Names of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

The names of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (Arabic: اسما ءالنبي; Asma un-Nabi or اسماء محمد; Asma Muhammad) are described throughout the Quran and in Prophetic literature (Hadiths and Sirah). The Arabs say that the more names a thing is given, the more noble it is. A number of scholars have compiled collections of the names of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to increase the appreciation of who he actually is. In some cases they collected 99 names, to match the 99 Names of Allah mentioned in a famous Hadith. In other cases, they collected far more.
Arabic Name Meaning
1
مُحَمَّدٌ
Muḥammad
Oft-Praised
2
أَحْمَدٌ
Aḥmad
Greatest of Praisers
3
حَامِدٌ
Ḥāmid
Praiser
4
مَحْمودٌ
Maḥmūd
Praised One
5
أَحِيدُ
Aḥīd
Repeller
6
وَحِيدٌ
Waḥīd
Unique
7
مَاحٍ
Māḥī
Effacer
8
حَاشِرٌ
Ḥāshir
Gatherer
9
عَاقِبٌ
ʿĀqib
Last in Succession
10
طَهَ
Ṭāhā
Taha
11
يَسٓ
Yāsīn
Yasin
12
طَاهِرٌ
Ṭāhir
Pure One
13
مُطَهَّرٌ
Muṭahhar
Purified
14
طَيِّبٌ
Ṭayyib
Fragrant
15
سَيِّدٌ
Sayyīd
Liegelord
16
رَسُولٌ
Rasūl
Emissary, or Messenger
17
نَبِيٌّ
Nabiyy
Prophet
18
رَسُولُ الرَّحْمَةِ
Rasūlu r-Raḥmah
Emissary of Mercy
19
قَيِّمٌ
Qayyim
Upright
20
جَامِعٌ
Jāmiʿ
Embodier of all Virtues
21
مُقْتَفٍ
Muqtafī
Successor to the Past Prophets
22
مُقَفِّى
Muqaffī
Surpasser
23
رَسُولُ الْمَلَاحِمِ
Rasūlu l-Malāḥim
Emissary who fought Battles
24
رَسُولُ الرَّاحَةِ
Rasūlu r-Rāḥah
Emissary of Comfort
25
كَامِلٌ
Kāmil
Complete
26
إِكْلِيلٌ
Iklīl
Crown
27
مُدَّثِّرٌ
Muddaththir
Enwrapped in His Robe
28
مُزَّمِّلٌ
Muzzammil
Enwrapped in His Cloak
29
عَبْدُ اللهِ
ʿAbdullāh
Slave of Allah
30
حَبِيبُ اللهِ
Ḥabībullāh
Beloved of Allah
31
صَفِيُّ اللهِ
Ṣafiyyullāh
One Solely Chosen by Allah
32
نَجِّيُّ اللهِ
Najiyyullāh
One who had Intimate Discourse with Allah
33
كَلِيمُ اللهِ
Kalīmullāh
One Addressed by Allah
34
خَاتِمُ الْأَنْبِيَاءِ
Khatimu l-Anbiyā’
Seal of the Prophets
35
خَاتِمُ الرُّسُلِ
Khātimu r-Rusul
Seal of the Emissaries
36
مُحْيٍ
Muḥyī
Reviver
37
مُنْجٍ
Munjī
Deliverer
38
مُذَكِّرٌ
Mudhakkir
One Who Reminds
39
نَاصِرٌ
Nāṣir
Bringer of Victory
40
مَنْصُورٌ
Manṣūr
One Granted Victory
41
نَبِيُّ الرَّحْمَةِ
Nabiyyu r-Raḥmah
Prophet of Mercy
42
نَبِيُّ التَّوْبَةِ
Nabiyyu t-Tawbah
Prophet of Repentance
43
حَرِيصٌ عَلَيْكُمْ
