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Is Anīsa a Ṣaḥābiyyah’s (Companion’s) Name?

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Mathabah.org
Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt


Alḥamdulillāh, we have been blessed with a new baby girl. We are considering some names and were wondering if ‘Anīsa’ is a ṣaḥābiyyah’s name?


In the Name of God, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

Jazāk Allāh Khayr/ Thank you for your question. Congratulations on your new family member. May God bless her with the best of this world and the next. May she be the coolness of your eyes. Mabrūk!

The great Shāfīʾe Islamic scholar and historian, Imam Shihāb al-Dīn Abū Al-Faḍl Aḥmad ibn ʿAlī Al-Asqalānī has recorded, in his famous work, ‘Al-Iṣābah Fī Tamīz Al-Ṣaḥābah’, a list of at least 24 ṣaḥābiyyāat (female believers who seen the Prophet -pbuh- and passed away believing in his message) who were named ‘Anīsa’.

They are as follows:

  1. Anīsa Ukht Al-Shaymah
  2. Anīsa Al-Nakhiyyah
  3. Anīsa Umm Saʿīd, Bint Murrah Al Fahriyyah
  4. Anīsa bint Abī Harithah bin Sa’asa’ah
  5. Anīsa bint Abī Ṭalḥah
  6. Anīsa bint Tha’alabah bin Zayd
  7. Anīsa bint Khubayb
  8. Anīsa bint Rāfiʾ bin Al Mu’alā
  9. Anīsa bint Raḥm
  10. Anīsa bint Ṣāidah
  11. Anīsa bint ʿAbdullāh bin ʿAmr
  12. Anīsa bint ʿAdī
  13. Anīsa bint ʿAdī Al Anṣāriyyah
  14. Anīsa bint ʿUrwah
  15. Anīsa bint ʿAmr bin Anamah
  16. Anīsa bint ʿAmr bin Qays
  17. Anīsa bint Anamah
  18. Anīsa bint Qays
  19. Anīsa bint Qays Al-Khazrijiyyah
  20. Anīsa bint Qays Al-Bukhāriyah
  21. Anīsa bint Kā’ab
  22. Anīsa bint Muʿādh bin Māes
  23. Anīsa bint Hilāl bin Al Mu’alā
  24. Anīsa Mawla Rasūl

(May God be pleased with them all)

The meaning of Anīsa is ‘friendly or pleasant companion’.

And Allāh Knows Best

This answer was collected from Mathabah.org. It’s an Islamic educational institute based in Canada. The questions are generally answered by Sheikh Yusuf Badat and Sheikh Omar Subedar.

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