Q: I am a Sudanese young man.
My name is 'Qasamullah'
however, I do not know whether this name is derived from the verb 'Qasama' (divided) whose form in the present tense is 'Yaqsimu' (to divide); in the verbal noun form is 'Taqsim' (division); and in the object form is 'Maqsum' (divided); or if it is derived from 'Qassama' (distributed) whose form in the present tense is 'Yuqassimu' (to distribute); and in the verbal noun form is 'Qasman' (portion); or if it is derived from the meanings of 'Qismah' and 'Nasib' (fate). Generally, I do not know exactly from which stem my name is derived. However, my colleagues in the office told me that my name implies Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship). This seemed strange for me and thus, I was encouraged to ask for your guidance. So please provide me with your Fatwa in this regard.
'Qasamullah' means Allah's `Ata' (grant) because 'Qasman' means `Ata' and it is the verbal noun of 'Qassama' and 'Yuqassimu'. Thus, the name 'Qasamullah' neither implies Shirk nor is considered prohibited according to Shar` (Islamic law).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.