There once lived a merchant who had a very pious wife. He did not mind her being spiritual, except that she had the habit of saying “Bismillah” (In the Name of God) with every action she took. When she woke up, she said, Bismillah. When she opened a drawer, she said, Bismillah; when she prepared food, she said Bismillah with every step of the preparation, when she did anything she said Bismillah, and when she went to bed she said Bismillah.
Now her husband was getting annoyed at her constant uttering of Bismillah, so he decided to teach her a lesson. He brought her a bag of gold and told her to hide it for him. She said, Bismillah while taking it, and Bismillah while opening a drawer in the kitchen and hiding it behind some other goods, and Bismillah when she closed the drawer.
A few days later, when his wife went to pray, the merchant took the bag of gold from the hiding place and threw it down a well. Then when she returned from prayers, he asked for the bag of gold. She said Bismillah when she opened the drawer, and Bismillah when she reached in, and Bismillah again as she handed her husband a sopping wet bag of gold.
Her husband looked at the wet bag in his hand and cried, “Bismillah!”
PS On a related theme, please take a look at Mystic Saint’s excellent blog post on Sri Ramakrishna and the Secret of Male and Female. It goes well with the previous post on this blog titled, Of Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Wives, which you can read here.