Muneerah: Meaningful Islamic Baby Names

The word Muneer in Arabic means to illuminate. It comes from Noor which means light, guidance and knowledge. An Noor is one of the names of Allah, He is the One Who is light, has created the light, lightens the Heavens and the Earth and illuminates the hearts of the believers with knowledge, faith and guidance.

Allah says in Surah An Noor (24) verse (35):

اللَّهُ نُورُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۚ مَثَلُ نُورِهِ كَمِشْكَاةٍ فِيهَا مِصْبَاحٌ ۖ الْمِصْبَاحُ فِي زُجَاجَةٍ ۖ الزُّجَاجَةُ كَأَنَّهَا كَوْكَبٌ دُرِّيٌّ يُوقَدُ مِن شَجَرَةٍ مُّبَارَكَةٍ زَيْتُونَةٍ لَّا شَرْقِيَّةٍ وَلَا غَرْبِيَّةٍ يَكَادُ زَيْتُهَا يُضِيءُ وَلَوْ لَمْ تَمْسَسْهُ نَارٌ ۚ نُّورٌ عَلَىٰ نُورٍ ۗ يَهْدِي اللَّهُ لِنُورِهِ مَن يَشَاءُ ۚ وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الْأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ – 24:35

Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things.

Allah has given to some people light in this world. He has given the light of guidance and knowledge which they use to illuminate and guide themselves and others.

Parents who give their child this name hope that he or she will be light, illuminating himself and others, be guided and knowledgeable.

Variations of the Names

Boys’ Names                                     

Nayyir (نَيِّر) – is the male child who illuminates himself and others.

Nayyar (نَيَّار) – is the male child who illuminates much.

Anwar (أَنْوَر) – is the male child with the greatest light.

Muneer (مُنِير) – is the male child who gives light to others to see by knowledge or guidance.

Girls’ Names

Noor (نُور) – is the female child who has light, knowledge and guided.

Noora (نُورَة) – is a sign.

Muneerah (مُنِيرَة) – is the female child who gives light to others to see by knowledge or guidance.

Manarah (مَنَارَة) – is a source of light.

Anwaar (أَنْوَار) – is the female child who has different lights.

Nayyirah (نَيِّرَة) – is the female child who illuminates herself and others.

Nooriyyah (نُورِيَة) – is a female child attributed to light.


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