So this is a little lesson in Arabic since you will all be seeing this on our invitations soon!!!!
Bismillah al rahman al rahimThe common translation is "In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate". It is a beautifully poetic phrase which offers both deep insight and brilliant inspiration. It has often been said that the phrase Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim contains the true essence of the entire Qur'an, as well as the true essence of all religions.
Muslims often say this phrase when embarking on any significant endeavor, and the phrase is considered by some to be a major pillar of Islam. This expression is so magnificent and so concise that all but one chapter of the Qur'an begins with the words Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim.
These are just a few examples of how this phrase can be writen in Arabic. Aren't they beautiful!
The phrase translates into English as " God willing" or "If it is God's will". This word is often used to indicate a desire to do something that you wish may occur, or to indicate that you want God's blessing for what you are about to do. For example, if one wishes to do something that is very difficult to achieve, one invokes God's blessing before one sets out to do it. For Muslims, it is used in speech about plans and of events that they expect to occur in the future.