Most Popular Islamic Baby Names
For Muslim families, naming a baby is a complex process because choosing a non-Islam name, or certain Islam names deemed inappropriate, is forbidden. Babies must be named on the 7th day after birth, and the name their are given must carry a significance of meaning.
Best names for boys
The best names for boys give reverence to God. The 99 names of God are forbidden, unless they are compounded with the prefix Abdul, which means "the servent" of. The most popular baby names for boys include Abdul-la and Abdul-Ka’bah. Other popular names include the names of the prophets and companions of Muhammad. In fact, the name Muhammad is reportedly the most popular name for Muslim boys in the world.
Best names for girls
The best baby names for girls in Islam come directly from the Qur'an or the family of Muhammad. The most popular name for Islamic little girls is Fatimah , after the youngest daughter of Muhammad, who was reportedly deeply devoted to her father and the service of the Lord. Many popular names also hold significant meaning when directly translated, for example, Jameelah is a popular and acceptable name and means "beautiful".
Just because a name is popular does not mean it is appropriate for your child. Remember that any time the name of God is used, it must be accompanied by the prefix Abdul-. Also, never name a little girl a boy name, or vice-versa. This is strictly forbidden. Finally, adhere to the most acceptable Islam names; it is forbidden to name a Muslim infant any name that does not have an Islamic root.
Islamic names are both beautiful and meaningful. Consider these most popular names for your child, or use them as a jumping off point for selecting a less common, but equally acceptable name. Remember that it is essential that the name have significance, and that it be accepted by the family members and religious leaders on the seventh day of the child's life.