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Hello! I am looking for a name for my son and I really like the name Gabriel, or Jibreel, but I’ve read that I shouldn’t choose this name because it’s the name of an Archangel and cultural beliefs hold that a child can never aspire to an angel so it puts a lot of pressure on the child. Are there hadiths in the Quran that say that I can’t name my child Jibreel?
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The majority of the scholars consider it permissible to use Jibreel as a name and a few of them dislike using it (among them Imam Malik), but none of the major scholars consider it prohibited to use it.
For this reason Muslims can use Gabriel and Jibreel as names. The general rule in Islam is that any name is permissible if it doesn't have a bad meaning, if it is not specific to Allah*, and doesn't relate to paganism and idolatry.
* Allah and ar-Rahman are specific to Allah, but most of the other attributes of Allah can be used as names if you remove the "al-" from the beginning, thus al-Salam (the Source of Peace) shouldn't be used as a name, but Salam (peace) can be used.
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