Haalah as a Baby-Girl’s Name
Fatwa No: 384772

Question

As-salāmu ʿalaykum.Im Tharik, Sri Lankan, Me & My Wife Expecting a baby girl, So we are seeking for her good name. i am Decided to keep her name as Halah. So Please describe me about the name and or suggestion with good name for my baby girl.

Answer

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  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The name Haalah is a good name and we advise you to name your baby-girl with it.

Some female companions had this name, among whom were Haalah Bint Khuwaylad, who was the sister of our mother Khadeejah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her and Haalah Bint ‘Awf Az-Zuhriyyah, the sister of ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn ‘Awf, who was one of the ten companions who were given glad tidings to enter Paradise.

The name Haalah is derived from the word Al-Haalah; which is the beam of light around the moon.

Ibn Fares said in Mu’jam Maqaayees Al-Lughah [an Arabic Dictionary]: Haalah: is the light circle around the moon.” [End of quote]

There are many good names of righteous women from this nation, such as the names of the female companions and the names of the women in the generation that followed them. They are names that motivate people to be connected to the religion and to follow the example of the righteous predecessors of this nation.

Among the good names as well is the name Maryam; after the name of Mary (Maryam), may Allaah exalt her mention.

At-Tabaraani reported with a chain of narrators which is not strong (inauthentic) from Abu Bakr ibn Abu Maryam, from his father, from his grandfather, who said: “I came to the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and said: ‘A new baby-girl was born to me last night.’ Thereupon, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: ‘And last night Soorah Maryam was revealed to me; so name her Maryam.’ So she was named Maryam.

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 286006, 373321, and 200387.

Allah knows best.

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