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There is a hadith which states that the phophet Muhammad(saw) changed the name of a woman from Asiya to Jameelah. It is said that the name Asiya means disobedient and it was her original name even when she was a non believer and did not change her name after accepting the message of Moses (pbuh). Please explain

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  1. Anonymous on Wednesday 4th of February 2015 04:55:32 AM

    I am planning to name my daughter with this name. I’ve made a few researches online and i found this information that may help you.

    “Note the spelling of the name in Arabic, as mentioned in the hadith in Muslim, is آسِيَةَ (alif, seen, yah, ta-marbuwta). There’s another hadith in Saheeh Muslim where Rasulullah changed the name of a woman from ‘Asiyah to Jameelah.

    Note the spelling difference: in the latter hadith, the name is spelt عَاصِيَةَ (ayn, alif, saad, yah, ta-marbuwtah). This name is from the root word ayn-saad-alif, which means to disobey, and is mentioned plenty of times in the Qur’an.

    Given that the latter name uses letters that are harder to pronounce (ayn and saad), you would need to intentionally pronounce the name differently to use the unfortunate meaning. It won’t be a problem InshaAllah.”

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