Tabarakallah, Mashallah.

Here’s a short du’a we can recite asking Allah (swt) to grant you a blessed child:

رَبَّنَا ھَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّیَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْیُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِینَ إِمَامًا

Rabbana Hablana min azwaajina wadhurriy-yatina, qurrata ‘ayioni wa-jalna lil-muttaqeena Imaama
“Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us a leader [i.e., example] for the righteous.”
Surah Al-Furqan Ayah 74

‘coolness to the eye’ is an old Arabic expression which from a spiritual perspective means to bring joy, peace, or happiness. Thus this is a beautiful supplication we should learn asking Allah (swt) to grant us “coolness of the eyes” among our wives, our children and all future generations.

On the subject of naming your child in Islam:

“A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” – Dale Carnegie

Naming your baby boy’s can seem inconsequential, a decision that can be made in a day, but know it will play a huge impact on his life. It will be a form of communication that he will have to carry with him for the rest of his life. You want it to be a strong name, one that he can love and be proud of. It also tells the world something about him, what religion he belongs to, his identity, culture, ethnicity and can either make him feel included or excluded.

When it comes to naming your child you want a name that the child will not be embarrassed by when being called by Allah (swt) on the day of judgement. The names which Allah Almighty loves most are ‘Abdullah and ‘Abdu’r-Rahman. The most truthful names are Harith and Humam. The ugliest names are Harb and Murra.” (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 814) The names most detested is Malikil-Amlak (king of kings) as this name is reserved for Allah alone (Sahih Tirmidhi Hadith 2837)

One important ruling is when naming your Child after one of Allah’s 99 names, you must include the prefix Abdul meaning “servant”. So for example, the name Majid (the glorious one, perfect power) is a name reserved only for Allah. But add the prefix Abdul and the meaning changes to ‘servant of the glorious one’ and it is now permissible.

Does it have to be an Arabic name?

It’s is generally better to have an Arabic name but it’s not necessary. Like making a du’a, you can make du’a in any language but a du’a made in Arabic is better for you.

So the name can have a Persian or Urdu background, this is acceptable, as long as the name has a good meaning.

You may also want to consider how the native speakers will pronounce that name. Will they change the meaning by their pronunciation? This is something that has to be considered. We must do our due-diligence by writing the name out and asking friends and colleagues around us to pronounce it.

I am sure you want to give your child the best chance of success in social interactions and an easy life where he is not demonized or bullied based on a misunderstanding or mispronunciation in an English speaking environment.

General advice is to name your child after the Sahabah (companions of the Prophet) as this would encourage the child as they grow older to learn about the historical people that carried the same name. They will feel connected to Islam knowing the amazing role models that lived before him and may feel inclined to follow in their footsteps.

This introduction just scratches the surface of good naming practices. Inshallah you’ll have found the advice useful. Below we’ve researched 228 different Muslim boy names, some are Islamic names from the Qur’an and others are from different backgrounds like Pakistani names, or Persian boy names.


