- in the name of Allah.
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Examples from the Web for bismillah
They instantly set about their ablutions, and began to repeat the Bismillah.Vathek
These had their throats cut, with the usual formula, "Bismillah!"The Arab's Pledge
Edward L. Mitford
The meal then began with the Bismillah--'In the name of the most merciful God'--for grace.Oriental Women
Edward Bagby Pollard
In the third place, when specially instructed to say “Bismillah!”Three Ghost Stories
They use it at the ceremonies of circumcision, bismillah (teaching the child “the name of God”), virginity and marriage.
- the words which preface all except one of the surahs of the Koran, used by Muslims as a blessing before eating or some other action
shortened from Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim, from Arabic, literally: in the name of God, the merciful and compassionate
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Word Origin and History for bismillah
first attested in English in Byron, from Arabic bi'smillah(i) "in the name of God" (Allah).
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