بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ
"In the Name of Allah, the Mercy-giving, the Merciful."
Application in daily life: We should start as many things as we can by saying this verse. It reminds us of Allah (swt)'s authority. When you say Bismillah as you start something (a new job, putting the kettle on the stove), you remember Allah's presence, acknowledge Allah's authority over everything, and you ask Allah to give what you are doing the best outcome as He sees it. Saying this simple verse is a true act of submission to Allah, I am sure He loves it when you do it.
Why I started this series: At the beginning of Ibn Kathir's tafseer, the writer (may Allah be pleased with him) mentions that during Prophet Muhammad (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam)'s time those who converted to Islam were encouraged to learn only 10 verses per day. This was to allow them to learn the teachings of the verses by heart and then to apply them in their lives.
This gave me the idea for this series. InshAllah from now on I'll post a verse from the Quran and write about how we can apply the verse in our lives. I'll begin with the first verse of the Quran, verse one of Suratul Fatiha.***