The Beginning of All Good Things

For two years I lived in the northwest African country of Mauritania. It was here that the people and the religion of Islam taught me the variegated meaning of Bismillah.


"Bismillah enables us to build muscles of gratitude and thankfulness toward God and to other fellow human beings. It shapes us to be more mindful people. It alows us to see the signs of God in the actions that we are about to do. The prayer of Bismillah brings attention to God’s fingerprints and all of the manifestations of his creation."

Imam Abdullah Antepli - Muslim Chaplain, Duke University


This simple prayer became my spiritual practice in gratitude, guidance and grace.

Bismillah is where my expression of creativity begins. 


St. Paul, Minnesota

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