Muhammad: Meaningful Islamic Baby Names

Both Ahmad and Muhammad are from the names of our beloved Prophet ﷺ.

The root word is Ḥamd, which means praise. The first verse of the Quran begins with:

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

Allah praise belong to Allah, the Lord of the Universes. {1:1}

The name Aḥmad means someone who is highly praised and deserving of much praise. The Prophet Isa gave his nation glad tidings of a final Prophet that will come after him who will be called Aḥmad:

إِذْ قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ إِنِّي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ إِلَيْكُم مُّصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَمُبَشِّرًا بِرَسُولٍ يَأْتِي مِن بَعْدِي اسْمُهُ أَحْمَدُ ۖ فَلَمَّا جَاءَهُم بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ قَالُوا هَٰذَا سِحْرٌ مُّبِينٌ

And [mention] when Jesus, the son of Mary, said, “O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad.” But when he came to them with clear evidence, they said, “This is obvious magic.” (Al-āff: 6)

The name Muhammad means someone whose beautiful qualities and attributes out way all others. In other words, he has praiseworthy attributes. The Prophet said in the following hadeeth:

 “‏ لِي خَمْسَةُ أَسْمَاءٍ أَنَا مُحَمَّدٌ، وَأَحْمَدُ، وَأَنَا الْمَاحِي الَّذِي يَمْحُو اللَّهُ بِي الْكُفْرَ، وَأَنَا الْحَاشِرُ الَّذِي يُحْشَرُ النَّاسُ عَلَى قَدَمِي، وَأَنَا الْعَاقِبُ ‏”‏‏.‏

“I have five names: I am Muhammad, I am Ahmad, I am al-Māhī (the eraser) be means of whom Allah erases disbelief, I am al-āshir – people will be resurrected on the Day of Judgment after me, and I am al-‘Āqib, (the last) Prophet and Messenger of Allah. (aī Muslim)

Similar Names

Ḥamd means praise, admiration, commendation and complementation.

Ḥammād is someone who has been praised immensely. Ḥammād bin Salamah (d. 783AD) was major scholar of ḥadīth and fiqh

Ḥamīd is one of Allah’s beautiful names and it means someone who has been praised in every state, decision, and action. A female would be called Ḥamīdah.

Ḥammūd is someone who has been praised with a lot of emphasis.  A female would be called Ḥammūdah.

Maḥmūd is someone of who has been praised for his beautiful characteristics. A female would be called Maḥmūdah.

Aḥmad ibn al-Ḥanbal (d. 855AD) is the eponym of the Hanbalī school of fiqh. He was a great scholar of ḥadīth and fiqh. He was titled Imām ahl al-sunnah, the leader of the people of the sunnah.


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