What Does Bismillah Mean?

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Bismillah can be translated into "in the name of Allah." It is a statement a Muslim says before performing an act of worship. It is also recommended for Muslims to say this prior to the beginning of any undertaking.

For example, we are told to say Bismillah in all of the following situations:

  • Before we eat
  • Before we drink
  • Before we leave the house
  • Before we enter the masjid
  • ...and much, much more.

Bismillah is also the short version of Bismillahi ar-Rahmani ar-Raheem (In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful). It is the sentence said before reciting any chapter in the Qur'an.