Is It Permissible to Name a Child Mohaimen (without Amatul)?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


Is it permissible to name a child Mohaimen (without Amatul)?


Thank you for your question. May Allah reward you for being concerned about the permissibility of your name.

Imam Nawawi, in his commentary on the hadiths of Muslim, mentions that Muhaymin is one of the names that are impermissible to name a child when used with the definite article “Al”, as this is only reserved for Allah Most High. When it is used to name a child without the definite article, the matter is different, as muhaymin is a word used in the Arabic language meaning ‘authority’.

Al-Hasan bin ‘Ali said: “I have retained in my memory these words of God’s Messenger, ‘Leave what causes you doubt and turn to what does not cause you doubt. Truth is tranquility, but falsehood is doubt.’” [Tirmidhi]

In conclusion, it seems to me that your name is not sinful to use, but it is far superior and removes all doubt to add Amatul in front of it. You should pray istikhara about what to do.

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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 Master’s 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.