Da'wat e Shareefah Registry showing the names of mumineen‐muminaat during the time of 41st Da'i e Mutlaq Saiyedna Jivabhai Fakhruddin saheb AQ


Humans deviced names to identify different things. This gave birth to different languages, thoughts, customs and civilizations. Right from starting the Muslim society revolves around the beliefs defined by the divine books and scriptures. These again are strengthened and promulgated among the believers by the Ahl ul-Bayt of the Prophet of that time. Since long long time the naming of a child as per the Shari'at became an important aspect of a Mu'min's life. This is the reason when a child is born in our Jamaa'at, parents approach Saheb-e-Da'wat for a Mubaarak Naam and White Malmal Jhabhlu. On this white Jhabhla Saheb-e-Da'wat writes name with saffron.

99 beautiful names ‐ al-Asmaa ul-Husnaa which has been described in the holy Qur'an and assigned to Allaah Ta'aala is in fact the qualities of His representative‐Prophet who will spiritually elevate a believer in the eyes of Allaah Ta'aala for his eternal journey. These Prophets from M. Aadam Safiyullaah (as) till Mohammad ul Mustafaa (saws), has names either in Hebrew or in Arabic. In the beginning of Islaam, among Arabs and non‐Arabs in and around Arabian peninsula, Muslims followed the tradition of naming their children after the names of Prophets, their companions, historic events and places, honorific titles of learned men, Qur'anic words etc. This tradition continued in almost all sects of Islaam.

After the seclusion of our 21st Fatimid Musta'alavi Imaam Abul Qaasim at-Taiyeb (as) from Cairo in 528 AH, his missionaries-Du'aat in Yemen carried forward this tradition with the addition of naming the children after the Fatimid Imaams, their titles and companions. The representatives-Wulaat of Yemeni missionaries in India named their children after their masters-du’aat. One exclusive characteristics while selecting a name is prefixing a noun with "Deen". We can define this tradition of our Da'wat from the time of 3rd Da'i e Mutlaq Saiyedna Haatim AQ, whose laqab was "Mohiyuddin", means one who makes religion-Deen alive. After that we can find such laqab in every missionaries-Du'aat. Such prefixing with the word "Deen" became a tradition and now we can find such names in almost every household. For eg.


Names ending with Deen











نجم الدین   નજમુદ્દીન

The Star of the religion


فخر الدين   ફખરૂદ્દીન

The Pride of religion


بدر الدين   બદરૂદ્દીન

The Moon of the religion


ضياء الدين   ઝિયાઉદ્દીન

The Light of the religion


نور الدين   નુરુદ્દીન

The Radiance of the religion


But around the tenure of 19th Da'i al Mutlaq Idrees Imaaduddin, apart from traditional names, in India local names of Gujarati communities got introduced and included in Bohra society. From then onwards, these names without having any religious, political or cultural identity became an integral part of Lisaan ud Da'wat. These names have travelled down to many generations and till now we name our children keeping alive our ancestral legacy.

To cite an example, we will first examine the non‐Islamic names of the authorities in different religious hierarchies attached directly with the affairs and service of the Rightly Guided Mission-ad-Da'wat ul-Haadiyah.

Status LDA Name LDA Gujarati Period Description

Bharmal & Taarmal بھارمل انے تارمل ભારમલ અને તારમલ 487 AH/1094 AD Viziers of Siddhraj Jaisinh, the ruler of Patan
Maulaai مولائي Kalaan (Khwaaja)

کلان (خواجہ)

કલાન (ખ્વાજા) 810AH/1407 AD Settled in newly built Ahmedabad
Miya میاں Maamji مامجي મામજી 970 AH/1562 AD Martyred while doing ablution in Ahmedabad
Maulaai مولائي Khawj خوج ખૌજ 1009 AH/1600 AD Historian of 26th & 27th Ahmedabadi missionary in Kapadwanj
Maulaai مولائي Raajan راجن રાજન 960 AH/1553 AD Remained in the service of 24th Yemeni missionary
Ustaaz استاذ Shaahuji شاھوجي શાહૂજી 997 AH/1588 AD Teacher of 27th Ahmedabadi missionary
Saiyedna سیدنا Jivabhai جیوا بھائي
જીવાભાઈ 1090 AH/1679 AD Name of 32nd missionary of Vadodara
Maa sahebah ماں صاحبہ Qibu قیبو કીબુ 1320 AH/1902 AD Mother of 41st missionary of Vadodara
Maa sahebah ماں صاحبہ Raanibu راني بو રાનીબુ 1361 AH/1942 AD Wife of 42nd missionary of Vadodara

Apart from the dignitaries whose names find mention in the our Alavi historical accounts, there are many such names found till date among our common families who name their children as per the names of their ancestors to keep their memories alive. Before the migration to Vadodara, we had names suffixed with either "Khaan" or "Ji" or "Shaah", but after migration in 1110AH/1698 AD this trend gradually got transformed into "Ali", "Husain" or "Bhai" for male and "Bu" for female.

Male LDA Gujarati Female Gujarati LDA
Raaj راج રાજ Jibu જીબુ جیبو
Kikabhai کیکا بھائي કીકાભાઈ Buji બુજી بوجي
Chaandji چاندجي ચાંદજી Maanek માણેક مانک
Abuji أبوجي અબુજી Ratan રતન رتن
Jivan جیون જીવન Khaatoon ખાતૂન خاتون
Musanji موسنجي મુસનજી Khursheed ખુરશીદ خورشید
Taajkhan تاجخان તાજખાન Hira હીરા ھیرا
Khanji خانجي ખાનજી Mithan મીઠન میٹھن

Now the disturbing trend is that with the onslaught and penetration of the social media in our everyday life, parents unknowingly opt for searching names for their newborn online on different Islamic portals. Having very little knowledge, they zero-in on the name that is too short, unislamic or irrelevant not related to our Mazhab of Ahl ul Bayt AS. It absolutely doesn't adorn to our Taiyebi traditions. Our A'immat and Du'aat has never approved such things as we are fully aware that we would be summoned by our names on Yaum‐e‐Mehshar. Names should have Barakaat of our Spiritual sahebs. A child will be known by the name his/her parents keep throughout his life.

In our house there is a big home parliament in choosing a name for our newborn where an array of members are involved. There is always a silver lining near dark gloomy clouds. Some parents choose from the names of their ancestors and name their child with a brilliant thought of keeping the memories of that person alive in their house whenever they call their child. This admirable tradition is still throbbing in the hearts of selected families. We all should pure-heartedly follow this graceful steps of our fore‐fathers.

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