Is Anisa a Sahabiyyah's Name?
  • Question:

    Alhamdulillah, we have been blessed with a new baby girl. We are considering some names and were wondering if 'Anisa' is a sahaabiyyah's name?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question. Let me begin by congratulating you on your new family member. May Allah bless her with the best of this world and the next. May she be the coolness of your eyes. Mabrook!

    The great Shafie Islamic scholar & historian, Imam Shihab al Deen Abu Al Fadhl Ahmad ibn Ali Al Asqalaani has recorded, in his famous work 'Al Isaabah Fi Tameez Al Sahabah' a list of at least 24 sahaabiyyaat (female believers who seen the Prophet -pbuh- and passed away believing in his message) who were named 'Anisa'.

    They are as follows:
    1. Anisa Ukht Al Shaymah
    2. Anisa Al Nakhiyyah
    3. Anisa Umm Saeed, Bint Murrah Al Fahriyyah
    4. Anisa bint Abi Harithah bin Sa'asa'ah
    5. Anisa bint Abi Talhah
    6. Anisa bint Tha'alabah bin Zaid
    7. Anisa bint Khubaib
    8. Anisa bint Raafi bin Al Mu'alaa
    9. Anisa bint Rahm
    10. Anisa bint Saaidah
    11. Anisa bint Abdullah bin Amr
    12. Anisa bint Adee
    13. Anisa bint Adee Al Ansaariyyah
    14. Anisa bint Urwah
    15. Anisa bint Amr bin Anamah
    16. Anisa bint Amr bin Qais
    17. Anisa bint Anamah
    18. Anisa bint Qais
    19. Anisa bint Qais Al Khazrijiyyah
    20. Anisa bint Qais Al Bukhaariyah
    21. Anisa bint Kaa'ab
    22. Anisa bint Muaadh bin Maaes
    23. Anisa bint Hilaal bin Al Mu'alaa
    24. Anisa Mawla Rasul

    (May Allah be Pleased with Them All)

    The meaning of Anisa is 'friendly or pleasant companion'.

    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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