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The Power Of Bismillah
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan explicitly elaborates on the power of Bismillah.
When we say, “Bismillaahir-rahmaanir-rahiim”, we are acknowledging about Allah and His qualities, everything that He does is something that’s unique to Him. It cannot be confused with anyone else. The way Allah shows Mercy, guides, and the way Allah provides, the way Allah plans, the way Allah does anything that He does is unique to Him. It cannot be compared to anything and it is His unique mark. Everything Allah does -whether we understand it or not- has beauty in it. When we say “In the name of Allah”, instead of just mentioning Allah, just calling on Allah but actually invoking the name of Allah and actually by invoking the name, the uniqueness of Allah and the beauty of all of the qualities of Allah.
When we say “Bismillaahir-rahmaanir-rahiim”, we are actually asking Allah’s help. The Ustadh elaborates further on the details behind this statement.
A brief analysis is also done on the two most beloved Names of Allah – Ar Rahman and Ar Raheem.
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first of all, it's an honor to be here at the East London Mosque and I want to share with you that I have a special love for the City of London every time I get a chance I come here, more often than not, I am here without telling anyone. And the thing that I love about the city the most is the Muslims of the city. And it is it is something special that you have here. There's an energy even among the youth here that have a zeal to serve this Deen to commit themselves to this Deen. That is unprecedented in the western Muslim world. I've been to, you know, countries like Australia, all over Canada, all over the United States, in many other parts of the world and I haven't seen the
kind of energy and the kind of enthusiasm that young people have towards their Deen that I see here. Today is hooked by In any case, I wanted to share with you some things about something that we recite all the time, something that we see all the time and we overlook, I would argue all the time. And that is the gift of Allah that He revealed to all of us and that is Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim. There is so much that can be said about Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim but I hope to share a few things with you today. The first of them is obviously the most common question that you might be familiar with, is In the name of Allah. That's how it begins in the name of Allah, we'll get to him in a
little bit. But when you say in the name of a lights, the Arabic word Islam that has been translated as name, but actually the Arabic word Islam comes from the original lesson. And what am I in Arabic as a verb means two things. It means a mark, some kind of brand, like sometimes they would have animals, anybody's horse, it could be any, it's a lot of white horses, and it is a minor Is that yours? So they would put a brand on the horse. So now I know this one's mine. So it's a mark that distinguishes this horse from every other horse. Similarly, there are twins. I don't know which is this our beloved abdelkarim I don't know which one one of them has a birthmark that says Watson, a
mark that distinguishes someone that you can't confuse them with anybody else. Now, that's actually one of the meanings of Watson. And the other meaning of Watson is actually comes from lezama. And from it, you get words like wassim, and Western which means beauty. In other words, not only is there a mark, but it's a mark of beauty. Those are two things that come within that that word. When we say Bismillah R Rahman Rahim, we're acknowledging something about Allah, that every one of his qualities, everything that he does, is something that's unique to him. It cannot be confused with anyone else. The way Allah shows mercy, the way Allah guides the way Allah provides the way Allah
plans the way Allah does anything that he does is unique to him. It cannot be compared. That is his unique mark. That's the first
thing. But the second thing also is that everything Allah does, whether you understand it and I understand it or not has beauty in it. Everything Allah does has beauty in it and that's just inside when we just use invoke the name.
