Saying Bismillah on behalf children
Asalamualaykum. Are we allowed to say bismillah, or the likes of that, on behalf of a child who’s too young to say it themselves?
The Bismillah ie بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم is what we utter before we begin something with the name of God. Every good action or deed or anything that is significant should be started by reciting Bismillah.
The Bismillah has within it many secrets. It’s like a key that unlocks greatness and blessings from Allah.
It is mentioned in various narrations of hadith with similar meaning that;
Every meaningful action that is not commenced by saying Bismillah is devoid of blessings.
كل أمر ذى بال لا يبدأ فيه ببسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
It means that we are starting an action seeking Allah’s help and blessings.
The Bismillah should be recited before eating, drinking, entering the house, leaving the house, entering the toilet etc.
The virtue of the name of Allah is such that it also relieves pain from the body.
Uthman bin Abu al-As Al-Thaqafi reported that he made a complaint of pain to the Beloved Messenger (upon him be blessings and peace) that he felt in his body at the time he had become Muslim. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (upon him be blessings and peace) said: “Place your hand at the place where you feel pain in your body and say in the name of Allah three times and seven times I seek refuge with Allah and with His Power from the evil that I find and that I fear”. [Sahih Muslim 2/280]
Teaching children good practices:
Children start picking things up from their parents, and if we want them to make a habit of saying Bismillah before performing any task, we should start doing the same as well. When our child sees us continually saying Bismillah, it won’t be long before he or she starts following.
So the answer to your question is that the Bismillah and any other forms of supplications (duas) and remembrance of Allah should be recited by the parents audibly for the purpose of teaching their children and also to acquire blessings for them.
Allah knows best.