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A Quranic Name for Boys

How to pronounce Musa

MOOn + SAnd

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Arabic Spelling (How to write Musa in Arabic)مُوْسَى
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Alternate spellings of MusaMuwsaa Musa Musaa Muwsa Moosaa Mousa Moosa Mowsa Mousaa Musaa Moosa
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Meaning of Musa

Musa is a direct Quranic name for boys that comes from non-Arabic origins. It is common among Muslims out of love for Prophet Musa (Moses). According to the Jewish Roman scholar Josephus the name comes from ancient Egyptian origins, derived from mo (water) and uses (to save), forming the meaning “saved from the water”, since when Prophet Musa was an infant his mother put him in the river, which carried him to the Egyptian Pharaoh’s lands, where he was found and saved. Other sources say it means “saved” or “savior”.

The name of Prophet Musa is mentioned more than any other prophet in the Quran, amounting to 136 times (Prophet Muhammad is mentioned five times only by name).

But when he came close to it, a call was sounded: “Blessed are all who are within [reach of] this fire, and all who are near it! And limitless in His glory is God, the Sustainer of all the worlds!” [And God spoke thus:] “O Musa! Verily I alone am God, the Almighty, the Wise!” [And then He said:] “Now throw down thy staff!” But when he saw it move rapidly, as if it were a serpent, he drew back [in terror], and did not [dare to] return. [And God spoke to him again:] O Musa! Fear not – for, behold, no fear need the message-bearers have in My Presence. (Quran 27:10)


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  1. Anonymous on Tuesday 14th of July 2015 04:34:55 PM

    This name is really awesome and has a wonderful meaning! 🙂

  2. Anonymous on Saturday 29th of August 2015 05:45:46 PM

    Assalamulaikum – I wanted to know whether a muslim child could be called Moses? Would it still have the same meaning. Or does it have to be Musa?

  3. Anonymous on Saturday 1st of October 2016 11:57:56 PM

    I like a boy named moosa, saved by water INSHALLAH, don’t worry you are precious as gold to me too.

  4. Anonymous on Monday 3rd of October 2016 08:16:35 PM

    Hi, such a sweet name,idk how much sweeter would be the baby who will have this name plus a muslim child could not have Moses as a name.Musa would be fine else ask some of your elder who have given this name to you.they might know the roots aswell.

  5. Anonymous on Saturday 22nd of October 2016 08:35:42 AM

    Hausa Muslims call Musa “Kalla” or “Kallamu” commomly to show reverence to the current person so named.

  6. Anonymous on Saturday 22nd of October 2016 08:36:40 AM

    Hausa Muslims call Musa “Kalla” or “Kallamu” commonly to show reverence to the current person so named.

  7. Anonymous on Monday 24th of October 2016 09:01:10 PM

    …yes. Hello, Mashal Khan… Musa. are they both related in some way? because I have found both very related?

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