But not let's take this a step further when we say in the name of Allah, instead of just saying, You're just mentioning Allah, just calling on Allah, but actually invoking the name of Allah and actually by invoking the name, the uniqueness of Allah, and the beauty of all of the qualities of Allah we're actually what like a mama Lucy Rahim Allah commented about only this Tiana that you're asking for help. When you say Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim are actually asking Allah to help. But human beings need different kinds of help. When you're sick, you need someone to cure you. When you're tired, you need someone to help you. You know, when you're confused, you need some someone to
clarify for you. When you don't know you need someone to educate you, when you're lost, you need someone to guide you. It's not one kind of help. If you're hungry, you don't need to be educated right now you need to be fed, it's a different kind of help. So when you ask Allah for help, then at a different occasion, you need a different kind of help. And of course, every one of those names provides a different kind of help. When a lot of calls himself Alhaji The one who guides, then, of course, the help he will give us that he'll guide us when he calls himself the provider,
or Raja canossa, the one who provides over and over again, then obviously, he's in that name, he's going to be giving me permission. When he calls himself, Luca Timothy is the one who has extended my extended power than I need strength, I'm weak. And I'm going to call on a loss power to grant me some of that power myself so I can accomplish what I need to do. So every one of us names gives us a different kind of help. But when I wake up in the morning, and I'm just getting out of bed, and out of my mouth comes Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim just like that, just like that. I just say I don't think about which name Do I need right now? Do I need a lot of Give me the strength to get up? Do I
need a lot of guide me this morning? Do I need a lot of you know, to help me plan my day? Do I need a letter provide me a risk? Do I need a law to provide me peace in my family and security, which name of a law should I call on and this is the gift of a law that by using just the word isn't it is all of the names of Allah, all of the unique qualities of a law all of the beautiful things about a law that you included just inside the word Islam, whether you thought of all of those names or not, this is the mercy of Allah, I could not have thought of all of the things that I need from him. Because I don't need one thing I need too many things I've been too much need. And so I can't even
think of all of those names when they land, you know, a smell for stuff
says to for Allah. They're the most beautiful names, call him by all of those beautiful names, but how many people are going to learn all the names of Allah. Not everybody will know all the names of Allah, but we need all of them. So Allah give us a gift. When we say Bismillah just Bismillah we've already called upon all of the last names, the one you will ever learn, and the one you will never learn. All of them have been included. So panela and that's a gift of a lot as well when we say Bismillah R Rahman Rahim. Now, the second thing on this point, will allow him sometimes to appreciate what Allah does for you and me because what he does is unique. Sometimes it's healthy to
make a comparison how we deal with each other. There's a father or a mother even. And she pours her love out on her child, she takes care of this child, even before the child is born.
This kid is inside her stomach, causing her pain, you know, destroying her body from within. And all she does is make draw for him. When will you ever find another human being? All you do is cause them pain. Every day goes by the womb gets heavier and heavier. Now she's throwing up even more and more and more food starts tasting like paper. She can't even sit down straight her back hurts all the time. She's even hurting when she's sleeping. She has to con and she's she's worried about her hand. She's hungry all the time because the baby takes all the food and it doesn't even taste good to her to eat. This creature causes her pain upon pain upon pain. Wasn't another one. Allah Subhana Allah,
weakness on top of weakness burden on top of burden. And yet all she does is her love keeps increasing. Her love doesn't go down and keeps increasing. It doesn't say enough already. Child. I had enough. I've been dealing with you for six months. There's three more months to go. She doesn't do that. Her daughter started increasing. She comes to the government says what surah? Can I recite so my baby can hear it, you know? And then the baby comes out and almost killed her. almost killed her. She bleeds almost dead. And instead of When will you ever have someone that bleeds you that almost killed you. And the first thing you want to do is take care of them and hug them and feed
them. That's your mother. That's what she does. And that's just what she did at birth. What the love that she's given you the support that she's given you even when you're an adult
So many of you, there is no one you can talk to, and you will talk to your mother. There's no one who will understand you, your mother will understand you. There is no one who will feel your pain, your mother will feel your pain. That's not just when we were babies, even when you're 50 years old, it doesn't matter. And that mother, somebody goes to her, the son goes to her and says, Mom, you're so great. You make such good roti.
Please help me and the mothers thinking. That's all I'm good for.
I've done nothing else for you. But make roti that's the one thing that came in your mind. All the other sacrifices I made. I took, you know, five different trains and three different buses to get a job. So you can go to college and all you can thank me is you made roti the other day? That's all that came in your mind? How ungrateful are you? She doesn't say it, but she feels it. He doesn't say it. She still loves you. But you know, you and I, no matter how hard we try, we can never acknowledge the goodness of our mother we can do.
