Muslim Baby Names

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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)
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.

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.

Do all Muslim names have to be Arabic in origin?
Over 85% of the world’s Muslims do not speak Arabic as their native language, and are not culturally Arabs at all. Is it acceptable to give a child a Turkish, Persian, Indonesian, or other name from a different culture?Do all Muslim names have to be Arabic in origin?
Over 85% of the world’s Muslims do not speak Arabic as their native language, and are not culturally Arabs at all. Is it acceptable to give a child a Turkish, Persian, Indonesian, or other name from a different culture?

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.

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