allah (God), Allah turns to him as well.


According to Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid, when one says ‘Bismillaah’ before starting anything, it means, “I start this action accompanied by the Name of Allah or seeking help through the Name of Allah, seeking blessing thereby. Allah is God, the beloved and worshipped, to Whom hearts turn in love, veneration and obedience (worship). He is al-Rahman (the Most Gracious) Whose attribute is vast mercy; and al-Raheem (the Most Merciful) Who causes that mercy to reach His creation.’

Most certainly and without a shred of doubt thus, the verse ‘Bismillah’ holds a lot of spiritual significance in the life of each and every Muslim. It thus comes as no surprise that several Muslims look up the Internet for ‘Bismillah art online and ‘Best Bismillah art’so that they can purchase beautiful calligraphic artworks of this verse in order to frame them and decorate the walls of their homes with them. It is a much sought-after artwork in the field of Islamic wall art and is available across mediums – canvas prints, wall decals, metal frames et al.

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