RIYADH: The Interior Ministry of Saudi Arabia has issued list of 50 names, which contradict the religious or cultural norms of the Kingdom.
As stated in the Gulf News, parents living in the Kingdom would no longer be allowed to call their children by these forbidden names after the civil affairs department at the ministry issued a list of the names.
According to the Gulf News report, names such as Naser or Binyamin, are not found to be particularly offensive to Muslims. Binyamin is believed in Islam to be the son of Prophet Jacob (Yaqoub) and the full brother of Prophet Joseph but it also happens to be the name of the Israeli prime minister. Similarly, Abdul Naser is the name of the prominent Arab nationalist ruler of Egypt, who was at odds with Saudi Arabi.
The report explains the reason behind the ban, saying Abdul in Arabic stands for ‘worshipper’ or ‘slave of’ while Nabi means ‘prophet’ and Rasool means ‘messenger’. According to the interpretation of those who oppose such names say ‘worshipper of’ is forbidden as only God can be worshipped.
The list of the names banned in Kingdom are as under:
Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin)
Al Mamlaka (the kingdom)
Rama (Hindu god)
Basmala (utterance of the name of God)
Jibreel (angel Gabriel)
Nabiyya (female prophet)