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He Is Hesitant To Name His Son Yahya. by Taamas111 (m): 12:02am on January 12
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
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Assalamalaikum By the blessings of Allah SWT
I am going to be blessed with a second child
in the form of baby boy and I want to keep
his name as Mohammed Yahya. The reason I
chose this name is I used to recite the dua of
Zakariyya AS and as he was blessed with
Yahya AS, so even I want to keep this name
for my child. But someone has told my wife
that the name Yahya is Jalaali and so the
child will become Jalaali, hence it is not
good to keep this name, nauzubillah. So, I
just wanted to confirm this, so that I can
show this fatawa to my wife. Also, we read in
Quran that Allah SWT gave Yahya alayhi
salam knowledge, wisdome, understanding,
and adherance to the scripture. So hoping
for these qualities, I want to keep my child
name as Yahya. But, also Yahya AS was kept
away from women, i.e., CELIBACY, which was
permitted in their sharia, but not permitted
in sharia of Muhammad . So, can you put
some light on this aspect also. Jazakallahu


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His Slave and Messenger.
Among the good things enjoined by
Sharee‘ah is to choose good names for the
children. Undoubtedly, the names of the
Prophets, may Allah exalt their mention, are
the best to be given to the children. So,
there is no harm on you to name your child
Yahya. Rather, that is a good thing to do,
and we ask Allah that your child will have a
share in the sense of the attributes of
Prophet Yahya (John), may Allah exalt his
mention, who carried the same name. Also,
this blessed name was given to a group of
righteous people and scholars.
However, we do not understand what a
Jalaali name means. Nevertheless, we
ascertain that there is no impediment to
name with this blessed name.
On the other hand, Allah The Almighty
praised His Prophet Yahya, may Allah exalt
his mention, with many good attributes, one
of which is that he kept away from sexual
relations with women, even though he was
able to do so, according to the preponderant
opinvion of the interpreters of the Quran. It
may be that celibacy was permissible in his
Sharee’ah, but it is not so in ours. Indeed,
we are commanded to imitate the Prophets,
may Allah exalt their mention, in doing what
Allah likes and is pleased with, and leaving
what Allah dislikes and is displeased with. We
are also commanded to do all that brings one
closer to Allah; and since marriage in our
Sharee‘ah brings one closer to Allah The
Almighty, then it is legitimate for us to

Allah Knows best.


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