Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Names: Meanings And Importance In Islam

Being a Muslim is such a blessing from Allah Almighty. I personally feel so blessed for this reason, and I think every true Muslim feels the same. I also think that for us, one of the most blessed things is our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Because Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran,

I’m a very ordinary man and I don’t have the ability to manifest his blessings in my writing, explaining how blessed we are to have Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as a guide for every aspect of our life.

Today, I will write about only some of his names. Because there is a Hadith where he told us to keep names based on his name, not his surname.
Here is the Hadith:

There is another Hadith where he himself mentions his five names:

Do you know how many names Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) has? The answer varies among scholars of Islam. Some say it’s more than 200, while others say more than 1000. It actually varies. I will provide you with a list of more than 230 names.

Please note: At first glance, you may think that some of his names are similar to the names of Allah Almighty. But if you really notice the meanings of these names, it will make sense to you.
Please remember, this list includes his names and surnames. So be careful while choosing a name, because we should keep names based on his name, not his surname. Jazakallah (Thank you).

Here is the list:

MeaningEnglishArabic
The Praised OneMuhammadمُحَمَّدٌ
The Most PraisedAhmadأَحْمَدُ
The PraisedMahmudمَحْمُودٌ
The MessengerRasulرَسُولٌ
The ProphetNabiنَبِيٌّ
The Seal of the ProphetsKhatamul Anbiyaخَاتَمُ النَّبِيِّينَ
The Chosen OneAl-Mustafaالْمُصْطَفَى
The TrustworthyAl-Aminالأَمِينُ
The GathererAl-Hashirالْحَاشِرُ
The Last (Prophet)Al-Aqibالْعَاقِبُ
The Bringer of Good TidingsAl-Mubashirالْمُبَشِّرُ
The WarnerAn-Nadhirالنَّذِيرُ
The Luminous LampAs-Siraj al-Munirالسِّرَاجُ الْمُنِيرُ
The Bestowed MercyAr-Rahmatul-Muhdaالرَّحْمَةُ الْمُهْدَاةُ
The WarnerAl-Mundhirالْمُنذِرُ
The WitnessAsh-Shahidالشَّهِيدُ
The Caller (to Islam)Ad-Da’iالدَّاعِي
The ReminderAl-Mudhakkirالْمُذَكِّرُ
The LightAn-Nurالنُّورُ
The TruthAl-Haqqالْحَقُّ
The TruthfulAs-Siddiqالصَّدِيق
The Wrapped OneAl-Muzzammilالْمُزَّمِّلُ
The Cloaked OneAl-Muddathirالْمُدَّثِّرُ
PureTahaطَهَ
YasinYasinيَس
The NobleAl-Karimالْكَرِيمُ
The FaithfulAl-Mu’minالْمُؤْمِنُ
The Chosen OneAl-Mujtabaالْمُجْتَبَى
The KindRa’ufرَءُوفٌ
The MercifulRahimرَحِيمٌ
The Caller (to Prayer)Al-Mu’adhinالْمُؤَذِّنُ
The ProtectorAl-Waliالْوَلِيُّ
The DividerAl-Qasimالْقَاسِمُ
The Leader of the MessengersSayyid al-Mursalinسَيِّدُ الْمُرْسَلِينَ
The Leader of the PiousImam al-Muttaqinإِمَامُ الْمُتَّقِينَ
The Coolness of the EyesQurrat al-‘Aynقُرَّةُ الْعَيْنِ
The HelperAn-Nasirالنَّاصِرُ
The GuideAl-Hadiالْهَادِي
The IntercessorAsh-Shafiالشَّافِعُ
The Eraser (of Sins)Al-Mahiالمَاحِي
The Last in SuccessionAl-Muqaffiالْمُقَفِّي
