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Can you name your child Jibreel?

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Question

 

Please can you tell me if it is permissible to name a child ‘jibreel’ and why this name is controversial? I have grown very fond of the name and believe it fits the narrative of names of previous children and am eager to keep it but worry people may make issue with it.

 

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The Majority of the Scholars are of the opinion that it is permissible to name a person after an angel. The controversy is due to Imam Malik Rahmatullahi Alaihi’s view that it is makruh (disliked) to keep names of the angels. 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Safwaan Ibn Ml Ahmed Ibn Ibrahim  

Student Darul Iftaa
Limbe, Malawi

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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