Islam gives paramount importance to choosing a good name. In fact, it’s the vested right of the infant to be honored with a meaningful name. In the Hadith, Prophet Muhammad says that on the day of resurrection a person will be called by his name and his father’s name. So what could be better than bestowing a sahabi name on your baby boy?
Aṣ-ṣaḥābah, meaning ‘the companions’, refers to the disciples, companions, friends, relatives, family, and scribbles of Prophet Muhammad. They lived at the same time as the Messenger of Allah and are considered to have the highest caliber, after the prophets. In this article, Momjunction lists out some beautiful sahabi names for boys that you can consider. Take a look!
List Of Sahabi Baby Names For Boys:
Abbad ibn Bishr, the companion of Prophet Muhammad was known for his worship, devotion, courage and knowledge displayed in the battle. He was completely enthralled by the Quran when he first heard it read by Musab ibn Umayr. This beautiful Arabic name means ‘worshiper of Allah’ or ‘servant of Allah’.
Abd al-Rahman ibn ‘Awf, a sahabah, was one of the first people to accept Islam. His original name was Abdu Amru, but Prophet Muhammad renamed him Abd al-Rahman after his conversion. Abd means ‘slave of Allah’.
This beautiful name, meaning ‘warrior’ is associated with a sahabah who was also the leader of the Arab tribe of Tayy, Adiyy ibn Hatim. Adiyy (also spelled Adi) ibn Hatim was also a part of Islamic army at the time of Abu Bakr. Adi means ‘a group of warriors’.
Ahnaf is one of the most beautiful sahabi names for boys in our opinion. It was also the name of a sahabi called Al-Ahnaf Ibn Qays, a Muslim general who lived at the time of the Prophet Muhammad. The name Ahnaf means ‘on the straight path’ or ‘worshiper of Allah’.
Ammār ibn Yāsir ibn ʿĀmir ibn Mālik Abū al-Yaqzān, one of the Muhajirun of Islam, is known for his devotion to this religion. He’s considered to be one of the most beloved companions of the prophet, which is why he occupies a high position in Islam. The name Ammar means ‘builder or one who maintains and cares for something’. It also means ‘one who is hardworking and conscientious’.
Anas ibn Nadhar belonged to the Banu Khazraj tribe and was one of the companions of Prophet Muhammad. He fought valiantly against polytheists until he was martyred in the Battle of Uhud. Anas means ‘lack of fear and worry’. It could also mean ‘a person who can bring you joy and peace’.
Al-Arqam Ibn Abi’l-Arqam, also a sahabah, was the owner of the houses where meetings of the early Muslim community were held. He originally belonged to the Makhzum clan of the Quraysh tribe. Arqam means ‘a type of black snake with white spots on it’.
Asim ibn Thabit, a sahabi belonging to the first generations of Muslim, helped Prophet Muhamad migrate to Medina. He even participated in the Battle of Badr. Asim means ‘protector, shield or guardian’.
This ancient Arabic name is highly popular in Bosnia and Turkey and is sometimes used in the US too! It’s tied with Bilal ibn Rabah, one of the most trusted and loyal sahabas of Prophet Muhammad. The meaning of Bilal is ‘water’ or ‘a cool drink’.
Dihyah bin Khaleefah al-Kalbi was a sahaba of the Prophet Mohammed. The name, meaning ‘military commander’, is a perfect option for parents who want their son to grow up into a bold and brave man, just like military personnel.
Fadl ibn Abbas, the cousin of Prophet Muhammad and the brother of Abdullah ibn Abbas, was one of those of sahabah who strongly fought at the Battle of Hunayn. Fadl, pronounced as ‘Fazl’ means ‘good deed or noble deed’.
Fayruz al-Daylami, the Persian companion of Prophet Muhammad, was one of Yemeni Abna. He renounced his allegiance to Choroes and recognized Islam when he became certain of Prophet Muhammad and his divine nature. Fayruz means ‘turquoise’.
Hakim ibn Hizam was Khadija’s nephew, born within the Kaaba enclosure of Mecca. Hakim, in all its variations, is one of the 99 names of Allah, thus one of the most popular. In fact, it’s one of the fastest rising names in the US. Hakim means ‘learned, wise man scholar or judge’.
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Hanzala ibn Abi Amir, one of the companions of Prophet Muhammad belonged to the Banu Aus tribe of the Ansar. He died at a young age of 24 while fighting against the polytheists in the Battle of Uhud. Hanzala means ‘a plant that offers a bitter fruit for medicinal use’.
Harith ibn Rab’I, one of the sahabas of Prophet Muhammad assisted him in the battles of Hudaybiyyah and Uhud. Harith is an unconventional and modern sounding name, meaning ‘farmer, plower or cultivator’ in Arabic.