The Prophet of MercyAn-Nabi ur-Rahmahالنَّبِيُّ الرَّحْمَةِ
The Prophet of RepentanceAn-Nabi ut-Tawbahالنَّبِيُّ التَّوْبَةِ
The Prophet of BattleNabi ul-Malhamahنَبِيُّ الْمَلْحَمَةِ
The Prophet of the SoulAn-Nabi ur-Rawhالنَّبِيُّ الرَّوْحُ
The MasterAs-Sayyidالسَّيِّدُ
The ClearAl-Mubinالْمُبِينُ
The TruthfulAs-Sadiqالصَّادِقُ
The BelovedAl-Muḥabbabٱلْمُحَبَّبُ
The ProtectorAl-Mawlaالمَوْلَى
The ReliantAl-Mutawakkilالْمُتَوَكِّلُ
The Rightly GuidedAr-Rashidالرَّاشِدُ
The Noble ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Karimالنَّبِيُّ الْكَرِيمُ
Kind and MercifulRa’ufun Rahimرَءُوفٌ رَحِيمٌ
The Unlettered ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Ummiالنَّبِيُّ الْأُمِّيُّ
The PatientAs-Saburالصَّبُورُ
The AsceticAz-Zahidالزَّاهِدُ
The WorshiperAl-Abidالْعَابِدُ
The PiousAt-Taqiالتَّقِيُّ
The ScrupulousAl-Wari’الْوَرِعُ
The GratefulAsh-Shakirالشَّاكِرُ
The RemembererAdh-Dhakirالذَّاكِرُ
The LovingAl-Muhibbالْمُحِبُّ
The BelovedAl-Mahbubالْمَحْبُوبُ
The Teacher of Good MannersAl-Mu’addibالْمُؤَدِّبُ
The Greatly Revered ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mu’azzamالنَّبِيُّ الْمُعَظَّمُ
The Honored ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mukarramالنَّبِيُّ الْمُكَرَّمُ
The BlessedAl-Mubarakالْمُبَارَكُ
The Great ProphetAn-Nabi ul-‘Azimالنَّبِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ
The Firm ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Makinالنَّبِيُّ الْمَكِينُ
The Guiding ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Hadiالنَّبِيُّ الْهَادِي
The Illuminating ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Munirالنَّبِيُّ الْمُنِيرُ
The Compassionate ProphetAn-Nabi ur-Ra’ufالنَّبِيُّ الرَّئُوفُ
The Sincere AdvisorNāṣiḥنَاصِحٌ
The PerfectAl-Mustakmilٱلْمَسْتَكْمِلُ
The Clear ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mubinالنَّبِيُّ الْمُبِينُ
The Purified ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mutahharالنَّبِيُّ الْمُطَهَّرُ
The Supported ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mu’ayyadالنَّبِيُّ الْمُؤَيَّدُ
The Sent ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mursalالنَّبِيُّ الْمُرْسَلُ
The Chosen ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mustafaالنَّبِيُّ الْمُصْطَفَى
The Selected ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mukhtarالنَّبِيُّ الْمَخْتَارُ
The Praised ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Muhammadالنَّبِيُّ الْمُحَمَّدُ
The Sincere Well-WisherNaṣīḥنَصِيحٌ
The Chosen ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mujtabaالنَّبِيُّ الْمُجْتَبَى
The Honored ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mukramالنَّبِيُّ الْمُكْرَمُ
The Bringer of Good NewsAn-Nabi ul-Mubashirالنَّبِيُّ الْمُبَشِّرُ
The WarnerAn-Nabi ul-Mundhirالنَّبِيُّ الْمُنذِرُ
The Glorious ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mubahiالنَّبِيُّ الْمُبَاهِي
The Reliant ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mutawakkilالنَّبِيُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلُ
