Nick Names might seem funny and funky, but in reality, it is the harshest thing you would do to an another person as it is not allowed in Islam!
In Islam, calling a person from his or her original names describes his or her identity. In Asian culture, especially in India or Pakistani, we name each other as Guddu, Raju etc making their original identity hidden!
What Kind of Nick Names are Not Allowed In Islam?
We mostly name our friends upon their weaknesses, for example, if someone is not good with their education so we start calling him or her “Hey, Duffer!” and eventually, it becomes their name in their friends’ circle which almost lasts forever.
We also talked about Women using their Husband’s name after marriage issue as well, Names can also have an impact on a person’s life, In Islam, it is suggested when a baby is born, you have to name as per Islamic principles and upon Islamic personalities.
What Are Kinds Of Nick Names Allowed In Islam?
Then we come to point what kind of Nicknames that are okay in Islam. The wrong nicknames were calling a person, “Dumb, Stinky, Shorty etc” but here we will talk about the names which are allowed, such as “Abu Hurayrah” whose real name was “Ad-Dawsi Alzahrani”, the nicknames to him was given by Muhammad (PBUH). As per Wikipedia, he was also named “Abd al-Rahman” by Muhammad (PBUH).
Similar to that, Abu Bakr (RA)’s name was “Abdallah bin Abi Quḥafah“, and “Abu Bakr” was given to him as a nickname by Muhammad (PBUH). And Uthman Ibn Affan (RA) was called “Zun-noorain” (Owner fo two lights) by Muhammad (PBUH).
We should call each other with respect, and name nicknames which are insulting are indeed prohibited under the light of Quran and Hadith, as quoted above. Give each other nicknames which are rather respecting, as our Prophet (PBUH) gave to Abu Bakr (RA) and Abu Hurayrah (RA) and Uthman Ibn Affan (RA).
If you still call any of your friend with a short harsh name, then you are committing a sin! And if you are feeling the nickname should be given, then try giving that person a good name, as out Prophet (PBUH) gave.