Its official, the Holy month of Ramadan started last week and is being observed by nearly two billion Muslims all over the world. Referred to as the month of the fasting (Sawm), Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and commemorates the first revelation of the Holy Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad by Angel Gabriel (Jibreel), more than 1,400 years ago.
This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam and during this month Muslims all over the world fast from dawn until dusk, to achieve a higher level of God consciousness. Fasting is obligatory (Fard) for adult Muslims, except for those who are suffering from illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating. Acts of charity, spiritual reflection, refraining from sin, increased prayer and forgiveness of others also take place during this special month.
The end of Ramadan is marked by a big celebration called, ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’ – the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast. Muslims are not only celebrating the end of fasting but thanking Allah (God) for His blessings that helped them get through the month. The festival begins with the sighting of the new moon in the sky and although Eid is a joyous occasion, it is also a time for forgiveness and making amends. During Eid-ul-Fitr, Muslims dress in their finest clothes, give gifts to children, spend time visiting friends and family and feast on celebratory dishes.
In celebration of Ramadan, we explore 10 baby girl names that represent the characteristics and qualities that are observed during this Holy month in Islam.
1. Ayesha (Arabic: عائشة)
What does the name Ayesha mean?
The female name Ayesha (also spelt Aisha, A’isha, Aishah, or Aicha) means ‘life, living, prosperous’ in Islam.
2. Diyana (Arabic: ديانا)
What does the name Diyana mean?
The female name Diyana means ‘generous, benevolent, giver of gifts and charity’ in Islam.
3. Hidaya (Arabic: الهداية)
What does the name Hidaya mean?
The female name Hidaya means ‘guidance’ or ‘gift’ in Islam.
4. Iman (Arabic: إيمان)
What does the name Iman mean?
The female name Iman means ‘faith and belief’ in Islam.
5. Isra (Arabic: الإسراء)
What does the name Isra mean?
The female name Isra (also spelt Asra) means ‘walking in the night’ or ‘nocturnal journey’ in Islam.
6. Jannah (Arabic: الجنة)
What does the name Jannah mean?
The female name Jannah (sometimes spelt Jennah or Jannat) means ‘paradise’ or ‘garden of paradise’ in Islam.
7. Karima (Arabic: كريمة)
What does the name Karima mean?
The female name Karima (also spelt Kareema, Karimah) means ‘generous’ and ‘noble’ in Islam.
8. Madiha (Arabic: مديحة)
What does the name Madiha mean?
The female name Madiha (also spelt Madeeha) means ‘praiseworthy’ in Islam.
9. Rawdha (Arabic: الروضة)
What does the name Rawdha mean?
The female name Rawdha (also spelt Rawda or Rawdah) means ‘garden’ referring to the ‘garden of paradise’ in Islam.
10. Tahira (Arabic: طاهرة)
What does the name Tahira mean?
The female name Tahira (also spelt Tahirah or Taheera) means ‘pure and virtuous’ in Islam.
You can find even more Islam-inspired baby girl names here.
We hope you find inspiration in these Islamic baby girl names that represent the characteristics and qualities that are observed during this Holy Muslim festival.