Questioner: Can we call the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) Adewale?
Dr Sharof: No, why (would you call him) Adewale? This is from the established customs of the Yorubas. Another example is ‘Akehindegbegbon’. Do you understand? The Prophet does not need such attributes. He has apprised us of his names and attributes even though he (the Prophet) made us understand that this Ummah is ‘Akehindegbegbon’ (the Ummah that came last but has more virtues than those that came before it). That is, this Ummah came last but would be at the forefront on the Day of Qiyaamah. But it is wrong to call the Prophet attributes like, ‘Adewale’, ‘Aderenle’, and so on. This may even make people bearing ‘Adewale’ become happy that they have the same attribute with the Prophet, and this may make another person say, ‘the Prophet should be ‘Akinlabi’. So leave this shenanigan. Don’t bother yourself about giving the Prophet attributes that does not belong to him. That is it.
[SOURCE: QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION DURING THE EXPLANATION OF MA’AARIJUL QABUUL AT IBADAN; TIME: ’59:15 to 1:00:28]
Translated by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey