Abrahamic / Middle Eastern Islam Resources for Choosing Muslim Baby Names Finding a Meaningful Name for Your Muslim Baby Share Flipboard Email Print Abrahamic / Middle Eastern Important Principles Prayer Salat Prophets of Islam The Quran Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr Hajj and Eid Al Adha By Huda Islam Expert M.Ed., Loyola University–Maryland B.S., Child Development, Oregon State University Huda is an educator, school administrator, and author who has more than two decades of experience researching and writing about Islam online. our editorial process Huda Updated July 01, 2017 For Muslims, it's always a joy when Allah blesses you with a child. Children bring great happiness but also trials and responsibilities. One of the very first duties you have toward your new child, besides physical care and love, is to give your child a meaningful Muslim name. It is reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "On the Day of Resurrection, you will be called by your names and by your fathers' names, so give yourselves good names." (Hadith Abu Dawud) Traditionally, Muslim parents give their newborn a name on the seventh day after birth, at an Aqiqah ceremony marked by a ceremonial sacrifice of a sheep or goat. While in many traditions, names for newborns are selected for their family relevance or other significance, for Muslims, a baby's name is normally selected for religious and spiritual reasons. Many Muslims choose Arabic names, even though it should be remembered that 85% of the world's Muslims are not Arabic by ethnicity, and culturally are not Arabs at all. Still, the Arabic language is extremely important to Muslims, and it is very common for non-Arab Muslims to select Arabic names for their newborns. Similarly, adults who convert to Islam very often adopt new names that are Arabic. Hence, Cassius Clay became Mohammad Ali, singer Cat Stevens became Yusuf Islam, and basketball star Lew Alcindor adopted the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar--in each case, the celebrities chose a name for its spiritual significance. , Here are some resources for Muslim parents seeking a name for their new baby girl or boy: Muslim Names for Boys Gallo Images - B-C Images/Riser/Getty Images When choosing a name for a boy, Muslims have several choices. It is recommended to name a boy in a way that indicates service to God, by using 'Abd in front of one of God's Names. Other possibilities include the names of Prophets, names of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad, or other male names which have a good meaning. There are also some categories of names which are prohibited to use for Muslim children. For example, it is forbidden to use a name that is not used for anyone other than Allah. Muslim Names for Girls Danita Delimont/Gallo Images/Getty Images When choosing a name for a girl, Muslims have several possibilities. It is recommended to name a Muslim child after women mentioned in the Quran, the Prophet Muhammad's family members, or other Companions of the Prophet. There are many other meaningful female names that are also popular. There are some categories of names which are prohibited to use for Muslim children. For example, any name that is, or was, associated with an idol is forbidden, as is any name that has an association with a person known to be of immoral character. Recommended Products: Muslim Baby Name Books Image via Amazon There are many Muslim baby name books on the market, which include lists of names along with their meanings and possible spellings in English. Here are our recommendations if you would like to look further.