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.
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.
There are a few names which are forbidden or strongly discouraged when naming your Muslim child.
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.