Category: Child Upbringing (Tarbiyyah)
Fatwa#: 39772
Asked Country: Mexico

Answered Date: Jan 14,2018

Title: Is “Maya” suitable name for a girl, please, clarify this?


As salāmu alaykum Mufti Saab. I hope you are in good health.


Could you please advise on the name “Maya” for a girl?


I read one of your fatawa which stated the name is not suitable.

However, I then came across another which stated it means “princess” and is suitable.

Could you please clarify this for me? I apologise if I have misunderstood. Also, if it is suitable; what is the correct Arabic spelling?


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

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

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam has advised us to keep good names for our children.


See the following hadith.


قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: "إِنَّكُمْ تُدْعَوْنَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ بِأَسْمَائِكُمْ وَأَسْمَاءِ آبَائِكُمْ ,فَأَحْسِنُوا أَسْمَاءَكُمْ".


Translation: Rasulullah صلي الله عليه وسلم said: “Indeed you shall be called on the day of Qiyāmah with your names and the names of your fathers, so give good names to yourselves” [1]

We were unable to locate the root word of the name “Maya” in the Arabic language. It is a foreign, non-Arabic word. [2]


  • Ø In Old Persian language, the name “Maya” means “Generous” “Graciousness”, “Gracious Nature”. [3]
  • Ø According to some website, the meaning of name Maya is “Princess[4].
  • Ø In Hindu philosophy, “Maya” means “Illusion”, and in Hindu mythology, it is also an alternate name of the Hindu goddess Durga/Devi. [5]
  • Ø In Latin for “Great” or “Larger”. In Roman mythology, Maia is a daughter of Atlas, whose name was given to the month of May. It’s also a variation of the English name May. [6]
  • Ø In Bangla language, the word “Maya” means “Love” “Compassion” “Affection” “Kindness”. [7]


It is clear from the above, the word “Maya” has unislamic meanings in Hindi and Latin sources. “Maya” is not a suitable muslim name.


We advise you to keep the name “Mariam” instead of “Maya”.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Rabiul Islam

Student Darul Iftaa
Detroit, Michigan, USA 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1]  سنن أبي داود ت الأرنؤوط (7/ 303-304 م: دار الرسالة العالمية)


4948 - حدَّثنا عمرو بن عون، أخبرنا.

وحدَّثنا مُسدَّدٌ، حدَّثنا هُشيم، عن داود بن عَمرو، عن عبد الله بن أبي زكريا عن أبي الدَّرداء، قال: قال رسولُ الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم-: "إنّكم تُدعَوْنَ يومَ القيامَةِ باسمائِكُم وأسماءِ آبائكُم، فاحسِنُوا أسماءكم".  قال أبو داود: ابنُ أبي زكريا لم يدرك أبا الدرداء.


رجاله ثقات إلا أن عبد الله بن أبي زكريا لم يدرك أبا الدرداء كما نص عليه الحافظان ابن حجر والمنذري وغيرهما، فهو منقطع. هشيم: هو ابن بشير السلمي، وداود بن عمرو: هو الأودي.


السنن الكبرى للبيهقي (9/ 515 م: دار الكتب العلمية، بيروت - لبنات) أحمد بن الحسين بن علي بن موسى الخُسْرَوْجِردي الخراساني، أبو بكر البيهقي (المتوفى: 458هـ)


19308 - أَخْبَرَنَا أَبُو الْعَبَّاسِ الْفَضْلُ بْنُ عَلِيِّ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ الْإِسْفِرَايِينِيُّ، أنبأ أَبُو سَهْلٍ بِشْرُ بْنُ أَحْمَدَ , ثنا إِبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ عَلِيٍّ الذُّهْلِيُّ، ثنا يَحْيَى بْنُ يَحْيَى، أنبأ هُشَيْمٌ، عَنْ دَاوُدَ بْنِ عَمْرٍو، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ أَبِي زَكَرِيَّا الْخُزَاعِيِّ، عَنْ أَبِي الدَّرْدَاءِ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: "إِنَّكُمْ تُدْعَوْنَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ بِأَسْمَائِكُمْ وَأَسْمَاءِ آبَائِكُمْ ,فَأَحْسِنُوا أَسْمَاءَكُمْ". هَذَا مُرْسَلٌ , ابْنُ أَبِي زَكَرِيَّا لَمْ يَسْمَعْ مِنْ أَبِي الدَّرْدَاءِ.




اسم علم مؤنث لاتيني: MAIA أصله عبري محوَّل عن ماري والذي هو مريم. واللاتين يسمون به من ولدن في شهر مايس (آذار). ومايا اسم إلهة الربيع عند الرومان وهي زوجة البركان. ومايا: اسم شعب من الهنود الحمر في أمريكة الوسطى ولاسيما المكسيك.

اصل اسم مايا: لاتيني.



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