Tafseer Suratul Fatiha – The Basmallah

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Allah azza wa jal says Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim, in the name or With the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent and the Most Merciful. Let's talk about why do you even start off with this in the first place before we get into its meaning?

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Number one, when it comes to the blessings of using Bismillah, or what, what is what it's titled as the best mela number one, it brings a lot azzawajal to your mind, this is all you're going to think about. When you take that first step and you walk into your home and you say Bismillah The first thing you're thinking about is Allah azza wa jal walking into your home. So if it happens to be a mouse crawling by or a roach that comes crawling towards you Bismillah by by hearing a lot as so ages, name, a, you know, ringing into your ears, you automatically become conscious, you automatically become very calm, and you don't freak out. You don't get scared, you can turn on the

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lights, you can do all of the normal things in a normal calm fashion. So Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim brings Allah subhanho wa Taala. To the mind of that believer.

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Another blessing is that it prevents us from doing evil actions as well. Because what you're asking is you're asking Baraka from Allah azza wa jal, so that automatically protects you from doing any evil. Number three, the person will always attain allas support when they start off an action Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim. Anytime you want Allah support in anything you do in your life, you want to get married, Bismillah you want to divorce Bismillah you want to get a job Bismillah every single thing that you do Bismillah should be at the tip of your tongues. This is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells us in so many a Hadith, that anything that you start, if it hasn't

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start off with Bismillah, it's always going to be deficient. Meaning it's always going to be losing something behind it, you're all you're never going to be satisfied. You're always going to say to yourself so panela It could have been better subpanel had I started this way, it would have been better for me Subhana Allah had I concluded it this way, it would have been better, you're always going to be asking yourself these questions. So Bismillah is a very, very profound word to have very, very profound way to start off any action.

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It's important that we mentioned very briefly that Bismillah some of the scholars they deferred whether you should say this when you enter a washroom, in addition to that some of the scholars even deferred whether Bismillah should be said before you start your will do because we know the practice of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that the moment you begin will do. It was his practice that every single time he performed will do he would say Bismillah. But when you look at the washrooms to today, and the way that they're designed, you have the toilet right beside you. And you want to say Bismillah and you're sitting in this room now this washroom and you don't know whether

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to say it or not, or not. vast majority of scholars allow you to say Bismillah when you're in the washroom only four will do and they place a very strict conditions on this. The main condition is that when you say Bismillah in the washroom is that you do not say it out in a loud voice. It should be something that only you yourself can hear. So literally, you're whispering this to the lowest common voice that you have, and then you begin your will do Why? Because that we don't have a narration the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam performed will do and didn't say Bismillah This is why scholars became so strict about this opinion. And really and truly brothers and sisters, the way

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the washrooms are designed today is very different from the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam because the way to design a washroom, believe it or not even the Shetty talks about this, the way to design a washroom is that the toilet must always be in a separate room from the shower and the sink. This is why the shower and the sink there has a different title. It's called hammam. hammam is the shower and the sink. The toilet is called Mr. halden. With this is the place where it's restricted just for that and that alone. This is why the prophet SAW Allah Holly was some even Musa alayhis salaam, there's narrations that every time they wanted to go and relieve themselves,

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they would go to one area in the desert, but when it came to showering, they would go to a separate place and do their that and they would bathe themselves. So from that we get a ruling that these things initially should have been separate. But unfortunately, the way things are designed today is very different. This is why we always have to try and make sure that we can find some way to preserve the practice of the prophesied settler in the conditions that we have. It just doesn't simply mean well look, the washroom is set up in a certain way. I'm just going to exclude that know the show

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doesn't allow us to do that. So this is why scholars had had many, many discussions to figure out how to get around this rule. Going back to the best manner, Allah azza wa jal again starts off with the bat Bismillah Bismillah starts off with this bat, but the bat is attached to a word that is called its moon. His moon literally means name. When you add the bat, as we mentioned, it said, it means With the name of Allah azza wa jal. Now this is interesting, why the name of Allah? Why not the power of Allah? Why not the security of Allah why his actual name? scholars differ on this once again? Why does it start off with his name and not some other attribute? Why does it say bismil rock

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man or a bismil powder? or something else? Why Bismillah from the best manner alone scholars unanimously agree, Allah is the strongest and most powerful name of Allah subhanho wa Taala. No Name is more superior to the name of Allah. Why? Because Allah starts off every sort of excluding one with this best metta itself. So the band, it starts off and it gives the word a genitive form, so it puts a casserole onto that word. And this of course, entails all of the Beautiful Names and attributes of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then of course we have the name of Allah and Allah we as we mentioned, we will come to it shortly. Once we get to the verses that speak specifically about the

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names and attributes and characteristics of a large soldier. Ottawa man, od Rahim we will leave that portion of the best mela when we come to the a and sorbitan Fatiha at hamdulillah our rough manual Rahim when we come to the second verse, we will talk about our rock man and outer Rahim and what's the difference between the two? Let's go in and conclude with the virtues of the best manner. And then we will just take a short break in sha Allah.

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When it comes to the blessings of the best metal, there are again a number of texts and a number of ahaadeeth Imam Ahmed reports that this is a an incident that happened with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

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And he mentioned that one of the Sahaba said that I was writing behind the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when his mount stumbled, and I said may shape on perish in other words, the mount that he would sit on, on that horse it fell and a prophecy Selim himself fell. So the Sahaba said made the shape on perish he was the blame that under shade Thunder this happen. Upon hearing this the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said do not say may shavon perish. For when you say shaitan becomes exalted, he becomes stronger, he becomes stronger when you say misshapen perish. Why, again, this has its own discussion. The fact that the shaytan may have caused something like this to happen, if

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you give it its attention, it becomes stronger. So that's how that's how it works. The more attention you give shaitan of the things that they do, let me give you an example when a person is possessed. The first thing that people do a lot of Muslim, the first thing that they will do, and this is just because they don't have the experience when it comes to the exorcism, the first thing they do is what they get scared.

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And they don't realize that when you become scared of shaytaan, that becomes food for shaitan shaytaan becomes much more stronger, this more scared you become. And this is why Allah azza wa jal tells us in salt, and they said that the shape on his door if so make sure that you keep up your spiritual strength stand up in front of the shaper stand up of that person. Well, you can take a few steps back so you don't get kicked or puncture a stand back in front of the person who is possessed. And don't be afraid and don't run away and say I can handle this. I can't do anything about this, because it becomes fruit from the Shaitan based on this Hadith, but the narration it continues.

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It was by my power that I injured him. So the Prophet says send them even though he perished or he fell off of his horse, he was still he still managed to gain strength and that strength alone managed to repel the shaitan but prophecy is seldom corrects this Sahaba and says say Bismillah so if something happened something suddenly you ever noticed that some people when you see like a person's climbing a stairs and he trips and he falls immediately some people's reaction is only go Bismillah This is actually the sooner the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to do this. So if something were to happen, suddenly some calamity Bismillah and you stop. Okay, and this here of

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course brings the protection of Allah subhanho wa Taala

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The last one that I would leave you with is

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one Hadith that is narrated in Bukhari by Eben Arbus. Sort of the lower end of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, if when one of you wishes to go to his wife and have a relationship with her, then you start off with Bismillah and then there's of course, a specific dwara The point is, is that Bismillah to summarize this whole discussion Bismillah without it every single act that you do, whether it is an act of worship or just a lifestyle act, without Bismillah you will lose the Baraka and protection of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It doesn't mean that life is going to be over and things are going to be difficult, but you're always going to lose a bit of that

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essence in whatever it is that you're doing. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to keep Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim moist and our tongues always and forever in sha Allah.