Keeping the names of angels

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Q: Can you please enlighten me on the use of the name Mikaeel. Are we allowed to name our children after angels and if we are, can they be named as just Mikaeel or does it have to be accompanied by a forename such as Muhammad, i.e. Muhammad Mikaeel?


A: Keeping the names of the angels (e.g. Jibraeel, Mikaaeel etc.) is makrooh. It is best that one keeps the names of the Ambiyaa and Sahaabah.

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

قال لى احمد بن الحارث حدثنا أبو قتادة السامى: ليس بالحرانى، مات سنة اربع وستين ومائه، قال ح عبد الله بن جراد قال: صحبني رجل من مؤتة فأتى النبي عليه الصلاة والسلام وأنا معه فقال: يارسول الله ! ولد لى مولود فما اخير الاسماء ؟ قال: ان خير اسمائكم الحارث وهمام ونعم الاسم عبد الله وعبد الرحمن وسموا بأسماء الانبياء ولا تسموا بأسماء الملائكة، قال: وباسمك ؟ قال: وباسمى ولا تكنوا بكنيتي، في اسناده نظر. (التاريخ الكبير للبخاري 5/35)

وكره مالك التسمية بأسماء الملائكة كجبريل (إرشاد الساري #6189)

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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