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Muslim names

Muslim Names

A meaningful Muslim name is the best gift you can give to your New Born baby boy or girl. There are plenty of books where you will find beautiful Islamic names for babies. Also, in recent days, there are so many websites for you that have helped the process of finding a unique name for a Muslim baby easier. In the event of choosing a name as parents, you need to make sure that your baby’s name represents both positive and meaningful vibe and most preferably Arabic name should be on your priority list as our beloved prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did. 

These books and websites provide authentic sources and information for you if you want to find a great name that suits your baby’s Islamic and Muslim identity. Also, don’t forget to consult an Imam in your Local Masjid before finalizing a name for your baby.

What does a name represent?

It is very usual that the first piece of information we have about a person is their name. It’s the thing that generally the very first thing we learn about a stranger and we form judgments about people very rapidly. And by gathering those judgments we decide how to act with the person, how to be friends with him/her, how to treat him or her as a person, so the first piece of information is especially vital. It has the ability to point you in a positive direction or a negative direction. And we all know how those first impressions can set the course for future interactions. An individual’s name is generally related to his family and cultural heritage. It is a compelling and significant part of a person’s identity. Every name has different and unique meanings and represents a special message. 

Arabic names

Arabic names are the base of many Muslim names across the world. Plenty of these names have significance drawn the understanding from an Islamic point of view. For Muslims, the Islamic understanding of Allah is complete, and it totally devoid the truth. The given names and family names based on the 99 names of Allah used in Islam are pretty common among Muslims from many nationalities. Many of these names tend to deliver accurate insights into Allah’s activities, nature, and character. 

Can Muslim parents give their baby a non-Muslim name?

Our beloved prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, ‘Of the rights of children over their fathers is to: give them a good name, to teach them literacy (education), and marry them when they reach the age of marriage’. 

Generally, our names represent our identifications and for that reason, it is very important to choose good and Islamic names for our children, especially for those families living in a non-Muslim country. When it comes to naming our children, there are five different rules to follow, though many do not abide by them:

  1. There are some names that are Haram or forbidden to choose; for example- the names of idols, idol-worshippers, pharaoh, devil, etc. Also, naming our child ‘Zalim’, meaning oppressor, Kalb which means dog, Khinzir which means pig, or Khaliq which means creator, and any specific names that are opposite to pure Islamic values are also forbidden for Muslim parents.
  2. Some names are called Makrooh, meaning it is better not to use them: such as- Abdul-Husain (the slave of Husain), it can also mean servant of Husain, as it seems to refer the opposite meaning to ‘Abdullah’ which means servant of Allah.

Names that categorize as makrooh

It is also Makrooh to give two names to our babies. One of them is a good Islamic name like the names of the Imams, and the other is a western name, but always call him with his western name. this is not permissible in Islam and counts as a disrespect to our religion. Giving our children a name that is too difficult to pronounce or sounds funny in that area is also makrooh.

  1. Some names are permissible. It is not makrooh or forbidden if we name them after certain nice birds, flowers, stars, etc. 
  2. Few names are Mustahab which means recommended. Names of the Prophets, Imams, purified ladies, names with good and inspirational meaning, such as ‘Adel’, meaning “just”, ‘Saeed’ (prosperous), etc.
  3. names that are obligatory are called Wajib. Meaning is if parents for some reason, suppose the illness of their child made a promise to name him for example ‘Ali’, then they are bound to finish the task and must not change their mind after their difficult situation is over.

Muslim names for boys

Here we are suggesting a few modern Muslim names with unique meanings for boys.

Aaban – clear, articulate, lucid, distinct

Aabir – passing by, crossing, traveling on a road, one who interprets dreams or books.

Aadam – it is the name of the first man and Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) of Allah, father of mankind. It took generation from the name Adeem, which means dust or surface.

Daanish – means Wisdom, Learning, Science

Faaiz – victorious, successful, prosperous, happy

Jaabir – comforter, consoler 

Muslim names for girls

Here is our very short suggestion about a few modern Muslim names for girls with unique meanings for boys.

Aafa – forgiver, pardoner

Aaiza – it means a replacement, something fills the place of another thing, a gift from Allah to you in place of something that you lost.

Aamirah – This name is an indirect Quranic name for girls that means prosperous, full of life, one who has a long and successful life.

Ifza – means a protective angel

Maahnoor – Glow of the Moon 

Raabitah – Connection

Raaina – pretty princess, a beautiful princess

Taalah – Young palm tree

Viyana – it is a Persian name for girls that means perception, recognition. 

Yarah -meaning is warm or warmth


Whether boys or girls, Islam does not force Muslim people to choose certain names, Arabic or non-Arabic names, for their children. It is in general up to parents to select the names for their babies. Though there are some rules regarding naming a Muslim child. As deciding the name of a baby should be pursuant to some Islamic rules. Islam encourages that Muslims should have good and beautiful names and give good names to their children. It is mentioned in a Hadith that the beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, ‘You will be called on the day of Judgement by your names and the names of your fathers, so have decent names.’ [Reported by Abu Dawud]

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