Bearing the name '`Abdul-Satir'

Q: Please, give us a written Fatwa showing the ruling of giving someone the name of `Abd-ul-Satir and whether his request to change it is appropriate. Is this name reported as one of the Allah's (Exalted be He) Names ?

A: Al-Satir (the coverer) is not among the Names of Allah (Exalted be He) but it is one of His Attributes. He is Allah Who conceals His Servants' mistakes. It is not permissible to derive a name of Allah (Glorified be He) (Part No. 10; Page No. 504) from this description because the Names of Allah are Tawqifiy (bound by a religious text and not amenable to personal opinion) but Al-Satir is not include in them. Thus, his request to change his name is correct.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.