Fatwa: # 44854
Date: 27th June 2020


Please provide the meaning of the name Hareem



Please provide the meaning of the name Hareem. We want to name our baby girl.


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

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

It is the right of a child to be given an appropriate name.  Nabi (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam)  has said in a Hadith:

إِنَّكُمْ تُدْعَوْنَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ بِأَسْمَائِكُمْ وَأَسْمَاءِ آبَائِكُمْ فَأَحْسِنُوا أَسْمَاءَكُمْ

Translation: Indeed, on the Day of Judgment you will be called by your names and the names of your fathers.  Therefore, give yourselves good names.” {Abu Dawud}

In considering a name, it is also important to consider ones environment and the use of the name in that environment. The name “Hareem” is very close to the word “Haraam” which means prohibited. This word could be used and interpreted in a derogative way, for example illegitimate child etc. Therefore, we do not advise you to keep the name Hareem for a baby girl, in an environment where the word could be misconstrued.

We advise you to keep the name of Sahabiyyaat and pious women. Examples of such names are: Halima, Hafsa, Haseena etc.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Ahmad Patel

Student Darul Iftaa

South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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