In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful…
The following question was posed to the great scholar, Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have Mercy on him):
My name is Muhsin*, and a student of knowledge told me that this name was not allowed. He advised me to change my name. What is your opinion, may Allaah reward you with goodness?
*Muhsin literally means one who does things proficiently, with sincerity to Allaah. It also carries the meaning of one who is kind and graceful to others.
The shaykh responded, saying:
There is no problem [with this name], since it is one of the names which can be used [for people], like ‘Azeez (Mighty), Samee’ (one who hears), Haleem (gentle), and their likes. Allaah’s Names are not something forbidden for the people to use, except for those which are exclusive to Him, the Exalted, like:
- al-Khallaaq (the Ever-Creating)
- ar-Razzaaq (the Ever-Providing)
- Maalik al-Mulk (the Owner of the Dominion)
- ar-Rahmaan (the Most Gracious)
- and the likes of these Names.
As for names which are not exclusive to Him, then a person may take one which suits him, and for Allaah are Names that suit Him. So, a person can be called Haleem, Ra’oof (kind), or Raheem (merciful), since Allaah has described His Prophet, Muhammad (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace) as:
بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ رَؤُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ
With the believers, he is kind and merciful [9:128]
Similarly are the names as-Samee’ (one who hears) and al-Baseer (one who sees), as found in the Statement of Allaah the Mighty and Most High:
إِنَّا خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ مِن نُّطْفَةٍ أَمْشَاجٍ نَّبْتَلِيهِ فَجَعَلْنَاهُ سَمِيعًا بَصِيرًا
Verily We created mankind from a droplet, mixed, to be put through difficulties, and We made him someone who hears and sees [76:2]
He referred to him (mankind) as Samee’ (hearing) and Baseer (seeing).
To summarize, people can use some of the Names of Allaah, those which are not exclusive to Him, the Exalted, like Samee’, Baseer, Qadeer (capable), Haleem, Ra’oof (kind), Raheem (merciful), etc. And Muhsin is from this category.
Translation by: Moosaa Richardson for bakkah.net (1437.04.06)