Can we name ourselves after Allah’s Names?

Yes, we can if the name is not an exclusive for Allah. Many Muslims are unaware that, when it comes to Allah’s Names, there is a distinction between names that are exclusive and those that aren’t.

Shaikh Abdulaziz Ibn Baz, the late Islamic scholar, explained saying:

“Allah’s Names are not forbidden for people to use except if the names are exclusive to Him. (For example), Al-Khallaaq (the Ever-Creating), Ar-Razzaaq (the Ever-Providing), Maalik al-Mulk (Owner of the Dominion), Ar-Rahmaan (the Most Gracious), etc.

“As for names not exclusive to Allah, then a person may take one that suits him. A person can be called Haleem, Ra’oof (kind), or Raheem (merciful) as Allah described His Prophet, Muhammad ﷺ as: ‘With the believers, he is (ra’oof) kind and (raheem) merciful.’” (Qur’an, 9:128)

[Paraphrased from his fatwa on Nur alad-Darb program.]

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