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The Right To Name A New-Born Child

Question

Id like to know whose right it is to give a new born babies name? 

Answer

The father has a greater right to name the baby due to the fact that the child follows the lineage of the father. Allah Ta’ala states in the Quraan; Translation:- Call them by the names of their fathers. (Surah Ahzaab)

Also, Rasulullah Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam had personally named his son. The narration of Muslim Sharif states, “A child was born unto me last night and I named him after my father Ibrahim.”

Abu Moosa RadiAllahu Anhu says, “I had a baby boy. I brought the child to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam who named him Ibrahim and made his Tahneek with a date.” From this narration we learn that we could request a pious Alim or a pious personality also to name the child. 

However, there is no hard and fast rule in this regard in terms of Shariah. If the child’s mother chooses a suitable name and both parents are pleased with the name then such a name may be adopted for the child. Both parents should agree on a suitable name for the child and the naming process should not lead to a dispute or argument. 

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

References

فسميته باسم أى إبراهيم (صحيح مسلم) 

عن أى موسى قال ولد لى غلام فأتيث به النيئ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- فسماه إبراهيم وحنكة بتمرة.( صحيح مسلم)  

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