Keeping the names of the Malaaikah

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Q: I named my son Mikail. He is now 1 month and 9 days old mashallah. I am confused regarding the name Mikail as people say it is not right to name a child with angel names. I see that there are also people named as Malik (also an angel). I have registered my son as mikail already. I need clarification if I can or cannot maintain the name Mikail (many ways of writing the name also I found but all stand for the same angel). Please help.


A: It is disliked to keep the names of the malaaikah.

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


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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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