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Are Having Arabic Names Mandatory in Islam

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Answered by: Maulana Selim Saldiran


Are having Arabic names mandatory in Islam?

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


No, it’s not mandatory in Islam to have Arabic names. It is recommended to keep a name with a good meaning. The Prophet Mohammad (saw) said: “You will be called on the Day of Judgement by your names and the names of your fathers, so choose good names.” [Abū Dāwud].

The Prophet (saw) used to change names with a bad meaning.

However, it is better to choose a name that is known by Muslims.[1]

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Selim Saldiran

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

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[1]رد المحتار على الدر المختار 6/417[تَتِمَّةٌ]التَّسْمِيَةُ بِاسْمٍ لَمْ يَذْكُرْهُ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى فِي عِبَادَةٍ وَلَا ذَكَرَهُ رَسُولُهُ – صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – وَلَا يَسْتَعْمِلُهُ الْمُسْلِمُونَ تَكَلَّمُوا فِيهِ، وَالْأَوْلَى أَنْ لَا يَفْعَلَ. وَرُوِيَ: إذَا وُلِدَ لِأَحَدِكُمْ وَلَدٌ فَمَاتَ فَلَا يَدْفِنْهُ حَتَّى يُسَمِّيَهُ إنْ كَانَ ذَكَرًا بِاسْمِ

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