Q: I am blessed with a baby girl.
1. I would like to know what are the considerations to be kept in mind before naming the child according to shariyah.
2. Is a Arabic name a must? Is a quranic name a must?
3. Does date and time of birth pay any part in selecting a child’s name? What effects does a name have on the child and his personality?
4. The name my wife and I like is ARYA which is non arabic and non Quranic. It means Nobel and lioness. Has its origin in Hebrew, Sanskrit and Italian. Have not heard any Muslim child in our part of world with this name.
A: Keeping the name of pious ambiyaa and Arabic names is recommended.
A good name psychologically has a good effect.
We suggest that you keep an Arabic name, a name with Islamic connotations.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)