Muslim boy names starting with A

AdamآدمSurface of the earth, ground, or dust
Aatif / AtifعَاطِفThe Kind one, Affectionate
AyyubأَيُّوْبTo return to God. Also, name of a Prophet of Allah (swt).
Azharأَظْهَر‎Shining, Luminous, Brilliant or Clear
AnwarأَنْوَرMost bright, most brilliant, friend, companion
Asadأَسَدliterally meaning lion
Asad Allāhأَسَدُ ٱلله‎Lion of Allah
AslamأَسْلَمVery safe, safeguarded, one who is protected from calamities
AsgarأَصْغَرSmallest, minute
AneesأَنِيْسOne who makes acquaintances, friend, genial
AkbarأَكْبَرThe greatest, honourable
AtharاثارMost pious, meticulously neat, clean, organized
AshfaaqاشفاقKindness, favours
Ameen / AminأمينTrustworthy, trustee, honest. Nick name of Prophet Muhammad (saw) as he was known to the Meccans because of his nobility
Awaisأويسgifted, bestowed, or can mean little wolf. .Uwais / Owais – live during Prophet’s lifetime but never met him
Not Sahabah, classified as Tabiun. Fought in battle alongside Ali (ra) and killed in battle
AnasأنسPerson who brings joy and peace. Also, come from root innas (mankind)
of mind.
Amaanأمانsafety, security, protection.
Amanullahأَمَانُ اللهGod’s peace, God’s safety
Akhlaqأَخْلاَقmorality, integrity, disposition, nature, temper, ethics, morals or manners (of a person)
Ameer / AmirأميرCommander, noble-person, chief,
or leader.
AzmatعَظْمَتْGreatness, might, or importance
Akramأکرم‎benevolent, most gracious
Asimعاصمshield, protector, guardian, a person who keeps away from sins
ArshadارشادWell-guided person, upright, or most mature.
AahilعَاهِلPrince or great king (ruler or emperor)
AalimعَالِمReligious scholar, knowledgeable
AamilاميلDoer, worker, striver
Aqib / AaqibعقيبFinal, Successor, Following, Subsequent. One of the nicknames belonging to Prophet Muhammad (saws)
Aqil / Akeel, Aaqilعَاقِلknowledgeable, intelligent, wise, sensible or reasonable.
AarifعَارِفKnowing, aware
ArizعَرِضActive, energetic
Aaryanاريانone who belongs to the noble people
AashifاشفBold, courageous
Aasif / AsifعاصفAn able minister, strong, stormy,
and fierce
AausاسName of a tree
AbaanأبانMeaning of name is not understood. An old Arabic name.
AbbasعَبَّاسLion.  It is the name of many companions of Prophet Muhammad.
AdeelعَدِيْلVirtuous, one who acts with justice
and fairness. The one who is moderate.
AdnanعَدْنَانOne who settles for a long
time in a place. Eternal settlement.
Affanعفّانchaste, modest, or pure.
AshaarأَشْعَرFierce like a lion.
Ahsanأَحْسَنthe most beautiful or handsome
AliعليّLofty, sublime, noble, superb. Common name among Muslims out of love for Ali bin Abi Talib. The cousin of Prophet Muhammad (saws).
Ahmed / AhmadأحمدThe one deserving most deserving of praise due to their good character. (Same meaning as Muhammad)
Aaron / Harunهارونhigh mountain. It is the name of Prophet Harun (Aaron), brother of Prophet Musa, or Moses.
Arif / Aarifعَارِفknowledgeable
ArsalanارسلانLion, fearless like a lion.
AyaanأيانGod’s gift, a gift of god, reward, or blessing.
Azanأذانcall for worship, announcement
AfeefعفيفVirtuous, Chaste, Pious
AffanعفّانAvoider of sin, chaste, virtuous, and pure.
AabidعَابِدWorshiper, the one who worships
Allah (swt).
Aadil / AdilعَادِلJust, Upright
Aazim / AzimعَازِمDetermined, of having firm resolve, or resolute.
AabanأبانMeaning not understood, old Arabic name. Also, name of an Angel.

Muslim boy names starting with B


Basilبَاسِلbrave, fearless, intrepid
BashirبَشِيْرThe one who brings good news
Bassam / BasamبسامThe one who smiles, always smiling.
Badr بَدْرFull moon
Barak / BaraqبَرَّاقRadiant, dazzling, or brilliant.

Muslim boy names starting with D


Daniyal / Danielدانيال God is my judge
Daneesh / DanishدانشKnowledge, intelligent, wisdom
Dawoud, Dawud, da’udدَاؤُوْد‎beloved friend
DayyanدينA mighty Ruler
Deenدينreligion’, “creed”, “credo”, “way of life
DalilدَلِيْلGuide, or mentor

Muslim boy names starting with E


Ehsan / IhsanإِحْسَانGraciousness, compassion, kindness, or generosity

Muslim boy names starting with F

Fahimفاهيمperceptive, keen, clever, or wise
Faisalفَيْصَلresolute, judge, decisive ruler
Fahadفهدpanther, leopard or cheetah
Faizanفيضانsuccessful, beneficence, great grace
FarzanفرزانCalm, experienced, wise, or sensible.
FakhrفَخْرGlory, honor, pride
FarrukhفَرّخHappy, auspicious
Fawwazفَوّازperson who wins, victor, or victorious
FarhanفَرحانJoyous, happy, rejoice, or cheerful.
FarazفرازAscent, Height
FiruzفيروزTriumphant, victor
FidyanفدیانPerson who makes sacrifice

Muslim boy names starting with G


GhaziغَازِيConquerer, warrior, fighter
GhufranغُفْرانForgiving, to pardon
GhulamُلَاSlave or servant
GhalibغاليبTo overcome, to defeat

Muslim boy names starting with H

HaafizحافظGuardian, perserver (commit the entire Qur’an to memory to preserve it)
HabeebحَبِيبBeloved, dear friend
HasanحسنPious, good, fine, beloved grandson of Prophet Muhammad (saw)
Abdul-Haseebعَبْدُ الحَسِيْبServant of the Reckoner
Hussein / Husayn  حُسَيْن‎ Good, handsome, beautiful
Hamzah / HamzaحمزةLion, strong, steadfast. Also the name of beloved uncle of Prophet Muhammad (saw).
HaneefحَنِيفDevout believer, monotheist, a person
who believes in the oneness of God.
Hidayatهديةguidance, instruction, righteousness
Hammadحَمَّادone who praises
HarisحَارِثCultivator, the one who plows, farmer.
HuzaifahحُذَيْفَةWise, intellectual man, ability to perceive. Also name of one of the Prophet’s (pbuh) companions

