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  • Surname could be name of any forefather

    My father's name is Shawkat Ali. Having said that, I have the following two questions: (1) If my name is Sakib Shahadat, is it obligatory to add the title ''Ali'' to my name? (2) Do I have to add the title ''Ali'' to my children's names as well, or would adding the title ''Shahadat'' (instead of ''Ali'') to their names be sufficient? .. More

  • Changing surname 'Mujawar'

    Assalaamu alaykum. My surname is Mujawar. In our region, a Mujawar is someone who sits at graves of Awliyaa (so-called 'saints') and offers various kinds of services to the grave and grave visitors. Should I change my surname? .. More

  • Carrying name 'Mateen'

    Assalaamu alaykum. My name is Motin. Its correct spelling is Mateen, which is one of the 99 Names of Allaah. Some people say that it is not permissible to have the name Motin without having 'Abdul' (slave of) in front of it. It has to be Abdul Motin as it is one of the Names of Allaah, The Exalted. I am aware that some of Allaah's Names must have Abdul.. More

  • Father takes precedence over mother in naming child

    Hi, my name is Samantha. I am American and my husband is Muslim. I just became Muslim. We are going to have a baby soon. She will be born in America, so why does she have to have his name on the birth certificate? I am fine with her having an Arabic first name, but I want to add some American name that I like, like, for example, Aya Victoria Ashraf.. More

  • Naming baby Lut (after Prophet Loot, may Allaah exalt his mention)

    Assalaamu alaykum Brother. I was wondering; can you name your son Lut after the prophet Lut? Mainly, though, what is the meaning of the name Lut? No one has been able to tell me, so I was wondering if you knew. May Allaah reward you. The word 'lot' in Hebrew means 'veiled'; is that a nice baby name? I mean is the word 'veiled' a good meaning or a bad.. More

  • Naming girl ‘Anfal’

    Assalaamu alaykum. Can we give our baby girl the name Anfal like in Surah Al-Anfal? The Arabic word has different meanings, and I heard that it also means 'increase in goodness. If yes, then can you please tell me all its possible meanings? May Allaah reward you. .. More

  • Calling person Ghafoor or Razzaaq

    Assalaamu alaykum. (1) Is it considered shirk (polytheism) or is it just a sin if someone calls a person Ghafoor or Razzaq (while his actual name is Abdul Ghafoor or Abdur Razzaq)? (2) What should a latecomer (who joined in the third rak’ah [unit of prayer]) say in the last tashahhud with the imam? .. More

  • Shortening someone's name

    I have a wife named Malika, and I call her Malik for short. Is it permissible to call her by this name? I heard that the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam,used to call ʻAa'ishahʻAa'ish,or is this a name which is exclusively for men? .. More

  • History of name Al-Muttalib

    Who started the generation of the name Al-Muttalib. .. More

  • Naming boy ‘Saifan’ or ‘Muhannad’

    Assalaamu alaykum. Arabic names that mean sword (like Mohaned); are those good names? My sister want to keep her son's name Saifan, which means "Sword of Allah" but she is confused on whether it is a good name or not. Is Saifan a good name? Please answer these two questions. .. More

  • Naming babies after angels, and the name Jannah for girls

    Assalaamu alaykum. I have questions about baby-names: 1. Is it halal to name a baby after an angel, like calling the baby Michael or Gabriel? I have heard and read different opinions, but none of them with sources from Quran or Hadith that forbid doing that. 2. Is the name 'Jannah' halal for girls? I have heard that the real Jannah (Paradise) is male,.. More

  • Using names like Hameedah for women

    Is it right to take Allaah's name for women? Like changing Hameed to Hameedah for women? .. More

  • Naming a boy Haqq ('Truth')

    Assalammualaikum. My wife just gave birth to a baby boy. I wanted to name him 'Haq'. Is it permissible not to include 'Abd'? .. More

  • Names should not be changed based on superstition

    ASLAM-O-ALAIKAM,My son's name is Muhammad Nehan(we call him nehan). I have noticed that the meaning of his name is secret/ hidden. He doesn't mix with people and has not started talking though he is 3 years old. I am really worried and depressed to a point where i can collapse anytime. I want to know if the name has any effects on the personality. If.. More

  • Compound names are permissible but may cause confusion

    In what way shall i name my child. Seeing my name is Mohammed Safiuddin Khan and my fathers name is Mohammed Imaduddin Khan. Should i name him as Eg: Mohammed Salahuddin Khan or Mohammed Salahuddin Safiuddin Khan but that would make it long. Is there any other way that I can name him.I know 'Mohammed' name was not as this during the time of Salafs but.. More