18 October 2017 CE | 27 Muharram 1439 AH

Hadith Explanation

Best Names for Boys

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The most beloved of names to Allah are Abdullah and Abdur-Rahman.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

The reason for the desirability of the above-mentioned names is that they indicate enslavement to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Think of how much we expect and appreciate loyalty from those under us! Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is more worthy of our loyalty and is more pleased with it.

This hadith brings special attention to two particular names of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala): Allah and Ar-Rahman (the Most Merciful). Naming with ‘Abd’ or ‘Ubaid’ prefixed to other names of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is also allowed. Naming with the names of prophets is also permissible.

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