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Posted on Mon, Aug 28, 2006 22:29

salam, now that i have reverted to islam, some muslim people i know say that i need a muslim name.. i dont have to change my real name but go by a muslim name.. true or false? anddd, if true, what would be a good muslim woman's name? coronita


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Posted on Sat, Oct 07, 2006 08:37

Assalamualaikum, True muslims, prefer to follow True teachings of Islam rather than Traditions or customs of his/her race. If we open the eyes and hearts, we could see many traditions and customs in all over the world, are against the teachings of Islam. In my own race Malay, alot of the traditions and customs are against the teachings of Islam. In my approach, if I know the traditions and customs of my race is not wrong in the teachings of Islam, I will hold on it, if it is agaisnt the teachings of Islam, I will discarded it away from my life. If anybody try to question me about my traditions and customs, I would like to tell the persons, I am more interested to adhere or stick to the True teachings of Islam rather than my racial traditions or customs which are against the teachings of Islam. When we talk about muslims good names, the best of such names are the names that show man's humility before his lord, as indicated by the hadith that reads, "The best names in Allah's sight are 'Abdullah' and 'Abdur-Rahman." (Reported by Muslim, Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah) The Prophet used to change other people bad names into good ones, names with bad meanings to names with better meanings. I am happy that my parents choose for me a muslim Arabic name for me after my birth. My REAL name is one of the 99 names of Allah or Asmaul Husna. There is no need to be ashamed to have muslims names which sound Arabic, because Arabic already becomes parts of Muslim life....... Prophet Muhammad s.a.w our beloved Prophet is an Arabic. Muslims Holy cities are in Arabic. The Holy Quran is in Arabic. The language of the heavens is in Arabic. The language that we communicate with the angels in the grave will be in Arabic. Our MUSLLIM IDENTITY and not our Racial Indentity that will be a passport to enter Heavens, Insya'Allah. Following the True teachings of Islam and not the Racial traditons or customs, that the Muslims will enter the Heavens, Insya'Allah. Servant of Allah.


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Posted on Thu, Sep 14, 2006 15:24

Assalamualeykum Welcome to ISlaam, the most beautiful religoin. I dont't think that you have to change your name. I understand what one of the sister was saying, but if your name isin't in the bible such as mary, I don't think it matters. I don't have a muslim name either, and I was born a muslim. It doesn't mean that all muslims need to have a muslim name, you can have a name that descended from Europe if that's where you were descended from. What's good about Islam is that you can keep your culture and customs if it doesn't go against the Islamic belief. What matters is your intention and deen and not whether someone hears your muslim name and think your a practicing muslim. Allah know best.I hope Allah makes everything easy for you and good luck in life. Assalamualeykum


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Posted on Thu, Sep 14, 2006 09:33

Assalamualaikum my fellow Muslims, Below is list of Muslim names with good meaning. For yourself, your family, your daughters, your friends, your love ones....... I observe the muslim converts or reverts they prefer to use short and easy to pronounce names. As some born Muslims example in Singapore and Malaysia, they prefer to choose for their children especially the recent generation, long and complicated and sometimes difficult to memorise. Its ok, as long as the good meaning is there....... It is reported in a hadith that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,"You will be called on the Day of Resurrection by your names and the names of your fathers, so have good names." (Reported by Abu Dawud) Below is List of female good names, with good meanings; Lina = Tender Liyana = Softness, Tenderness Madiha = Praiseworthy Mahirah = Skilled Mahdiyah = Virtuous, Pure Nashita = Energetic and full of life. Nasira = Victorious, helper Naila = Acquirer, Obtainer Nafisa = Delicate Nuwairah = Flower Khaliqah = Well- Mannered Khairina = Charity Haidah = Just, sincere Haninah = Loving Haniifah = Seeker of Truth Hamimah = True friend Hafiza = Guardian Taslim = Submission Tahira = Pure Rahimah = Merciful Raidah = Leader Rahmatina = Compassion Just list a few, actually lot to be mentioned...... Below some names (With bad meanings) Muslims adviseable not to have such names; Sakirah = Drunkard Syaniah = Ugly Talifah = Damaged, Perished Syariqah = Thief Syatimah = Curses Talihah = Irreligious Nariah = Fire Munafiqah = Hypocrite Majinah = To joke shamelessly Raziah = Disaster Just list a few, actually lots more to be mentioned........ Servant of Allah.


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Posted on Fri, Sep 08, 2006 20:37

Dear coronita.. Assalamualaikum.. congratulation to you have choose Islam be your way. i just give a recomended name is "musfirah khairunnisa" thats greet, right? :)


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Posted on Fri, Sep 08, 2006 20:34

Dear coronita.. Assalamualaikum.. congratulation to you have choose Islam be your way. i just give a recomended name is "musfirah khairunnisa" thats greet, right? :)


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Posted on Fri, Sep 08, 2006 12:24

I don't believe there is anything in the Qur'an or sunnah of Rasullallah saw that requires a new muslim to change their name. On the contrary, it might even hurt your family and old friends if you change your name because they may think you are turning away from them...and this is the last thing you want to do. Make sure you keep all your relationships with non-Muslims strong. I personally have my given family name and I also adopted a "muslim" name....Musa. I use Musa with most of my Muslim friends, but keep my given name for family, friends and business. I am not ashamed of either name and they both are part of my identity. Salaam sister.


