This verse is translated as “In (or with) the name of Allah, who is Beneficent and Merciful”. Here, the particle “Bi” (meaning in or with) in the word “Bism” represents a call for help.
To understand the meaning of the two attributes of God ar-rahman and ar-rahim specially mentioned here, it is necessary to study the meaning of these words.
Ar-rahman (the beneficent) is he whose generosity is so great that before the birth of man and without any effort or labour on man’s part, the entire resources required for his sustenance were provided while Ar-rahim refers to the mercy which is granted repeatedly, and these attributes manifest themselves time and again and have an excellent and improving effect on each person’s actions.
Now at this time of taking advantage of the Quran he seeks from the attribute al-Rahman that true knowledge of the Quran, which when acted upon would lead to achieving his purpose in life and from the attribute al-Rahim he seeks help that his good actions would produce excellent results.
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