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Naming your child
Naming your child is an important part of Islamic duties as a parent because a persons name is a title which says something about him/ her. According to some hadiths, the child must be named promptly on birth. When Munzir bin abu Usaid was born his father took him to the Noble Prophet, (Sallallahu alaihe Wasallam) who took the child in his laps and asked the father its name. When being told his name, he said, “No, call him Munzir”. (Bukhari and Muslim) it is reported in a hadith that the Noble Prophet said, ” Last night a son was born to me, and I have named him Ibrahim after my grandfather, Ibrahim, (Alayhis salam)
Why meanings of names are important
Names must have good positive meanings as on the day of resurrection a person will be called by his/ her name or by their family names. The names that affect a childs personality the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alaihe Wasallam) changed such as the name of one of the daughters of Sayyidna Umar was Asiyah (meaning- disobedient), the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihe Wasallam) changed it to Jamilah (meaning- beautiful). "The most beloved of your names to Allah - the Mighty and Magnificent - are 'Abdullah and 'Abdur-Rahman" (Reported by Muslim & Abu Dawud).It is makrooh (disliked) to use names which have off-putting meanings, either because the meaning is ugly or because it will provoke others to make fun of the person. Such names also go against the teaching of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), who commanded us to give beautiful names. Examples of rejected/disliked names include names such as Harb (“war”), Rashaash (sprinkles or drizzle), and Hiyaam which is the name of a disease suffered by camels and many other names which have ugly or unpleasant meanings.
Why we should be named
The matter of giving names is one of the most important issues in people’s lives, because a person’s name is a title which says something about him, and is essential for communicating with him. It is an adornment and symbol for the person, by which he is called in this world and in the Hereafter. It is indicative of the religion to which he belongs, and makes him feel that he is one of the followers of that religion. It gives an impression of him to other people, and in their view it is like a garment – if it is too long or too short, it does not look right. The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihe Wasallam) was always the middle way and not too extreme in any
Naming a child after a prophet or companinon or a rightesous person
It is said that the prophet (Sallallahu alaihe Wasallam) said "Call yourselves by the names of the Prophets." (Part of a Hadith reported by Ahmed & Abu Dawud) and he (Sallallahu alaihe Wasallam) said "You may name with my name." (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim). On the day ressurrection Allah - the Mighty and Magnificent will call out the prophets names and will tell them to go to Jannah (heaven) and all the other people who have the same name will also step forward and have the honour of joining the prophets, companions and the righteous just beacuse of their names SubhanAllah!
Naming after the Pious People - The Companions, The Martyrs and the Scholars - both the Men and Women of them. Back in the days and even currently people still name their child after the righteous hoping that the child will grow up to love and respect them and follow their way and adopt their manners in righteousness, knowledge and seeking martyrdom. For this reason the noble companion az-Zubayr ibn al-Awam (RA) chose the names of some of the martyrs from the Companions for his ten sons, hoping that they would become like them
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