Basmalah (reciting Bismillah) which means “In the name of Allah”, has been an easy target for critics of Islam and has constantly been bombarded with illogical allegations. There stands a great need to clear out the very genuine queries which many non-muslim have regarding bismillah and also the need to answer all the allegations against it in order to stitch the mouth of all those illogical boasters who try and allege the authenticity of Islam.
Because jinn can see us while we cannot see them, the Prophet (sall Allahu alayhi wasallam) taught us many ways to protect ourselves from their harm. By seeking refuge of Allah from the accursed shaytan, reciting surat al-Falaq and surah An-Naas, Ayat al Kursi and reciting the words taught by Allah in the Qur’an. Allah Almighty says, “And say: My Lord! I seek refuge in Thee from suggestions of the evil ones. And I seek refuge in Thee, my Lord, lest they be present with me.” (Al-Mu’minun: 97-98)
Saying Bismillah (in the Name of Allah) before entering one’s home, eating or drinking and having intercourse will keep shayateen from entering the house or partaking with a person in his food, drink and sexual activity. Similarly, mentioning the name of Allah before entering the toilet or taking off one’s clothes will prevent the jinn from seeing a person in a state of undress or harming him/her. The Prophet (sall Allahu alayhi wasallam) said: “To put a barrier that will prevent the jinn from seeing the `awrah (part of the body which must be covered) of the sons of Adam, let any one of you say ‘Bismillah’ when entering the toilet.” (Reported by At-Tirmidhi)