If we were to call on a law with one name. Imagine you call them Allah yassa bisnar Rosa. You know, I just call him Allah, the name of Rosa. That's it, you know, then unless you're only appreciating what about a law that he provided for you. But you didn't appreciate that he guides you. You didn't appreciate that he protects you. You didn't appreciate that he you know, he secures you and gives you good people in your life. You didn't appreciate that he gives you knowledge. He didn't appreciate that he gave you you made He made you Muslim, that he gave you your health that he gave you, you didn't appreciate any of those things, you just reduced everything about a lot to one of
the things he does one of them. And Allah kept us from reducing Allah Himself. So panel with Allah because that's offensive. We wouldn't even know when you're only mukamal and takuna alone, he taught you what you couldn't have even known, we would have even been praising the line that would have been offensive, because it's just not enough. So he gave us Bismillah he gave us this phrase. And now when you when you call on that phrase, the believer is supposed to become filled with gratitude. We're supposed to be overwhelmed, and how much in how many ways ally helps us and how many ways that love provides us there are no other relationships like this one. Every you know, I go to my teacher
for lovely knowledge. You know, I go to my parents for support. And then when I'm young for provision, you know, I go to my spouse for emotional support, and love. I go to different people for different things, but to Allah, you go to him for all things, you go to him for everything. There's not one thing that is missing when you and I turn to Allah, so that's the first part of the equation Bismillah but then Allah didn't stop there. Even Actually, I want to share with you some things about the word Allah. Allah had a long debate in our history, what is the origin of the word Allah? Does the word Allah come from Allah? And is it the combination of Allah? And Allah? Or is it a name
of a law that belong to a law firm before Arabic and before all languages always been the name of Allah, there has been these two positions all across our history, and both of them have their evidences, but I'm going to share some things with you. Even if you say that this word belongs to comes from the word Illa. Allah has commonly translated someone to be worshipped and Mahmoud and Mahmoud, as well look good.
But you know, the word le has a verb in Arabic, it actually comes from love.
The origin of the word faza la.
It's actually intense kinds of love the old Arabs before Islam, they used to have 10 degrees of love, the lowest of them was
the lowest of the degrees of love was probably one of 10 degrees. And the 10th one will kill you. You love someone so much, you become so obsessed that you can't even eat you can't even sleep, you know, you just kills you. It's unhealthy. The ninth one. The ninth one actually cut is called weather or ela from which the word Illa comes. And the word weather means a kind of love that when you have it, you don't feel pain. When you don't, when you have it, you don't feel hunger, you don't feel sadness. It is taken. This love fills your appetite so much. There's no room left for anything else. There is no negative emotion left in your life because this Illa has filled it for you. When
we call upon a love, I call it by saying Bismillah we are expressing our love for Allah and acknowledging that if we truly have love for Allah, all of our problems are going to feel like nothing.
We all have problems. So what was the marriage problem? Some of us have problems with our children. Some of us have problems with money. Some of us have problems with health. Some of us are probably with extended family, friends. We have all kinds of problems. Some of you have legal problems. Some of you have business problems, immigration problems. There's so many problems in life all you're doing all day. There are taxi drivers here that are driving around all day thinking about their problems.
So how much money do I have left? How am I going to pay for the next tuition fees for the child? Which uni are they going to go to and all of it. That's all they're thinking about all day. When you call on a law with this manga Rahim know that Allah will remove the tension from your head, he'll get rid of it, and it will replace it with a with a reliance on Allah and everything will get sorted out. Everything will work out. Because you have this gift that came from the heavens, this this thing you recite and I recite Bismillah R Rahman Rahim is not cheap. It's amazing. You know, when it's used in a context, all of you know it's used in the beginnings of surahs every time.
But the one time it's used in the middle is in the story of Philemon. In Norman Solomon, we know
everything about that. So the man is going to transfer the throne of another Queen 1000s of miles in the blink of an eye. And he says this is because of this bill I have.
This is what this team can do. What is about teaching you and me if I can do that when someone truly believes in this millennial Rahmani Raheem, and you and I have no reason to be pessimists let a Muslim is not supposed to be depressed, because he has this gift. You know, if you had, I'll tell you a secret. Think about this, as an analogy, it will help you in child lolicon it helped me a lot. And you have all these problems, money, health, family, you know, all these issues in your life. And they don't, they only seem to be getting worse, they don't seem to be getting better. The arguments are getting more and more nasty, and you're just buried and buried and better buried. You know,
there are there are young men here, young women here that can't get married, you know, and the either the family doesn't agree or the guy is not right, or the girl is not right or nothing is right. Or, you know, and is it even gonna happen? She's getting older and older, the father's getting worried, how am I going to get my daughter married, all of these problems are happening. And imagine one day that somebody comes to you and says, here's an envelope. You can open it in 30 days. But I'll tell you, there's 2 million pounds in here for you.
