Can You Give Me Guidance on These Baby Girl Names?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


We are looking for a good name for our baby girl and would like some guidance regarding these names:

Ayah , Ziya, Sidra, Nazira, `Adn , and Huzaira.

Are all these good Islamic names to give, and what do they mean? Do you have any suggestions for Islamic names for a baby girl that means light or something in Paradise?


Thank you for your question. May Allah bless your child and make her a means for light, goodness, and much joy in your family.


The names you mentioned have the following meanings:

  • Ayah – آية – is an acceptable and common Muslim name, and it means “a verse from the Quran” or a “sign.”
  • Ziya should be written like this -Diya’- ضِياء (pronounced with a long “a” at the end – Diyaa’), and it means light or brightness, but I have only seen males with this name.
  • Sidra – سِدْرة – is a common Muslim name meaning the lotus tree in the highest Paradise mentioned in the Quran.
  • Nazeera is not a name that I have heard used commonly; it means equal. The other similar name Naazira means a female who is looking. I don’t recommend it, either.
  • `Adn – عَدْن – is a word from the Quran (جَنّات عَدْن), describing Paradise, meaning Gardens of Eden. This is also the name of a port city in Yemen. I have not heard this commonly used, and I don’t recommend it.
  • Huzaira is also not a commonly used name, and I have yet to find its meaning and confirm it. I also don’t recommend it.

Name You Can Use

If you are looking for a name meaning “light,” the best name to use is Nur or Nura (نور – نورة). This means “light” and is a widespread Muslim name.

Please see these links as well:
What Acts Are Recommended After Giving Birth to a Child?
What Is the Sunnah in Regards to Receiving a Newborn Baby?
What Are Some of the Sunnas in Feeding and Caring for a Baby?

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.
[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin and completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.