What are the best names for sons?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Askimam.org

Salam alaykum


What is the best names for naming Sons. I read that Maryam, Fatimah, Asiya, Khadija are the leaders of Women in Jannah. What about the Men? Is only Muhammad (SAW) the leader for Men or is the other Prophets leaders too?




In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

In Islam, we are encouraged to give good and meaningful names to our children. Nabi Salallāhu Alayhi Wasallam said :

“إنكم تدعون يوم القيامة بأسمائكم وأسماء آبائكم فأحسنوا أسماءكم” (اخرجه ابو داود في سننه)

“Indeed you shall be called on the day of Qiyaamah with your names and the names of your fathers, so give good names to yourselves”.[1]

The best names are those which have good meanings . It is advisable to keep names of the Prophets and the Sahaaba .

Some suitable names for son’s are referred to in the following hadith:

تَسَمَّوْا بِأَسْمَاءِ الْأَنْبِيَاءِ وَأَحَبُّ الْأَسْمَاءِ إِلَى اللَّهِ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ وَعَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ وَأَصْدَقُهَا حَارِثٌ وَهَمَّامٌ

“Call yourselves by the names of the Prophets and the most beloved names to Allah are Abdullah and Abdur Rahman, the truest are Harith and Hammam” [2]


Abdullah means ‘servant of Allah’ and Abdur Rahman means ‘servant of the Merciful One’. These two names have also been mentioned in the Qur’an; Allah Taa’la says:

وعباد الرحمن الذين”

Translation :“…and the servants of the Merciful One”[3]

In Surah Jin, Allah Taa’la says:

وأنه لما قام عبد الله يدعوه

Translation : “…and when the servant of Allah stood up in pray to Him”[4]

Muhammad  Salallāhu Alayhi Wasallam is the leader of all of mankind. The other prophets were also leaders. They were leaders of their respective nations. Keeping any name of a prophet would be suitable.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Ahmad Patel

Student Darul Iftaa

South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1] سنن أبي داؤد باب في تغيير الأسماء (287/4)

[2] سنن أبي داؤد باب في تغيير الأسماء (287/4)

[3] سورة الفرقان آية 63

[4] سورة الجن آية 19