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The Muslim Names Section > A Short Guide to Suitable Names for Muslim Children by Sheikh Muhammad Tufail Sahib

A Short Guide to Suitable Names for Muslim Children:
by Sheikh Muhammad Tufail Sahib

Visit our 'Muslim Names' section to see an alphabetical list of names, along with their pronunciation and meanings.

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In the following pages a list is given of Muslim names which could help the parents in choosing suitable names for their children. The list is by no means comprehensive but hundreds of names could be formed by the help of this list.

The names given to children should have good meanings. The Prophet Muhammad (the peace and blessings of God be upon him) disliked ugly names such as harb (war) and mirrah (bitter) (ref. Abu Daaud). Once a woman came to him whose name was `Aasiyah (sinner). The Prophet changed it to Jameela (beautiful) (ref. Tirmizi and Ibn Maajah). This word should not be confused with Aasiyah the wife of Pharaoh who was a righteous woman, the spelling in Arabic being different. The Holy Prophet also recommended that children should be given good names (Ibid.). Similarly the names which give the impression of pride and haughtiness, or are ill assorted, or against the conception of the Unity of Godhead (Tauheed), or against decent taste should be avoided.

While going through this list it should be borne in mind that I have tried to be as close to the pronunciation as possible without making things look too technical. An extra a, e or o has been added in the spellings to give an aid to the pronunciation. For instance, Jabbaar, Hameed and Saboor could also be spelt as Jabbar, Hamid and Sabur. In this case extra care should be taken to observe the right pronunciation. In some places where words are known with certain spellings such as Ghulam, Kamal, Ayyub no extra letters have been added. To simplify certain spellings the words such as Azeeza, Fahmeeda, Rukhsaana etc., could also be spelt as Aziza, Fahmida, and Rukhsana. The letter 'ain in Arabic is represented with ` in the beginning of a letter ('Abbas, 'Ali, 'Iffat). This could also be omitted if desired. It would be of great help if one could learn how these names are written in the Arabic or Persian script.

I hope this humble effort on my part will be of some help to the Muslim community here and abroad.

June, 1977
S. Muhammad Tufail

Section 1 -- Some of the Names of God Mentioned in the Qur'an:

(To form men's name see notes A, B and C, below. To form women's name from these see Section 5).

1 Al-Ahad 2 Allah 3 Al-`Aleem 4 Al-`Azeem 5 Al-`Aziz 6 Al-`Afuww 7 Al-Baatin 8 Al-Baaqi 9 Al-Baari 10 Al-Barr 11 Al-Baasit 12 Al-Baseer 13 Al-Fattaah 14 Al-Ghaffaar 15 Al-Ghafoor 16 Al-Ghani 17 Al-Haadi 18 Al-Hafeez 19 Al-Hakam 20 Al-Hakeem 21 Al-Haleem 22 Al-Hameed 23 Al-Haseeb 24 Al-Haqq 25 Al-Haiy 26 Al-Jabbaar 27 Al-Jaleel 28 Al-Kabeer 29 Al-Kareem 30 Al-Khaaliq 31 Al-Khabeer 32 Al-Lateef 33 Al-Maajid 34 Al-Maalik 35 Al-Majeed 36 Al-Mateen 37 Al-Mughni 38 Al-Mu'eed 39 Al-Muhsi 40 Al-Muhyi 41 Al-Mujeeb 42 Al-Muqeet 43 Al-Muqsit 44 Al-Musawwir 45 Al-Qaadir 46 Al-Qadeer 47 Al-Qawi 48 Al-Qayyoom 49 Al-Quddoos 50 Ar-Raafi` 51 Ar-Raheem 52 Ar-Rahman 53 Ar-Raoof 54 Ar-Raqeeb 55 Ar-Rasheed 56 Ar-Razzaq 57 As-Saboor 58 As-Salaam 59 As-Samad 60 As-Samee` 61 Ash-Shaheed 62 Ash-Shakoor 63 Al-Waajid 64 Al-Waali 65 Al-Waaris 66 Al-Waasi` 67 Al-Wadood 68 Al-Wahhaab 69 Al-Wakeel 70 Al-Wali.

