Q: My question is very basic and very few of us would have actually noticed it. Although we Muslims recite it most frequently. Firstly every verse of the holy Qur’an starts with bismillah, meaning “In the name of Allah”. Secondly we all consider the Qur’an to be preserved in its original form and not a single word has been added or deleted by Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Thirdly we all know that the source of the Qur’an is Allah Ta’ala himself. My question is why Allah would start the Qur’an saying “In the name of Allah” if Allah himself has revealed the Qur’an. Every verse of the Quran must have started as “in my name” and not as “in the name of Allah”. Can it be possible that Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) himself added bismillah keeping in view the first aayah “iqra”?
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)