Naming babies under scrutiny

Updated 13 March 2015
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Naming babies under scrutiny

The names of newborns in Saudi Arabia has changed greatly in recent years due to increased cultural openness and the spread of knowledge within society. Unusual or rare names have been reduced due to the work of authorities across the Kingdom who have enacted regulations to curb exotic or strange names.
The most circulated names in the Kingdom include Mohammad, Fahd, Abdullah, Abdulrahman, Turki, Bandar, Omar, Ali, Fatima, Aisha, Nora, Hessa, Sheikha, and Maha.
Parents are no longer calling their children a variety of odd names, including Rashash (a gun machine), Zaqam (to do with the mouth) and Najar for boys, as well as Faziah (one who is afraid) and Mureibah (fearful) for girls.
Nowadays parents can find dictionaries for names in most bookshops and libraries in order to help them choose good names that suit their preferences.
Reports suggest that some men become angry, hoping for a boy, after their wives give birth to girls. In such cases, they usually choose a distasteful name for their girls. However, such instances have declined due to increased awareness regarding the issue in the society.
Bodies like the social status department help people with odd names to change them.
According to the department, the majority of those who want to change their names are young males and females.
To help people with odd names to avoid humiliation, lists of names have been published, highlighting names which under no circumstances should be used.
Dr. Iman Al Saied, professor at the King Saud University, believes that humans are closely linked to their names.
“Name of a person is an integrated part of his or her psychological context. Some names may induce laughing, provoke sarcasm and mockery, or may simply be repulsive or ugly, which might inflict harm on the person, leading him to lose self-confidence.
“In such cases, the person becomes depressed and prefers to be left alone. Such feelings distances him or her from family members and friends,” she said.
“It is in the lawful rights of a Muslim person to be named a good, worthy name.”
Muhammad Al-Jasser, spokesman at the Civil Status Department, said there are controls and regulations in place when choosing a name for the newborn.
“We urge citizens to give names that are compatible with Islamic law to their newborns,” he said, adding that the department always issues directions in this regard.


Madinah governor receives Omani Hajj Mission head

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman meets Sheikh Sultan bin Said Al-Hinai, head of the Omani Hajj Mission, and his accompanying delegation. (SPA)
Updated 15 August 2018
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Madinah governor receives Omani Hajj Mission head

JEDDAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Wednesday received in his office Sheikh Sultan bin Said Al-Hinai, head of the Omani Hajj Mission, and his accompanying delegation.

The meeting discussed the services provided to pilgrims from all parties involved in the Hajj.

Prince Faisal stressed the important role the official Hajj missions play in leveraging the services offered by the Kingdom to allow the pilgrims to perform Hajj rituals with ease and tranquility.

Al-Hinai gave thanks and appreciation to the Madinah governor on the welcoming reception and the care and attention given to the Omani pilgrims during their stay in Madinah.