Keeping the name Muhammad

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Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates the following Hadith:

‘Whoever gives birth to a male child and names him Muhammad because of love for me [Rasulullah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)] and to derive barakah [blessings] from my name, he [the father] and his child will be in Jannah.’ (Kanzul Ummal V, 16 Pg, 422)



The name Muhammad is indeed a great name, which every muslim yearns to keep.

After all, its the name of our Master (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam). One is therefore commended for keeping this name.


However, the Hadith in question has been declared a fabrication by the Hadith Masters.

(Al-Manarul Munif, Hadith: 80 & 94, Tadribur Rawi, vol.3 pg.493, Lamahat min Tarikhis Sunnah wa ‘Ulumil Hadith, pg.168. Also see footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah on Tadribur Rawi, vol.3 pg.493-494)

Also see here

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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