What do the scholars and experts of shari’ah say regarding the basmala? Which surah has in the Qur’an has the basmala twice?
Every chapter of the Qur’an begins with the basmala, I begin with the name of Allah the Kind the Caring, except for Surah al-Tawbah. The commentators say this is because this surah expresses and emphasises Divine anger and displeasure. It displays Allah’s ﷻ anger, so it starts without the basmala. There is also an opinion that this surah is continuation of the previous chapter, Al-Anfal.
The chapter in which the basmala is mentioned twice is Surah Al-Naml. The second mention of the basmala is in the 31st verse as a quotation from the letter of Prophet Sulayman to the Queen of Sheba.
And Allah ﷻ knows the best
This Fatwa is written by Dr Musharraf Hussain Al-Azhari Translator of Majestic Quran, www.majesticquran.co.uk