The meaning of a name and suitable books on parenting in Islam

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by AskOurImam.com

Assalamualaikum,

(a) Would like to ask the meaning of a name for new-born. Could you explain the meaning of “Shifaan”? According to my exploration on internet its origin is Arabic. Is “Shifaan Rahman” appropriate/good name for new-born?

(b) Please mention some of the names of books/links on parenting according to Islam.

Thank you very much. Please pray for the straight path guidance from Allah for my family and all the Muslims.

Allah hafiz

Tawhid

Answer:

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

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

  • It is advisable for one to keep names of Prophets (peace be upon them), Companions of Prophet (peace be upon him), and pious predecessors[1].

We could not find the word `Shifaan` in the Arabic language to be used as a name for a person. However, the word “Shifaa” means cure and the word “Rahman” means Most-Compassionate thus “Shifaa ar-Rahman” would mean the cure of the Most-Compassionate. It is correct to name a new-born baby with such a name.

 

  • The following books may help you on parenting according to Islam:

(Maulana) Moosa Ibn Ahmed Olgar, “Upbringing of Children”, 2003, Idara Isha`at-e-Diniyat (P) Ltd. Available at: https://archive.org/stream/UpbringingOfChildrenByMoulanaMoosaAhmadOlgar#page/n0/mode/2up

(Maulana) Muhammad Hanif Abdul Majid, Ideal Mother, Maktaba Darul Huda, http://www.azharacademy.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=571

(Maulana) Muhammad Hanif Abdul Majid, The Ideal Father, Maktaba Darul Huda, http://www.azharacademy.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=1427

(Mufti) Muhammad Aashiq Ilahi, Parents – Islamic Rights & Responsibilities, Idara Isha’at-e-Diniyat. See: http://www.azharacademy.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=1596

Chapter on nurturing and bringing up the children from:

(Maulana) Ashraf Ali Thanvi, Bahishti Zewar (trans. Heavenly Ornaments), Zam Zam Publishers. Available at: https://archive.org/details/BahishtiZewar_201307

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hanif Yusuf Patel

Student Darul Iftaa
UK

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

www.daruliftaa.net

 

References
[1] سموا باسماء الانبياء

[Faydh al-Qadir, 4: 148, Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyyah]

التسمية باسم يوجد فى كتاب الله تالى جائزة

[Radd al-Muhtar ala ad-Durr al-Mukhtar, 6: 417, H. M. Saeed Company]

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