The Blessings of Bismillah

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Fascinating Story of A Jewish Girl
A pious man was once lecturing on the virtues of ‘Bismillah hir Rahman nir Raheem” (In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate). A Jewish girl was also listening to his lecture. She was so moved by the lecture that she accepted Islam. Now, whenever she did anything she always said the “Bismillah…” first.

When her father, who was the king’s minister, discovered that she had embraced Islam, he became very upset. He feared that the people would look down upon him so he began threatening her in the hope that she would forsake Islam. But she would not. Finally, he decided that only solution was to kill her.

Thus, he thought of a plan, he gave her the ring which was used for sealing letters and documents in the king’s court. He said to her, “Keep it until I ask for it.” Saying, “Bismillah hir Rahman nir Raheem,” she took it and put it in her pocket.

That night, the father tiptoed into her room, stole the ring, and flung it into the river. That would give the king all the reason to hang her.

The following day, a fisherman came along to the minister and gave him a fish as a gift. The minister took it and gave it to his daughter to prepare. As soon as she opened the stomach to clean the fish, she found the ring. She was shocked for it looked exactly like the ring her father had given her!

She searched for the ring in her pocket but couldn’t find it. She read, “Bismillah hir Rahman nir Raheem,” and put the ring back into her pocket.

She prepared the fish and presented it to her father. He ate the fish. He then asked for the ring. She said, “Bismillah hir Rahman nir Raheem,” and produced it from her pocket. The father was shocked for he had thrown it into the river! How could she take it out of her pocket!

He told her what he had done and asked her where she got the ring from. She told him she found it from the fish’s stomach. Witnessing the barakah of “Bismillah” he too accepted Islam straightway (mentioned in Maate Sufiyyah).

Story of the Roman King
The Roman king wrote to Hadrat Umar (RadiAllahu Anhu) that he had continuous headaches and kindly requested for some medication.

Hadrat Umar (RadiAllahu Anhu) sent him a topee (kufi) back. The king noticed that as long as he had the topee on his head, he would feel well. But when he took it off, the headache would come back on.

He was suprised so he took off the topee and inspected it carefully. He found, “Bismillah hir Rahman nir Raheem,” inscribed inside (Mentioned in Moodhihul Quran).

Khalid bin Waleed and the Poison
On one occasion, Khalid bin Waleed (RadiAllahu Anhu) was challenged. It was said to him that if Islam is a true religion, then show everyone some proof.

So Hadrat Khalid told them to bring him some poison. They brought him a cup filled with poison strong enough to kill fifty men. He said “Bismillah” and drank it! No harm whatsoever came to him by the blessings of the ‘Bismillah,’ and they all embraced Islam. (*Do not try at home as he had full faith in Allah and was a Sahabah.)