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!”

Ya Haqq!

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.


10 Responses to Bismillah!

  1. Irshaad says:

    Salaam alaikum,

    Nice parable illustrating the power of a sincere Bismillah – the excellent book “When you hear hoofbeats, think of a Zebra” has a similar story as well as being, in general, a delight to read.

  2. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Irshaad:
    Ah thank you for the source of the story. I knew that I read it somewhere, but could not remember the book. Indeed, the Zebra book is a good one :)

    Ya Haqq!

  3. shaharazed says:

    AsSalaam Alaykum,

    I found your blog on the tag surfer. I loved this little parable! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  4. sf says:

    Salaam brother,

    What an excellent story highlighting the empowering nature of the blessed word “Bismillah”- which instantly binds this poor and weak human to the Omnipotent’s Power and Mercy!

    Jazaak Allah Khair

  5. MysticSaint says:


    what a wonderful teaching!

    and my appreciation for mentioning the post here. Jazak Allah Khair.

    I would also love to quote from your post ‘Of Mothers, Daughters…’ which have wonderful food for thoughts.

  6. saly says:

    Salaam Irving,
    I was teaching Mariam the importance of Bismillah and she just doesn’t get it. I’ll share this tale with her tonight. Somehow stories work on her more than my verbal reminders. God bless you for this post, dear brother.

  7. Maliha says:

    awesome Mashaallah:) This is a gentle reminder to me, to always evoke the power of the Merciful before I embark on my daily tasks.

  8. April Girl says:

    Bismillah :)
    Salaam! What a joy your blog is! Thanks so much for your comment and adding the oppressed beings to your blogroll! The Darvish is not one among the oppressed but is surely present in their midst to help out!
    Thanks for writing :)

  9. Safiyyah says:

    Nice. Of course, I can identify with her husband’s exasperation at the repeated ‘bismillaahs’. :-)

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