Category: Miscellaneous
Fatwa#: 37224
Asked Country: United States

Answered Date: Nov 22,2016

Title: The meaning of the name Zaynah


Salaams and Request your duas.


Please can you give me the meaning of the name Zaynah.


Also what is the sunnahs for naming a baby, is there a process to follow?


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

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

Zaynah is the female version of the name Zayn which means beautiful, handsome etc.[1]

A beautiful name should be chosen for the child which would influence the Iman and character of the child. For example, a name linked to Allah such as Abdullah or Abdurrahman or the name of a Prophet of Allah or names of Sahabah or pious people.[2]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Saad Haque

Student Darul Iftaa
New Jersey, USA 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] المورد ص٦١٤

اجمل الاسماء للبنين والبنات ومعانيها اعداد اشرف محمد الوحش ص٦٤

لسان العرب (13/ 201)

زين: الزَّيْنُ: خلافُ الشَّيْن ، وَجَمْعُهُ أَزْيانٌ؛ (لسان العرب [13/ 244] شين: الشَّيْنُ: مَعْرُوفٌ خِلَافُ الزَّيْن، وَقَدْ شانَهُ يَشِينُه شَيْناً. قَالَ أَبو مَنْصُورٍ: وَالْعَرَبُ تَقُولُ وَجْهُ فُلَانٍ زَيْنٌ أَي حَسَنٌ ذُو زَيْنٍ، وَوَجْهُ فُلَانٍ شَيْنٌ أَي قَبِيحٌ ذُو شَيْنٍ.)


[2] سنن أبي داود (٤٩٤٨)

حَدَّثَنَا عَمْرُو بْنُ عَوْنٍ، قَالَ: أَخْبَرَنَا ح وحَدَّثَنَا مُسَدَّدٌ، قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا هُشَيْمٌ، عَنْ دَاوُدَ بْنِ عَمْرٍو، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ أَبِي زَكَرِيَّا، عَنْ أَبِي الدَّرْدَاءِ، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «إِنَّكُمْ تُدْعَوْنَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ بِأَسْمَائِكُمْ، وَأَسْمَاءِ آبَائِكُمْ، فَأَحْسِنُوا أَسْمَاءَكُمْ»

صحيح مسلم (٢١٣٢)

حَدَّثَنِي إِبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ زِيَادٍ وَهُوَ الْمُلَقَّبُ بِسَبَلَانَ، أَخْبَرَنَا عَبَّادُ بْنُ عَبَّادٍ، عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ، وَأَخِيهِ عَبْدِ اللهِ، سَمِعَهُ مِنْهُمَا سَنَةَ أَرْبَعٍ وَأَرْبَعِينَ وَمِائَةٍ، يُحَدِّثَانِ عَنْ نَافِعٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «إِنَّ أَحَبَّ أَسْمَائِكُمْ إِلَى اللهِ عَبْدُ اللهِ وَعَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ»

الفقه الميسر في ضوء الكتاب والسنة (1/ 197)

ويسن أن يختار له من الأسماء ما كان حسناً؛

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