But you can only open it in 30 days. Okay, but it's in your hands already. You have it. Even if you don't have enough food for lunch.
Even if you don't have enough money to pay the electricity bill.
You have nothing in your hand for 30 days, you're still bored. But you're the happiest man I've ever met.
You're still walking around without shoes on the street. And I'm like, Hey, man, what are you so happy? If you don't know, 27 days, I'll let you know.
Because you have a guarantee in your hand. You have again in you this when whenever you get depressed when you ever you feel really hungry, you just look at the envelope
24 more days
this thing has given you a guarantee that a better life is coming isn't it? It's all of your problems became small, no big deal. Because you have a guarantee. That is when you call on the name of Allah. That's a guarantee in your hand. It's worth more than a few million pounds, let me tell you, it's worth a lot more than that. And it's in your head. It's just in your head. You just got to believe in it. That's all
you know, somebody else could have the same paper and say I don't believe it and rip it up. Never even open it. be skeptical about it. You and I are believers. We believe in the power of Allah's names. And sorry take you quickly to the next thing of all of the last names First of all, he invoked the one that makes us worship him out of love the word that comes from Allah
and even that name is so unique because I already told you that there's a uniqueness to a lot right. You know in Arabic, this is a little bit of an Arabic thing, but I'll try to make it easy for you. You must have heard if you have Arab friends or somebody speaking Arabic When they call on someone helpful NIDA. He'll Yeah, you say yada, yada. Yeah, Kareem Abdullah, they say yeah, all the time when they call someone. When you say yeah, you don't use it. You don't say yeah, lol. If you want to use I'll use a u haul. Well, you don't just say yeah, l whether you say Yeah. Are you? Like Allah says yeah, you have more data, for example? Yeah, you have to be if you want to put a lift on there
and there you have to say, uh, you can't just say yeah, but if you don't say yeah, you could say yeah, Messiah Isa. Yeah. zecharia. You know, in some argue the word Allah has added it.
When we say yeah, Allah said it all the time.
The name of Allah is so unique. You don't even do in Arabic what you do with the name of Allah anywhere else.
Even the name of Allah is unprecedented. Even the way it's pronounced that Allah when you say law, you don't say law anywhere else in Arabic. Even the way it's pronounced is unique. Even the way Allah gave us the gift of his name is to tell us you are dealing with someone like is no one else. He's like nobody else. He will help you like nobody else. He loves you like nobody else. He cares for you like nobody else. He remembers you like nobody else. He's always with you like no
Nobody else, everyone else will leave you, everything else will leave you alone will never leave you. That's what he reminds you and me of. That's what he reminds you in Vienna. Now, there's a lot to talk about, like I said, but I will finish on time, I respect the fact that a lot of you have to get back to work, and have other responsibilities. I have about five minutes left. So a few things, I'll try and squeeze in about this beautiful phrase, the two names of love all of his names that he could have included, you know, because he has the best of all names, but the two descriptions that he wanted us to know, every time we do something, every time we call on all of his qualities of
them, two of them should come to the front of our mind, meaning two of his qualities overshadow everything else. When you think of everything else about Allah, it is under these two. And those are
what incredible two names are a man simply means three things. It means that allows love and mercy and care is extreme. mobile data means it's beyond what you can imagine. It also means that it's extreme. That's the first thing. The second thing is that it's immediate. The second thing is that it's immediate, which means you don't have to wait for it. It's happening right now. And the third of the meanings of when you when you use phylon. That's the scary one. It's actually not permanent. It's extreme. It's immediate, but it's not necessarily permanent. When you say for example, in Arabic, Shan Shan means Thirsty, thirsty is not permanent. When you say Joanne Joanne is extremely
hungry. It's extreme. It's immediate, but it's not permanent. When you say I have been extremely angry, it's not permanent. Well, for some people it is but yeah, for most people, it's not permanent.
You know, but the beauty of the Arabic language and the beauty of how Allah chose to describe himself. This is a kind of Kabbalah, even if it's temporary, it doesn't go away on its own.
If you're thirsty, the thirst will not go away on its own until you use water. If you're hungry, hunger will not go away on its own until you eat food.
