Meanings of Muslim Baby Names Adopted Today

The connotation of Muslim baby names today still reflect the same traditional system as in ancient times. The family when choosing baby names takes the utmost care that the Quran dictates are followed. Previously a Muslim name would consist of his father's, ancestors' and place where he/she belongs names, but today it is shorter though still observing the basic rules.

A Muslim family is a totally religious family. All Muslims, perhaps more than any other religious sect on Earth (comparing only maybe to the Jews in their passion to stick to the Holy Book's dictates), confirm narrowly to the scripture. They have authoritarian rules and the Qazi, or the priest sees to it that his flock does not deviate from the given path. Whether it is a marriage, divorce, death or childbirth, the Holy Book has rules for everything. A good Muslim satisfies each and every demand of the Book.

When it comes to naming a baby, there is no exception to the rule. Strict set of laws determines the traditions to be followed while adopting the Muslim baby names. The child must be named on the seventh day from birth. Muslim baby names not only have to have a good meaning, but should also be meaningful. The baby may not be given any name of Allah, unless it is prefixed or suffixed with another in meaning. Another must for a Muslim baby name is that is must signify only servitude to Allah and no one else. Names that indicate romance or romantic love are seen as wrong in the eyes of the Prophet, according to the Quran. Single names would always indicate prosperity, and positive attributes, like "Ibrahim" which means "father of a multitude" (virility) and "Jamil" which means handsome, or in the case of the Muslim girl name, "Jamila" meaning beautiful.

The Muslim baby names should have the right combination to indicate praise and servitude to Allah. The name combination makes interesting study. For example, some of the favorite Muslim baby names are the simple one-word-names like Naasir (the one who helps), Kaamil (perfect), Mahmood (the one who is praised), Ahmed(a much praised one), and so on. Others are used in combinations, like a father's name will be connected with "bin" indicating "son of", for example, Mohammad bin Omar, meaning Mohamman the son of Omar. Sometimes the Muslim name is totally cut off, then "bin" is replaced with "ibn". Hence, Mohammad bin Omar becomes Ibn Omar,or the Son of Omar. As for Muslim girls names, "bin" is replaced with "bint" to indicate the daughter instead of the son.

Family names are often derived from tribal, professional or clan names. Normally, a Muslim name will have a name, the father's name, ancestors' name and lastly the clan or family name. Some are the prefixes, such as Abu, or 'father of someone'. The names, whether it is a Muslim girl name or boy name, always expresses relationship with God or Allah. The most common name is Abdul, which means 'the servant'. As the meaning of the name points, it cannot stand by itself, but needs another name to make it complete. That is why Abdul is always prefixed of suffixed and must always be taken together with the other name. For example, take Abdul Rahman, which means "The servant of the most compassionate". Similarly, Abdullah means "the servant of God" (Abd Allah).

Other names, which can be used here, are any of the ninety-nine names of Allah revealed to man through the Quran. It is said and believed that these names symbolize the 99 attributes of Allah Himself.

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