Muslim Baby Names
Favorite Muslim Baby Names
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Name Your Muslim Baby
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 father's names, so give yourselves good names." (Hadith Abu Dawud) Here are all the resources you need to narrow down your name choices.
Prohibited Names in Islam
Giving your child a meaningful Muslim name is one of the first duties of parenthood. There are some names that are disliked or forbidden in Islam.
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.
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.
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.
It is also recommended to honor God's prophets and messengers by naming Muslims boys after them. There are twenty-five prophets mentioned by name in the Qur'an. The name "Muhammad" is reportedly the most common given name in the world.
Names for Muslim Boys, A to Z
Aside from the above recommended names, it is also possible to give a boy any name, in any language, which carries a good meaning. Here's an alphabetical list of names for Muslim boys.
Names for Muslim Girls, A to Z
It is possible to give a Muslim girl any name, in any language, which carries a good meaning. Here's an alphabetical list of names for Muslim girls.
Muslim Baby Name Books
Whether you are looking for a "traditional" or "modern" Islamic name, these top books will help give you ideas about names, their meanings, and their spellings in English.
Do all Muslim names have to be Arabic in origin?
When choosing a Muslim baby name, it does not have to be an Arabic name.