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Names Karan and Sonia

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)


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Salam wa3alaikum,

May son is a muslim hamdulillah we all are but the problem is his name "karan" so we havent changed is name, we call him karam but even tough i fill that its wrong, so pls advice me what to do and what is the situation my doghter is name is sonia is it ok in islamic way?

Jazaka allah khair. 


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Names Karan and Sonia

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


A name assigned to each individual is no more than a sign or recognition of that person; and there is absolutely no obligation or compulsion in Shariah that a believer is obliged or required to keep a ‘traditional’ Islamic or ‘muslim’ name. One is at complete liberty to assign any good wholesome name to their off-spring in absolutely any language they will or please.


The only names which Islam prohibits from assigning to a believer are names which connote or denote polytheism or disbelief (Abdul-Lat, Abdul-Uzza, (slaves of the pagan gods like Lat and Uzza, etc.) or names like Ramdas (slave of the Hindu god Ram), etc.; or names which have an inherit evil or vile meaning.


Other than names which connote polytheism and disbelief, or names which have an inherently evil meaning….Islam has allowed the believers the complete freedom to chose and assign any good wholesome name in any language they will and please.


The term ‘Karan’ finds it origin in the Sanskrit language and it literally means a helper or a companion.


The term ‘Sonia’ incidentally finds its origin in the Slavic language and it literally means wisdom or one who is wise. Another meaning of the term ‘Sonia’ is one who is extremely pretty or beautiful.


But the above names ‘Karan’ and ‘Sonia’ have good wholesome meanings, and if a believer wishes to name his off-springs with these names, there is absolutely no harm.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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