Choosing a name for your newborn can sometimes feel overwhelming and just when you think you’ve decided… you change your mind again!
As Muslim parents it is important for us to choose a good name for our little ones and one that does not go against the teachings of Islam.
I wanted to share with you five beautiful and inspirational Muslim girls names, taken from “the best of the women in Jannah” (who are four) and also the first Muslim woman Shaheed (martyr).
The best of the women in Jannah are four:
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said:
The Messenger of Allah (saaw) drew four lines on the ground, then he said, “Do you know what this is?” We said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” The Messenger of Allah (saaw) said: “The best of the women of Paradise are Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid, Faatimah bint Muhammad, Aasiyah bint Mazaahim the wife of Pharaoh, and Maryam bint ‘Imraan – may Allaah be pleased with them.”
(Narrated by Ahmad, 2663. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 1135)
Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid (RA)
Khadeejah was the first wife of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saaw) and the only wife he had until she died. He (saaw) was 25 and she was 40 when they got married, the Prophet (saaw) loved Khadeejah very much! She was also the first woman/person to accept Islam!
Khadeejah who was a pious business woman, was very wealthy. However despite this she was never proud of it – she always fed the poor, gave them clothes and assisted her family with regards to their financial needs.
She was the one who supported and encouraged The Prophet (saaw) when the revelation came to Him for the first time and when The Prophet (saaw) started preaching the message of Islam, she stood by Him and supported Him in every way possible.
Narrated in Sahih Al-Bukhari regarding the superiority of Khadeejah, The Prophet (saaw) said:
“The best of world’s women is Mary (in her lifetime), and the best of world’s women is Khadijah (in her lifetime).”
(Narrated Ali bin Abu Talib (RA) in Bukhari No. 3815)
Faatimah bint Muhammad (RA)
Faatimah was the daughter of The Prophet (saaw), whom he loved very much and Khadeejah was her mother. She was also the wife of Ali ibn Abi Talib and the mother of Hasan and Husayn.
Faatimah was pious, patient, sincere, generous and devoted to Islam, she received great respect from others because of her beautiful and noble character!
It was narrated from Masrooq that ‘Aa’ishah (RA) said:
“Faatimah came walking in the manner of the Prophet (saaw). The Prophet (saaw) said, ‘Welcome, O my daughter.’ Then he seated her to his right or to his left, then he said something privately to her and she wept. I said to her, ‘Why are you weeping?’ Then he said something privately to her and she smiled. I said, ‘I have never seen anything like that which I have seen today, of joy so close to grief.’ I asked her what he had said, and she said, ‘I would not disclose the secret of the Messenger of Allaah (saaw).’ When the Prophet (saaw) passed away, I asked her and she said, ‘He told me, “Jibreel used to review the Qur’aan with me once every year, but this year he has reviewed it with me twice, so I know that my appointed time (of death) is approaching. And you will be the first of my family to join me.” So I wept. Then he said, “Would it not please you to be the leader of the women of Paradise or the women of the believers?” So I smiled.’”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Manaaqib, 3353)
Faatimah (RA) lived for six months after the death of the Prophet (saaw).
Aasiyah Bint Mazaahim (RA)
Aasiyah was married to Firaun (The Pharaoh of Egypt) one of the most powerful, arrogant, tyrants the world has ever seen! Aasiyah was also the foster mother of Prophet Musa (peace be upon him).
Firaun was the worst enemy of Prophet Musa (peace be upon him), but when Aasiyah saw the magicians being defeated against Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) she was able to see and accept the true message Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) was conveying and embraced Islam. When Firaun came to find this out he tortured Aasiyah under the hot burning sun, in this state she sought Allah’s refuge and made dua for Jannah and then passed away.
Allah (SWT) says about her in Quran:
“And Allah has set forth an example for those who believe, the wife of Pharaoh, when she said: “My Lord! Build for me a home with You in Paradise, and save me from Pharaoh and his work, and save me from the people who are Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers and disbelievers in Allah).”
(Surah At-Tahrim 66:11)
Maryam bint ‘Imraan (RA)
Maryam was the mother of Prophet Isa (peace be upon him) and the daughter of Prophet Zakariyya (peace be upon him).
Prophet Isa (peace be upon him) was born from her without a father, which is explained in The Quran:
“She (Maryam) said: ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me.’ He said: ‘So (it will be) for Allah creates what He wills. When He has decreed something, He says to it only: “Be!” and it is’”
( Surah Al ‘Imraan 45-47)
Maryam who was chaste was accused of adultery and endured the people making blasphemous comments against her, but by having Sabr (patience) she reached such high status that Allah (SWT) mentioned her praise in The Quran:
“And Maryam the daughter of Imran who preserved her chastity, so We breathed into her of Our spirit and she confirmed the words of her Lord and His Books and became of obedients.”
(Surah Al-Tahrim 66:12)
Maryam is the perfect Muslim woman, one of the most virtuous of the women of Paradise, and has an entire dedicated to her in The Quran: Surah Maryam.
Abu Moosa (RA) said:
The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:
“Many men have attained perfection but no women have attained perfection except Aasiyah the wife of Pharaoh and Maryam bint ‘Imraan…”
(al-Bukhaari 3411 & Muslim 2431)
Sumayyah Bint Khayyat (RA)
Sumayyah is the first Woman Martyr in Islam, who was tortured by the polytheists in Mecca simply for embracing Islam and remaining steadfast upon the religion! Sumayyah, her husband and son were often targets for the cruelty of the Quraish. On one occasion as The Prophet (Saaw) was passing by the marketplace, he saw all three members of the family being put through the worst form of torture possible. Unable to help or rescue them, all he could do was to console them and said:
“Have patience, O family of Yaasir! Verily, your meeting place will be in Paradise.”
These five great and honourable women of Islam are truly inspirational to us as Muslim women. How beautiful it is to be named after any of these courageous and noblest of Muslim women to have ever lived, who are role models for us to look up to and teach our children about – especially our daughters!