I have a question to ask regarding baby names. My wife and I going to have a baby. We are both big Star Wars fans. One of the main characters is princess Leia. If we have a girl we both want to name her ‘leia’. It’s meaning is ‘child of heaven’. We both love the name so much and if we have a daughter, really want to name her that. Would it be haram to do so?? I know you might say to name our baby after sahaba, etc but please all I want to know is if it’s haram to name a baby Leia?

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh. It is the responsibility of the parents that they choose for their child a good name. Rasūllullāh Sallallāhu Alaihi Wa Sallam has stated: مَنْ وُلِدَ لَهُ وَلَدٌ فَلْيُحْسِنِ اسْمَهُ وَأَدَبَهُ (شعب الايمان للبيهقي, رقم الحديث 8299, مكتبة الرشد للنشر والتوزيع) Translation: Whoever is graced with a child should give him a beautiful name and beautify his characters. (Shuabul-Imān Lilbaihaqī, Hadīth No. 8299) Brother in Islam, Naming a child after a fictional character from a movie franchise is immoral and impermissible. Consider the implications of naming your child after a character based on movies, which are an antithesis to an Islamic identity. A person will be in the hereafter with whom he loves. Being enamored with movie characters and movie stars poses a grave danger to one’s hereafter. One should rather study the life of Rasūlullāh (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) and that of the Ṣaḥābah (Radhiallaahu Anhum) thereby inculcating their love within one’s heart. Accordingly, we re-iterate, it will not be permissible to keep the above name for your child.[1] And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Usaamah Dadipatel Student Darul Iftaa Eshowe, South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

Fatwa: # 47441Category: Child Upbringing (Tarbiyyah)Country: United StatesDate: 6th March 2021

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