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Name: Kabir, etc.

Fatwaa ID: 1751

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatulllahi wa barakatuhu Mufti Sahab.
Al-Kabir is Allah’s name – however I have seen it a lot that people do not always add Abdul to it while naming a child. Is it permissible to keep the name as Kabir, without Abdul ? For example: Kabir Khan.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

In principle, the names and attributes of Allaah Ta’aala are either specific to Him or may be applicable to others, but obviously to a much lesser extent and form. In the former case, it will not be permissible to refer to anyone with such attributes unless it is prefixed with ‘abd (servant of) or something similar. In the latter case, it will be permissible (without the above prefix) provided that the names are not prefixed with ال unless the context permits it.

In the enquired situation, the name “Kabeer” means great. Allaah Ta’aala is al-Kabeer, the Greatest. A person may be great as well in his own capacity but obviously nothing compared to Allaah Ta’aala. Accordingly, it is permissible to name a permissible “Kabeer”. It is however better to name him ‘Abdul Kabeer.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

03/03/1445 AH – 09/19/2023 CE | AML3-3701

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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