Does such a concept have an authentic origin in the Islamic faith? i.e. is there any restraints or regulation on how one should name a their child?

I don't see how this relates to the teachings of Islam as when the companions of the prophet reverted to Islam they were not asked to change their name.

  • It is truly cultural and shouldn't have any real relations to the teachings of Islam, however I was actually pretty chocked when I got to know that in Morocco for instance, you cannot name your children whatever name you want. It had to be an islamic name or arabic at least (or hebrew for jews only). Recently they started accepting berber names though.
    – Kilise
    Jun 17, 2017 at 23:23
  • @Kilise I think this was the case in Iran as well, not sure. I do agree that this is completely cultural, the biggest give away is that people often refer to any Arabic name as an Islamic name.
    – Aboudi
    Jun 17, 2017 at 23:30
  • There are recommendations. Like naming a child a name thar has a good meaning.
    – Medi1Saif
    Jun 18, 2017 at 14:39

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There are no hard and fast rules in Islam for naming. But Prophet (صلي الله عليه وسلم) has said about naming children with decent names and names which have good meaning.

There is a Hadith in the book Sunan Abi Dawood, Hadith # 4950 which goes like this.

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: تَسَمَّوْا بِأَسْمَاءِ الْأَنْبِيَاءِ، وَأَحَبُّ الْأَسْمَاءِ إِلَى اللَّهِ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ، وَعَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ، وَأَصْدَقُهَا حَارِثٌ، وَهَمَّامٌ، وَأَقْبَحُهَا حَرْبٌ وَمُرَّةُ


The Prophet (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said: Name by the names of Anbiya (Prophets), and the most liked names by Allah (جل جلاله) are Abdullah and Abdur Rahman, and the most True names are Haris and Hammam and the most disgusting names are Harb and Murrah.

In another Hadith in the same book, Hadith # 4948 it is said that

On the day of judgement, you will be called by your names and the names of your fathers. So Name (yourselves and your children) with decent names. This hadith is as follows:

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: إِنَّكُمْ تُدْعَوْنَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ بِأَسْمَائِكُمْ، وَأَسْمَاءِ آبَائِكُمْ، فَأَحْسِنُوا أَسْمَاءَكُمْ

الله ورسوله أعلم

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