Meaning of the name Taymiyyah
Fatwa No: 182169

  • Fatwa Date:26-6-2012 - Sha'baan 7, 1433
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what is the meaning of the name Taymiyah (refer to Shaikh Al Islam Ibn Taymiyah), Can I name my daughter this name (Taymiyah).


All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

Ash-Shawkaani  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him stated in his book entitled “Nayl Al-Awtaar”, that the word Taymiyyah was a surname given to the grandfather of Ibn Taymiyyah, because he went for Hajj through the road of Taymaa’ where he saw a girl, and when he returned home he found his wife had given birth to a girl, then he said: “O Taymiyyah, O Taymiyyah”, so he was surnamed Taymiyyah. Hence, this name is an attribution to the word Taymaa’.

It was also said that the mother of his grandfather was called Taymiyyah. Thus, there is a statement that Taymiyyah is a surname of a male who was the grandfather of Ibn Taymiyyah, and another statement that it is the name of his great grandmother.

Therefore, it is permissible to name a girl with this name, but if you name your daughter after one of the wives of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) or after one of other female Companions who had a good name, then this is more appropriate.

Allaah Knows best.

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