Commencing a report with Bismillah

Q: Insha Allah, I will soon be submitting a final report for my studies. The document contains an ‘Acknowledgements’ page, which I would like to begin with the complete English translation of: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم. However, I am afraid of disrespecting the name of Allah, as I am not sure how the document will be handled. Would it be best not to print Bismillah, or will it be permissible to instead print ‘In the name of the Almighty’, or something similar? Please could Mufti Saab advise on what/what not to print.


A: Do not print Bismillah. When you commence preparing the report, you may suffice on verbally reciting the Bismillah.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)