The Importance of Basmala
We are publishing this web site by saying A'ûzu (A'ûzu billâhi min-ash-shaytân-ir-rajîm) and the Basmala (Bismillâh-ir-Rahmân-ir-Rahîm). Abdullah ibni 'Abbâs (radî-Allahu 'anh) says, Rasûlullah (Muhammad [sall-Allâhu 'alaihi wa sallam]) declared, "Respecting the Qur'ân is beginning to read it by saying the A'ûzu, and the key to the Qur'ân is the Basmala." I, therefore, request my readers to begin our book by saying these two phrases. Thus, you will have embellished the book with two ornaments and will have attained the blessings that have been accumulated in these two treasures for the Beloved to get! Those who want to approach Allahu ta'âlâ must hold tightly to the A'ûzu, and those who fear Him must throw themselves upon the A'ûzu. Those with many sins have trusted themselves to the A'ûzu, and fugitives have looked for relief in the A'ûzu. Allahu ta'âlâ commands His Prophet in the 97th ayat of surat an-Nahl, "Say the A'ûzu when you are to read the Qur'ân." It means, "Pray for yourself by saying 'I trust myself to Allahu ta'âlâ, take refuge in Him, trust myself to, and cry out and wail Him against the devil, who is far from Allah's mercy and who, incurring His wrath, was cursed in this and the next worlds.' "
Our Prophet (sall-Allâhu 'alaihi wa sallam) has declared, "When the teacher says Basmala to the child and the child repeats it, Allahu ta'âlâ has a voucher written down lest the child and his parents and his teacher go to Hell." Abdullah ibni Mas'ûd (radî-Allâhu 'anh) says, "He who wants to escape from the 19 angels who will torment him in the next world, should say the Basmala." The Basmala consists of 19 letters. It is the Basmala that was written first in the Lawh-i mahfûz. It is the Basmala that descended to Hadrat Âdam first. Muslims will pass the Sirât with the help of the Basmala. The Basmala is the signature on the invitation to Paradise.