A. For men the word `Abd (slave) or `Ubaid (small slave) should always be added before the names of God, such as `Abdullah or `Ubaidullah. One cannot call a person only Allah. Al-Ahad and Al-`Aleem should be changed into 'Abdul Ahad and 'Abdul `Aleem. Al changes into ul for the sake of pronunciation in Nos. 3-49 and 63-70. Ar changes into ur for the same reason in Nos. 50-56 such as `Abdur Raafi, `Abdur Raheem etc. Again As changes into us in Nos. 57-60 such as `Abdus Saboor, `Abdus Salaam etc. In 61 and 62 it becomes `Abdush Shaheed and `Abdush Shakoor respectively. If you are adding the word `Ubaid for `Abd it follows the same pattern.

B. One could also add the word Bakhsh (bestowed by) after the names of God in which case omit the letter Al, Ar, As or Ash (except from Allah). Examples: `Aziz Bakhsh, Qaadir Bakhsh, Rahmaan Bakhsh, Salaam Bakhsh, etc. Names such as Rasool Bakhsh, Peer Bakhsh, Husain Bakhsh, etc., should be avoided.

C. The word `Ata (gift/present/favour/bounty of) or Fazl (reward/grace/bounty of) could also be added before the names of God. Examples: `Ataullah, Fazlullah, `Ataul (or Fazlul) `Aziz, `Ataul (or Fazlul) Ghani, `Ataul (or Fazlul) Hafeez, `Ataul (or Fazlul) Kareem, `Ataul (or Fazlul) Khaaliq, `Ataur (or Fazlur) Raheem, Rahman, Raqeeb, Rasheed, etc. The rules for changing Al, Ar, As and Ash are the same as in paragraph 1 above. Examples: `Ataus Salaam, Fazlus Salaam, etc.

Section 2 -- Some of the Names of the Prophets Mentioned in the Qur'an:

Adam, Ahmad, Alyas`, Ayyub, Daood, Haroon, ldrees, `Isa, Ishaaq, Ismail, Ilyaas, Muhammad, Moosa, Nooh, Saalih, Shu'aib, Sulaiman, Yahya, Ya'qoob, Yunus, Yusuf, Zakariyya.

The word Muhammad or Ahmad could be added before or after the above names. Examples: Muhammad Ahmad, Ahmad Ilyaas, Idrees Muhammad, etc.

Section 3 -- Some of the Names of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad:

`Aamir, `Abbaas, Abu Bakr, 'Ali, Anas, Aslam, Bilaal, Fazal, Ghaalib, Habeeb, Hasan, Haashim, Hassaan, Husain, Haaris, Haarisa, Hamza, Hilaal, Hishaam, Huzaifa, Imraan, Jaabir, Ja'far, Jareer, Ka'b, Katheer, Khaalid, Labeed, Maalik, Mu'aaz, Mu'aawiya, Naajih, Nawaas, Nu'maan, Qais, Qataadah, Saabit, Saalim, Sabih, Sahal, Sa'd, Saeed, Salmaan, Saubaan, Shareeh, Sifwaan, Sufyaan, Suhaib, Suhail, Taariq, Talha, Tameem, Tufail, `Umar, Usaama, `Usmaan, Waail, Wahb, Waleed, Yazeed, Zaid, Zubair, Zabir.

The names of the Companions could also be combined with the names of the prophets. Examples: Hasan Ilyaas, Hilaal Idrees, Talha Ismail, Ja'far Zakariyya, etc.

Section 4 -- Some Popular Names for Men in India and Pakistan:

