Which of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’la’s names are impermissible to use for a child? And are Rahman + Raheem included?
Also, how can I stop getting irritated at youngsters? For example, they lack knowledge and say annoying things like ‘we aint sunni or shia we are just Muslim’.. I get easily annoyed when they say things like this – i want to be more patient and calm, how can I do this?
wa `alaykum salam,
The baby name should be meaningful. The names Rahman & Raheem are acceptable as long as they don’t come with definitive article Al. The Prophet (S) suggested Abdullah and Abdur Rahman. He said: “Keep the names of the blessed Prophets, Allah loves most the names Abdullah and Abdur Rahman. The most truthful names are Harith and Humam, while the most disliked are Harb and Murra (war and bitter)”.
To avoid anger of this kind remember that the Satan is trying to provoke those who are valuable to rob them. Don’t let him win over you and keep reciting Ya Haleem as much as possible.
Imam Senad Agic
Head Imam (IABNA)
The Islamic Association of Bosniaks in North America
American Islamic Center – Chicago