Dec 9, 2010

Important of Name in Islam

 Intro
A person who embracing Islam, used to be called in a new good name, usually names of prophets, names started with Abdul عبد ال  then followed by Asmaul Husna - Names of Allah and names of famous muslim in history. Same to the newborn muslim baby. A good meaning of name have to be chosen for the new lovely comer 

Prophet Muhammad s.a.w always chose names with good and beautiful meanings, even telling people to change their names if they had unpleasant meanings.

The most important is the name should carry a good and praiseworthy meaning as the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w said,

"On the Day of Resurrection, you will be called by your names and your fathers names, so make your names good." - hadis narrated by Abu Dawud

Fatwa on how important is it for a new Muslim to change his name.

Upon becoming muslim, how important is it to change your name? and what is the differance between an arabic name and a muslim name?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Names carry meanings, and every person will be influenced by (the meaning of) his name, in most cases. Man is required to call himself – or his children – by good names with good meanings, so that they will be influenced positively by their names.

Islam came to the Arabs and the non-Arabs, and it is not essential for a new Muslim to take an Arabic name, rather what is required is that he should not have a name that is ugly or carries a meaning that goes against Islam. Many Persians and Byzantines embraced Islam and kept their names, and did not change them. Indeed many of the Prophets had names that were not Arabic because they were not Arabs.

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked: Does a person who becomes Muslim have to change his name like George or Joseph etc?

He replied:

He does not have to change his name unless it is a name that reflects servitude to someone or something other than Allaah, but it is good to change his name to something better. So if he changes his name from a foreign name to an Islamic name, that is good, but as to whether it is obligatory, no it is not.

But if his name was ‘Abd al-Maseeh [= “slave of the Messiah”, a name common among Arab Christians; a similar name in English cultures would be “Christopher” -- Translator] or something of that nature, then he should change it, but if the name does not imply servitude to anything or anyone other than Allaah, such as George and Paul, etc., then he does not have to change it, because these names are shared by Christians and others. And Allaah is the Source of strength.

Fataawa Islamiyyah, 4/404.
See also the answer to Question no. 14622.
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Name for newborn muslim baby

The baby may be named o­n the day of it's birth or later o­n the seventh day or past the seventh day, as this is what is clear after study of all the evidences from the sunnah.

It is the father or the mother who chose the name for the baby. If they differ amongst themselves then it is the father who has the choice, he may name it himself or give his wife the right to choose. The fact that this is the right of the father is shown by the principle that the child is ascribed and attributed to the father, as Allah says,

"Call them (adopted sons) by (the names of) their fathers, that is more just in the Sight of Allah" [Noble Quran 33:5]

It is also allowed for the parents to allow others to name the child, since our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to name some of the children of his Companions.

The name should carry a good and praiseworthy meaning as the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

"On the Day of Resurrection, you will be called by your names and your fathers names, so make your names good." [Abu Dawud]

It is recommended to call o­neself a servant of Allah (Abdullah) or the servant of any of the names of Allah. Then it is recommended to name a child after a Prophet, due to the hadith,

"Call yourselves by the names of the Prophets" [Abu Dawud]

and the hadith,

"A son was born to me this night and I called him after my forefather Ibrahim" [Muslim]

Then it is recommended to name the child after any pious person in the hope that it will become like him/her. Then it is recommended to name by any name which has good meaning.

It is forbidden to name a child with a name that denote servitude to other than Allah, for example Abd an-Nabi, Abd ar-Rasul etc, just as it is forbidden to name them with names that are particular to the Unbelievers like George, Michael, Susan etc.

The names of tyrants and evil personalities should be avoided such as Fir'awn, Qarun, Abu Lahab etc.. Likewise it is disliked to name with the names of the Surahs of the Quran like 'Ta Ha' or 'Ya Sin' as is reported from Imam Malik and others. There is no authentic hadith which ascribes the above two as being names of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

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Important Guides When Choosing Muslim Baby Names

Below are the basic guides on choosing Muslim or Islamic names for your baby. We will be called using our names during judgment day, so choose a good name, and choose it wisely.

- The best name for Muslim baby is ‘Abdullah’ and ‘Abdurrahman’.
- The most suitable name for Muslim baby is ‘Harits’ and ‘Hammam’.
- The most unsuitable, odd or bad name for Muslim baby is ‘Harb’ and ‘Murrah’.
- It is forbidden to use ‘Barrah’ as your Muslim baby name.
- It is forbidden to use bad names or names with improper meanings.
- It is forbidden to use Abdul (meaning ‘slave of’) to any other names except for the 99 names of Allah and Abdullah (meaning ‘slave of Allah’). Example–Abdul Ka’bah.
- It is forbidden to use the 99 names of Allah (Asmaa-ul Husnaa) if there is not Abdul in front of it. Example – Arrahman, Arrahim.
- It is forbidden to use non-Muslim’s names.
- It is forbidden to use names like Sultan, Salaatin, Syahansah, Sayyidun Nas, Sayyidul Kuli, Sayyidu Saadaat.
- It is forbidden to choose names of 'fetish' (worship items) like Latta, ‘Uzza, Manat, Assah, Naailat, Hublu, and others.
- It is forbidden to use names of wicked rulers like Fir’aun, Haman and others.
- It is forbidden to use devil names like Al-A’war, Al-Ajda, Khanzab etc.
- It is forbidden to use disgusting animal names.
- It is forbidden to use names that are opposite to all goodness.
- It is highly NOT encourage using names of angels.
- Do not use boy’s names for a girl, and vice versa.
- Do not use a name that doesn’t have any meaning.
- It is advice not to use very long names; most baby names during Prophet Muhammad PBUH only consist of one word.
- It is encourage to choose a name that is pronounce (in your own language) just like how it is pronounce in Arabic so that it wouldn’t change the meaning of the word.

Whatever names you choose, it is up to you. But please refer to the guides above so that you don’t make mistake choosing a name for your baby.
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Some names and their meaning

MUHAMMAD محمّد m Arabic
Means "praiseworthy", derived from Arabic حمد (hamid) "to praise"... [more]

MUHAMMED محمّد m Arabic
Variant transcription of MUHAMMAD

MUHSIN محسن m Arabic
Means "beneficent" in Arabic.

MUHSINA محسنة f Arabic
Feminine form of MUHSIN

MUKHTAR مختار m Arabic
Means "chosen" in Arabic.

MUMINA مؤمنة f Arabic
Means "believer" in Arabic.

MUNA منى f Arabic
Means "wishes, desires", from the plural of Arabic منية (munyah).

MUNIR منير m Arabic
Means "bright, shining" in Arabic.

MUNIRA منيرة f Arabic
Feminine form of MUNIR

MUNYA منية f Arabic
Means "wish, desire" in Arabic.

MURAD مراد m Arabic
Means "wish, desire" in Arabic.

MURTADA مرتضى m Arabic
Means "chosen" in Arabic.

MURTAZA مرتضى m Arabic
Variant transcription of MURTADA

MUSA موسى m Arabic, Turkish
Arabic and Turkish form of MOS


edited by radbrowser
from various sources

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