Starting with Allah’s Name… What Does Basmalah Mean?

When we recite the Quran we start with Allah’s name. We say the famous phrase, “Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim“.

It is called Basmalah. 

So, what is the meaning of this statement?

And why it is recommended to begin important matters with it?

Dr. Yasir Qadhi explores some subtle meanings of the basmalah. He also highlights beautiful spiritual connotation of this oft-repeated phrase.

This is part 4 of Dr. Qadhi’s explanation of Surat Al-Fatihah.

Find the other parts here: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3


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Dr. Yasir Qadhi Recounts Story of Qibla Change

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