Ruling on the Imam saying the Basmalah out loud in a Jahri Salah
Q: What is the ruling on
the Imam (the one who leads congregational Prayer) who says in Jahri Salah (Prayer recited out loud) "Bism Al-Rahman, Al-Rahim [In the Name of the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful]"
instead of "Bismillah Al-Rahman, Al-Rahim [In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful]"?
(Part No. 5; Page No. 317
A Muslim should say, "Bismillah Al-Rahman, Al-Rahim" in Salah or elsewhere as it is mentioned in the Ever-Glorious Qur’an and Prophetic Hadiths. It is wrong to omit the word "Allah" and say "Bism Al-Rahman, Al-Rahim", for this contradicts what is mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet). However, the Salah of whoever omits it is valid in sha’a-Allah (if Allah wills), for the Basmalah (saying, "Bismillah Al-Rahman, Al-Rahim [In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful]") is an independent Ayah (Qur’anic verse) at the beginning of each Surah (Qur’anic chapter), except for Surah Bara’ah (At-Tawbah). It is not part of Al-Fatihah or any other Surah according to the soundest scholarly opinion. However, it is part of an Ayah in Surah Al-Naml.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.