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Narrated Abu ad-Darda' may Allah be pleased with him:

The Prophet ( may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him ) said: On the Day of Resurrection you will be called by your names and by your father's names, so give yourselves good names. Its chain of narrators is weak.

Man is indicated with his name;

The good name carries good meanings to his owner and anyone who hears it.

On the opposite of it is the ugly name, it has bad effects on the soul, the child may be hurt when he hears the ugly name and then feels shy and avoids mixing with people throughout his life.

The scholars have divided the names into three sections: the disliked names, the prohibited names, and the recommended names.

Examples of the prohibited names: the name which causes pessimism if it is negated, for instance the name Zeyad that is increasing in Arabic. If some one asked is Zeyad here, then the negated answer causes a sort of pessimism.

The ugly names such as: harb ( war), time, murra ( bitter ), Kalb ( dog ), kulaib ( small dog ) Asi ( disobedient ), Satan, unjust, donkey, and the like.

The names of the Pharaohs and mighty people, such as Pharaoh, Qaroon, Haman and Walid.

It is forbidden for a person to be called with one of the names of Allah or to give this name to his son.

It is forbidden to call oneself or to call his son the slave of the Prophet, or Abdur Rasool, or Abdul Hussein, and other names that add the word slave to other than Allah.

It is forbidden to name oneself or ones child the King of Kings, Sultan of the Sultans, and Shahinshah - means King of Kings in Persian.

It is disliked to take the names of the angels according to the view of some jurists such as Gabriel, Mikael, and Israafil.

It is desirable to take the names Abdullah and Abdur Rahman.

Among the best names are the names of the prophets, and the best of their names are: Muhammad and Ahmad, then Ibrahim and Ismail, Joseph, Jonas, Shoaib and Saleh, Moses and Aaron, Zakaria and Yehia.

It is a part of  ignorance that a man gives his child an ugly so as to protect him from sudden death, this is often done by women in the villages.

It was common among the ignorant women that if a woman gave her child an ugly nqme, it will live and will not be hurt by the evil eye. This is a baseless lie.

Deciding the name of the child is the father's right not the mother`s right according to the view of the majority of scholars without dispute. However, if they disputed over naming the child then the decision is to the father, because he is attributed to him.

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