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Pronunciation of the letter dhwaad

Q: My son’s name is Rizwaan. Some people say it’s not a name as the correct name is Ridwaan. Then again some people say it is a name like the name Razia and Radia, Riaz and Riaad, etc. Should I change his name? He is 16 years old and completing his hifz soon.

Bismillaah

A: It is difficult to get an English equivalent for the letter dhwaad. It is best to get the correct pronunciation from an expert qari. However, don’t make this an issue.

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

 

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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