Why does the Qur’an start with Bismillah?

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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”?


A: Your question is illogical. When the Qur’aan has been revealed in the name of Allah it is to show the magnificence and grandeur of Allah that the reader will understand and be able to comprehend the message only with His divine intervention.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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