Category: Child Upbringing (Tarbiyyah)
Fatwa#: 26956
Asked Country: Saudi Arabia

Answered Date: Oct 17,2018

Title: Is it ok to name "Hadeel" for my newly born daughter?


Is it ok to name "Hadeel" for my newly born daughter?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Hadeel (هديل) is an Arabic term which has the following meanings: [i]

1)     To coo[ii] like a dove

2)     Lazy and a heavy person

3)     Male dove

4)     A hairy person

Accordingly, it is not suitable to name your daughter Hadeel (هديل).

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mirza Mahmood Baig

Student Darul Iftaa

Jeddah, KSA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



Al-Qamus al-Waheed: pg 1750


Al-Mu’jam al-Waseet: pg 1018, 5th Edition




[ii]coo is the low, sweet sound that a bird makes, especially a dove or pigeon. If a dove builds a nest outside your open window, you'll be able to hear its coos every morning.

There is a small, gray pigeon that's called a mourning dove because its coo is so sad sounding. When you hear a bird making this distinctive sound, you can also say that it coos — and if a person murmurs in a low, soft voice, you can say that she coos too. The word coo has been used since at least the late 1600s, and its origin is probably imitative, the word sounding very much like the sound it describes.

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