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DJ Khaled’s Baby Alam & Other Muslim Boy Names With Great Meanings

At the 2020 Grammys, DJ Khaled announced that he had just welcomed a baby boy named Alam (which means “the world”) — but he’s far from the only fan of the beautiful Arabic name with Muslim roots. After all, Islam is one of the world’s largest religions, with over 1.8 billion followers; that’s about 24% of the world’s population. Muslims live across the globe, from North America to Southeast Asia, spanning hundreds of countries, cultures and languages. And Muslim names, as a result, reflect this vast global diversity.

The most common one, Mohammed (and its numerous variant spellings including Mohammad, Muhammed and Muhammad) is the most popular baby boy name in the world — and one made famous by a certain boxing legend, who was born Cassius Marcellus Clay but changed his name to Muhammad Ali after converting to Islam.

But contrary to popular belief, Muslim names aren’t only in the Arabic language like Alam is — even though, yes, Arabic is the language of the holy Quran. What all Muslim names do have in common is that they follow specific religious guidelines. For example:

· Muslim names can’t indicate that you worship someone other than Allah, or God in Islam.

· In Islam, it’s forbidden to choose a name that has an offensive, disagreeable or unpleasant meaning.

· Muslim names are required to have noble meanings and be associated with virtuous and pious things.

In many Islamic cultures, it’s believed that one’s name can inspire them to live a life of greatness; that’s why it’s so important for many Muslims around the world to focus on the meaning of a name. It’s not just what you call your child — it’s a reflection of their personality and their good deeds to come.

We’ve gathered some of the most beautiful Muslim boy names with inspiring and honorable meanings.

Aabid – Worshiper

Aadil – Just, upright

Aalam (or Alam) – The world

Aamir – Civilized

Aayan – God’s gift

Abdul Lateef – Servant of the kind

Adam – The first human

Ahmad – Most highly adored

Aiman – Fearless

Ali – Noble, sublime, fourth caliph of Islam

Amin – Faithful

Aqeel – Wise, Intelligent

Arslan – Lion

Asher – Wise, knowledgeable

Aydin – Brilliant

Basaam – Smiling

Behr – Sea, wave

Bilal – The prophet’s muezzin

Cal – Courageous

Cale – To be faithful

Cheherazad – Of noble countenance

Daanish – Wisdom, learning, science

Daniyal – Intelligent

Dawid – Prince

Deen – Religion

Ehsan – Powerful

Eijaz – Miracle

Emran – Progress, achievement

Fahad – Panther, leopard

Faisal – Judge

Faris – Perceptiveness

Furozh – Light

Fuwad – Heart

Ghazzal – Name of a reciter of Quran

Gulshan – A flower garden

Haamid – Praising

Hamza – Strong, steadfast

Haris – Guardian, watchman

Hasan – To be beautiful

Haseeb – Noble

Ibraheem (also: Abraham) – A prophet’s name

Idrees (also: Idris) – A prophet’s name

Iesa (also: Jesus) – A prophet’s name

Izzat – High rank, honor

Jamaal – Beauty

Javier – Month of January

Juma’ – Friday

Junaid – Soldier, warrior

Kamal – Perfection

Kamran – Successful, blessed

Kareem – Generous

Khalid – Eternal

Kinza – Hidden treasure

Latif – Fine, Gentle, refined

Lu’ay – Shield

Maaz – Brave man

Mahad – Great, nice

Malik – Master

Masoud – Happy, lucky

Mika – Cool, sweet, intelligent

Muhammad – The most praised one

Mustafa – Chosen

Nabeel – Noble, distinguished

Nadeem – Companion, friend

Naveed – Glad tidings

Nooh (also: Noah) – A prophet’s name

Noori – Shining

Omar – Life

Parvez – Success

Qadi – Judge

Qays – Firm

Rami – Archer

Rayan – Splendor

Reza – Wish

Rohaan – Spiritual, kind-hearted

Salmaan – Safe

Sami – Elevated, sublime, supreme

Samir – Entertaining companion

Shahid – Witness

Shahzad – Prince

Shayan – Worthy, deserving

Shehryaar – Sovereign

Syed – Always in control

Talal – Nice, admirable

Tariq – Name of a star

Tobias – Born with a star

Urooj – Ascension

Usman – Name of the third caliph

Vakar – Respect

Waqas – Warrior

Wasay – Unlimited

Wasim – Good-looking

Xander – Splendid

Xavier – Bright

Yasir – Wealthy

Yusr – Ease, convenience

Yusuf (also: Joseph) – A prophet’s name

Zahid – Devoted to God

Zain – Handsome, beautiful

Zakariya (also: Zechariah) – A prophet’s name

Zeeshan – Dignified, respected

Zia – Wise

A version of this story was originally published in September 2019.

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