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This is a comment. I read your answer on the meaning of “Hareem”. I do not agree with you. My name is Hareem and I was born and raised in the U.S. I have never been made fun of because “Hareem” resembles “Harem” to those who speak English. Secondly, I have been approached by people educated in classical Arabic and they have commented on how lovely my name is. To my understanding Hareem comes from the same root as Haraam. Which is something that is forbidden because it is PROTECTED. In a Harem, the women are protected because they are precious to their husbands. One would only protect something that is precious to them, therefore Hareem is precious. Something that is “haram” is not evil. We are asked by Allah to stay away from it and Allah knows best as to why. People should know that “Haraam” does not have a negative connotation. It only forbids. I don’t think you should discourage anyone from keeping the name Hareem. It is a beautiful name taken from a beautiful root.

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