Long Name is a form of Western Culture?

Q:

Assalaamu’alaikum Ya Syaikh

Is it true that naming our children/ourself with short name is sunnah? I heard from an ustadz that long name (ex. John Wittgenstein) is not the culture of Muslims. Is this claim is true? Is it better to name someone with a shorter name (example: Hussein bin Abu ‘Umar)?

A:

Wa alaykum assalam warahmatullah wabarakatuh.

In the Nam of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Mercy-giving.

All praise is due to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad.

Islam urges its followers to give their children good names; particularly those with religious, or at least lovely, meanings. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) changed names of a number of his Companions because they had reprehensible meanings or bore connotations that contradicted Islamic beliefs.

What matters thus is the meaning of the name not its length. This applies to both Arabic and non-Arabic names. A new convert may even retain his/her non-Arabic name as long as it does not bear a reprehensible meaning or a meaning that contradicts Islamic creed.

Almighty Allah knows best.

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