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List Of Muslim Names Banned In Saudi Arabia


Fifty names names have been reportedly banned in Saudi Arabia by their Interior Ministry because arguably contradict the culture or religion of the Kingdom.

Thus parents in Saudi Arabia will  no longer be able to call their children by names such as Linda, Alice, Elaine or Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin) after the civil affairs department at the ministry issued a list of the prohibited names, according to reports by local media.

According to report, some names on the list were allegedly banned by the interior ministry because they are considered “blasphemous,” non-Arabic or non-Islamic, or contradictory to the kingdom’s culture or religion, Gulf News has reported. For instance Binyamin is believed in Islam to be the son of Prophet Jacob, but is also the name of the current Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

It was gathered that the ban was also allegedly justified by the ministry because some of the names were deemed foreign or "inappropriate". While other sets of the forbidden names including those with royal connotations, such as Sumuw (highness), Malek (king) and Malika (queen) on the list that do not fit into any of these categories however, no leave the reason for their ban open to speculation.

Below is the full list of the 50 forbidden names in Saudi Arabia as reported in Gulf News.

  1. Malaak (angel)
  2. Abdul Aati
  3. Abdul Naser
  4. Abdul Musleh
  5. Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin)
  6. Naris
  7. Yara
  8. Sitav
  9. Loland
  10. Tilaj
  11. Barrah
  12. Abdul Nabi
  13. Abdul Rasool
  14. Sumuw (highness)
  15. Al Mamlaka (the kingdom)
  16. Malika (queen)
  17. Mamlaka (kingdom)
  18. Tabarak (blessed)
  19. Nardeen
  20. Sandy
  21. Rama (Hindu god)
  22. Maline
  23. Elaine
  24. Inar
  25. Maliktina
  26. Maya
  27. Linda
  28. Randa
  29. Basmala (utterance of the name of God)
  30. Jibreel (angel Gabriel)
  31. Abdul Mu’een
  32. Abrar
  33. Iman
  34. Bayan
  35. Baseel
  36. Wireelam
  37. Nabi (prophet)
  38. Nabiyya (female prophet)
  39. Amir (prince)
  40. Taline
  41. Aram
  42. Nareej
  43. Rital
  44. Alice
  45. Lareen
  46. Kibrial
  47. Lauren
  48. Iman
  49. Baseel
  50. Nabi





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