Q: Can we select some good name to name a child like that of a Sahaabi (Radhiyallahu Anhu) by ourselves or is it necessary to ensure that the given good name (like that of Sahaaba kiraam) is suitable for child. Actually, some of my friends say that even if you select a good name for the child, you have to consult a religious teacher who will check whether it is suitable for him, it should not be heavy on him, it should not affect his health or personality. Kindly clear this doubt.
A: The shari`ah encourages good names.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)