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Posted on Fri, Sep 08, 2006 11:49

Assalamualaikum to my Muslim brothers and sisters, Are there such name as Muslim names? Of course there are, these names in general, will differentiate between muslims and non-muslims. Names stated in the Quran, and if Allah said they are the righteous people, they are the muslim names. Names stated in the Bible, are the Christian names. If a Christian person David and we called him Daud, do you think he will be happy to be called Daud?The answer will be No. If a Christian person name Moses and we call him Musa, do you think he will be happy? The answer will be NO. If a Christian person name John and we call him Yahya, do you think he will be happy? The answer will be NO. So if the Christians don't like to be called by the Muslim names, so why must the Muslims like to be called by the Christian names? Do you think its foolish, and just making funs of Islam. If a muslim person prefer to be called by the Christian name or non-Muslim name, its like half-half body. Half Muslim and half Christian. My advise don't try to make fun of Islam. This is not the correct way of PROMOTING ISLAM. In fact, the Christians and non-Muslims wiil make fun of the converts. To Mr 12161971, You prefer to be called Muhammad or you prefer to be called Christ? If you prefer to be called Muhammad honestly, you are a true muslim. If you prefer to be called Christ, you may be a HYPOCRITE. Because you are a proud of the Christian name, show that you have the weak faith or iman if you are a muslim, unless if you are not........ My advise to Mr 12161971, don't try to influence people by poor knowledge and by your PROPAGANDA AND BAD MOTIVE..... In your previous blog, you want to make fun of the IMAGE OF GOD(ALLAH), and now you want to make fun of the image of Muslim and Islam. Don't try to fool the muslims with your evil propaganda..... Are you a true muslim? or just an HYPOCRITE, using the muslim identity to cover your own shadow? What a coward.....what a shame..... Some other websites, the non-muslims collecting Hadiths,verses of the Quran, to make fun of Allah, Prophet Muhammad and the Muslims......... And in this website, a few, and may be including you, yourself, trying to make fun of Image of Allah, and the Image of Muslims...... And these few people, I believe are using the Muslim identity to cover themselves and to cover their own shadows.......what a shame...... Don't try to fool the Muslims, because True Muslims will never influence by your Evil Propaganda and motives....... Back to the topic, Islam emphasizes that Muslims should have good names and give good names to their children. It is reported in a hadith that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "You will be called on the Day of Resurrection by your names and the names of your fathers, so have good names." (Reported by Abu Dawud) Question: So the good names are the Muslim names or the Christian names or non-Muslim names? Ask ourselves, rationally with iman or faith and NOT WITH EMOTION and without knowledge.... Insya'Allah, I will elaborate more about this topic, explaination from the MUSLIM SCHOLAR, if I have the time. To sister Coronita, The names you stated, Aisyah= Live Happily (Name of one of Prophet Muhammad's youngest wife) Farah= Happiness Aliza = Name of the daughter of Ali (RA) Aliah= High (Could it be position?) Take care sister, May Allah bless you. Your sister in Islam.


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Posted on Thu, Sep 07, 2006 18:29

Whats in a name? Is there a thing called Muslim name? I certainly do not have in-depth knowledge on this topic, but I would think that people from every religion in middle-east ( arabic speaking) carries the supposedly the muslim names. Correct me if I am wrong. Besides, it would be really cool to meet somebody who wears hijab and have a western name. I agree, this might have an extra-influence to non-muslims who are thinking about religion. Lastly, I personally do not like ppl changing their names. But so far, the examples that I have seen is mostly chineese people changing their names when they come over to West. If you had asked me, I would suggest you to find out whether there is anything wrong about it. If not, keep it. If nothing else, its cool, :)


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Posted on Thu, Sep 07, 2006 10:19

Salam 2 all, I just want to add that we should not feel satisfy by our good names but rather good work i.e strong Iman. Complete faith no Allah (SWBH). Wassalam


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Posted on Wed, Sep 06, 2006 23:38

I think i did not fell like a muslim until i changed my name. At the same time. Wearing hijab and have an american name i think will be a better dawah for non muslims. Usually new muslims (converts) are trying to show that they have chosen islam themselves. And it could show that you have not being forced to give up your identity, as non muslims think we do.


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Posted on Wed, Sep 06, 2006 22:58

salam brothers and sisters..!! thank you for your replies, and for helping me out. may allah bless you. and i understand that your name does in fact differentiate you.. it is how you first introduce yourself to someone, and what everyone calls you. it is your identity. I understand that you dont 'have' to change it, but to have a muslim name will help others see you as different...as well tho. by wearing hijab and following islamic rules ppl can tell ur a muslim 2! so who knowz, name change in the future perhaps.. my friend suggested aliza or aaliyah. .. but aisha and farah is nice 2.:-) anyways.. take care!!!


