There are 114 Surahs in the Noble Qur’an, among which there is only one that Allah has singled out by mentioning the Basmalah twice in it and not once like the rest of the Surahs, so which surah in the quran has 2 bismillah?
Which Surah In The Quran Has 2 Bismillah?
The only surah in the Holy Qur’an which has 2 Bismillah is surah An-Naml. The surah begins with Bismillah or basmalah and then Bismillah is mentioned again in verse 30.
The verse that contains Bismillah in surah Naml is
Indeed, it is from Solomon, and indeed, it is [i.e., reads]: ‘In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.Surah Naml Verse 30
Surah An-Naml was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad SAW in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, that is, it is a Meccan Surah, and its verses are 93, and its order is in the Ottoman Qur’an is No. 27.
Surah al-Naml is considered one of the Mathani surahs, and it is located between surah Al Shu’ara and Surah Qasasas.
The surah included a number of stories of the Qur’an, including the story of prophet Sulaiman, peace be upon him.
As for the content of Surah al-Naml, it revolves around the Tawheed (unification of God), aqeedah, belief and the proof of resurrection and immortality like most of the Meccan surahs.
It also talks about the stories of the prophets so that we should take a lesson from them.
Sura An Naml tells stories of the prophets Musa (Moses), Sulayman (Solomon), Saleh, and Lut (Lot) to emphasize the message of tawhid (monotheism) in Arabian and Israelite prophets.
The miracles of prophet Musa, described in the Book of Exodus, are mentioned in opposition to the arrogance and kufr (disbelief) of the Pharaoh.
The story of prophet Sulaiman is most detailed: Sulaiman converted Queen Bilqis of Saba’ (Sheba) to the “true religion” after a hoopoe reported to him that she was a sun-worshipping queen.
This surah, which has 2 Bismillah was likely revealed to address the role of the “Children of Israel” among the believers in Mecca, to emphasize and commend the piety of past prophets, and to distinguish the present Qur’anic message from past traditions.
Significance of the title
The surah’s name is taken from the ants whose conversations were understood by prophet Sulaiman.
Similar to Sura 13, Surah Raad (The Thunder) or Sura 29, Surah Ankabut (The Spider), The Ants has no thematic significance in the Surah beyond it being a familiar phrase amongst believers, a reminder of the sura’s story of Sulaiman.
Ants do hold a privileged status among animals in Islam on account of the story of Solomon.
Hadith literature tells of prophet Muhammad SAW forbidding Muslims to kill the ant, bee, hoopoe, or shrike; it is no coincidence that they are all featured in Surah 27 and that Surah 16 is entitled The Bee, Surah Nahl.
Main Concepts And Theme Of The Surah
- Tawhid was preached by many Israelite prophets as well as Arabian prophets prior to Qur’anic revelation.
“Truly, this Qur’an explains to the Children of Israel most of what they differ about, and it is guidance and grace for those who believe.”
Qur’an Surah Naml, 27: verses 76-77
- God has no equal as a creator; all those who associate others with Allah are guilty of shirk.
- Earthly knowledge is nothing compared to God; only those with open ears and eyes will turn to Allah.
- Disbelievers of the message of Allah will have no hope come Judgement Day.
The revelation is a clear warning. Surah 27 reiterates that all humanity must turn to Allah without delay.