Bismillah was not revealed before Surah Tawbah, therefore, there is no
Bismillah before Surah Tawbah.
However, since the contents of Surah Tawbah and Surah Anfaal, the Surah
preceding Surah Tawbah are different, Hadhrat Uthmaan (Radhiallaahu Anhu)
decided to separate the two Surahs.
and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai