The Virtues of the BasmAllah

There are a number of texts explaining to us the virtue of the basmAllah. 

Imam Ahmad reports on the authority of Abu Tamimah who said,

“I was riding behind the Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him, when his mount stumbled and so I said, ‘May Satan perish!’Upon hearing this the Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him, said, “Do not say ‘May Satan perish’ for when you say this Satan becomes exultant and grows in stature and says, ‘It was by my power that I injured him.’ But when you say, ‘With the Name of Allah’ he becomes humiliated and grows small until he ends up the size of a fly.” (Abu Dawud 4964)

Abu Dawud reports on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him, said,

“There is no wudu for the one who does not [commence] by mentioning the name of Allah.” (Abu Dawud 101)

Bukhari reports on the authority of ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him, said,

“If, when one of you wishes to go to his wife [for marital relations], he says, ‘With the name of Allah, O Allah! Protect us from the Satan and keep the Satan away from what You will provide us.’ Then if it is decreed that they should have a child out of that act, Satan will never be able to harm him.” (Bukhari 143)

Ibn Masud said,

“Whosoever wishes to be saved from the nineteen Angels over Hellfire then let him recite, ‘With the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Most Merciful.” (as-Suyuti, vol 1, p30)

The Spiritual Cure: An Explanation of Surah Al-Fatihah prepared and translated by Abu Rumaysah Pages 68-70