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Suggested Names For A Muslim Child. by Taamas111 (m): 5:18pm on January 12
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Alhamdulillaah, by Allah's Grace
I'm going to be a father very
soon. Could you help me out
with the name of the child?
Although I don't know about
the sex of the child, but
presuming if it’s a girl, I
searched Muslim-names site
and found a name called
Naaila'h. In one site it was
mentioned it as the name of the
wife of Hazrat 'Uthmaan, may
Allah be pleased with him. But
one of my relatives was
objecting to it saying that it was
the name of a magician lady in
Islamic History. Could you
please clarify this at the
earliest, as I'm quite confused
about it?

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 as well as that of
his family and all his

Giving a good name to a new
born child is recommended in
Islam. Giving the names which
are mentioned in the following
narration is desirable. The
Prophet said: "The dearest
names to Allah are 'Abdullaah
and Abdur-Rahmaan, the
truest are Haarith (the
cultivator) and Hammaam
(always thinking of initiating
Among the most favored names
are the names of Prophets,
Angels, companions and known
pious people.
For females, the best names are
the names of the wives of the
Prophet the names of the
pious women mentioned in the
Quran, the names of the
daughters of the Prophet
and the names of the female
companions of the Prophet
as well as the names of the
good, pious Muslim women.
It is dislikeable to use names
with bad meanings like 'fire'
and the similar words, or those
which suggest exaltness.

Moreover, Islam forbids names
that declare servitude to anyone
other than Allah such as “slave
of Jesus…..”. Islam also
forbids names that are similar
to the Names of Allah such as
Ar Raheem (The most
compassionate) or Al Hakeem
(The most Wise). But if the
definite article “Al”, “The” is
omitted, then such names
become permissible.
Naming 'Naa'ilah' is allowed, it
was the name of the wife of
'Uthmaan ibn 'Affaan, may Allah
be pleased with him. If it were
a bad name, he would certainly
have changed it to a good one.
We did not find any proof in
Islamic history that Naa'ilah
was the name of a female
magician. But historically it is
said to be the name of an idol
to which the people of Quraysh
used to offer sacrifices.

Allah knows best.


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