^ Contrary to popular belief (i.e. what our parents taught oh-so-gullible-us), it doesn’t even keep away a doctor. Girl, you gotta step up your game. And I don’t mean by throwing it; that’s absolutely useless as well. Why you even throwing food, chica?
I’ll teach you something better, minutely because I was slightly pathetic at shotput.
Nabi (S.A.W) said, “When a person says bismillahir rahmanir raheem, Shaytaan melts like how lead melts in fire.” Now, I don’t mean to come across as sadistic, but .. Perfect. Taking it to a whole new level *kisses fingertips like those fancy French chefs*.
(Speaking of which, I have briefly touched on the phenomenal advantages of reciting bismillah here)
Ali (R.A) said that bismillah is the solution for all difficult tasks (taking the ~perfect~ selfie in dodgy lighting)- including the removal of grief and anxiety (when none of the 50 selfies are likeable)- and pleases the heart (when you don’t actually save any of them because taking selfies is haraam :D).
Rasoolullah (S.A.W) took an oath and narrated this Hadith from Jibrail (A.S); the latter took an oath and narrated it from Mikhail (A.S), who in turn, took an oath and narrated it from Israfil (A.S) that Allah said: “Oh Israfil, by My honour, grandeur and existence, whoever reads bismillah together with Surah Fatiha once, you be a witness that I will forgive his sins, accept his good deeds, overlook his faults, not burn his tongue, save him from the punishment of the grave and grant him sanctuary from the punishment if Qiyamah.”
*cue everybody reading bismillah and Surah Fatiha at least once right now, asseblief*
Allamah Qurtubi states that Shari’ah has commanded us to recite bismillah at the beginning of every action. It’s supposed to be natural for us to use it frequently in our daily life. Begin every task with Allah’s name, and end every task with Allah’s name. This makes the action a form of zikr; bringing great blessings and rewards to the zaakir.
According to a narration of Jabir (R.A), Allah announced that on whatever thing Allah’s name is taken, that is bismillah is recited, it will have blessings.
According to Ibn Mas’ud (R.A), whoever wants to be saved from the angels of Jahannum should constantly recite bismillah. Allah will make each letter a shield for him.
Moulana Shahid Hasan Qasimi says that in order to obtain the full blessing of bismillah, a person should have full conviction in Allah; that Allah is closer to man than his jugular vein.
Hafiz Ibn Kathir writes that Uthmaan ibn Affan (R.A) asked Nabi (S.A.W) about bismillah. Nabi (S.A.W) replied that it is the special name of Allah. There is an attachment between Allah and bismillah like the closeness between the blackness and the whiteness of the eye.
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,