Harīṣun ʿAlaykum
Most Concerned for You
44
مَعْلُومٌ
Maʿlūm
Known One
45
شَهِيرٌ
Shahīr
Renowned
46
شَاهِدٌ
Shāhid
Testifier
47
شَهِيدٌ
Shahīd
Witness
48
مَشْهُودٌ
Mashhūd
One Witnessed to
49
بَشِيرٌ
Bashīr
Bearer of Good Tidings
50
مُبَشِّرٌ
Mubashshir
Bringer of Good News
51
نَذِيرٌ
Nadhīr
Warner
52
مُنْذِرٌ
Mundhir
Admonisher
53
نُورٌ
Nūr
Light
54
سِرَاجٌ
Sirāj
Lamp
55
مِصْبَاحٌ
Miṣbāh
Lantern
56
هُدَىً
Hudā
Guidance
57
مَهْدِيٌ
Mahdiyy
Guided
58
مُنِيرٌ
Munīr
Giver of Light
59
دَاعٍ
Dāʿī
Caller
60
مَدْعُوٌّ
Madʿuww
Called Upon
61
مُجِيبٌ
Mujīb
Answerer to the Call
62
مُجَابٌ
Mujāb
Answered
63
حَفِيٌّ
Ḥafiyy
Welcoming
64
عَفُوٌّ
ʿAfuww
Much-Pardoning
65
وَلِيٌّ
Waliyy
One Close to Allah
66
حَقٌ
Ḥaqq
Truth
67
قَوِيٌّ
Qawiyy
Mighty
68
أَمِينٌ
Amīn
Trustworthy
69
مَأْمُونٌ
Ma’mūn
Trusted
70
كَرِيمٌ
Karīm
Noble
71
مُكَرَّمٌ
Mukarram
Ennobled
72
مَكِينٌ
Makīn
Unshakeable
73
مَتِينٌ
Matīn
Firm
74
مُبِينٌ
Mubīn
Evident, Clarifier
75
مُؤَمِّلٌ
Mu’ammil
Hopeful
76
وَصُولٌ
Waṣūl
Maintainer of Ties
77
ذُو قُوَّةٍ
Dhū Quwwah
Possessor of Might
78
ذُو حُرْمَةٍ
Dhū Ḥurmah
Possessor of Sanctity
79
ذُو مَكَانَةٍ
Dhū Makānah
Possessor of a Mighty Station
80
ذُو عِزٍّ
Dhū ʿIzz
Possessor of Glory
81
ذُو فَضْلٍ
Dhū Faḍl
Possessor of Virtue
82
مُطَاعٌ
Muṭāʿ
Obeyed
83
مُطِيعٌ
Muṭīʿ
Obedient
84
قَدَمُ صِدْقٍ
Qadamu Ṣidq
Sure Forerunner
85
رَحْمَةٌ
Raḥmah
Mercy
86
بُشْرَى
Bushrā
Glad Tidings
87
غُوثٌ
Ghawth
Aid
88
غَيْثٌ
Ghayth
Relief
89
غِيَاثٌ
Ghiyāth
Succour
90
نِعْمَةُ اللهِ
Niʿmatullāh
Allah’s Blessing
91
هَدِيَّةُ اللهِ
Hadiyyatullāh
Allah’s Gift
92
عُرْوَةٌ وُثْقَى
ʿUrwatun Wuthqā
Most Trusty Hold
93
صِرَاطُ اللهِ
Ṣirāṭullāh
Path to Allah
94
صِرَاطٌ مُسْتَقِيمٌ
Ṣirāṭun Mustaqīm
Straight Path
95
ذِكْرُ اللهِ
Dhikrullāh
Remembrance of Allah
96
سَيْفُ اللهِ
Sayfullāh
Sword of Allah
97
حِزْبُ اللهِ
Ḥizbullāh
Party of Allah
98
النَّجْمُ الثَّاقِبُ
An-Najmu th-thāqib
Shining Star
99
مُصْطَفَى
Muṣṭafā
Chosen
100
مُجْتَبَى
Mujtabā
Selected
101
مُنْتَقَى
Muntaqā
Elect
102
أُمِّيٌ
Ummiyy
Unlettered
103
مُخْتَارٌ
Mukhtār
Preferred One
104
أَجِيرٌ
Ajīr
Protector
105
جَبَّارٌ
Jabbār
Rectifier
106
أَبُو الْقَاسِمِ
Abu l-Qāsim
Father of Qasim
107
أَبُو الطَّاهِرِ
Abu ṭ-Ṭāhir
Father of Tahir
108
أَبُو الطَّيِّبِ
Abu ṭ-Ṭayyib
Father of Tayyib
109
أَبُو إِبْرَاهِيمَ
Abū Ibrāhīm
Father of Ibrahim
110
