Friday, March 6, 2009

What is a Muslim name/ Islamic name?

I was kinda going towards this in my previous post... That people take an Arabic name and it's their "Muslim name". But seriously, it has to be more than that. You are doing it for Islam... What is Islamic about having an Arabic name, anyway? Yes, the Qur'an is in Arabic, but still... It is a religion for all people speaking all languages, not just Arabs. So no need to try to become an Arab, you just want to be a Muslim!

I was thinking about it more today. Obviously, I think that it is Islamic to change a name that has a bad meaning. If your's does not have a bad meaning but you want to change it for Islamic reasons, then I really believe it should be a name that represents you in your new identity as a Muslim, whether it's a name that has a meaning that is important to you, or the name of a person in Islamic history that has affected you or that you aspire to be like.

But when it comes to just an "Islamic/Muslim Name", I think it can only be described as a "good name". A name in ANY language that has a good meaning.

16 Comentários:

Jamilah said...

Its just a part of the Sunnah. At the time of the Prophet (saws) people would change their names to a better meaning name. I don't think people are trying to 'be arab' they are just following the way of the Prophet.

Christianity also has a set of names associated with it... 'biblical' names.. David, Paul, Peter etc....

Aalya said...

Just a comment on the above poster... I agree Christianity does have names associated with it...but the funny thing is that those names are used as "Islamic/Arab" names too...

Da'ud, Dawud - Arabic form of "David", beloved; a Prophet's name

Boulos - Arabic form of "Paul"
Butrus - Arabic form of "Peter"
Haroun, Harun - Arabic form of "Aaron"

Ishaq - Arabic form of Isacc

Anyway I could go on... I think maybe some people take on a new name just for that sake... because you are starting a 'new' life so maybe for those people it is easier to be recognized with a "Islamic name"

Good things to think about!

Cecilia said...

Hi Candice!
I agree to 100%
I think that it is the same with arabic words! I think that you should be able to say god instead of allah an things like that! In a islamic program a person said that when god presents himself to someone he does that in the persons language! like abraham and muhammed! in their own language!
I don´t know what I want to say with that but....

*~Ange~* said...

same... i didnt change my name for this reason. glad i kept my original name

hal786 said...

assalamualaikum
oh no on the contary its sooooooooo important to hav a good name in Islam...i read up about it aages back lol, yep the meanin has to be good n that n yh sunnah n all, but also its important coz i think it was that Allah will address yu by your name and your fathers name on the day of judgement eg.Hassan ibn Ali r.a.
n sumthin bout keepin ur fathers nme or sumthin lol i cnt remeber but its extremely important to have a good name its not cultural or nufin its islamic yh i think

Expert said...
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Candice said...

Cecelia: I agree with you about Arabic words. I think a person could easily use "God" instead of "Allah". However, I think it's more convenient and appropriate to use expressions like "bismillah", "alhamdulilah" or "subhanallah" in Arabic since the meaning is so much more than could ever be translated into few words.

Hal786: I don't know what was said here that is so "contrary" to what you are saying. For me to end my post with:
"But when it comes to just an "Islamic/Muslim Name", I think it can only be described as a "good name"."
is not contrary to you saying, "its sooooooooo important to hav a good name in Islam..."

Candice said...

I should mention that "Expert" was me. I was on the wrong address and I copied my response to my usual "Candice" address!

Jamilah said...

You can use the word God when it is needed for Dawah but Allah swt told us his name, and we (as Muslims) should use it most often.

Umm Omar said...

I'm with you on this. Many people change their names to Arabic ones, which Christian Arabs might use, too (like, Najma).
I did know an American convert sister a while back who had a baby girl and named her "Faith." Of course, no one in the community got it and she was criticized/judged. Poor thing.

Candice said...

Aw, that's really too bad that they judged her for that. It's a beautiful name and if anything, more meaningful to her since it's in English.

Asiya Abdullah said...

While I do understand the desire for a new convert to change his/her name upon conversion, perhaps to make his/her new muslim identity known to others, I do agree that if a person has a good name already that there's nothing wrong with keeping it. It's a personal choice I believe. What I do not understand though is the trend of Arab/Desi/Muslim husband "naming" their new convert wife??? I knew a new convert girl whose name was quite islamic, in fact it was her language's version of the name of pious woman in islamic history, and her husband took it upon himself to "name" her some cheezy Arab name that had absolutely nooooo meaning! I told her, what does THAT mean? Your name is fine how it is! I know I was probably wrong for getting in her business, but still. Why change a perfectly good name to something that doesn't even mean anything??

Thirst For Knowledge said...

hey candice,

I just wanted to make a comment about the word "God" vs "Allah" the reason its better to say "allah" is because Allah means One god, and is not plural. The english word "God" has many connotations, trinity etc. And can be made plural. Therefore its better to say Allah....
As for changing names, i think its good, but at the same time, its your identity and if you grew up with a certain name and it has a nice meaning and doesnt go against islam, why change it? I kept my name because i liked it and it has a nice meaning. I find it funny how a lot of muslims (older ones) have a hard time pronouncing my name (Rene') and yet their name has like 20 letters in it! lol

Candice said...

I agree with you that Allah is a better word mainly because of its characteristics, as you described. And its connotations, although I also consider what it means to the person using the word and the people with who the word is used...

Blue said...

I think the reason some non-Arabic speaking Muslims change their names is because they wanted to be associated with Islam, which is very courageous and they should be congratulated for it.

But there is no religious significance whatsoever to Arabic names. Period.

As for Allah and God, as long as you know they're the same thing, it's ok. Allah is a much prouder name, though, but I think when arguing with Chrsitians and Jews, God has more of an impact than Allah, because it tells them that it's the same God they worship.

Arab Christians use Allah in their speech though...

Candice said...

Thanks much for your comment. I totally agree. And thank you for going back in time in my posts! :D

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