Pearl of Wisdom

'He who performs good acts after having embraced Islam will not be punished for anything that he did in his pre-Islamic state, whilst he who continues to commit bad after having embraced Islam will be taken to account for everything from beginning to end.'

Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafa [sawa]
al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 461, no. 2

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Question : #120 Category: Family Issues
Subject: naming my Islamic children
Question: Salam Sheikh,
Soon i will be having my first child, and we don't know yet if it will be male or female. My question is based on what criteria should we decide the child's name, is there hadith or ayah from the Holy Quran to assist with this.
Answer: Salaam alaykum,

I pray that the child is born healthy. There are traditions which state that it is recommended to name a child by the name of the prophet, imams, other prophets, or using the characteristics of Allah - such as Abd al-Qadir, Abd al-Alim, etc.

Names taken from the Quran are also recommended, such as Kawthar.

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