The Wisdom of the Basmallah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is adapted from the teachings of Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.).

All power is from Allah (s.w.t.) and we must always ask for His Support because we are in need, we are weak.  Allah (s.w.t.) Ordered His Beloved, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) to inform his ummah that anything that is not begun with His Holy Name: Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim, will never be supported by Allah (s.w.t.). It will never give fruit and it must fail.  If we say Allah’s (s.w.t.) Holy Name, we will benefit from that action and any harm that may be in it will leave us.  Whoever feels weak should say it, and power will come to his physical body and to his heart.

The Basmallah is the most important key for opening all the treasures in the heavens and on the earth, and for opening all forms of knowledge.  Allah (s.w.t.) Put three thousand of His Holy Names in it: a thousand Names that are known only to the angels, a thousand Names known by the prophets, nine hundred and ninety-nine Names contained in the four Holy Books, and His Greatest Name.  All of these Names are contained in the Basmallah.  We, as the servants of Allah (s.w.t.), should say it at least a hundred times daily.  If a person continues for forty days, he would find some changes within himself, especially if he says it one thousand times between fajr and sunrise.  From the unseen worlds, from ‘alam malakut, beautiful visions will appear to him.  According to the thickness of the veils of his heart, from one cycle of  forty days, up to seven cycles of forty days, there should be a spiritual opening.  If there is none, it can only mean that his heart is too occupied with dunya.  Such a person should try to put dunya last, and then try again.  It is a rule which cannot be wrong.  The heart may be opened even within a day, such is the power of the Basmallah.

Every time we say, “Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim,” we are remembering the Lord: “O My Lord, I remember You!”

And Allah (s.w.t.) Replies, “O My servant, I Remember you!”  We should not forget, lest we be forgotten.

And be ye not like those who forgot Allah; and He Made them forget their own souls!  Such are the rebellious transgressors! (Surah al-Hashr:19)


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