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Bismillah ! When , Where and Why .

Sayyidina Jaabir (RA) is reported to have said that when Bismillah hir rahmaanir raheem revealed, the clouds gave way by moving to the East, the winds ceased blowing, the oceans became calm, the creatures prepared themselves to listen, the shaytaan got pelted with fire from the heavens and Allah Ta’ala, swearing an oath by His honour, declared: Anyone who says this name of mine (ie. Bismillah hir rahmaanir raheem) upon anything, I will surely impart barakah in that thing,(Durre Manthoor and Ibne Katheer)

After attestation to faith (shahadah), the most cardinal and often-repeated phrase that Muslims use is bismillah hir- rahmanir-rahim. The invocation (bismillah) has from the beginning occupied an important and special place in Muslim piety and practice.

Purpose of the Bismillah

Of the many good practices implemented by Islam is that a person should begin all their activities in the Name of Allah. Reciting Bismillah before starting anything ensures that the person consciously agrees and believes that he’s Allah’s creation and whatever he’s about to do, is in the hand of Allah and his ability to do this work and the success guarantee of it is held by ALLAH alone. If the bismillah is thus consciously applied it could restrain wrongful conduct; since one in his right mind would not pronounce the Name of Allah and then commit evil, in-decency or wrongful acts. In addition to that, when a person reads the bismillah, the Name of Allah is invoked and due to Allah’s nobility, perfection, grandeur and sanctity, the activity which follows is Divinely blessed, protected from evil and thus sanctified.

Attributes of Bismillah

Biblical Antisemitism

On The Future Shaykh

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

This will serve as a rebuttal against Conservative Evangelical Christians that believe supporting Israel and the Jewish people is a religious obligation. The references used in this note are only a scratch on the surface of the antisemitism in the Bible and I encourage everyone to do their own research on this issue. I am in no way promoting violence towards any particular person, group of people, nationality, religion, etc. I am merely "preaching" what the Bible has to say on this issue, so, uh, religious freedom and freedom of speech ;)

Origins of the Jews

The Jews were originally known as Bani Israel in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). They were chosen by YHVH* to be his nation of people; a sort of blatant religious racism that only the Jews could have come up with. It all started with the promise made by YHVH to Abraham, "And I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and between thy seed after thee in their generations, by a perpetual covenant: to be a God to thee, and to thy seed after thee." [Genesis 17:7] This promise was repeated to Bani Israel with the words "Because thou art a holy people to YHVH thy God: and he chose thee to be his peculiar people of all nations that are upon the earth." [Deuteronomy 14:2] Unfortunately for Bani Israel, this promise was not unconditional; it came with some conditions, the biggest one being the requirement that they hear the voice of YHVH and keep his commandments. In the eloquent words of the Bible, "If therefore you will hear my voice, and keep my covenant, you shall be my peculiar possession above all people: for all the earth is mine." [Exodus 19:5] One of the ways that this would manifest itself is when Bani Israel would be a holy and priestly nation. "And you shall be to me a priestly kingdom, and an holy nation. Those are the words thou shalt speak to the children of Israel." [Exodus 19:6] Unfortunately for Bani Israel, there was the threat that if they did not keep the covenant, their status as chosen people would pass from them.

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