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Keeping the name “suwaidah”

Q: I am finding a good name for my baby girl due soon. I am thinking of Suwaidah. I know there is a Sahabah by the name of Suwaid bin Samit, and from the internet I saw that there is a narrator of hadith named Suwaidah. But I couldn’t find the meaning of the name. I was told it could have come from the root word Saada, meaning ‘Azim/Karim, from which the word Sayyid comes. Is this correct?


A: Keeping the name suwaidah is permissible. Suwaidah means black. 

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 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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