Why does Islam avoid negative names?

Why does Islam avoid negative names?

Arabians don’t use names that have negative or unpleasant associations or connotations. In the earlier story, the young kid was given the Arabic name Ju’alan, which can be translated to either scarab or dung beetle. It is forbidden for them to refer to other people in a negative manner, according to the Quran, which is the most sacred book in the religion of Islam and the word of Allah.

The tradition of bestowing names holds an important place in their local culture because it has developed over time. The rituals that an imam goes through to give a child a name are meant to represent the five pillars of Islam.

Islamic Rituals of Five Pillars during the naming ceremony

1. Shahadah First Pillar of Islam

Why does Islam avoid negative names?

Because Muslims genuinely believe that all children are born innocent and with a natural tendency to believe in God or Allah and all of the values and guidelines of Islam, they make no effort to depict the first pillar of Islam, the Shahada, which is the witness of faith.

2. Adhan Second Pillar of Islam

The adhan, which is the call to prayer, and the iqama, which is an announcement for worshipers to commence prayer, will alternately be inserted in the child’s right and left ears to symbolize or denote the second pillar of Islam.

3. Zakah Third Pillar of Islam

The third pillar of Islam, zakah, or charity, is represented by the “aqiqat,” which is an animal sacrifice. The meat is utilized to make a pot of meals that is later distributed to the poor and needy. The child’s parents give this money as a token of their appreciation to Allah for bestowing upon them such a precious gift when the child was still an infant. Muslims also believe that by performing aqiqat, offering an animal, and giving to the poor, Allah will be pleased and grant the child His protection throughout their life.

4. Swam Ceremony Fourth Pillar of Islam 

The act of fasting is elevated to the status of the fourth essential component of Islamic practice through a ritual known as tahmik. This comprises providing the infant with a delicious food item to intake. The Prophet Muhammad gave the child a morsel of a date that had been thawed out and placed in its mouth (PBUH). Today, only a small amount of sugar is utilized.

5. Haji Ritual, the final Pillar of Islam

A portion of the baby’s hair is shaved off in order to symbolize the Hajj, also known as the pilgrimage, which is the fifth and final pillar of Islam. As part of the Hajj ritual, a pilgrim must shave his head. By doing so, the pilgrim is released from either a state of commitment or an elevated spiritual awareness. During the ceremony, the Imam will also read verses from the Holy Quran to pray to Allah for the well-being and safety of the newborn child.

Dua for naming child in Islam

Following the completion of these rites, the Imam will formally announce the child’s name by saying the English phrase “Indeed I, thus name you…” in Arabic. The Imam will then conclude the prayer, or “Dua,” by pleading with Allah to direct the child toward becoming a devout Muslim when they are older.

Rules for naming baby in Islam

It is recommended that the naming ceremony for the newborn take place either beforehand or on the seventh day after the delivery of the child. There are times when the newborn’s extended family and close friends will hear the baby’s name published publicly for the first time. It is possible that dhikr, which are Islamic incantations set to music, will be played during the ceremony. A good number of the guests will present the infant with one-of-a-kind presents and offer their thoughts and prayers for the child’s future.

Arabic is the traditional source of many Muslim given names. The Arabic word “Abd,” which literally translates to “servant,” must come before every name. Oftentimes, Allah’s names refer to aspects or qualities of himself. For instance, given that Rahman is a quality of Allah and refers to the Merciful One, the name “Abdurrahman” will connote the Servant of the Most Merciful when applied to a person.

Many people choose to honor important Companions of the Prophet Muhammad by adopting their names, such as Abubakr, Uthman, or Ali. These names are common in Arabic (PBUH). It’s also an option for parents to give their child the name of a grandmother in the hopes that it will make it easier for them to recall the stories of their ancestors. As a direct consequence of this, particular names are particularly common among specific families. Some parents give their children Arabic names that have positive connotations, such as Fahim, which signifies understanding. Other parents choose more traditional names.

Procedures for naming child in Islam

Step 1: First, have the youngster recite the adhan in their right ear and the iqama in their left ear.

Step 2. Restate the following Surahs:

Al Qadr Al-Ikhlas Al-Falaq An-Nas Al-Fatihah Recite the Verse of the Throne – Ayatul Kursi

Step 3: Recite Ayatul Kursi, the Verse of the Throne.

Step 4: Chant “inni u ‘izuha bika wa zurri yataha minash shatanirra jim” in the fourth step.

Step 5: Feed the child something tasty and trim some of their hair while reciting the Salawat.

Step 6: Recite “inni sammaytuka” to a boy. For a girl, say the following: inni sammaytuki [name of girl].

Step 7: Make a dua for the child’s blessing.

The dignified name that a Muslim newborn will be given in the hereafter is also a decoration in this world, a symbol of their religion.

Khalid Dhorat, whose name means “Ever-Blessed,” emphasizes in his book The Rights of Children how a child develops during the formative years in terms of personality development and psychological orientation both inside and beneath the color of the name’s meaning and representation. Because of this, a child’s name truly shapes how they see themselves and how they present themselves to the world throughout their lives.

Hence the naming ceremony in the Islamic religion explicitly shows the state and orientation of the civilizations from which they emerge, including names of people, places, and objects as well.

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