Saying Bismillah Is No Small Thing
Saying Bismillah is no small thing. It is asking Allah’s help, asking Him to be with you in whatever you are about to do.
If you start anything important without bismillah, you lose the blessings in what you are about to do, but if you say it, subhanAllah, say it knowing that blessings, goodness, strength, faith, guidance, honour, light - whatever you need from Allah is with you.
If you are nervous, because you are about to speak in front of others, you say bismillah and Allah’s strength will be with you. If you are afraid, say bismillah and Allah’s protection will be with you. If you are starting a project, say bismillah and Allah’s blessings will be with you! And so on. Whatever you need from Allah in what you are doing will be with you with bismillah.
When you say it, Shaytan cannot steal from your blessing, cannot come along for a ride, cannot penetrate the ‘force field’ Allah puts up around you.
So, say Bismillah, In the name of Allah (think of Allah’s qualities, His mercy, His power and might and so much more) I start my homework; I begin my presentation; I leave the house; I enter the house; I eat; I cycle; I apply to a school; I buy something; I change my clothes.
When you say bismillah, nothing in the world, this earth, or the universe can harm you.
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "He who recites three times every morning and evening: 'Bismillahil-ladhi la yadurru ma'as-mihi shai'un fil-ardi wa la fis-sama'i, wa Huwas-Sami'ul-'Alim (In the Name of Allah with Whose Name there is protection against every kind of harm in the earth or in the heaven, and He is the All-Hearing and All- Knowing),' nothing will harm him." [Tirmidhi]
Saying Bismillah is a great thing, if you can make it a habit to mindfully say it, and if you extend it to Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Raheem, in the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, it is even greater.
So, make bismillah a part of everything that you do insha'Allah! It's not limited to eating and drinking and entering the house. Nothing you do, should in fact be done without bismillah.