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    Acceptable Muslim Name or Not?

    Recently SalmanKhan_Mozlem had a discussion in the chat room about whether the name "Qasim" is permitted for muslim or not. Brother SalmanKhan_Mozlem quoted a number of Hadiths from Sahih Muslim such as

    Book 025, Number 5317:
    Jabir b. 'Abdullah reported that a child was born to one of the persons amongst us and he decided to give him the name of Muhammad We said: We will not allow you to give the name after the name of Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) until you ask him (the Holy Prophet). So he (that person) came and said (to the Holy Prophet): A child was born in my house and I wanted to give him the name (of Muhammad) after the name of Allah's Messenger, whereas my people did not allow me that I should name him after that (sacred) name until I have asked Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) in this connection, whereupon he said: Give him the name after my name, but do not call him by my kunya, for I have been sent as a Qasim as I distribute amongst you.

    The full list can be seen at:

    However, a lot of respectable Islamic websites such as's which suggest Qasim as a suitable muslim name. Run a search on any search engine for "muslim names", and you'll be hard pressed to find a site that doesn't suggest Qasim as a name.

    Anyone wanna join in the discussion?

    [This message has been edited by mAd_ScIeNtIsT (edited April 15, 2001).]
    Muslims are so good at dividing that they can divide the atom. If you see two Muslims, probably they belong to 3 parties.


    Praise be to Allaah.

    Using the names Qaasim and Muhammad, and the nicknames
    Abu’l-Qaasim, Abu ‘Eesa and other permissible names and nicknames, is
    allowed and there is nothing wrong with it, after the death of the Prophet
    (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The prohibition of using
    his name and his nickname together applied only during his lifetime
    (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The reason why the
    prohibition was narrated indicates the reason why this was restricted to his
    lifetime (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Hence you find
    scholars of earlier and later times called Muhammad and using the
    nickname Abu’l-Qaasim, without anyone denouncing them. Shaykh ‘Abd
    al-Kareem al-Khudayr

    Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd said in his book Mu’jam al-Manaafi

    It was reported that Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “A son
    was born to a man among us, and he named him Qaasim. We said, ‘We
    will definitely not give you the nickname of Abu’l-Qaasim.’ He told the
    Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) about that, and he
    said, ‘Call your son ‘Abd al-Rahmaan.’ (narrated by al-Bukhaari in his

    sowwie !