Q: I have been blessed with a daughter, praise be to Allah. I agreed with my wife to name her (Yara) which is originally Persian but has meanings of power, capability and bravery. We chose this name because of these good meanings not imitating non-Muslims. In addition, this name is not reported as forbidden, does not include servitude or indicate pessimism or other bad meanings, nor does it contain a religious meaning and it is not the name of an angel or a Surah (Chapter) from the Qur'an. I decided to give my child this name (Yara) and I ask Allah to make me a memorizer of the Glorious Qur'an.My question is: What is the ruling on
giving her this name?
You mentioned that the name is originally Persian, so we advise you not to give your daughter this name because it is included in imitating the non-Arabs. Doing so is prohibited by the Shari`ah (Islamic law) and it is required to avoid that. At the same time, Arabic names that are of good meanings and free of prohibitions are plentiful. The Muslim father is required to choose good names for his children, whether males or females, which is an indication of his perfect mind and wisdom. (Part No. 10; Page No. 503) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.