Reciting Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem (In the Name of Allaah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful.)also makes us think about the morsel of food I am putting in my mouth and swallowing.
How many powers in the world had been used to bring this morsel to my mouth? Have we ever thought about how a single piece of bread reached our mouths?
Which farmer in which land needed to soften and prepare the land for the seed to be planted? For how long did he need to plough with his oxen or tractors?
He then needed to plant the seed and water it. The wind then blew over the fields, the sun shed its rays on the ground and Allaah also sent the clouds to rain over it.
It was only then that a frail little stem started to emerge from the seed. The stem was so weak that if a little child has even to place his finger on it, it would break.
However, even though it is so weak, it breaks through the hard ground and comes to the top. It then gets leaves and soon becomes a strong plant.
After this, the grains grow on the plant and a large number of people get together to cut the plant. Next, many animals or machines are used to seperate the grains from the plant.
The grains are then crushed to make flour and then brought to the shops for sale. Of all the many towns and stores, it comes to your town and from all the people shopping, it is your father who buys it.
When your mother eventually makes the bread and within a few minutes, you have eaten it up.
Now think. Do you have the ability to gather together all the different powers in the world to have that piece of bread to eat? Can you make the rains fall on the fields?
Can you make the sun shine on the plants? Can you even make the weak little plant come out of the ground?
It is only by the power of Allaah that all this happens. It is therefore necessary that we recite Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem before eating. In fact, we should recite Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem before doing anything and think that every blessing we have is from Allaah.