مُشَفَّعٌ
Mushaffaʿ
One Permitted to Intercede
111
شَفِيعٌ
Shafīʿ
Intercessor
112
صَالِحٌ
Ṣāliḥ
Righteous
113
مُصْلِحٌ
Muṣliḥ
Rectifier
114
مُهَيْمِنٌ
Muhaymin
Guardian
115
صَادِقٌ
Ṣādiq
Truthful
116
مُصَدَّقٌ
Muṣaddaq
Confirmed
117
صِدْقٌ
Ṣidq
Truthfulness
118
سَيِّدُ الْمُرْسَلِينَ
Sayyidu l-Mursalīn
Master of the Emissaries
119
إِمَامُ الْمُتَّقِينَ
Imāmu l-Muttaqīn
Leader of the God-fearing
120
قَائِدُ الْغُرِّ الْمُحَجَّلِينَ
Qā’idu l-Ghurri l-Muḥajjalīn
Leader of the Brightly Shining Ones
121
خَلِيلُ الرَّحْمٰنِ
Khalīlu r-Raḥmān
Intimate Friend of the All-Merciful
122
بَرٌّ
Barr
Dutiful
123
مَبَرٌّ
Mabarr
Fulfiller of Oaths
124
وَجِيهٌ
Wajīh
Eminent
125
نَصِيحٌ
Naṣīḥ
Sincere Well-Wisher
126
نَاصِحٌ
Nāṣiḥ
Sincere Advisor
127
وَكِيلٌ
Wakīl
Entrusted
128
مُتَوَكِّلٌ
Mutawwakil
Wholly Reliant on Allah
129
كَفِيلٌ
Kafīl
Guarantor
130
شَفِيقٌ
Shafīq
Tenderhearted
131
مُقِيمُ السُّنَّةِ
Muqīmu s-Sunnah
Upholder of the Sunnah
132
مُقدَّسٌ
Muqaddas
Pure and Inviolate
133
رُوحُ الْقُدُسِ
Rūḥu l-Qudus
Pure Spirit
134
رُوحُ الْحَقِّ
Rūḥu l-Ḥaqq
Spirit of Truth
135
رُوحُ الْقِسْطِ
Rūḥu l-Qisṭ
Spirit of Justice
136
كَافٍ
Kāfī
Sufficer
137
مُكْتَفٍ
Muktafī
Contented
138
بَالِغٌ
Bāligh
Accomplished
139
مُبَلِّغٌ
Muballigh
Conveyor
140
شَافٍ
Shāfī
Healer
141
وَاصِلٌ
Wāṣil
Attainer
142
مَوْصُولٌ
Mawṣūl
Connected
143
سَابِقٌ
Sābiq
Forerunner
144
سَائِقٌ
Sā’iq
Driver
145
هَادٍ
Hādī
Guide
146
مُهْدٍ
Muhdi
Guider
147
مُقَدَّمٌ
Muqaddam
Foremost
148
عَزِيزٌ
ʿAzīz
Mighty
149
فَاضِلٌ
Fāḍil
Outstanding
150
مُفَضَّلٌ
Mufaḍḍal
Favoured
151
فَاتِحٌ
Fātiḥ
Conqueror
152
مِفْتَاحٌ
Miftāḥ
Key
153
مِفْتَاحُ الرَّحْمَةِ
Miftāḥu r-Raḥmah
Key to Mercy
154
مِفْتَاحُ الْجَنَّةِ
Miftāḥu l-Jannah
Key to the Garden
155
عَلَمُ الْإِيمَانِ
ʿAlamu l-Īmān
Sign of Faith
156
عَلَمُ الْيَقِينِ
ʿAlamu l-Yaqīn
Sign of Certainty
157
دَلِيلُ الْخَيْرَاتِ
Dalīlu l-Khayrāt
Guide to Benefits
158
مُصَحِّحُ الْحَسَنَاتِ
Musaḥḥihu l-Ḥasanāt
Verifier of Good Deeds
159
مُقِيلُ الْعَثَرَاتِ
Muqīlu l-ʿAtharāt
Pardoner of Errors
160
صَفُوحٌ عَنِ الزَّلَّاتِ
Ṣafūḥun ʿani z-Zallāt
Overlooker of Lapses
161
صَاحِبُ الشَّفَاعَةِ
Ṣaḥību sh-Shafāʿah
Possessor of Intercession
162
صَاحِبُ الْمَقَامِ
Ṣāḥibu l-Maqām
Possessor of the Lofty Station
163
صَاحِبُ الْقَدَمِ
Ṣāḥibu l-Qadam
Possessor of Precedence
164
مَخْصُوصٌ بِالْعِزِّ
Makhṣūṣ bi-l ʿIzz