If a lion or a barn, if a lion is excessively loving, excessively caring, excessively merciful, that extreme love mercy and care will not go away ever until you remove it.
Until you don't want it.
Allah will never take it away. People don't want it sometimes.
It was a little lost. I saw them one time told us strangest things. How about sitting there? And he looks at them and he says good luck on your
So all of you are going to accept the one who refused
And even the Sahaba asked the same question that came in my head by midnight rasulillah. Who's gonna who's gonna refuse? Why would we refuse to go to agenda?
He says Monica Anita. Hello, gentlemen. avani fukada mana Manasa whoever obeyed me, whoever came to me because he's the he's the meaning or Oh for him. He's the merciful messenger of Allah. Whoever came to me in obedience wanted to go to Ghana, whoever forgot about me, disregarded me. He didn't want to go. You and I can remove ourselves from Allah's mercy. Allah will not close the door, we close the door. And sometimes you close the door for many years.
Sometimes you close the door for many, many years. And then you open it and when you open it a letter and say why did you close it? Get lost? I don't want you anymore. He doesn't do that. The door remains open. The doors of Allah's mercy and His care and his love remain open. The last of these names is all of him. And as I leave you with him two things I want to share with you are Rahim actually fills the void of mine. Rahim is a cifar Moshe bodies in Arabic something that is permanent. So don't you worry. Allah will take care of you right now immediately. And if you're worried about tomorrow, you'll take care of you tomorrow, too. You know, it's human nature if you if
you're really hungry. And your wife says to you, what do you want to eat next week? You said forget it. Woman. What do we have right now? I don't care about next week. Are you starving right now? Once you start, once you finish eating, and your stomach is full, then you say so what are you saying about next week? You don't think about the future. If you have a problem in the present. Once your present problem is solved, then you start thinking about the future. If you haven't paid the bill yet, then you're only thinking about the bill right now. The moment you pay the bill, you start thinking what am I going to pay next month's bill? You think about the future? What did I do? A lot
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he took care of your future both of them and in the right order because human beings can level Agila. You love to rush you love the things that you need right now. You're obsessed with them. And I love woman Hala. Doesn't he know who he created? He gave me a rough man first then he gave me over him. And so I leave you with the last one.
These many treasures of Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim.
Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem is what they call an Arabic ship with Joomla. In Hollister Joomla. It's not a sentence. It's actually a what's called an English grammar of fragment. Okay, it's a piece of a sentence. For example, if I say in the car in the car is not a sentence, if I say there's a person in the car now that's the sentence. In the car, there are a lot of people, that's a sentence. But if you just say in the car, it's not a sentence. When you just say in a last name, that's not a sentence. That's an incomplete thought. There's no muqtada there's no hub. There's actually a metallic it's just a job Madrid, the Arabic students will know there's no fear in some some
grammarians, when the Iran study this, I said, Wow, this is incomplete. How do you complete it, there must be a fill in the blank. So this must mean that
I begin with the name of Allah, you might have seen some English translations that say I begin with the name of Allah, even though the words I begin are not there. They're just not there. So the question is, why aren't they there? And that's what I hope to share with you now. Allah is the wizard in his wisdom, the one who Allah Allah Manuel began, right he taught us how to speak. He knows how to speak. When he wants to make a full sentence, he will make a full sentence when he wants to give you half a sentence, he will give you half a sentence. We don't judge a lot of speech by our standards, our speeches judged by Allah standards, he's the one who taught us how to speak.
So karma huhtala he gave us an incomplete statement on purpose. Because what you do next completes it.
In the name of Allah, I eat In the name of Allah, I get out of bed, In the name of Allah, I wash my face in the name of Allah, I get in my car, everything you do is actually completing dysmenorrhea found it is as though this beautiful gift of Allah was waiting to complete everything you do. It's the other way to now and now you know what you understand this last event? masoom if you do anything without Bismillahirrahmanirrahim it's incomplete.
This was a part of it. This is a part of the equation. It has to be
in small things in big things. And so intimate that my time is up inshallah hotel at some other time. Perhaps I'll come and share with you one of the beauties of Bismillah R Rahman Rahim in the one surah where there is no Bismillah Surah Tauba but that's for another time but Allah barakallahu li walakum Hakeem, when a foreign air could be it would be
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