The Exalted ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Muta’aliالنَّبِيُّ الْمُتَعَالِي
The Forbearing ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Muta’anniالنَّبِيُّ الْمُتَأَنِّي
The Humble ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mutadharr’iالنَّبِيُّ الْمُتَضَرِّعُ
The God-Fearing ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mutakiالنَّبِيُّ الْمُتَقِي
The Striving ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mujahidالنَّبِيُّ الْمُجَاهِدُ
The Hopeful ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mu’ammilالنَّبِيُّ الْمُؤَمِّلُ
The Brought NearAl-Muqarrabٱلْمُقَرَّبُ
The Successful ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Muwaffaqالنَّبِيُّ الْمُوَفَّقُ
The Preferred ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mufaddalالنَّبِيُّ الْمُفَضَّلُ
The EminentWajīhوَجِيهٌ
The Honored ProphetAn-Nabi ul-Mu’azzarالنَّبِيُّ الْمُؤَازَرُ
The Fulfiller of OathsMabarrمَبَرٌّ
The GlorifiedAl-Mumajjadٱلْمُمَجَّدُ
The ObeyedAl-Muṭāʿٱلْمُطَاعُ
The IntercededAl-Mashfūʿٱلْمَشْفُوعُ
The SentAl-Mab‘ūthٱلْمَبْعُوثُ
The ReviverAl-Muḥyīٱلْمُحْيِي
The SelectedAl-Muntaqāٱلْمُنْتَقَى
The PraisedAl-Mutaḥammadٱلْمُتَحَمَّدُ
The PreferredAl-Mufaḍḍalٱلْمُفَضَّلُ
The Firmly EstablishedAl-Makīnٱلْمَكِينُ
The TrustedAl-Ma’mūnٱلْمَأْمُونُ
The ClearerAl-Majlīٱلْمَجْلِي
The PurifiedAl-Muzakkāٱلْمُزَكَّى
The ChosenAl-Mukhtārٱلْمُخْتَارُ
The DetailedAl-Mufaṣṣalٱلْمُفَصَّلُ
The RecordedAl-Masṭūrٱلْمَسْطُورُ
The Sought for HelpAl-Musta‘ānٱلْمُسْتَعَانُ
The IntercededAl-Mushaffa‘ٱلْمُشَفَّعُ
The FollowedAl-Muttaba‘ٱلْمُتَّبَعُ
The EmulatedAl-Muqtaḍāٱلْمُقْتَدَى
The ForgivenAl-Maghfūrٱلْمَغْفُورُ
The HopedAl-Mu’ammalٱلْمُؤَمَّلُ
The HonoredAl-Mu‘azzazٱلْمُعَزَّزُ
The RespectedAl-Muḥtaramٱلْمُحْتَرَمُ
The ReveredAl-Muhābٱلْمُهَابُ
The PreferredAl-Mustaḥabbٱلْمُسْتَحَبُّ
The ConsideredAl-Mu‘tabarٱلْمُعْتَبَرُ
The NarratedAl-Ma’thūrٱلْمَأْثُورُ
The PreservedAl-Maḥfūẓٱلْمَحْفُوظُ
The PrideAl-Mafkharٱلْمَفْخَرُ
The DrawnAl-Maslūlٱلْمَسْلُولُ
The SoughtAl-Mubtaghāٱلْمُبْتَغَى
The OpenedAl-Maftūḥٱلْمَفْتُوحُ
The WrittenAl-Maktūbٱلْمَكْتُوبُ
The HastenedAl-Mu‘ajjalٱلْمُعَجَّلُ
The DeferredAl-Mu’akhkharٱلْمُؤَخَّرُ
The ReveredAl-Muhābٱلْمُهَابُ
The DutifulBarrبَرٌّ
The PerfectAl-Mustakmilٱلْمَسْتَكْمِلُ
The Brought NearAl-Muqarrabٱلْمُقَرَّبُ
The BelovedAl-Muḥabbabٱلْمُحَبَّبُ
The HonoredAl-Makrūmٱلْمَكْرُومُ
The Intimate Friend of the All-MercifulKhalīlu r-Raḥmānخَلِيلُ الرَّحْمٰنِ
The GlorifiedAl-Mufakhkharٱلْمُفَخَّرُ
The CountedAl-Muḥṣāٱلْمُحْصَى
The MentionedAl-Madhkūrٱلْمَذْكُورُ
The FortunateAl-Mas‘ūdٱلْمَسْعُودُ
The EnhancedAl-Madhkīٱلْمَذْكِيُّ
The CompletedAl-Mukammalٱلْمُكَمَّلُ
The Sent DownAl-Munazzalٱلْمُنَزَّلُ
The ElevatedAl-Marfoo‘ٱلْمَرْفُوعُ
The KnownAl-Ma‘loomٱلْمَعْلُومُ
The FamousAl-Mashhūrٱلْمَشْهُورُ
The FamiliarAl-Ma’lūfٱلْمَأْلُوفُ
The NarratedAl-Maḥkīٱلْمَحْكِيُّ
The Leader of the Brightly Shining OnesQā’idu l-Ghurri l-Muḥajjalīnقَائِدُ الْغُرِّ الْمُحَجَّلِينَ
The AwaitedAl-Murajjāٱلْمُرَجَّى
The RectifierMuṣliḥمُصْلِحٌ
The HappyAl-Masrūrٱلْمَسْرُورُ
The ProtectedAl-Makfūfٱلْمَكْفُوفُ
