bismillah  (بسم الله)

“In the name of Allah (God)”. It is a shortened version of ‘Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem’ (In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful) and it precedes all surahs (chapters) of the Quran except one. Bismillah is said as a blessing before eating food and other actions that are worthy of giving thanks to Allah or asking of His support.