Hashim ibn Utbah bin Abi Waqas, the nephew of Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas, and the sahabah of Prophet Muhammad, is known for his participation in the Ridda Wars against rebellious Arabic tribes. The name Hashim means ‘Destroyer of Evil’.
Hassan is one of the most common Arabic names with a wonderful meaning, ‘to be beautiful, to be good’. It’s associated with Hassan ibn Thabit, the sahabah who wrote poems in defense of Prophet Muhammad.
Hatib bin Abi Balta’ah was a sahaba responsible for delivering the letter of Prophet Muhammad to Al-Muqawqis, the ruler of Egypt. Hatib is one of the most recognizable Arabic names, meaning ‘Firewood or wood collector’.
Al-Hubab ibn al-Mundhir ibn Zayd, an important sahaba, and Ansar from Khazraj tribe, participated in the meeting at saqifah after Prophet Muhammad succeeded. Hubab is a beautiful Arabic name, meaning ‘beloved’.
If you are looking for a vintage Arabic name, Hudhayfah is a great pick. Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman was one of the trusted companions of Prophet Muhamad and participated in all the battles, except Badr.
Hussein is a diminutive of the name Hasan, a common Arabic name. This name came into existence when Prophet Muhamad bestowed it upon his grandson. This name meaning ‘handsome’, ‘godly’, ‘good mannered or gentle’ is familiar as the name of the King of Jordon.
Ibrahim ibn Muhammad was the name of Prophet Muhammad’s and Maria al-Qibtiyya’s son. It’s believed that the child was named after Abraham, a prophet common to both Jews and Arabs. This name, meaning ‘father of multitude’ has been used well by Muslim parents in the Middle East and the US.
Ikrimah ibn Amr ibn Hishām was initially one of the chief opponents of Prophet Muhammad in Mecca. But later he converted to Islam and became a prominent early Muslim leader. This name has a pretty unusual meaning, ‘female pigeon’.
Imran ibn Husain, a Qazi and companion of Prophet Muhammad is a renowned narrator of hadith. Both Imran and his father Husain ibn Ubayd converted to Islam seven years after Hijra. Imran is a modern-sounding name of historic importance but has no known meaning.
Ishaq al-Ghanawy is also one of the most prominent sahabas of Prophet Muhammad. And the name Ishaq has a wonderful meaning too, ‘one who laughs’. It also means a ‘prophet’.
Jabir ibn ʿAbdullah ibn ʾAmr ibn Haram al-Ansari was very young, just about 7, when he embraced Islam. Historians say that Jabir ibn ʿAbdullah ibn ʾAmr ibn Haram al-Ansar participated in 19 battles, including Battle of Badr. The meaning of Jabir is ‘comforter’ or ‘one who supports and takes care of orphans and the poor’.
Jabr was originally a young Christian slave belonging to the Banu i-Hadrami tribe. The name Jabr, meaning ‘to mend or to coerce’ has a poetic flow and a lovely sound, making it perfect for a young boy.
Jafar was the name of a companion of the Prophet Muhamad, the third son of Abu Talib ibn Abdul Muttalib and the elder brother of Ali. This name, meaning ‘stream’ or ‘river’ has been in use in the US since 1975.
Julaybib is the name of a martyr and one of the less-known sahabas of Prophet Muhammad. His name means ‘small grown’, which suggests he was short or small, or even dwarf-like.
This unique and beautiful name is associated with Ka‘b ibn Zuhayr, the sahabah and the Arabian poet of the 7th century. He’s even the writer of Bānat Suʿād, a poetry written in praise of the Prophet Muhammad. This male Arabic name, sometimes spelled Kaab, was even used by Arab Jews in the 1st century, and means ‘noble’, ‘high’ or ‘respectful’.
Khabbab ibn al-Aratt, a young boy from Al Yamamahm, was one of the first ten persons to accept Islam. Khabbab, meaning ‘one who runs or walks fast’, is a strong and succinct name, and would make an intriguing option for your son.
Abū Sulaymān Khālid ibn al-Walīd ibn al-Mughīrah al-Makhzūmī, better known as Sayf ullah al-Maslūl is noted even today for his military prowess and tactics. It was Sayf ullah al-Maslūl who commanded the forces of Medina under Prophet Muhammad. If you find Khalid a bit old fashioned, you can pick the classic name, Sayf. Khalid, which means ‘eternal’.
Khubayb ibn Adiy was one of the instructors that Prophet Muhammad had sent to preach Islam. He was assassinated during the Expedition of Al Raji. A name with strong Arabic roots, Khubayb, or Khubaib, is a variant of Khabbab and means ‘fast walker’.
Khunais ibn Hudhaifa, the son of Hudhafa ibn Qays accepted Islam after being influenced by the teachings of Abu Bakr. He was one of those people who returned to Mecca under the protection of a citizen. Khunais is a diminutive form of Akhnas and means ‘lion’.
