Calling a person by a Christian name

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Q. Christians have names such as ‘Urijah’ meaning ‘my light is Jehovah’ or ‘my light is Yah.’ If a Muslim, says the name Urijah without any intention of kufr, does saying this name/word make him a non Muslim?

A. If he calls the person by this name, then it is not kufr. However, if he says the word without calling someone, and he is aware of the meaning, then it is not permissible – even though he has no intention of kufr. In this case, however, he will not become a non-Muslim.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Waseem Khan

This answer was collected from, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Waseem Khan from Darul Uloom Trinidad and Tobago.

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