Category: Miscellaneous
Fatwa#: 39001
Asked Country: Pakistan

Answered Date: Sep 27,2017

Title: Is it permissible to name a girl as Malaika?



I want to ask that, is it permissible to name Girls as Malaika. In some references I came to know that Malika name is referred to Angels in islam and by giving name to girl leaves the impact that Angels are females.

Can you please explain in light of Quran or Hadees references?



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

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

In Arabic, Malaika is a plural and a general word meaning angels. It is not advisable to name a child Malaika.[1] For more details, please refer to the link below:


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Rabiul Islam


Student Darul Iftaa
Detroit, Michigan, USA 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1] تحفة المودود بأحكام المولود (ص: 119)

وَمِنْهَا كأسماء الْمَلَائِكَة كجبرائيل وَمِيكَائِيل وإسرافيل فَإِنَّهُ يكره تَسْمِيَة الْآدَمِيّين بهَا قَالَ أَشهب سُئِلَ مَالك عَن التسمي بِجِبْرِيل فكره ذَلِك وَلم يُعجبهُ وَقَالَ القَاضِي عِيَاض قد استظهر بعض الْعلمَاء التسمي بأسماء الْمَلَائِكَة وَهُوَ قَول الْحَارِث بن مِسْكين قَالَ وَكره مَالك التسمي بِجِبْرِيل وَيَاسِين وأباح ذَلِك غَيره قَالَ عبد الرَّزَّاق فِي الْجَامِع عَن معمر قَالَ قلت لحماد بن أبي سُلَيْمَان كَيفَ تَقول فِي رجل تسمى بِجِبْرِيل وَمِيكَائِيل فَقَالَ لَا بَأْس بِهِ…


{إِنَّ الَّذِينَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالْآخِرَةِ لَيُسَمُّونَ الْمَلَائِكَةَ تَسْمِيَةَ الْأُنْثَى (27) وَمَا لَهُمْ بِهِ مِنْ عِلْمٍ إِنْ يَتَّبِعُونَ إِلَّا الظَّنَّ وَإِنَّ الظَّنَّ لَا يُغْنِي مِنَ الْحَقِّ شَيْئًا} [النجم: 27، 28]

فتاوی دار العلوم زکریا (جلد: 7 ص: 519 زمزم پبلشرز)

بعض احادیث سے پتہ چلتا ہے کہ اس قسم کے نام نہیں رکھنے چاہۓ اگرچہ روایت ضعیف ہے تاہم فقہاء نے لکھا ہے کہ وہ اسماء جن کا رواج سلف صالحین کے زمانہ میں نہ ہو اور وہ معروف و مشہور نہ ایسے ناموں کا نہ رکھنا بہتر ہے۔ 

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