Cultural/Religious Virtual Arabic Realia: Basmala – بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Posted by Mourad Diouri on February 3, 2008
Basmala (Arabic بسملة) is an Arabic language noun which is used as the collective name of the whole of the recurring Islamic phrase
This phrase constitutes the first verse of every “sura” (or chapter) of the Qur’an, and is used in a number of contexts by Muslims.
It is recited several times as part of Muslim daily prayers, and it is usually the first phrase in the preamble of the constitutions of Islamic countries.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
bismi-llāhi ar-raḥmāni ar-raḥīmi
“In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful”
Arabic-speaking Christians sometimes use the Basmala to refer to the Christian liturgical formula :
“In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”
(باسم الآب والابن والروح القدس,
bismi-l-’abi wa-ll-ibniwa-rr-rūḥi lqudusii)
Calligraphic Signs of Al-Basmala
In Arabic calligraphy, Al-Basmala is the most prevalent motif for calligraphy artists – Have a look at these amazing calligraphic writings:
Can you decipher the letters /words?
Calligraphy created by Sudanese artist Hassan Musa
Islamic/Arabic Calligraphic Signs of Al-Basmala from China
master Arabic calligrapher and Chinese Muslim. He is normally invited to the Edinburgh Islam Festival every year. The following are samples of his work :
Another calligraphic sign of Al-Basmala inside a mosque in China
Find out more
Saying Bismillah – Virtues and Occasions– Collection of Sayings from Authentic Hadiths
Key religious expressions/sayings (Digital flashcards/PDF)