A Quranic Name for Boys
Meaning: Safety and Security
Selam is variant of Salam and has the exact same meaning and pronunciation (see below for full meaning). You can use either Selam or Salam, both are correct and acceptable. If you like this variant more and you'd like to pronounce it the way it is spelled (different than the original name), this is perfectly acceptable. For more details please see the main entry at: Salam.
Full Meaning of Selam
Selam is a direct Quranic name that means peace, safety, security, and a person who doesn’t harm others. It is used in many places in the Quran and is also the root for Allah’s name of as-Selam. A person shouldn’t be named as-Selam because the “as-” at the beginning makes it specific to Allah, it means “the One Peace”. But by removing the “as-“, the word becomes a general attribute and can be used as a name.
Selam is also an Islamic greeting that means “Peace be upon you!”, i.e. “I mean you no harm.”
It is all peace [the Night of al-Qadr], until the rising of the dawn. (Quran 97:5)
O you who believe! when you go to war in Allah’s way, make investigation, and do not say to any one who offers you peace: You are not a believer. Do you seek goods of this world’s life! But with Allah there are abundant gains; you too were such before, then Allah conferred a benefit on you; therefore make investigation; surely Allah is aware of what you do. (Quran 94:4)
With it, Allah guides whoever obeys the will of Allah to the paths of peace and safety, and takes them out of darkness towards light by His command, and guides them to the Straight Path. (Quran 5:16)
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