One Singled out for Glory
165
مَخْصُوصٌ بِالْمَجْدِ
Makhṣūṣ bi-l-Majd
One Distinguished by Splendour
166
مَخْصُوصٌ بِالشَّرَفِ
Makhṣūṣ bi-sh-Sharaf
One Distinguished by Nobility
167
صَاحِبُ الْوَسِيلَةِ
Ṣāḥibu l-Wasīlah
Possessor of Privileged Access
168
صَاحِبُ السَّيْفِ
Ṣāḥibu s-Sayf
Possessor of the Sword
169
صَاحِبُ الْفَضِيلَةِ
Ṣāḥību l-Faḍīlah
Possessor of Virtue
170
صَاحِبُ الْإِزَارِ
Ṣāḥibu l-Izār
Wearer of the Sarong
171
صَاحِبُ الْحُجَّةِ
Ṣāḥibu l-Ḥujjah
Possessor of Proof
172
صَاحِبُ السُّلْطَانِ
Ṣāḥibu s-Sulṭān
Possessor of Authority
173
صَاحِبُ الرِّدَاءِ
Ṣāḥibu r-Ridā’
Wearer of the Mantle
174
صَاحِبُ الدَّرَجَةِ الرَّفِيعَةِ
Ṣāḥibu d-Darajati r-Rafīʿah
Possessor of Exalted Rank
175
صَاحِبُ التَّاجِ
Ṣāḥibu t-Tāj
Wearer of the Crown or Turban
176
صَاحِبُ الْمِغْفَرِ
Ṣāḥibu l-Mighfar
Wearer of the Helmet
177
صَاحِبُ اللِّوَاءِ
Ṣāḥibu l-Liwā’
Possessor of the Banner
178
صَاحِبُ الْمِعْرَاجِ
Ṣāḥibu l-Miʿrāj
Possessor of the Ascension
179
صَاحِبُ الْقَضِيبِ
Ṣāḥibu l-Qaḍīb
Possessor of the Staff
180
صَاحِبُ الْبُرَاقِ
Ṣāḥibu l-Burāq
Rider of the Buraq
181
صَاحِبُ الْخَاتَمِ
Ṣāḥibu l-Khātam
Possessor of the Seal of Prophethood
182
صَاحِبُ الْعَلَامَةِ
Ṣāḥibu l-ʿAlāmah
Possessor of the Mark
183
صَاحِبُ الْبُرْهَانِ
Ṣāḥibu l-Burhān
Possessor of Proof
184
صَاحِبُ الْبَيَانِ
Ṣāḥibu l-Bayān
Possessor of Elucidation
185
فَصِيحُ اللِّسَانِ
Faṣīḥu l-Lisān
Eloquent of Tongue
186
مُطَهَّرُ الْجَنَانِ
Muṭahharu l-Janān
Purified of Soul
187
رَؤُوفٌ
Raūf
Gentle or Kindly
188
رَحِيمٌ
Raḥīm
Merciful
189
اُذُنُ خَيْرٍ
Udhunu Khayr
Hearer of Good
190
صَحِيحُ الْإِسْلَامِ
Ṣaḥīḥu l-Islām
Sound in Islam
191
سَيِّدُ الْكَوْنَيْنِ
Sayyidu l-Kawnayn
Master of Both Worlds
192
عَيْنُ النَّعِيمِ
ʿAynu n-Naʿīm
Source of Bliss
193
عَيْنُ الْغُرِّ
ʿAynu l-Ghurr
Superior of the Enlightened Ones
194
سَعْدُ اللهِ
Saʿdullāh
Allah’s Felicity for Creation
195
سَعْدُ الْخَلْقِ
Saʿdu l-Khalq
Felicity of Creation
196
خَطِيبُ الْأُمَمِ
Khaṭību l-Umam
Speaker Addressing All Nations
197
عَلَمُ الْهُدَى
ʿAlamu l-Hudā
Banner of Guidance
198
كَاشِفُ الْكُرَبِ
Kāshifu l-Kurab
Dispeller of Fears
199
رَافِعُ الرُّتَبِ
Rāfiʿu r-Rutab
Raiser of Ranks
200
عِزُّ الْعَرَبِ
ʿIzzu l-ʿArab
Glory of the Arabs
201
صَاحِبُ الْفَرَجِ
Ṣāḥibu l-Faraj
Bringer of Relief
202
كَرِيمُ الْمَخْرَجِ
Karīmu l-Makhraj
Most Noble in Lineage

