Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
In this fatwa:
2- Rasul is not an appropriate name to choose.
3- You may call him by the name of the prophet: Muhammad or Ahmad.
4- You can choose any of the beautiful names such as `Abd Allah and `Abd al-Rahman.
Answering your question, Sheikh Ahmat Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:
Islam emphasizes that Muslims should have good names and give good names to their children. 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.” (Abu Dawud)
Rasul is not an appropriate name to choose. Rasul means messenger. You may call him by the name of the prophet: Muhammad or Ahmad. Alternatively, you can choose any of the beautiful names such as the following: `Abd Allah, `Abd al-Rahman, `Abd al-Ghani, etc. You may also choose from any other proper names, including those of other prophets.
Allah Almighty knows best.
Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.