Labīd, an Arabian poet and one of the companions of Prophet Muhammad, belonged to Bani Amir, a tribe of Hazazin. He first met Prophet Muhammad when he went to get remedy for his ailing uncle. Coincidentally, even the name Labīd means ‘companion’.
Malik Deenar was one of the first Muslims who landed in India to propagate Islam. He was a Persian slave’s son, but became a disciple of Hasan al-Basri. This Arabic name, which has several spelling variations such as Maliq and Malek, means ‘king’, ‘owner’, or ‘holder’.
Miqdad ibn Amr al-Bahráni, a Muhajirun, is regarded as one of the most respected sahaba. He belonged to the Bahra tribe. The meaning of his name is ‘strong’.
Muawwaz ibn Amr, had converted to Islam when his father, Amr ibn al-Jamuh, carried out dawah, a task assigned to him by Prophet Muhammad. Muawwaz, meaning ‘one given restitution’, is a zesty name with the right amount of tenderness.
Muaz ibn Amr was Am’r bin Jamooh’s son, who had embraced Islam, despite belonging to a family of ardent deity worshipers. The meaning of Muaz is ‘protected’.
The name Muhammad was shared by the companions of the messenger of Allah as well. One of them was Muhammad ibn Maslamah, also known as the ‘knight of Allah’s Prophet’. The name Muhammad means ‘praiseworthy’ and ‘noble’.
Munabbih ibn Kamil ibn Sirajud-Din Dhee Kibaar Abu-Abdullah al-Yamani al-San’ani, was a Persian knight who converted to Islam in the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad. The name Munabbih means ‘the one who makes someone aware of something’ or ‘one who alerts someone’.
Mus‘ab ibn Umair from the Banū ‘Abd al-Dār clan of Qurays, was the first ambassador of Islam. He died fighting in the Battle of Uhud. The meaning of Mus‘ab, also spelled Musab, is ‘strong and able’.
Nafi ibn al-Harith, the half-brother of Nufay ibn al-Harith, was the chief physician of Banu Thaqif. He was recommended by Prophet Muhammad and even treated Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas. We totally love this name for its simplicity and softness. And it’s also one of the names of Allah. Nafi means ‘useful’ or ‘one who gives benefit’.
Nuaym ibn Masud, belonging to Ghatafan tribe first met Prophet Muhammad when Abu Sufian sent him to Medina to convince people not to fight the Qurayshi army. He approached Muhammad and professed his desire to convert during the battle of the Trench. The meaning of Nuaym is ‘a narrator of Hadith’.
The name Sa`d, also spelled as Saad, is an Arabic name meaning ‘felicity, happiness and prosperity’. Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas was one of the sahabas and the 17th person to embrace Islam.
Sahl ibn Sa’d al-Sa’idi, a member of the Ansar, was a direct companion of Prophet Muhammad. His name means ‘plain’.
Said ibn Aamir al-Jumahi, a prominent companion of Prophet Muhammad, was the Governor of Homs during the caliphate of Umar. The meaning of Said is ‘happy’. You can even spell this name as Saeid, Saeid or Sayid.
Salit bin ‘Amr ‘Ala bin Hadrami, a 7th-century Muslim emissary to Bahrain, was one of the 83 Makkans Muslims to migrate from Ethiopia to Mecca. This name is also spelled Saleet and means ‘eloquent’ or ‘one who talks too much’.
Salman al-Farsi, born as Rouzbeh, was the first Persian to convert to Islam. Historians say that it was Salman al-Farsi who suggested to dig a trench around Medina in the Battle of the Trench. The meaning of Salman is ‘blessing or peace’.
Shams ibn Uthman was a sahabah of Prophet Muhammad, killed in the battle of Uhud. Shams, originates from Arabic word for ‘sun’ and is generally used in conjunction with middle name or surname.
Safwan ibn Umayya initially opposed Prophet Muhammad and even fought against him actively in the Battle of Trench. He was about to leave Mecca, when he encountered Umayr ibn Wahb, who asked him to convert to Islam. He took two months to consider his option, and then eventually embraced Islam. The meaning of Safwan is ‘rock’.
Salim Mawla Abu Hudhayfa is known for his active participation in the battle against Musaylimah. He fought valiantly in the battle, and eventually died. Salim is an Arabic name, meaning ‘safe, secure and peace’.
Shadad ibn Aus, a companion of Prophet Muhammad, is known for narrating the Hadith, especially regarding Al-Sham, morals and good deeds. The meaning of his melodic name is ‘fresh, evergreen’.
Shuja’ ibn Wahab al-Asadi is best known for his expedition to Al-Siyii in the second month of the Islamic calendar. Out of all the male sahaba names, this one really stands out, even though it might not be very popular in the western countries. The name Shuja means ‘courageous and brave’.
