Saturday, January 2, 2010

.: اسم :.

What is in a name?

I mentioned that my Arabic [Egyptian] teacher mentioned to the class that my name is an old Egyptian name.

Hence it got me pondering a bit. My name was given to me by my siblings. Big brother simply loved the story of Siti Hajar [Hagar] and Ismail [Ishmael] Alaihi wa Salam. Sis followed along with him. Besides, how cool is it to be able to name your sibling? I didn’t get that chance and the family never expected me to make a last minute entry into the family tree either.

  • When you name someone, do you have a certain criteria that you have/want to fulfill?
  • Is it based on the meaning?
  • Is it based on the origins of the name; the history behind it?
  • What does your name mean and how symbolic is it to you?
  • Will you change it if you have a choice? And to what?

Happy 2010. ^^
1.53pm Malaysian Time


Anonymous said...

We are the A family,all our names begin with À-,mine,hubby,and our 2 kids,and i guess our future kids too,insha'allah.ur name is very commön here in southafrica,but spelt and pronounced as HAJRA.

Mina said...

Oh name i think means safe and secure, ive also heard its meaning is also faithful and mum chose it because she promised her best friend who was also named Amina she would name me after her though my dad wanted a different name but as most people know it is a very special name as it was also the name of the prophet Muhammed (S.A.W.) mother so i hold it very close to my heart:)it is of Arabic origin.

And after that my mum named my brother who was born 4 years afer me Muhammed after the prophet Mashallah:)

Arooj said...

all question are reall interesting..but really hard to ans in such a lil space...
wel i used to think during my childhood that my name should be the most unique word of the world ..but with the pessage of time the thought evaporated..

Hajar Alwi said...

Anonymous :: Will this be Mrs. Abdussamad? Welcome back. :) Coincidentally, one of my cousins is also the "A" family. I always felt it was easier to remember their names. :)

Mina :: You are definitely a faithful and loyal soul sis! And your mum is really good in selecting names. Masha'Allah! :)

Heavenly Muse :: Welcome to the blog! ^^ Aww~ I don't know what your name is, but I'm sure it's still unique. :)

Anonymous said...

Jummah Mubarak,to all blog readers,from all in South Africa. Yes,Hajar,u guessed right,its me.ive got a Malaysian friend who lives in Kampang Pernu,is that place near you.Met her in haj in 2001,and i must say i admire the MALAYSIAN HAJIS,they are so friendly and nice people.

Hajar Alwi said...

Juma'ah mubarak sis! Kampang Pernu? I tried to google it up, and I can only find Kampung Pernu. It's located in Malacca which is about 2 hours away from where I'm currently staying. I hope you still keep in touch with her. :)

Alhamdulillah! It's great to know you had a good experience with the Malaysians. If you ever come here, please let me know. ^^

Aisyah Mazelan said...

When I was little, I always wanted to change my name to something better but now I think that'll be stupid. LOL. :)

Hajar Alwi said...

LoL~ Yeah, I thought of the same thing too! :D

Anonymous said...

Asalamaliakum Sister,
I popped over from the sisterhood- whe I was naming my daughter- I wanted to name her Zayna because it meant pretty and sounded pretty too but my hubbie's grandfather said if you choose Zayna why not fulfill the sunnah and name her after the Prophet's daughter (SAW). I am so glad we went with Zaynub- may Allah make as pious as her.

Hajar Alwi said...

Wa'alaikum'as'salam sis,

Alhamdulillah. Welcome to the blog! I haven't been popping over to the sisterhood ... :(

Masha'Allah Zaynub is a beautiful name. May Allah S.W.T. guide Her to His path and keep Her under His love and mercy. Insha'Allah. :)