(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.
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.
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
Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.
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