One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In the name of Allah (an invocation used by Muslims at the beginning of any undertaking).
- ‘‘The first thing I learnt was ‘bismillah irrahman irrahim’.’
- ‘Each threw seven times, chanting ‘bismillah’ and ‘Allahu Akbar’.’
- ‘It was only after he recited bismillah (Muslim phrase said prior to the commencement of any activity) that the lock turned.’
- ‘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.
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