Definition of bismillah in English:


Pronunciation /bisˈmilə/ /bɪsˈmɪlə/


  • In the name of Allah (an invocation used by Muslims at the beginning of any undertaking).

    ‘It was only after he recited bismillah (Muslim phrase said prior to the commencement of any activity) that the lock turned.’
    • ‘‘The first thing I learnt was ‘bismillah irrahman irrahim’.’
    • ‘Each threw seven times, chanting ‘bismillah’ and ‘Allahu Akbar’.’
    • ‘Passengers were gloomy this morning, I said ‘bismillah’ to myself before stepping onto the 8.33 to Kings Cross.’


From Arabic bi-smi-llāh, the first words of the Koran.