I am aware that this is the right of the parents to name their newborn (children). (It could even be counted as a Wajib (mandatory) practice for parents to choose an appropriate and Islamic name for their children.) But I was wondering if it is considered as the right of father or mother to choose the name of their baby(s)?

  • If a father named the child without informing the mother first I would feel betrayed.
    – Serena
    Jun 20, 2018 at 14:58

3 Answers 3


There is no hard and fast rule in Islam that who should or must choose name of baby. If it is chosen with mutual consent of both, that is best.

And Allah knows best.

  • Uh-huh, I inquired that, since I saw somewhere which was written it is considered as the canonical right of father, and there seemed to be some traditions regarding that. Of course I strongly agree you that mentioned it is best if they choose the name by mutual consent. Mar 15, 2015 at 8:43

Well even if I would agree with the answer of @Farhan totally, I must add that in the case that parents couldn't come to a mutual consent (at least Sunni) scholars tend to give this right to the father because of the part of the Verse in Surat al-Ahzaab (33:5) saying

Call them by [the names of] their fathers; it is more just in the sight of Allah .

This is interpreted as follows: As the child would have the (family) name of the father, so in case that the parents couldn't agree about the name of the child, the father would be the one who has more rights to chose (Fatwa in Arabic). See also this detailed fatwa about naming according to Sunni (more likely Salafi) point of view!

And maybe these ahadith from sahih Muslim and Sunan abi Dawod could support this, as the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) named his son himself!

And Allah knows best!


To supplement the answers already given, evidence for the mother having the right to name the child includes the Quranic story of the mother of Maryam عليه السلام:

وإني سميتها مريم

I have named her Mary

Quran 3:36

ويدل أيضا على أن للأم تسمية ولدها ؛ وتكون تسمية صحيحة؛ وإن لم يسمه الأب; لأنها قالت: وإني سميتها مريم ؛ وأثبت الله (تعالى) لولدها هذا الاسم

And this is evidence for a child being named by the mother, and that the name she gives is correct, even if it has not been given by the father, for it is said: "I have named her Mary" and Allah retained the name given by the mother.

Tafsir Jassas

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