Category: Child Upbringing (Tarbiyyah)
Fatwa#: 38711
Asked Country: South Africa

Answered Date: Jun 26,2018

Title: Suitability of the name Maariyah




Pease advise on the suitability and permissability of the name Maria/Maariyah/ Mariyyah as a girls name. What is the original languange and does it have an Arabic meaning? Please advise on the correct spelling and pronounciation of the name.



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is the infant's vested right to be honoured with a good name. When choosing a name for the child, it should be done with the intention that the child will be blessed with the barakah of that name. [1]

Consider the following hadeeth:

إِنَّكُمْ تُدْعَوْنَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ بِأَسْمَائِكُمْ وَأَسْمَاءِ آبَائِكُمْ فَأَحْسِنُوا أَسْمَاءَكُمْ 

Translation: On the Day of Resurrection, you will be called by your names and by your father's names, so give yourselves good names.

(Sunan-Abu Dawood, Kitaabul Adab)

Maariyah Qibtiyyah (Radhiallahu Anha) was a Sahabiyyah and the slave girl of Nabi (ﷺ) gifted by the Roman king.

The name Maariyah means a woman with a fair complexion, a beautiful woman, lustrous, and gleaming. Therefore, Maariyah is a suitable name. [2]


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammad I.V Patel

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambia 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


المحيط البرهاني (5/ 89) [1] 

وفي «الفتاوى»: التسمية باسم لم يذكره الله تعالى في كتابه ولا ذكره رسول الله عليه السلام، ولا استعمله المسلمون تكلموا فيه، والأولى أن لا تفعل


نفع المفتي والسائل بجمع متفرقات المسائل (ص: 377) 

??(الاسْتِفْسَارُ: تسميةُ الأولادِ بما لم يذكرْ في كتابِ الله ، ولا في سنَّةِ رسول الله، وما سبقَهُ المسلمون، هل يجوز؟

الاسْتِبْشَارُ: تكلَّموا فيه: والأَوْلَى أن لا يفعلَ ذلك . كذا في ((نصاب الاحتساب)) في (الباب الخامس والأربعين)


 المصباح المنير جلد صفحه 585 [2] 

وَقَطَاةٌ مَارِيَةٌ بِتَشْدِيدِ الْيَاءِ مُكْتَنِزَةُ اللَّحْمِ لُؤْلُؤِيَّةُ اللَّوْنِ وَقَدْ تُخَفَّفُ وَبِهَا سُمِّيت الْمَرْأَةُ وَالْمَارِيَةُ بِالتَّشْدِيدِ الْبَقَرَةُ الْبَرَّاقَةُ اللَّوْنِ


القاموس المحيط، صفحه 1334 ، مؤسسة الرسالة 

والمارِيَّةُ: القَطاةُ المَلْساءُ، والمرأةُ البَيْضاءُ البَرَّاقَةُ


تاج العروس، جلد 39 صفحه 528  

مارِيَةُ القُبْطِيَّةُ: أُمُّ إبْراهِيمَ ابْن رسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسلم أَهْدَاها لَهُ المُقَوْقَس، تُوفِّيَت زَمَنَ عُمَر. وثَلاثَةُ صَحابِيَّات أُخَر


 لسان العرب جلد 15 صفحه 279 


فتاؤي دار العلوم زكريا جلدہفتم    ص595  زمزم 




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