بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

SELECTING A MUSLIM NAME

by Irshad Mahmood - Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre

"He is God, the Creator, the Maker Who shapes all
forms and appearances
His are the most beautiful names.
All that is in the heavens and the earth
extols His limitless glory
and He is the Mighty, the Wise."

(Quran Chapter 59:24)

A revert to Islam is NOT obliged to change their name to a muslim name. However, if the non-muslim name has a meaning that is against Islam then selecting a new name would be advisable.

Changing your name to a muslim name can be done:
- either through the official name changing channels, resulting in a name change on your bank account, passport etc.
- alternatively, it can be as simple as selecting your new name and asking others to use it, leaving your official name as that given on your birth certificate.

The latter option tends to be the most popular amongst new muslims, and is perfectly acceptable.

Having decided on the new name the revert can tell friends and family as appropriate, realising that telling parents that the name they chose for you as a baby has now been changed, could be a delicate matter. A number of reverts continue to be known to their families by their non-muslim names, at least until the family have accepted their change in religion.

There are many muslim names to pick from, and the names listed below are only a few out of the many. Some reverts prefer to pick a muslim name that is similar in sounding to their non-muslim name, whereas others, like myself, prefer a brand new name that is different, a totally new name for a new start.

I hope you enjoy this unusual opportunity to decide on your own name as much as I did.

ATTRIBUTE NAMES

Please keep in mind that a person cannot be named by an attribute of God alone, but the attribute must be preceded with 'Abd' meaning 'servant'. eg 'Rahman' should be 'Abdur Rahman', 'Aziz' should be 'Abdul Aziz' The 'Abd..' should not be treated as a name in itself, eg 'Abdul' does not make sense as a name on it's own.

NAME
MEANING
AbdulAdal
servant of the Just
AbdulAliy
servant of the High
AbdulAziz
servant of the Mighty
AbdulBasir
servant of the All-Seeing
AbdulHaqq
servant of the Truth
AbdulMalik
servant of the Sovereign
AbdulQuddus
servant of the Holy
AbdulWasi
servant of the All-Embracing
 
AbdurRahman
servant of the Beneficient
AbdurRafi
servant of the One who Elevates
AbdurRazzaq
servant of the Sustainer
 
AbdusSabur
servant of the Patient
AbdusSalam
servant of the Author of Safety
 
AbdutTawwah
servant of the Relenting
 
AbduzZahir
servant of the Manifest
 

PROPHETS(as) NAMED IN THE QURAN

Adam(as)
Alyasa(as)
Ayyub(as)
Dawud(as)
Dhu-l Kifl(as)
Harun(as)
Hud(as)
Ibrahim(as)
Idris(as)
Ilyas(as)
Imran(as)
Isa(as)
Ishaq(as)
Ismail(as)
Lut(as)
Muhammad(saaw)
Musa(as)
Nuh(as)
Salih(as)
Shuayb(as)
Sulayman(as)
Uzayr(as)
Yahya(as)
Yaqub(as)
Yunus(as)
Yusuf(as)
Zakariya(as)