`Aadil, `Aakif, `Abdur Rab, Afzal, Ahmad Hasan, Ahmad Yar, Alaud Din, `Ali Hasan, `Ali Husain, Amjad Mahmud, Aminud Din, Imtiaz Ahmad, Anis Ahmad, Anwarul Islam, `Arifullah, Arshad, Asadullah, `Ashiq Ilahi, Barakatullah, Basharat Ahmad, Bashir Ahmad, Bashirud Din, Fakhrud Din, Fahimud Din, Ferozud Din, Ghazanfar, Ghulam Ahmad, Ghulam Ilahi, Ghulam Muhammad, Ghulam Rabbani, Ghulam Rasool, Ghulamullah, Habeebullah, Haidar 'Ali, Hidayatullah, Imdadullah, Inamur Rahman, `Irfan Ilahi, Jaaved, Jalalud Din, Jawwaad, Kaashif, Kalimullah, Kamalud Din, Khalilur Rahman, Liaqat 'Ali, Lutfur Rahman, Mahboob Ilahi, Mahfuz Ilahi, Mahfuzur Rahman, Mahmud Ahmad, Manzoor Ilahi, Maqbul Ahmad, Maqbul Ilahi, Maqsud Ahmad, Muhammad Ahmad [Note: Add the name Muhammad before or after the words that follow up to Zafar.], Ahsan, 'Ali, Anwar, Arif, Aslam, Hanif, Husain, Jameel, Mushtaq, Rashid, Rafi, Saadiq, Saeed, Shaakir, Shafi, Sharif, Siddiq, Shukoor, Sultan, Tufail, Umar, Zaakir, Zafar, etc., Mueenul Islam, Muhibullah, Tahir, Taufiq, Tayyib, Naasir, Nafees, Naseeb, Naseer, Nimatullah, Nizamud Din, Nur Ahmad, Nur Muhammad, Paasha, Parvez, Qamarud Din, Rafee'ud Din, Rafiq Ahmad, Rafiq Muhammad, Rahmat Ilahi, Rahmatullah, Rashid Ahmad, Rashid Muhammad, Saifud Din, Saiful Islam, Sanaullah, Shamsud Din, Shujaud Din, Sibghatullah, Sikandar, Siraaj, Wali Muhammad, Waliullah, Wasifullah, Yamin, Yasin, Zaakir Ilahi, Zafar Ahmad, Zafar Muhammad, Zafarullah, Zee Shaan.

Women's Names:

Section 5:

Some beautiful names for women can be formed by adding the word Amatu (slave) before the names of God mentioned in Section 1. The rules for changing Al, Ar, As and Ash are the same as described in paragraph A of that section. Examples:

Amatullah, Amatul `Aleem, Amatul `Azeem, (and so on, add Amatul. . .) `Aziz, Baseer, Ghani, Hafeez, Hakeem, Haleem, Hameed, Haseeb, Haqq, Haiy, Jaleel, Kabeer, Majeed, Mateen, Qaadir, Qayyoom, Quddoos, etc. Amatur Raheem, Amatur Rahman, Amatur Raoof, etc. Amatus Salaam, Amatus Samad, Amatush Shaheed, etc. They are all pretty names.

Section 6 -- Some of the Important Names of Women in Islamic History:

Aamina, `Aarifa, Aasiya, `Aisha, Ameena, Ameema, Aneesa, Asma, `Atiyya, Bilqees, Faatima, Habeeba, Hamna, Hafsa, Hameeda, Jameela, Juwairiya, Kareema, Khadeeja, Khaalida, Khaula, Maajida, Maimoona, Maryam, Muaaza, Na'eema, Nafeesa, Naseeba, Qaasima, Rabi'a, Rafeeda, Rasheeda, Raziya, Ruqayya, Saeeda, Saajida, Sauda, Shareefa, Safya, Umaama, Umm Habeeba, Umm Salma, Umm Kulsoom, Zainab, Zubaida, Zuhra.

Section 7 -- Some Persian and Arabic Names for Women:

Afroza, `Aini, Anjum, Anjum Ara, Asghari, Azeeza, Bushra, Fahmeeda, Farkhanda, Haamida, Hashmat, `Iffat, Iqbal, Iqbal-un-Nisa, Iram, `Ismat, Kausar, Khaalida, Kishwar, Mahjabeen, Mahmooda, Mansoora, Masooda, Mubaraka, Nadira, Nageena, Najma, Nargis, Naseem, Naseema, Nasira, Nasreen, Naushaaba, Nayyar, Nisba, Nuzhat, Parveen, Raahat, Raheela, Raihaana, Rakhshinda, Roohi, Rukhsaana, Saadiqa, Sa'dia, Sagheera, Saaira, Saleema, Salma, Sameena, Samra, Sanobar, Shaahida, Shafqat, Shahnaaz, Shaakira, Shakeela, Shameela, Shareefa, Sheerin, Suhaila, Sultana, Surayya, Taabinda, Taahira, Yasmin, Zakiyya, Zamurrad, Zarreena, Zeenat.

The words Begum, Khanum, Khatoon, Bibi could be added after these names but they are becoming a little out of fashion now.

Note: At the birth of a baby the first thing which should be done is, as far as the circumstances permit, to call out the azaan in its ears. The full azaan on the right side and iqaamah on the left. If no male person is available this could be done by the midwife or any other woman present. After this a prayer for the health and prosperity of the infant should be said.


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