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Posted on Tue, Sep 05, 2006 12:10

When the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) accepted Islam, they did not change their names. Neither did his wives, Khadijah, Aishah, etc Prophet Ibrahim (may Allah bless him) was following the religion of his father who was an idol worshipper till he became a muslim and we have no records that he changed his name. Then now these names are considered as 'muslim names'. Perhaps in today's society, this inclination to take an 'Islamic' name is more for identity purpose ...so people would know of our religion instantly when introduced and consequently understand our requirements when socialising/dining...like no pork/alcohol and only halal food, etc. Most importantly, in an accident or sudden demise, it helps that they would refer our case to the correct religious authorities/rites!! I was told that we could keep the names given by our parents (so as not to discard our surname/family heritage, as Islam is not meant to separate us from our families) but just add "bin/binte Abdullah" at the end of the name in our birth certificate.


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Posted on Tue, Sep 05, 2006 10:15

Assalamualaikum to my Muslim brothers and sisters, Dear sister Coronita, Congratulation for choosing Islam for your final destination. Eventhough you are young, but you could think maturedly, and to differentiate between the TRUTH AND FALSEHOOD. You are the choosen and bless ones, Insya'Allah. I strongly recommended that you should have a Muslim name. Your name is also an identity to show to people that you are a muslim. You must be proud being a Muslim and not shame to be muslim and have a Muslim name. Muslims are advisable to have Muslim names which have a good meaning or names of the righteous or pious people, names of the angels, names of Prophets, names of heavens, etc,etc...... A few reasons, why Muslim should have Muslim names; We would be called by our names in the Hereafter, We would be called by our names during the process of our death funeral, Muslims who wants to enter the Holy cities, Mecca and Madinah to perform Hajj or Umrah he has to produce documents to show that he is a Muslim as non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the Holy cities. Names could be dua or supplication that come out from other people mouths. Whatever come out from other people mouth could be Amiin by the angels around us. That is why how angry a mother is to her child, it is not advisable for the mother to say something bad eg. stupid or satan calling her child, because there might be angels around, who could Amiin, whatever words that come out from the Mother's mouth, which could give effect to the child...... to become stupid or as bad as the satan....... The reverts/converts could still retain their sir name or father names. Example a Chinese convert could adopt Muslim name as Nurhidayah Binti Abdullah, formerly named as eg. Lim Ai Lin, she could still maintained her Sir name so become Nurhidayah Abdullah Lim. Lim is her Sir name. Meaning of above name, Nur or Noor = Light Hidayah = Guidance Abdullah = Servant of Allah Sometimes Convert in Singapore if they want to retain thier former names, the Convert's Certificate will state, example, Nurhidayah Abdullah Lim alias @ Lim Ai Lin or Nurhidayah Abdullah Steven alias @ Janet Steven, etc, etc....... A gentle reminder to all converts or reverts, its good to tell others about the conversion or your identity as Muslims, so that people don't have prejudice if they see us praying, fasting, go to the mosque etc, etc....... I remember the incident that happen in my neighbouring country, where a Muslim convert died, his dead body was claimed by the Hindu family and also by the Islamic Authority or Organisation who are responsible for his conversion. His case is brought to the court, the convert dead body was claimed by both parties, the Hindu family and the Islamic Organisation. But the convert is lucky, because he passed away in Muslim country, the Islamic Organisation could claim the body and at the same time able to proof producing the conversion documents. The Hindu family clarify that he is still an Hindu follower. With documents proof of his conversion, the Islamic Organisation could claim the dead body of the convert, and the Islamic process funeral is done on the convert. In Islam, a Muslim dead body must be bath in Islamic way, and covered by white cloth before burial, and Islamic prayer must be done. Every Muslim must be buried in the Muslim Cemetery and NOT in the non-muslim cemetery. Could we imagine about the above case if the dead body of the convert claim by the Hindu family, the body will be burn or cremeted into ash as Hindu practice. Burning or Cremeted of dead body is FORBIDDEN IN ISLAM. I believe these problems happen in many places...... Therefore, it is advisable for Muslims to have muslim names and to tell others and their family of the Muslim identity. WE MUST BE PROUD BEING MUSLIMS, HAVING A MUSLIM IDENTITY AND ISLAM AS OUR RELIGION. Your sister in Islam.


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Posted on Tue, Aug 29, 2006 22:55

Salamun Alaikum my felow,all praises to Allah who give you the right path. i'm from bangladesh for ur question i can say that we muslims are recognised specially by our names. again our Prophet Muhammad(pbuh)said to keep the child's good name with respect to their parents so that they can be called by that name on the day of judgement.you should keep a meaningful name like Alima, Jannatul Ferdaus, Tasneem, Tahsina, Rabeya, Farha, Farya, Tanjila.if u are not satisfied then ask me to help u futher.


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