Are Having Arabic Names Mandatory in Islam

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Fatwa ID: 04017

Answered by: Maulana Selim Saldiran

 

Question

Are having Arabic names mandatory in Islam?

 

 

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

Answer:

 

No, it’s not mandatory in Islam to have Arabic names. It is recommended to keep a name with a good meaning. The Prophet Mohammad (saw) said: “You will be called on the Day of Judgement by your names and the names of your fathers, so choose good names.” [Abū Dāwud].

The Prophet (saw) used to change names with a bad meaning.

However, it is better to choose a name that is known by Muslims.[1]

 

 

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Selim Saldiran

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

 

 

 


[1]رد المحتار على الدر المختار 6/417[تَتِمَّةٌ]التَّسْمِيَةُ بِاسْمٍ لَمْ يَذْكُرْهُ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى فِي عِبَادَةٍ وَلَا ذَكَرَهُ رَسُولُهُ – صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – وَلَا يَسْتَعْمِلُهُ الْمُسْلِمُونَ تَكَلَّمُوا فِيهِ، وَالْأَوْلَى أَنْ لَا يَفْعَلَ. وَرُوِيَ: إذَا وُلِدَ لِأَحَدِكُمْ وَلَدٌ فَمَاتَ فَلَا يَدْفِنْهُ حَتَّى يُسَمِّيَهُ إنْ كَانَ ذَكَرًا بِاسْمِ

 

 

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