Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
As-Salaamu Alaikumwa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh
A friend asked me this question :
Since the the whole Qur’an is contained in the basmala, would it not be better to continuously recite it instead of the whole Quran and you would be receiving all the tajallis found in the Quran, whereas if you recite the Quran you would only receive the tajallis of the verses you are reciting?
Likewise, as all the names of Allah are gathered under the name “Allah”, wouldn’t it be better to recite this name only for every purpose and for spiritual growth instead of, for example, Ya Razzaq for rizq, for then if you Recite Ya Allah you would get the tajalli of Ya Razzaq as well as all the other names.
Obviously you would still read the Quran and other names of Allah for the sake of learning, but would this give you greater spiritual dresses or stations or tajallis?
Allah Most High said to invoke Him by his Names and the Prophet (upon
him blessings and peace) invoked Allah by His Names, so we invoke Him by His Names. To imagine thinking up a better alternative is foolish nonsense.
The basmala is also contained in the (letter) Ba’ that initiates it. Are we going to repeat Ba’ Ba’ and relegate reciting Qur’an to second place for that? However, at times we do emphasize certain all-encompassing dhikrs such as the Greatest Name, the Fatiha, the Basmala, Hu, and others. In so doing, still we are followers of the directives of our connected Master and Murshid Kamil, not of mind-productions or our own reasoning.
O Allah, keep us on followership and obedience, and grant us knowledge that benefits.
Hajj Gibril Haddad