Name = اِسْمٌ

The word for “name in Arabic is اِسْمٌ (ism), plural أَسْمَاءٌ . You may have noticed that in the phrase بِسْمِ اللهِ , which appears, amongst very many places, at the start of Quranic chapters, and which means “In the name of God”, the word اِسْم is written without the initial ا . It has been suggested that this is due to the phrase being used in writing so very often: as the ا is in any case not pronounced, it’s convenient to omit it altogether. The phrase is of course a prepositional phrase in an elliptical sentence – “in the name of God” is a complement connected to the omitted verb أَبْدَأُ or “I begin”. Where we use this or any similar phrase in a different context, such as in the Quranic verse اِقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ , meaning “Read in the name of your Lord” (Quran 96:1), we find that the ا is restored.