The name Ibrahim Chosen by Mother In-Law For Their Son
Fatwa No: 389284

  • Fatwa Date:31-12-2018 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 23, 1440
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HelloI have been married for 4 years. We couldnt have children and got into fertility programme at the hospital for 2,5 years. Hormones, stress, tears, fights. It has almost torn us apart. We didnt lose hope and i got pregtant. My mother in law was at umrah 2 years ago, and said she prayed that if her son gets a son he shall be named Ibrahim. Neither my husband and I want that name. It is used and pronounced wrong in my fathers family my whole life. In all this hardship we have already found names for both girl and boy. Isn’t it our right after all we have been through? Is it a sin to turn my mother in law down just because she decided our childs name ar umrah? Please help us.


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.

Naming the son is the right of both of you (you and your husband), so you are not obliged to name him with the name chosen by your mother in-law.

However, there is no doubt that the name Ibraaheem is a good name, and the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) named his son with it.

Therefore, if you choose this name, then it is good as it would please your mother in-law and prevent dispute or disagreement with her. However, if you choose to name your son with any other name, then you may do so, as we have already mentioned.

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 89124and 89613.

Allah knows best.

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