Can I Call My Son Hamid Instead of Abdul-Hamid?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad

Question

Can “Abdul Hamid” be registered or used as “Hamid” only?

We like the name “Hammad” but our elders are insisting that we keep “Abdul Hamid”. People usually call only by one name; we are confused.

Answer

Thank you for your question. It is permissible to call your son Hameed for short, or if someone was named Abdur-Rasheed, he could be called Rasheed for short. If you encourage people to call your son the full name, Abdul-Hamid, they will. It is not difficult.

Hammad is also a good name. The only thing that you should be careful of, is that if you name him Abdul-Hameed, do not nickname him Hamoodi, for that, is changing one of the names of Allah. Rather, you can call him ‘Aboodi as a nickname.

Please see the details of naming here:
Is It Permissible To Use a Nickname That Shortens My Given Name?
Is It Permissible To Call Someone by a Name of Allah?

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, where she 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.