Questioner: Since we know the story of the Soorahs ‘al-Muddaththir’ and ‘al-Muzzammil’, can we name our children Muddaththir and Muzzammil?
Dr Sharof: The questioner said he knows the basis of Soorahs al-Mudaththir and al-Muzzammil. (He wants to know if he) can name his child Muddaththir, the One who cover himself with a garment, (or) Muzzammil, the One who wraps himself in clothing. It is not permissible, but if you have given your child such name, there is nothing we can do other than to beseech Allaah to bless the child. As for the one who is yet to give his children such names, like Muddaththir and Muzzammil, he should desist. It is not a name in the Sharee’ah. The problem is that there are people who think that (Muddaththir and Muzzammil) are names of some Prophets because of the statement of Allaah, ‘O you al-Muddaththir (the One who covers himself with a garment). [Soorah al-Muddaththir (74):1]. So, they give children names like Muhammad al-Muddaththir, adding the affix ‘Muhammad’ before the name. This is not appropriate. Another example is (the statement of Allaah), “Taa Haa; We have not sent down to you the Qur’aan that you be distressed.’ [Soorah Taa Haa (20):1-2] So, they say that after mentioning ‘Taa Haa’, the statement that followed (We have not sent down to you the Qur’aan that you be distressed) indicates that ‘Taa Haa’ is the name of a Prophet. This is wrong. There are also those who opine that ‘Muhammad Yaa Seen’ (is a name, but it is wrong). Na’am.
[Source: Question and Answer session of the tape titled, “MEN AND WOMEN AROUND THE MESSENGER”]
Translated by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey