Names - Do they Affect Our Children's Lives?
  • Question:

    Do names have an effect and if we use very high and honourable names for our children, does that mean they have to bear more stress and tests in life?


    Thank you for your question.

    Names do have an effect and consequence on the person bearing the name. This is one reason presented by scholars, for the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) to have changed inappropriate names to suitable names. (See: Zād al Maʿād)

    Having an honourable name does not necessarily mean one will go under stress or difficulty. Names should entail humbleness and good meanings.

    “Keep good names for your selves” (Abū Dawūd, Musnad Aḥmad)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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