The SoughtAl-Maṭlūbٱلْمَطْلُوبُ
The DissolvedAl-Maḥlūlٱلْمَحْلُولُ
The RefinedAl-Muhadhdhabٱلْمُهَذَّبُ
The AcceptedAl-Maqbūlٱلْمَقْبُولُ
The SatisfiedAl-Murḍīٱلْمُرْضِيُّ
The HiddenAl-Maktūmٱلْمَكْتُومُ
The ReckonerAl-Muḥtasabٱلْمُحْتَسَبُ
The TrustedAl-Mu’tamanٱلْمُؤْتَمَنُ
The PreservedAl-Maṣūnٱلْمَصُونُ
The TurnedAl-Maṣrūfٱلْمَصْرُوفُ
The ExaltedAl-Majnīٱلْمَجْنِيُّ
The ForgivenAl-Ma‘fūٱلْمَعْفُوُّ
The RepellerAḥīdأَحِيدُ
The UniqueWaḥīdوَحِيدٌ
The Pure OneṬāhirطَاهِرٌ
The FragrantṬayyibطَيِّبٌ
The UprightQayyimقَيِّمٌ
The Embodier of all VirtuesJāmiʿجَامِعٌ
The Emissary of ComfortRasūlu r-Rāḥahرَسُولُ الرَّاحَةِ
The CompleteKāmilكَامِلٌ
The CrownIklīlإِكْلِيلٌ
The Slave of AllahʿAbdullāhعَبْدُ اللهِ
The Beloved of AllahḤabībullāhحَبِيبُ اللهِ
The One Solely Chosen by AllahṢafiyyullāhصَفِيُّ اللهِ
The One who had Intimate Discourse with AllahNajiyyullāhنَجِّيُّ اللهِ
The One Addressed by AllahKalīmullāhكَلِيمُ اللهِ
The Most Concerned for YouHarīṣun ʿAlaykumحَرِيصٌ عَلَيْكُمْ
The Known OneMaʿlūmمَعْلُومٌ
The RenownedShahīrشَهِيرٌ
The LanternMiṣbāḥمِصْبَاحٌ
The GuidanceHudāهُدَىً
The GuidedMahdiyyمَهْدِيٌ
The Called UponMadʿuwwمَدْعُوٌّ
The AnsweredMujābمُجَابٌ
The WelcomingḤafiyyحَفِيٌّ
The Maintainer of TiesWaṣūlوَصُولٌ
The Possessor of MightDhū Quwwahذُو قُوَّةٍ
The Possessor of SanctityDhū Ḥurmahذُو حُرْمَةٍ
The Possessor of a Mighty StationDhū Makānahذُو مَكَانَةٍ
The Possessor of GloryDhū ʿIzzذُو عِزٍّ
The Possessor of VirtueDhū Faḍlذُو فَضْلٍ
The GuarantorKafīlكَفِيلٌ
The TenderheartedShafīqشَفِيقٌ
The Upholder of the SunnahMuqīmu s-Sunnahمُقِيمُ السُّنَّةِ
The Pure and InviolateMuqaddasمُقدَّسٌ
The Pure SpiritRūḥu l-Qudusرُوحُ الْقُدسِ
The Spirit of TruthRūḥu l-Ḥaqqرُوحُ الْحَقِّ
The Spirit of JusticeRūḥu l-Qisṭرُوحُ الْقِسْطِ
The AidGhawthغُوثٌ
The ReliefGhaythغَيْثٌ
The SuccourGhiyāthغِيَاثٌ
Allah’s BlessingNiʿmatullāhنِعْمَةُ اللهِ
Allah’s GiftHadiyyatullāhهَدِيَّةُ اللهِ
The Most Trusty HoldʿUrwatun Wuthqāعُرْوَةٌ وُثْقَى
The Path to AllahṢirāṭullāhصِرَاطُ اللهِ
The Straight PathṢirāṭun Mustaqīmصِرَاطٌ مُسْتَقِيمٌ
The Remembrance of AllahDhikrullāhذِكْرُ اللهِ
The Sword of AllahSayfullāhسَيْفُ اللهِ
The Party of AllahḤizbullāhحِزْبُ اللهِ
The Shining StarAn-Najmu th-thāqibالنَّجْمُ الثَّاقِبُ
The ProtectorAjīrأَجِيرٌ
The RectifierJabbārجَبَّارٌ
The Father of QasimAbu l-Qāsimأَبُو الْقَاسِمِ
The Father of TahirAbu ṭ-Ṭāhirأَبُو الطَّاهِرِ
The Father of TayyibAbu ṭ-Ṭayyibأَبُو الطَّيِّبِ
The Father of IbrahimAbū Ibrāhīmأَبُو إِبْرَاهِيمَ
The One Permitted to IntercedeMushaffaʿمُشَفَّعٌ
The IntercessorShafīʿشَفِيعٌ
The RighteousṢāliḥصَالِحٌ
The GuardianMuhayminمُهَيْمِنٌ
The TruthfulṢādiqصَادِقٌ
The ConfirmedMuṣaddaqمُصَدَّقٌ

footnote

1. Al-Anbiya 21:107
2. Sunan Abi Dawud, 4965 In-Book Reference: Book 43, Hadith 193 English Reference: Book 42, Hadith 4947
3. Sahih al-Bukhari, 489 In-Book Reference: Book 65, Hadith 416 USC-MSA web (English) reference: Vol. 6, Book 60, Hadith 419 (deprecated numbering scheme)

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