Names of Girls

Shortened Question:

What is the suitability of the names given?


As-salamu alaykum

I have kept a name of my daughter as “Maira Zainab”, please advise if this is a good name. it is also produced as “Mairah, Mayerah, Mayera”. And also I am looking to name my daughter as “Numa” also pronounced as “Numah”.

Your help and assistance is greatly appreciated to name my daughter appropriately.

My elder daughter`s name is “Manha Fathima” I seek your guidance on this name as well


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

“Mayerah” or “Ma`irah” ((مَائِرَة either means means “rapid, fast-moving, penetrating”[1] or “bringer or fetcher of food”, “fetcher of food”[2]. The word is also indirectly found in the Glorious Qur`an[3].

“Zainab” was the name of one of the daughters and one of the wives of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

“Numa” (نُعْمَى) means “happiness”, “pleasant”, or “kindness”[4].

“Manha” (مَنْحَى) means a “goal, objective” or “direction, way, path.”

“Fatimah” was the name of one of the daughters of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)[5].

Hence, the names “Mayerah Zainab”, “Numa” and “Manha Fatimah” are suitable.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hanif Yusuf Patel

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.




[1] [Al-Quran, 52:9]

[2] [Al-Qur`an, 12: 65]

[3] التسمية باسم يوجد فى كتاب الله تالى جائزة

[Radd al-Muhtar ala ad-Durr al-Mukhtar, 6: 417, H. M. Saeed Company]

[4] [Ajmal al-Asma li Al-banin wa al-banat wa ma`aniha, p. 143]

[5] See: [Sharh az-Zurqani ala al-Mawahim al-Ludniyyah, 4: 316; Zad al-Ma`ad, 1: 100; Imtaa` al-Asmaa`5: 357]

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