Muslim boy names starting with I

ImranعمرانThe name of the father of Maryam
(may Allah be pleased with her). Name of the 3rd Surah.
Iqbal إِقْبَالgood fortune, becoming successful
ImtiazامتيازDifferent, unique, distinction
ImadعمادPillar of strength, confidence
Idrisإدريس studious, smart, or to learn, also the name of the Prophet of Allah (swt)
Ishaqاسحاق‎ Arabic form of Isaac
Isaaqإسحاق‎ honest, trustworthy
IkhlasإخلاصSincerity, also name of Surah
IsamعِصامConnection, promise, safeguard
Ismailإِسْمَاعِيْلhearer, heard by God, gift from God
IbrahimإبراهيمFather of nations, name of the Prophet of Allah (swt)
IrfanعرفانWisdom, knowledge

Muslim boy names starting with J

JaabirجابِرٌConsoler, comforter, the one who makes things better.
Ja’farجَعْفَرRiver, stream, canel or brook.
Jalaal / JalalجلالGlory of faith
JaleelجليلGreat, revered
Jamaal / JamalجَمَالBeauty
JunaidجُنَيْدSoldier, Warrior, a small army
Jawad جوادBountiful, generous, liberal, magnanimous
JavedجفيدEternal, perpetual

Muslim boy names starting with K

KhalidخَلِيدPermanent, durable, one who does not grow weak
KhateebخَطِيبOrator, speaker, one who gives a speech.
Kamalكمال‌‎perfection, excellence, completeness
Kashifكاشيفdiscoverer, revealer, uncoverer
KamranكامرانWithout problems, happy, blessed
Kawtharكوثرname of a river in paradise, also name of Surah in Qur’an
Khabibحبيبbeloved, loved one
Khurshid خورشيدThe sun
KahilخليلGood friend
KamilكاميلPerfect, the perfect one, complete
Khayr / KhairخَيْرٌExcellent, best, opposite of bad.

Muslim boy names starting with L


LuqmanلُقْمَانWise man, a person named in Surah Luqman.
LutوطName of the Prophet of Allah (swt)

Muslim boy names starting with M

MuhammadمحمّدA person who’s character is praiseworthy, commendable, laudable.
Also the name of the last Prophet of Allah (swt).
MuhsinمُحْسِنHelper, humanitarian, doer of good deeds.
MuneebمُنِيْبٌOne who returns to Allah and repents, return to God’s way.
MustafaمُصْطَفَىChosen, selected, preferred. Also one of the title’s of prophet Muhammad (saw).
Minhaajمِنْهَاجroad, the way, curriculum
MahboobمَحْبُوبBeloved, adored, cute.
Mahmoodمحمودelegant, praiseworthy, attribute of prophet muhammad (saws)
Mukhtaarمُخْتَارselected, chosen, exquisite. One who is chosen by Allah.
MurshadمُرْشَدGuided on the right path.
Mazharمَظْهَرappearance, demeanor, sight, view
Muzzamilمُزَّمِّلone who is enwrapped
Moazzam / MoezzamمعظمRespectable
MuslihمُصْلِحReformer, good doer, improver
MuttalibمُطَّلِبSeeker, demander. Grandfather of Prophet Muhammad (saws)
MisbaahمصباحLamp, latern, oil light
MiftaahمِفْتَاحKey, the one who guides others to the right path
MaqboolمَقْبُولAccepted or approved.
MoosaمُوْسَىNo absolute definition. Assumed meaning, “the water” or
“saved by the water”.
Muzaffar مُظَفَّرVictorious, triumphant, victor
MarwanمَرْوَانSolid Stone. Very strong lion or a leader.

Muslim boy names starting with N


NasirناصرHelper, aide, defender
NabeelنَبِيْلNoble, brave, distinguished, high-born
NajamناجامMorning star, star.
Naseemنَسِيْمa cool or gentle breeze, fragrant air
Naseerنصير.A helper, a friend, someone who helps people become successful or victorious
Na’eemنَعِيمpleasure, bounty, bliss, comfort
Abdul-NurنُورٌDivine light, prime light, the light that guides. One of Allah’s 99 attributes.
Nuhنُوْحname of Prophet of Allah (swt)
Nu’man / NoumanنُعْمَانBlood or red. Name of sahaba and also name of Abu Hanafi
Nadeemنديمcompanion, friend, confidant

