Saying Bismillaah before eating or drinking
Fatwa No: 98789


Assalamu Alikum, Before Eating we say 'Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem'. But recently i heard, We should say, 'Bismillah' and Not 'Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem'. Is this true? If so, on what occations we should say 'Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem'? Please nee your answer.


All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.


There is a difference in opinion among the scholars on whether it is better to say "Bismillaah" or "Bismillaahir-Rahmaanir-Raheem" before eating or drinking. The predominant opinion is that one must only say: "Bismillaah" in the situations where the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) has been reported to have said it only, such as before eating and drinking. But it should not be condemned if someone says it in full (Bismillaahir-Rahmaanir-Raheem), if he does so acting upon the opinion of the scholars who permit saying so.

Allaah knows best.

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