Keeping the name Abdah

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Q: We were blessed with a baby girl 21 days ago. The baby’s father named her عبدة فاطمة (‘Abdah Faatimah) as an Aalim in our localty told us that it mean “girl doing عبادة“. A few days ago another Aalim told us that the meaning of عبدة is slave. Kindly tell us what the real meaning is.


A: The correct name is Aabidah Faatimah.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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