Nasihah (Advice): Keeping a Good name
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has stated,
“On the Day of Qiyaamah you will be called by your (own) names and the names of your fathers. Therefore keep good names.” Abu Dawood
Question and Answer:
Q. Can you pl tell me we want to name our son Ammar , but we were told if people call him in wrong pronouncing instead I ain in hamza the meaning will change to evil promoting because ex: nafs ammara . Is it to true. Pl advice should we name him Ammar or not . Will be waiting for your good advice. Jazalallah khair.
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A. Ammaar (عمار) is the name of an eminent Sahaabi, Ammaar bin Yaasir Radhiallahu Anhu. Hence, it is an excellent name to be kept for one’s child.
If the name Ammaar (عمار) is pronounced as Ammaar (امار) with the letter Alif instead of the letter Ain, it does not refer to ‘Nafs-e-Amaarah’ (the ego) or carry any evil connotation. It simply means inspirer. However, the name of a child should be pronounced correctly.
And Allah Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians