Impermissible Names for Children

Figure 1A: Choosing a name for a child is his/her first start in life. (Photo courtesy of www.mindfulmum.co.uk)

Figure 1A: Choosing a name for a child is his/her first start in life. (Photo courtesy of http://www.mindfulmum.co.uk)

The following question was put to the marja`: 

What is the ruling on giving a child names like `Abdun-Nabi (Slave of the Prophet) or`Abdur-Rasul (Servant of the Messenger) and is this in accordance with the rulings of the four madhhabs?

Are these types of names minor shirk according to the opinion held by some people?

The marja`, Imam `Abdur-Rahman Ash-Shami, may Allah preserve him, answered with what follows: 

It is not permitted to name a child in this fashion. If someone gave a child a name such as this and intended by that the real meaning of the expression, then this would indeed be minor shirk.

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One response to “Impermissible Names for Children

  1. As salaamu alaykum.

    I would like the contact details of Ustadh Abu Ja’far al Hanbali please as I would like to forward my Islamic questions to him.

    A contact number or email address will be greatly appreciated.

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