Abdallah or Abdullah?
  • Question:

    Alhamdulillah my husband, our families and I were blessed with a son. We came home yesterday from the hospital and are all doing well Alhamdulillah.

    We have named our baby Saleh Abdallah Ali (Righteous Servant of Allah) but we wanted to ensure that we have the correct spelling which goes hand in hand with the meaning. We know that the name could also be spelled Salih Abdullah. Is there a difference in pronunciation or does a certain spelling alter the meaning?

    We ask that you keep us all in your duas inshaAllah. Looking forward to your response. Jazakhallah Khair.


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Congratulations on the birth of your son. I am extremely happy for you and your family. I pray your son brings endless joy, happiness, blessings and barakah in your life. May he be protected from all evil. Ameen.

    The preferred spelling should be Saleh Abdullah.

    According to the Arabic grammatical rules “Abdallah” would not be appropriate since there is no grammatical agent causing the accusative case (المنصوب al-manṣūb) on the word. The default of any Arabic word is that it is in the nominative case (المرفوع al-marfūʻ). (See Hidaayat Al Nahw, Nahw Al Meer)

    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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