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Prophet's names

Last updated: 2nd December 2006
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2nd December 2006

Can you please confirm the MEANINGS of the names of the 25 Prophets mentioned in the Quran, as my sister wants to name her baby, if it is a boy, after a Prophet. All the books about babies names merely state that Musa, Dawud, Zakariyyal etc are 'name of a Prophet', which doesn't help.

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20th April 2008
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Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah's guidance)

Twenty Five Ambiyah (Prophets, Alaiyhimus Salam) Mentioned in the Qur'an and their meaning:

Adam: Dust. (Lughaatul quran Vol. 1-2 Pg. 56)

Idrees: To learn, as he used to learn and teach the heavenly scrolls alot. (Lughaatul Quran Vol.1-2 Pg. 53)

Nuh: One who crys alot. (Misbahul Lughat Pg.917)

Hud: Guidance, pious deed. (Lughaatul Quran Vol. 5-6 Pg. )

Salih: Pious, good, right. (Misbahul Lughat Pg.476)

Lut: Attach, adhere. (Misbahul Lughat Pg.797)

Ibraaheem: literally means 'father of the people' or 'most affectionate father'. (Qamusul Quran Pg. 22)

Ismaa'eel ibn Ibraheem: It is said that this name is composed of two words, Isma' meaning listen! and eel meaning Allah in the Syriac or Hebrew language. In other words "Hear and grant my prayers, O Allah!" Ibraaheem (AS) used to make dua for a son by these words. When his dua was heard, he named the son Ismaaeel. Ismaa'eel also means one who is obedient to Allah. (Lughaatul Quran Vol.1-2 Pg. 95)

Ishaq ibn Ibraheem: It means one who laughs. (Lughaatul Quran) To be far away. (Mukhtarus Sihah Pg.410)

Ya'qub Ibn Ishaaq: Derived from 'Aqb' which means Heel, behind, end, Supplanter- holds the place of another. (Misbahul Lughat Pg.565)

Yusuf Ibn Ya`qub: The beautiful. (Misbahul Lughat Pg.945) Extremely sad, derived from 'Asf'. (Mukhtarus Sihah Pg.34, 1020)

Shu`aib: It is from the word 'sh`ab' which means big nation or from the word 'Sh`ib' which means valley. ( Lughaatul Quran Vol. 3-4 Pg. 281)

In Sahih Ibn Hibban, Abu Zar Ghifari (Radhuallahu Anhu) narrates a lenghy Hadith, that there were four Prophets who were Arabs': Hud, Salih, Shu`aib and Muhammad.

Harun Ibn `Imran: Unable to locate meaning in Arabic but the Hebrew meaning is High, Superior, exalted.

Musa Ibn `Imran: Water and tree- He was put into a box made out of wood and placed in the river. (Lughaatul Quran Vol. 5-6 Pg. 478)

Dawud: Derived from 'Wud' which means Beloved. (Misbahul Lughat Pg.936)

Sulaiman Ibn Dawud: Derived from 'Salam' which means Peaceful. (Misbahul Lughat Pg.392)

Ayyub: Derived from 'Awb or Aaba' which means return, penitent. (Misbahul Lughat Pg.44)

Dhul Kifl: literally means "possessor of. or giving. a double requital or portion". (Source: A. Yusuf Ali, The Holy Quran: Translation and Commentary, footnote 2743) (Mukhtarus Sihah Pg.794)

Yunus: Derived from 'Uns or Ans' which means affectionate. (Mukhtarus Sihah Pg.50)

Ilyas: Unable to locate meaning in Arabic but the Hebrew meaning is, My God is the lord.

Al-Yasa`: Unable to locate meaning in Arabic but the Hebrew meaning is, My God is salvation.

Zakariyah: Unable to locate meaning in Arabic but the Hebrew meaning is, The Lord remembers.

Yahya Ibn Zakariyah: The living. (Lughatul Quran Vol 5-6 Pg. 210)

`Isa Ibn Maryam: Leader, blessed. (Lughaatul Quran Vol. 3-4 Pg. 378) Mixture of colour red and yellow with white. (Mukhtarus Sihah Pg.649)

Muhammad Ibn Abdullah: Praiseworthy. (Misbahul Lughat Pg.175)

And Only Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.