FEMALE NAMES

NAME MEANING
Afifah chaste,modest
Alimah woman of learning,scholar
Amal hope,aspiration
Amatullah servant of God
Amilah hopeful
Aminah safe,protected,Mother of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Andalah song of the nightingale
Anisah friendly, affectionate
Aqilah sensible, intelligent
Arijah fragrant
Asilah of noble origin
Asiyah comforting,consoling,wife of Pharoah
Asma precious
Azhar flowers,blossoms
Badihah insight,perspective
Bashirah bringer of good news
Basimah smiling
Bushra good news
Dhakirah one who remembers God
Durrah pearl
Fadilah outstanding,learned
Faizah victorious
Farah joy
Fasihah eloquent
Fatimah the beloved daughter(as) of the Holy Prophet(saaw)
Ghadah beautiful
Ghaziyah fighter
Habibah beloved
Hajra wife of Prophet Ibrahim(as)
Halimah gentle
Hamimah close friend
Hana bliss
Hasinah pretty
Hawwa Eve(as) the wife of Prophet Adam(as)
Haya shyness
Hikmah wisdom
Husna most beautiful
Ibtisam smile
Iman faith,belief
Izdihar flourishing
Jala clarity
Jalilah splendid
Janan heart
Junaynah little garden
Karimah generous,noble
Kawthar abundance,river in Paradise
Khadijah first wife of the Holy Prophet(saaw)
Khalilah friend
Kubra great,senior
Layyinah tender,resilient
Lubabah innermost essence
Madihah praiseworthy
Manal achievement
Mardiyah commendable
Maryam the Mother of Prophet Jesus(as)
Masumah innocent
Maziyah excellence,virtue
Muminah faithful
Muna wish,desire
Munibah repentant
Nabihah noble
Nadimah friend
Nadirah radiant
Nafisah precious
Najah success,safety
Najmah star
Nasifah just,equitable
Nawar blossom,flower
Nihlah present,gift
Nuriyah brilliant,radiant
Qabilah wise
Qudsiyah glorious
Rabab white cloud,wife of Imam Hussein(as)
Rafiqah companion
Rahah rest,comfort
Raymah mercy,wife of Prophet Ayyub(as)
Raimah loving tenderly
Rashidah rightly guided
Rawdah garden in Paradise
Ruhiyah spiritual
Rushda most rightly guided
Ruwa prettiness
Sabah dawn,morning
Safa purity of mind
Sahlah soft,fluent
Saimah fasting
Sajidah prostrating to God
Sakinah tranquility,daughter of Imam Hussain(as)
Salma peaceful
Samah generosity
Shadha aromatic
Shifa healing
Suhaylah smooth
Sulafah choicest
Tahirah pure,chaste
Taqiyah Godfearing
Tasnim fountain of Paradise
Tayyibah good
Thana thankfulness
Ulfah friendship,harmony
Uzma greatest
Wafiyah faithful
Waliyah friend
Wasilah inseparable friend
Wasimah graceful,pretty
Yumna on the right
Zafirah successful
Zahra radiant, resplendent
Zahrah flower,splendour
Zakiyah pure
Zaynab beauty of the father,daughter of Imam Ali (as) and Bibi Fatima(as)
Zeenah beauty
Zuhrah brilliance

MALE NAMES

NAME MEANING
Abbas description of a lion
Abdullah servant of God, name of father of Holy Prophet(saaw)
Adil just, name of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Affan modest
Ahmad praiseworthy, name of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Akbar greater
Ali excellent,noble
Amin trustworthy, name of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Anas affection
Askari soldier
Bahir dazzling
Barakat blessing
Basim smiling
Bilal companion of the Holy Prophet(saaw)
Damir conscience
Dhakir one who remembers God
Fahim intelligent
Falah success
Farid unique
Faruq he who distinguishes truth from falsehood
Ghanim successful
Ghufran forgiveness
Habib beloved
Hafiz protector, guardian
Hamzah lion, uncle of the Holy Prophet(saaw)
Hasan handsome
Hasif endowed with sound judgement
Hilal crescent
Husayn handsome, beautiful
Ijaz miracle
Ikhlas sincerity
Imad support, pillar
Insaf justice
Jabir restorer
Jafar stream, rivulet
Jawad generous
Jibril Archangel Gabriel
Jihad struggle
Kalim orator
Kamil complete, perfect
Khalil friend, name of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Khayyir generous
Latif fine, gentle
Lutfullah kindness of God
Mahbub beloved
Mahdi guided, name of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Manazir equal competitor
Mubarak blessed
Muhammad praiseworthy, commendable, name of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Muhsin benevolent, benefactor
Mukarram honoured, name of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Mustafa chosen, name of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Mutahhar purifier,name of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Nabih noble
Nadim companion, friend
Naqi pure
Nazir observer
Nur light
Qaim stable, upright
Qarib close, name of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Qasim distributer, name of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Qiyam rising, standing
Rabi spring
Rafiq kind friend
Ridwan pleasure, goodwill
Sabbar very patient
Sadiq truthful, name of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Sayyid leader, name of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Shafi healing, name of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Shahid martyr
Siraj lamp, name of Prophet Muhammad (saaw)
Tahir pure, virtuous
Talib seeker of knowledge
Taqi God-fearing
Tufayl mediator
Ubaydah servant of God
Wafi faithful, loyal
Wahid unique
Wali friend
Walid newborn
Wasim handsome
Yasir wealthy
Zaki pure
Zaman destiny
Zayyan beautiful
Zaynul Abidin beauty of worshippers

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