A Name…


What is in a name?

A name is an identity; a word that describes who we are. A name must do more than just sound good it should at least have a beautiful meaning as well. With the ever growing interest in Islam comes a need for understanding Muslim names. American Muslims also need ideas for naming their babies.

I have seen some names out there that identify a Muslim child with a non-Muslim name, such as Neil and “Blu.”Also, some names that Muslims have and feel that non-Muslims can not pronounce and thus take nicknames that identiy them with an easier English pronunciation. Such as “Sam” or “Al” or “Mo”

So, what’s in a Muslim name?

Requirements for Muslim Names

Muslim names do not have to be of any particular origin or language. They simply must have a nice meaning. Still, many Muslims do have Arabic names.

  • Names must not imply partnership or competition with Allah.
  • Names of Prophets are encouraged. Examples are Musa (Moses), Isa (Jesus), Ibrahim (Abraham), Nuh (Noah), Adam, and Mohammed.
  • Names of the companions of the Prophet (PBUH), including Abu Bakr and Aisha, are encouraged.
  • Names must be complete. For example, many people mistakenly believe that “Abu” is a Muslim name. “Abu” means “father” and is not a name. “Abu” must be combined with something else to form a complete name.
  • Names should not have negative meanings. Names meaning war, rebel, or others of that sort are not allowed.
  • Do not choose names that could cause ridicule or embarrassment in later life.

(from Muslim.families.com)

For more information on selecting names check out an additonal reading:



Do you have a favorite Muslim name for a child? If so, what is it and what does it mean?




3 responses to this post.

  1. Well… my hubby insists on Muhammed if we have a son first… if it’s a girl we haven’t yet agreed on the name. But I’m sure it will be a meaningful one.


  2. Assalaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu sis,

    Mash’Allah EXCELLENT post! So many converts to Islam think that changing their name is necessary when many times it isn’t. πŸ˜€ There is so much confusion among Muslims out there. Alhamdullilah your blog is helping clear it up. πŸ™‚ May Allah reward you greatly in this world and the Hereafter. ameen.


  3. Mashallah I loved this one hehehe… really made me smile, because I can relate to it completely LOL….So what if I want to name my son John it’s just the translation of Yahya hahahaha… I loved this as long as it falls under the guidelines of not associating partners its all about which one you like and means to the person…You explained it beautifully!!!! Hugs πŸ˜‰


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