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Assalamu Alaikum brother/sister

I pray inshallah this email find you in good health

I would like someone to advice me on naming a child.

My husband and I are inshallah expecting our first child soon. We have been told that it is a boy inshallah

The names we like are Abrahamic but not necessarily in the Quran or in the Hadith.

We love the name Noah (Nuh)

We would like to call him Noah rather than Nuh. Although we want to register him as Noah, he will be called Nuh by family as our parents are more likely to pronounce Nuh better than Noah whereas the western society is likely to pronounce Noah better.  

Having tried to research this on Google there are mixed views as to whether Noah is a valid name in Islam as its of Jewish/Hebrew origin.

I have read that our Prophet PBUH had changed the names of people which may have had a bad meaning such as Jihad meaning "war" to something like Jamila meaning "beautiful".

My question is, can we name our child anything as long as it has a good meaning but not necessarily an Islamic meaning? For instance most cultural names from certain ethnicities of Islam have just good meanings because in their language it means something good. For Instance Usama means "Lion" that's not an Islamic name.

Noah means "peaceful" or "restful" and is a translation of the name of a Prophet in the Quran "Nuh" but the only question is its of Jewish/Hebrew origin. So does it matter and is it any worse than being called Usama which is an Arabic translation of Lion?

My point is that our prophet changed the names to a good meaning therefore can the name be of any cultural or ethnicity as long as it has a good meaning or does it have to be an Islamic name from the Quran or Hadith?

I do understand that giving an Islamic name or an Arabic name gives a cultural and Muslim identity. But a plenty of people with the most powerful Muslim names who unfortunately have lost their path.

It's a dilemma and most say that a Muslim or Arabic name is important for the identity of a Muslim but just how important is that as long as a name has a good meaning

So please advice if it is a good idea to call our son Noah

Jazakallahhu Khayran

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ASSALAAMU ALAIKUM WB

Rather than using NOAH - It is better to use NUH for full barakat and blessings Inshaa Allaah Aameen

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BRIEF BIO Shaikh Shafayat was born, in Trinidad, West Indies, where he attended College etc.. Due to his multi-faith and cultural upbringing, he was awarded a scholarship to become a Christian Minister. In 1975 he went to India to study Islam and became the first student from the Caribbean and North America to have enrolled in Darul Uloom Deoband, which is the largest and oldest Islamic Institute in India. In addition to graduating as a Qaari and Islamic Scholar, he also did a course in Journalism and established the Al Hikmat Muslim Magazine, plus he produced many television and radio programs in Trinidad and Florida USA. In 1983 he founded the National Muslim Sports League of Trinidad and Tobago, which established the Islamic Home for Children. He is the Founder/Principal of Darul Uloom Institute in Pembroke Pines Florida and the first Muslim to become President of the Interfaith Council of South Florida in the year 2002. He organized and conducted many Christian / Muslim / Jewish Dialogues in Churches, Synagogues and Islamic Centers in the U.S.A.. Shaikh Shafayat was the first Muslim to represent Islam at a Florida State Faith Summit, held at the Capitol Building with Gov. Jeb Bush in the year 2000. He is a recipient of the Silver Medallion Award from NCCJ (a national interfaith organization) and a recipient of the Peacemaker Award from St. Thomas University in Miami. For many years he lectured on Islam and terrorism to Pembroke Pines Police of South Florida and other Law Enforcement Officers. He lectures throughout the U.S.A. and worldwide on Islam, Interfaith Issues and Cultural Diversity.

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