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Assalam Alaikum,
I want to name my Sunni muslim son as Ali, Does it have to have a prefix or postfix name as it is one of the name of Allah? Or can it just be Ali and the lastname?

Also it is common name in Sunni and Shia and how much its true that Sunni Muslims do add prefix or postfix to the name and Shia don't.

Please share the meaning.



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Alaikumassalaam wa rahmatullah,

There is no need to prefix or postfix anything to Ali, you can use it by itself and a last name. The name of Allah is al-Ali, when you remove the al- from the beginning, it becomes a general adjective that means "high", "sublime".

Ali is common both among the Sunni and  the Shiite. I have never heard that Sunnis add anything to the name, I've only seen it used alone by itself (with a last name).

As for the full details of the name Ali, please see this page: Ali

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Reader Comments:

  1. on Sunday 10th of May 2015 03:19:05 AM

    I wanted to ask u the difference a name makes whether it is a Shia or Sunni because atleast the people know he isn’t and can’t stop us from naming people what we want. MASHA allah Ali is a very beautiful name and it does not matter if people think that he is a Shia because you know he isn’t and he himself knows that too

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