(Read in the name of your Lord). Allaamah Suyooti says that all theother heavenly scriptures were also began by Bismillaah. SomeUlemaa (Scholars) have stated that Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheemis unique to Qur'aan and the followers of Muhammad (Sallallahualayhi wasallam). The explanation for those two differing views isthat beginning by the name of Allaah, is common in all heavenlyBooks, but the words of Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem are uniquetoqur'aan. This is also evident form some Ahaadeeth that theProphet (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in the initial stages used to writeoumma to begin any task. When the verse Bismillaahir RahmaanirRaheem was revealed, he adopted these words, and this Sunnahcontinued forever.
[Qurtubi, Rahul Ma'aani]
. Qur'aan exhorts at variousplaces, to start all tasks with the name of Allaah. Prophet (Sallallahualayhi wasallam) said:
"Every important work which had not been started by Bismillaah remains without barakah (blessings)."
In one Hadeeth it is stated that when you close the door of the house,say Bismillaah; when you extinguish the candle, say Bismillaah;when you cover the utensils, say Bismillaah; when eating food,drinking, beginning ablution, riding the vehicle, and disembarking,etc. in all tasks we are advised to say Bismillaah by various Qur'aanicverses and Ahaadeeth.
WISDOM OF STARTING ALL TASKS BY BISMILLAAH
By advising human beings to begin all works by Bismillaah, Islaamhas turned his entire life's direction towards Allaah, so that humanwill refresh his covenant and promise at every step; that my existenceor any of my tasks cannot be possible without the will and help fromAllaah, who has made all my movements and worldly tasks into aworship.