Muslim boy names starting with O


Owaisأُوَيْسlittle wolf. Also name of companion of Prophet Muhammad (saw)
Omar / Umair / OmairعُمرFlourishing, long-lived
Obaid / UbaidعُبَيْدServant, or small slave

Muslim boy names starting with Q


Qasim قَاسِمDistributor, giver, the one who is generous. The name of Prophet Muhammad (saw) son.
QamarقَمَرThe moon

Muslim boy names starting with R


RashidراشدWell-guided, follower of the right path, mature.
RashadرَشَادTo acquire the right-guidance,  lead a righteous life.
RafeeرافيHigh-ranking, noble, exaulter, sublime
Rafeeq / Rafik / RafiqرفيقA kind hearted person, good mannered, a friend.
RayhanريحانA sweet smelling plant, good scent, fragrance
RayanريَّانThe gate of heaven which allows fasting people in Ramadan to enter
Rizwanرضوانthe angel in charge of maintaining Jannah or Paradise in Islam.
Rohanروحانspiritual, kind-hearted, compassionate

Muslim boy names starting with S

Saajidساجد‎The one who prostrate
SajjadسجادKneeling in prayer, prostration
Saleem / Salimسَليمunblemished, safe, intact, undamaged, or complete.
SiraajسِرَاجLamp, light, production of light.
SadسعدProsperity, fortunate, blessedness.
Sa’eed / SaidسَعيدHappy, auspicious, successful
SuhailسُهَيْلWithout trouble, lenient, easy to interact with.
ShafiشَافِيMediator, curer, or helper.
Shakil / Shakeel / ShaquilleشاكيلHandsome, good-looking, well-shaped
Shuaib / Suhayb / shoaib صُهَيْبWho shows the right path. Name of the prophet of Allah (swt).
Shahab شَهَابshooting star, flame, brightness of flame, meteor
ShaheedشهيدWitness, one who gives evidence based on truth
Sadiq / Sadikصَادِقhonesty, true-hearted, sincere, truth or loyalty
Sabur / SaboorصَبُورPatient, tolerant, forbearing
Sultan سُلْطَانRuler, emperor, authority
ShahzadشهزادSon of the king
Salmanسلمان‎healthy, safe, pure from any illness
Sayyid / Syedسادة Usually an honorific title denoting accepted descendents of Prophet Muhammad (saws) and his Ali (ra) 

Muslim boy names starting with T


TanweerتنويرTo illuminate, radiant, appearance of light in the morning
TawfeeqتَوْفِيْقGranted a favourable situation by Allah (swt), prosperity, success.
Tameez / Tamizتاميزdiscernment, sense, distinction
TaqiتَقِيّOne who fears Allah, God-conscious, God-fearing
Tayyibطَيِّبgood, sweet, agreeable, pure, chaste
TahaطهMeaning of the name is unknown. It is the 20th Surah of the Qur’an titled Ta-Ha.
Tahir / Taahirطاهرpure, virtuous, free from sin. Also name of one of the sahaba.

Muslim boy names starting with W


waleedوَلِيدBaby, infant, new-born. Also name of sahaba.
WaseemوسيمGraceful, good Looking, handsome
Wazir, Wazeerوَزيرan adviser to the counsel to the king, minister, helper
Waqaar / WaqarوَقَارDignity, constancy, self-respect
Abdul-Wahabعَبْدُ الوَهَّابServant of the bestower. All names of Allah must begin with Abdul meaning servant.
Waqqas / WaqasوَقَّاصSoldier, warrior, combatant, breaker.
Walid / WaleedوَلِيدNewborn, child, baby

Muslim boy names starting with Y


YasirياسرTo become easy.
Yaseen / Yasinيٰسٓ‎No official meaning, two arabic letters Yaa and Seen. Name of the 36th Surah of the Qur’an
YaqeenيَقِيْنBelief, certainty, lack of doubt.
YusufيُوْسُفGod increases, or god gives. Also name of the Prophet of Allah (swt).
Yunusيونسdove, pigeon, also name of the Prophet of Allah (swt)
Yaqub / Yaqoubيَعْقُوْبsuccessor, heir, following. Also name of the Prophet of Allah (swt)

Muslim boy names starting with Z


ZaakirذاكرOne who constantly praises and remembers Allah (swt)
ZakaaذَكاءSharpness of mind, cleverness
Zakee / ZakiزكيّRighteousness, purification, sinless
Zul-kiflذُوْ الكِفْلName of one of the Prophets of Allah (swt)
ZubairزُبَيْرA brave and wise person
Zaid / ZaydزيدAbundance, excess, growth. Name of Prophet Muhammad’s adopted son.
Zain / ZaynزَيْنAdornment, beauty, grace, honour, excellence