Meaning of the Name of Muhammad

Muhammad is the name by which the Prophet is best known. The Prophet ﷺ said:

إِنَّ لِي أَسْمَاءً أَنَا مُحَمَّدٌ وَأَنَا أَحْمَدُ وَأَنَا الْمَاحِي الَّذِي يَمْحُو اللَّهُ بِيَ الْكُفْرَ وَأَنَا الْحَاشِرُ الَّذِي يُحْشَرُ النَّاسُ عَلَى قَدَمَىَّ وَأَنَا الْعَاقِبُ
I have many names: I am Muhammad; I am Ahmad (the Greatest of Praisers); I am Mahi (the Dispeller) through whom Allah dispels disbelief; I am Hashir (the Gatherer) at whose feet mankind will be mustered; and I am Aqib (the Last in Succession). (Bukhari and Muslim)

The name Muhammad is derived from the root ḥa-mīm-dāl (ح-م-د), which means ‘to praise’; this, being the passive participle of the second form, signifies ‘One who is praised continuously and copiously.’ He is so called because his name is forever being mentioned on the tongues of the denizens of the heavens and the earth at every moment in time, and also in their hearts. In fact, he is remembered and brought to mind upon seeing and recognising every beautiful and noble quality and through every knowledge learnt, understood and absorbed since he is the source and epitome of all noble qualities manifested in creation. Not only is he praised abundantly in this world, owing to the guidance and wisdom that he brought: he will also be praised in the next life , thanks to his intercession for the whole of creation after the Resurrection. His name alludes not only to his being much praised but also to the fact that his qualities and virtues are endless and we can never encompass them. The more we discover, the more Allah reveals to us so that we may continue to praise him until the end of time and beyond.

According to a Hadith cited by Abu Nuaym al-Isfahani, it was his grandfather, Abd al-Muttalib, who named him Muhammad. When asked why he had done so – the name being unknown amongst his forefathers — he answered, “It is my hope that the denizens of all the heavens and the earth will sing his praises.” It was said that he named him so because of a dream in which he saw as if a chain of silver was emanating from his back; one edge of it was in the firmament and the other was in the lands, one side of it pointed towards the east and the other in the west. Then it turned into the form of a tree, with light on every one of its leaves, to which all mankind in the east and west were holding fast. He saw the Arabs and non-Arabs all bowing and people from amongst the Quraysh holding fast to it. Then a group of people came and tried to cut the tree down; but when they drew close, a young lad whose beauty and fragrance Abd al-Muttalib had never seen or smelt the like of, appeared and broke their backs and gouged out their eyes. Abd al-Muttalib tried to reach out to take hold of the tree but he could not reach it. He was told, “You will have a share of it — but through the people who are holding fast to it.” Upon waking up, he related this dream to one of the divines of Quraysh and they interpreted it as meaning that a child would emerge from his progeny to whom all the people in the east and west would hold fast and whose praises would be sung by the denizens of the heavens and earth. (Rawd al-unuf)

It is also related by Ibn Hisham and Ibn Sad that the Prophet’s mother Amina heard a voice speak to her, informing her that she had given birth to the leader of his nation and that she should name him Muhammad. Scholars say, combining these two narratives, that she mentioned this to Abd al-Muttalib and so he named him Muhammad, since her experience confirmed what he himself had seen.

No one had been known by this name until shortly before his birth, according to Qadi Iyad. Zarqani in his commentary on al-Mawahib al-ladunniyya agrees that this is the position of the majority of scholars and is the soundest. Since the Jews and Christians were aware of his impending arrival, about fifteen boys, according to Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani’s commentary on Bukhari, were named Muhammad in the hope that they would be blessed with prophethood in their household. Yet none of them claimed prophethood, and all passed away before the spread of Islam except Muhammad ibn Adi, who by some accounts accepted the religion at the hand of the Prophet ﷺ.

Honorifics

In central and south Asian countries such as Pakistan and Turkey, the Prophet ﷺ is often referred to with the honorific title Hazrat (Arabic: حضرت) and is called Hazrat Muhammad ﷺ denoting his majesty and holiness. Elsewhere in the Muslim world, the title Sayyiduna (Arabic: سیدنا), meaning “our master” is often said before the name of Muhammad ﷺ.

There is also a strong emphasis on sending prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ after his name is mentioned, orally or written. It is related from Ali who said: “The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: ‘The miser is the one who, when I am mentioned in his presence, does not send prayers upon me.’”(Tirmidhi)

The most common prayer after the mention of the name of Muhammad ﷺ is ﷺ / صلى الله عليه وسلم (sallAllahu alaihi wasallam), meaning “Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him”. This is sometimes abbreviated to “SAW” or “PBUH” (peace be upon him) when written in English. Abbreviations are however discouraged and there is a strong emphasis on writing out the prayer fully upon the mention of the name of Muhammad ﷺ.

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