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

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(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



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:

(Maulana) Muhammad Hanif Abdul Majid, Ideal Mother, Maktaba Darul Huda,

(Maulana) Muhammad Hanif Abdul Majid, The Ideal Father, Maktaba Darul Huda,

(Mufti) Muhammad Aashiq Ilahi, Parents – Islamic Rights & Responsibilities, Idara Isha’at-e-Diniyat. See:

Chapter on nurturing and bringing up the children from:

(Maulana) Ashraf Ali Thanvi, Bahishti Zewar (trans. Heavenly Ornaments), Zam Zam Publishers. Available at:

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hanif Yusuf Patel

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[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]

This answer was collected from, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Hanif Yusuf Patel. He graduated from Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda, Blackburn, U.K, with a distinction in Alimiyyah degree. He thereafter travelled to Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah Durban, South Africa, to train as a Mufti under the tutelage of Mufti Ebrahim Desai and Mufti Husain Kadodia.

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