40 Popular Muslim Baby Names of Arabic Origin

It's a great joy when Allah blesses you with a child. Children bring you great happiness, and also responsibilities. One of the first duties you have toward your new child is to give him or her a meaningful Muslim name.

When choosing a name for a baby, Muslims have several choices. The Prophet said: "On the Day of Resurrection, you will be called by your names and by your fathers' names, so give yourselves good names." You could pick a name with a good meaning and sound.

We have pulled together a list of 40 Muslim and Islamic names with pleasant and beautiful meanings. You could just pick one from the below list for your beloved Muslim children.

Muslim Baby Girl Names

Aaliyah: Rising, ascending. Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model.

Amber: A semiprecious gem made from fossilized tree resin, also used to describe the gem's golden color.

Amira: Princess.

Aisha: Alive and well. Aisha was a wife of the prophet Muhammad. The name is also linked to the moon goddess.

Amina: Honest, faithful. Mother of the prophet Muhammad.

Bahira: Shinning, bright.

Cala: Castle, fortress.

Fatima: Baby's nurse. The name of the favorite daughter of the prophet Muhammad who was his only child to bear children.

Layla: Night beauty.

Latifah: Gentle, pleasant.

Lina: Palm tree.

Mina: Love.

Nadira: Precious, scarce.

Rashida: Rightly guided.

Sahara: An inhospitable desert in North Africa.

Salma: Peace.

Shakira: Grateful.

Sari: Princess.

Yamina: Suitable, proper.

Zara: Radiance. Literary name often used for exotic characters. Princess Anne of Britain named her daughter Zara.

Muslim Baby Boy Names

Abbas: Used to refer to a lion. One of Muhammad's uncles was named Abbas.

Abdullah: God's servant. One of the most common names in the Islamic world, and the name of Muhammad's father.

Adnan: Settler. A descendant of Ismail, one of the sons of the biblical patriarch Ibrahim.

Ahmad: highly praised or one who constantly thanks God.

Ali: High, exalted. The name of the Prophet Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law, known as the first male convert to Islam. Muhammad Ali was the name adopted by boxer Cassius Clay when he converted to Islam.

Amir: Prince. A high-ranking and powerful official in many different capacities in the Muslim world.

Cairo: Victorious. The name of the capital of Egypt, also the Arabic name of the planet Mars.

Hassan: Good-looking, handsome.

Hussein: Good; small handsome one. The name of a prominent person in Shiite Islam and a royal name in Jordan.

Jamal: Handsome.

Jericho: City of the moon. A city in Canaan destroyed when its walls fell down in the bible.

Kareem: Generous, giving.

Khalid: Immortal, eternal. 

Malik: Sovereign.

Mohamed: praiseworthy. A variant of Muhammad, name of the prophet and founder of Islam.

Nasir: Supporter.

Omar: Speaker; flourishing, long-lived. Caliph Omar II made Islam an imperial power.

Rashad: Good judgment.

Tariq: Evening caller. The Islamic military leader who conquered Spain for the Moors.

Talib: Knowledge-seeker.

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