One of the strongest methods in shaping our reality is through speech. Words are a weapon and if we use them properly we give power to inspire and influence. Scripture provides us with the guidebook of powerful mantras. Aside from the spiritual and metaphysical benefits of prayer, the affects are amplified through the language we speak. The weight of the words we utter carry centuries of aptitude. Words have evolved through the ages but the mystical significance have remained the same.
Everything revealed has an intention and a purpose.
Everything in this world is connected. Everything from the Quran is connected to His Source. Scholar Ibn Arabi deconstructed the numerical and alphabetical codes of the Quran and the derivatives to His Ultimate Source. For instance, Islam is based off the lunar calendar; 12 months that correspond to the 12 veils (spiritual stations) and lastly to the 12 Imam’s. In fact, the word “month” occurs in the scripture 12 times. Numeric coincidence? No, there is no such thing as coincidence. Everything revealed has an intention and a purpose.
Before I unlock the marvel of Bismillah, I want to reiterate the concept of Islamic numerology. Each letter of the Arabic alphabet amounts to a number according to their original sequence in the alphabet. The Arabs were using this system for calculations. As the Quran was revealed 14 centuries ago, the numbers known today did not exist, therefore a universal system was established where the letters of the Arabic, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek alphabets were used as numerals. The number assigned to each letter is referred to as, geometrical value.
Every chapter in the Quran, except chapter Tawbah (Repentance) starts with the declaration, “Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Rahim” سْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ (In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate). Using Ibn Arabi’s method of decoding the mathematical miracle of this declaration, it has been concluded the numeric magick in this code equals, 19. Islamic numerology tells us, 1 symbolizes infinite beginnings and 9 represents completion. Together, this exponent embodies the universal equation within “Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Rahim”. Where else in the Quran do we notice the significance of the number 19? In Surah Al-Muddaththir, “Over it are 19 angels” (74:30) and the next ayah continues with, “as guardians and keepers of Hell […]” (74:31).
Your heart is the spiritual house of your entire physical, emotional and spiritual health.
The expression consists of the following three essences; with the blessings of, under the governance of, and with the support of (God). Additionally, proclaimed three of His names; Allah (God); Rahman (Gracious) and Rahim (Compassionate). Thus, you are actively seeking God’s mercy and guidance with every syllable uttered. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Any important work that does not begin with Bismillah is imperfect.”
With the mere recitation of Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Rahim, you are activating both your throat and heart chakras to open. The energetic weight of the statement heals both center portals and permeates down to the cellular level. Your heart is the spiritual house of your entire physical, emotional and spiritual health. What better way to nourish your heart than by cleansing it with consistent affirmations of, Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Rahim? To feel, embody, accept and receive love, empathy and compassion in your heart you must activate that vibration of consciousness. Ali ibn Talib (RA) said, “Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Rahim is an effective prayer for simplifying a difficult task, and removes all grief and brings happiness in the heart.”
According to scholar Muhammad ibn Jarir Al-Tabari, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Jesus was handed by his mother Maryam over to a school in order that he might be taught.” The teacher said to him: “Write” (Arabic, Bism) meaning, in the name of. And Jesus said to him, “what is Bism?” The teacher said, “I do not know.” Jesus said, “The Ba” is Bahau’Allah (Arabic for, the glory of God), the “seen” is His Sana (Arabic for, radiance) and the “Meem” is His mamlakah (Arabic for, sovereignty)” (Al-Tabari, Jami al-Bayan volume 1, page 40).
For centuries, mystics have utilized the power of Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Rahim as their safety weapon. Talisman’s made with the inscription are thought to contain metaphysical virtues, such as dispelling sickness and gaining sustenance. Suggested tips for working with the aesthetics of Bismillah; to remove grief and sorrow, recite 100 times; to have veils removed from your heart, recite 1,000 times for 40 consecutive mornings and reciting it 19 times after Fajr prayer gives you protection.