Suhayb ar-Rumin was a slave of the Byzantine Empire, who later became Prophet Muhammad’s sahabah and revered member of the early Muslim community. The meaning of Suhaib is ‘of reddish hair or complexion’.
Suhayl ibn Amr was the Khatib or orator of Quraysh tribe. He was an articulate and clever man, and his opinion was respected by everyone in the tribe. The meaning of Suhayl is ‘gentle or easy’ and ‘name of a star’.
Sahabah Talhah ibn Ubaydullah is best known for his role in the Battle of Camel and Battle of Uhud, in which he was killed. This pleasant Arabic name means ‘fruitful tree from the heaven’.
There were two sahabah with the name Tamim, Tamim al-Dari and Tamim Abu Ruqayya and both are respected for their contribution to the cause of Islam. Tamim is a beautiful Arabic name, meaning ‘complete’.
Thabit ibn Qais was one of the most distinguished sahaba of the early Islamic time. He played a significant role in the Saqifah meeting, and was converted by Muhamad himself. The meaning of Thabit in Arabic is ‘the imperturbable one’.
Thawban, meaning ‘recovery after illness or return’ is associated with five companions of Prophet Muhammad, Thawban bin Bajdad, Thawban al-Ansari, Thawban, the grandfather of Umar bin al-Hakam, Thawban al-Ansi and Thawban bin Yamrad.
Thumamah ibn Uthal was one of the most influential and powerful Arab rulers of his time. He was the ruler of al-Yamamah and the chieftain of the Banu Hanifah. The name Thumamah means ‘millet plant’.
Ubay ibn Ka’ab, born in Medina, was one of the most respected people of the early Muslim community. His name Ubay, also spelled as Obai or Ubai, originates from a tri-consonant Arabic word. The name means ‘the one who is refusing the humiliation’ or ‘one with high self-esteem’.
Ubayd-Allah ibn Abd-Allah was the sahaba who retold the Hadith of pen and paper when he heard it for the first time from Ibn Abbas. Ubayd is an Arabic name meaning ‘little servant of God’.
There are five sahabah of the Prophet Muhammad with the name Ukashah, but the most prominent was Ukasha bin Al-Mihsan, best known for his expedition to Al-Ghamir at the order of Prophet Muhammad. The name means of Ukashah is ‘spider’.
Umar, meaning ‘firstborn son, long-lived or eloquent and gifted speaker’ is a name with a perfect mix of familiarity and exoticism. Used commonly in Muslim families, this name is associated Umar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb, one of the most influential Muslim caliphs and a sahabah of the Prophet Muhammad.
Uqbah, meaning ‘the end of everything’, was a companion of the messenger of Allah and a member of the early Muslim community.
The name Urwah, meaning ‘lion’, is best associated Urwah ibn Mas’ud, the chieftain of Taif and one of the first people to accept Islam.
Usama bin Zayd was Zayd ibn Harithah’s son, whom Prophet Muhammad adopted as his son. He was also the youngest person to be selected as a general by Prophet Muhammad. The meaning of Usama is ‘lion’.
Utbah ibn Ghazwan, was the seventh person to accept Islam and even participated in the Hijra to Abyssinia. However, he returned to Mecca to stay with Prophet Muhammad. The meaning of Utbah is ‘threshold’.
Uthman, also spelled as Othman is a common Muslim name, also transliterated as Usman or Othman. Its namesake is Uthman ibn Affan, one of the ‘Rightly Guided Caliphs’, born in Mecca during the time of Prophet Muhammad. Uthman means ‘baby bustard’, where bustard is a large bird.
Uwais al-Qarani, a Yemen Muslim living in the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad, was a strong believer in Islam. His name means ‘small wolf’.
Walid ibn al Walid, the son of Walid ibn Mughaira, and brother Khalid Bin Waleed, was one of the earliest companions of Prophet Muhammad. The meaning of Walid, also spelled Waleed, is ‘newborn’.
Zayd al-Khayr, hailing from Tayy tribe in northern Nejd, was one of the most significant companions of Prophet Muhammad. This well-known and well used Arabic name means ‘progress or growth’.
Ziyad ibn Abih, a member of the Umayyah clan, was a Muslim general and administrator during the early Islamic time. The name Ziyad is an uncommon variant of Zayd and means ‘increase, growth or abundance’.
Az-Zubayr ibn Al-Awam from the Asad clan, the commander in the Rashidun army, was one of the closest companions of Prophet Muhammad. The meaning of Zubair is ‘Strong and fierce’ or ‘sense and intelligence’.
These beautiful sahabi names are not just reserved for people with Arabic heritage or of the Muslim religion. Some of these names are thoroughly modern and can be used for boys of any religion or creed. So, which of these sahabi names would you pick for your baby? Let us know in the comment section.
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