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A short note on names of muslim baby names

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Jun 29, 2011
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It's always a joy when Allah blesses you with a child. Children bring great happiness, but also trials and responsibilities. One of the very first duties you have toward your new child, besides physical care and love, is to give your child a meaningful Muslim name.

It is reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "On the Day of Resurrection, you will be called by your names and by your fathers' names, so give yourselves good names." (Hadith Abu Dawud)

Baby Boy

Muslim Names for Boys

When choosing a name for a boy, Muslims have several choices. It is recommended to name a boy in a way that indicates service to God, by using 'Abd in front of one of God's Names. Other possibilities include the names of Prophets, names of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad, or other male names which have a good meaning. There are also some categories of names which are prohibited to use for Muslim children.

Names That Indicate "Service to God"
When one puts 'Abd in front of one of God's Names, the resulting name means "one who is in service to God." Thus 'Abdullah is "in service to Allah," 'Abdul-Rahman is "in service to The Compassionate One," and 'Abdul-'Aziz is "in service to The Mighty One." Any of the Names of God can be included in such a way, and these are among the most highly-recommended Muslim names for boys.

Prophets' Names
It is also recommended to honor God's prophets and messengers by naming Muslims boys after them. There are twenty-five prophets mentioned by name in the Qur'an. The name "Muhammad" is reportedly the most common given name in the world.

Prohibited Names
There are a few names which are forbidden or strongly discouraged when naming your Muslim child.


Other Muslim Boys' Names A-Z
Aside from the above recommended names, it is also possible to give a boy any name, in any language, which carries a good meaning.

Baby Girl

Muslim Names for Girls

When choosing a name for a girl, Muslims have several possibilities. It is recommended to name a Muslim child after women mentioned in the Qur'an, the Prophet Muhammad's family members, or other Companions of the Prophet. There are many other meaningful female names which are also popular. There are some categories of names which are prohibited to use for Muslim children.

Women in the Qur'an
There is one woman mentioned by name in the Qur'an, and hers is also one of the most popular names for Muslim girls. Other women are discussed in the Qur'an, and we know their names from Islamic tradition.
Prophet Muhammad's Family Members
Many Muslims honor the members of the Prophet Muhammad's family by naming girls after them. The Prophet Muhammad had four daughters, and his wives are known as the "Mothers of the Believers."

Female Companions of the Prophet Muhammad
The Companions of the Prophet Muhammad were honorable people and well-known in Islamic history. One could name a daughter after one of these women.

Prohibited Names
There are a few names which are forbidden or strongly discouraged when naming your Muslim child.

Other Muslim Girls' Names A-Z
Aside from the above recommended names, it is also possible to give a girl any name, in any language, which carries a good meaning.


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