Arabic word which means "In the name of God". It prefaces every sura in the Qur'an except one. Normally followed by "ir-Rahman ir-Rahim", which means "The Compassionate (or Benificent), the Merciful.
Bis*mil"lah (?), interj. [Arabic, in the name of God!]
An adjuration or exclamation common among the Mohammedans.
© Webster 1913.
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