Keeping Muslim names

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Q: Is it permissible to name one’s son after a video game character called “Shang Tsung”? It has a good meaning. It’s origin is Chinese. I have heard that you may keep a name from any language as long as it has a good meaning. Like how some people keep the name “Rawshin” which isn’t Arabic but it’s still acceptable.


A: Keep Muslim names and the names of the pious.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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