Wants Muslim name for children
Fatwa No: 88553

Question

Alhamdulillaah, by Allah's Grace I'm going to be a father very soon. Could you help me out with the name of the child? Although I don't know about the sex of the child. But presuming if its a girl I searched Muslim-names site and found a name called Naila'h. In one site it was mentioned it as the name of Hazrat 'Uthmaan, may Allaah be pleased with him. But one of my relatives was objecting to it saying that it was the name of a magician lady in Islaamic History. Could you please clarify this at the earliest as I'm quite confused about it...?

Answer

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 is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.

 

Giving a good name to a new born child is recommended in Islam. Giving the names which are mentioned in the following narration is desirable.  The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "The dearest names to Allaah are 'Abdullaah and Abdur Rahmaan, the truest are Haarith (the cultivator) and Hammaam (always thinking of initiating something)."

Names of the daughters of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and the names of his wives, mothers of the believers  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them are also among the good names.

It is dislikeable to use names with bad meanings like 'fire' and the similar words, or those which suggest exaltness.

Naming 'Naa'ilah' is allowed, it was the name of the wife of 'Uthmaan ibn 'Affaan  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him.  If it was a bad name, he would certainly have changed it to a good one.

We did not find any proof in Islamic history that Naa'ilah was the name of a female magician. But historically it is said to be the name of an idol to which the Quraysh used to offer sacrifices.

Allaah knows best.

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