From the manners that Islām has taught us is to begin our actions by mentioning the name of Allāh. The purpose behind this is far-reaching and manifold:
1. It brings Allāh to mind before one does the action.
2. It prevents one from doing evil actions.
3. It aids one in attaining Allāh’s support and succour in that action.
4. It reminds one of the purpose, the source of fulfillment, the source of blessings for that action and its final destination. 1
Ibn al-Qayyim explained this final point further,
Allāh, the Exalted is He says,
|وَإِن مِّن شَيْءٍ إِلاَّ عِندَنَا خَزَائِنُهُ وَمَا نُنَزِّلُهُ إِلاَّ بِقَدَرٍ مَّعْلُومٍ|
There is not a single thing except that its depositories and treasures are with Us. (Al-Hijr 15:21)
This verse comprises a [great] treasure from the treasures [of the Qur’an], this being that nothing is sought except from the One who possesses its depositories and treasures, the One in whose hands lie the keys to these treasures. Seeking [things] from anyone else is seeking something from one who does not possess them or possess any authority over them.