Authentication of the du’a to recite when forgetting to recite Bismillah before eating

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Is the du’a ‘Bismillahi awwalahu wa akhirahu’ authentic?



Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) has mentioned that if one forgets to recite ‘Bismillah’ before eating, then he should recite the du’a in question while eating.

This Hadith has been recorded in the following Hadith collections with slight variation in the wording: [Some versions have ‘Bismillah fi awwalihi wa akhirihi]

  1. Sunan Abi Dawud, 3761
  2. Sunan Tirmidhi, 1858
  3. Sunan Ibn Majah, 3264
  4. Musnad Ahmad, vol. 6 pg. 143 and 265
  5. Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 5213-5214

Imam Tirmidhi and Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahumallah) have declared the Hadith authentic.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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