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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.


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.

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