Omu-Aran - A cleric, Sheik Azeez
Abdulrahman, has advised parents, particularly Muslims, to be careful of
the names they give their children because of the effect on their
Abdulrahman gave the advice in his Friday sermon at the Central
Mosque, Omu Aran, Kwara, and said there was a connection between a name
and the disposition of the bearer.
The cleric, who is also the Chief Missioner, Islamic Youth
Development Association, Omu-Aran chapter, said the issue of selection
of names for children had always been treated lightly by parents
He said: "the way and manner we name our children nowadays has contributed to the moral decadence ravaging our society."
He appealed to parents to select godly names for their children,
stressing that "there is usually an interplay between the meaning of a
name and the character of the bearer.
"The meaning of names should be taken into consideration. We should
stop the habit of giving our children names which have derogatory
He noted that some traditional names have outlived their relevance,
hence parents should be wary of the culture, religious and ethnic
background in naming their children.