Naming a Baby Boy Sayid Muhammed Basil
Fatwa No: 439957

Question

Assalam un alicom!Alhamdolillah, Allah swt gifetd us a baby boy and we need to cliarify a confusuion regarding his name, We want to keep his name as Syed Muhammed BASIL , however this name is christian originated please guide if we can keep this name of our child as muslims, JazakAllah

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 criterion for the permissibility of naming a child with foreign names is that the meaning of the name should not include a religious impediment, and that the name should not be specific to non-Muslims.

The mere fact that the origin of the name is Christian does not necessitate that it is forbidden to be named with it if the name is widespread among Muslims and is not specific to the non-Muslims.

Ibn Al-Qayyim  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in Ahkaam Ahluth-Thimmah:

Names are of three kinds:

The first is exclusive to the Muslims. The second is exclusive to the non-Muslims. The third is common to both...... The second type: like Guirguis (George), Boutros (Peter)…: it is not permissible for Muslims to be named with such names because it is imitating the non-Muslims in what is particular to them. The third type: Yahya, 'Eesa, and Ayyoob: non-Muslims who are living safely in a Muslim land as well as the Muslims are not prevented from such names.” [End of quote]

For more benefit on naming children with good names, please refer to Fataawa 82724, 87262, 88553, and 87596.

Allah knows best.

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