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Being Pessimistic About a Certain Name: OK?

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Reply Date

Oct 14, 2016

Question

As-Salamu alaykum. My sister had a daughter, she named her Amira, but the baby dies. Now she is pregnant again and is supposed to have another daughter. She wants to name her Amira too, but I have doubts about this choice.... Please, advise.

Mufti

Answer


Being Pessimistic About a Certain Name

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.

Dear questioner, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake.

Answering your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

If you are implying that your baby died because of her name Amira, then you are being superstitious. The baby died because of the will of Allah. Allah is the one who gives life and takes it way; we ought to accept His will without protest.

As for the name of Amirah you may do well to change it, not because of bad omen; rather, it means leader or commander; and hence it smacks pride. There is no shortage of good names to choose from: Maryam, Aminah, Khadijah, Rahmah, Haleemah, Aishah, Fathimah, etc. are some good names to consider.

Allah Almighty knows best.




About Sheikh Ahmad Kutty

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty is a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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