The meaning of the name Muawiyah – Another Rafidi obsession

معاويهWe now that the Rafidah have a obsession with names. They become acrobates when it comes to the (bitter) fact (especially the blind following masses of the ‘Ayatullahs’) that the Imams of the AHl Al-Bayt literally LIKED names such as: – Omar – Zubayr – Aisha – Othman etc. Of course, they argue that their Imams did NOT give those names to their children out of love for the likes of Omar IBN AL-KHATTAB or Aisha BINT ABI BAKR. This of course is only a part time solution for their dilemma and a means to appease the blind following masses. A straight thinking person would never be satisfied with such a wishy-washy answer, for even IF that is true (which is not), then it doesn’t change the fact that the Imams of the Ahl Al-Bayt LIKED those names (which Shias today dislike more than anything). Why don’t Shias name their children after the Omar and Aishas that their Imams (allegedly) intended?! Because those names were common Arab names back then?! Well they still are! Anyway, the reason for them to avoid these names is PURE bias and grudge and in one of our previous articles we have proven that the Ahl Al-Bayt named their children after names that the Rafidah Shias HATE:

The name issue and the final nail into the coffin of Yasser Al-Habib and all Shia apologetics

Now Muawiyah is a very tough case for the Rafidah. It’s like the Bismillah and Adhan to Shaytan, this is why they try everything to tarnish the image of Muawiyah even when it comes to the his name in and of itselt. Remember, the biased Rafidah even attack the nickname of Abu Hurayrah i.e. the father of the kitten. Claiming – as the likes of the Jahil Yasser Al-Habeeb does – that although the Prophet did call Abu Hurayrah by this very nickname, yet he (peace be upon him) intended to MOCK Abu Hurayrah by calling him ‘father of the kitten’ (Abu Hurayrah). Now this can only come from a sick and perverted mind, who thinks that the Prophet (peace be upon him) walked around and insulted those whom he taught the religion by calling them ‘father of the kitten’ (what an insult! Besides, if one were to check the companions and how many of them held names of animals, go ahead.). Anyway, in case of the name of Muawiyah, the Rafidah do their best to tell their (ignorant non-Arabic speaking masses) that the name Muawiyah has a very bad meaning and that alone should prove how ‘evil’ Muawiyah is.

They will tell you that Muawiyah actually means ‘howling female dog’ in Arabic, whereas in fact the name ‘Muawiyah’ has the following meanings:

‘Al-Muawiyah’  means baby fox or female barking dog.
‘Abu Muawiyah’ means leopard.
‘Al-`Awiy’ barking of dog or wolf.

‘Muawiyah’ is simply an ANCIENT Arabic name of a person, derived from the above.

Another very praised meaning is:

واشتقاقه من قولهم تعاوى القوم اذا تداعوا الى حرب وغيرها واستعوى بنو فلان بنى فلان استنصروهم

Ta’aawa Al-Qawm: To call people to war.

Ista’waa banu fulaan: to ask for the help of other people.

It was a very common name, a very beautiful one and what the fooled Rafidah (who are led by a bunch of Iranians who can’t even recite a Fatiha, let alone being experts of Arabic) don’t know is that it was (and still amongst some) very, very common amongst Arabs to give themselves, their children and even tribes (!) names that are ‘negative’ to non-Arabs (like the Rafidah Majoos). Some gave these ‘strange’ names to avoid evil eyes (i.e. by carrying negative names they thought that nobody will envy them, their sons, tribes etc.) and some some would call their sons mule, some would call them dog, some would call donkey because these names were simply names of their of their ancestors or past heroes, and sometimes they would call by the name of an animal for a specific matter, for example dog for its loyalty, or donkey for its endurance and patience…

There are whole Arab tribes that are called Bani KALB (sons of the dog. Bashar Assad, the Pharao+Yazeed of our time, the beloved hero of Iran and many Shiites is from the Bani Kalb!). And there’s other Arab names that we would find strange when we translate them using one of the meanings, such as:

Abbas (unlce of the Prophet, half-brother of Al-Hussein Ibn Ali etc.) = A man with a SCOWLING face

Handhalah = A bitter or even poisonous fruit.

Sakraan = Drunk

Jahsh (the Prophet’s wife Zaynab’s father was called Jahsh, i.e. Zaynab BINT Jahsh) = little donkey

Now back to the name ‘Muawiyah’. Muawiyah is a beautiful name, it sounds beautiful and Muslims should have no bias whatsoever towards ANY name (be it Yazid, Marwan, Muawiyah etc.) EXCEPT what the Shariah herself has forbidden:

Inappropriate names in Islam

Muslims are bounded by the Sharia rulings. The Rafidah on the other hand are bounded on their whims and disires, and make halal what is haram and vice versa (like how their ‘scholars’ forbide their laymen to get married in the WHOLE month of Muharram because of the tragedy of Karbala’. A ruling that was NEVER set up by Islam, i.e. Allah and his Messenger. In Islam the ONLY period where getting married is forbidden is for those on Hajj who have put on their Ihrams). Ironically, one of the (heretics) who narrated (spread lies) about Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq (according to the Rafidi school) was called ‘Muawiyah bin ‘Ammar’, and not even a SINGLE Shia hadith claims that the Imam changed the name of his companion, not even amongst themselves. This is while the Prophet (peace be upon him) who wasn’t scared of any Kafir used to do the following: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to change bad names to good ones. Hadith – Al-Tirmidhi #4774 Now if the name Muawiyah would have been bad or inappropriate then surely, the great grandson of the Prophet (peace be upon him), Jafar al-Sadiq would have certainly changed the name of his companion, or at least giving him or calling him by another (more Rafidi like, such as Abdul-Hussein, Abdul-Zahra’ etc.) nickname. meaning-of-muawiyah-02

The matter of fact is,  a huge amount of the followers of the Shia and companions of Imams were called Muawiyah, heck even Ahl Al-Bayt themselves called their sons Muawiyah, such as Muawiyah Ibn Abdullah bin Jafar Ibn Abi Talib Al-Hashimi. Having said that, we will  leave you with a  detailed Fatwa explaining where the name Muawiyah is derived from and how common it was (and is STILL amongst many Arabs) for the Arabs (Quraish, Bani Hashim Quraysh, non-Quraysh etc.) to use this beautiful name.


______ Ruling on calling one’s son Mu’aawiyah and mention of some who bore this name Q- My wife is a Muslim Saudi woman. She is originally from Persia. Some of her relatives do not feel very good towards the believers’ uncle ‘Mu’awiya Ben Abi Sufian’, may Allah be pleased with him. She and I agreed to give the name “Mu’awiya” to our expected son in his defense. So that they may love our son, hence they may love the believers’ uncle may Allah be pleased with him. Some of her relatives in the lands of Persia have some hateful Shiitic tendencies, so they slander Mu’awiya. As for her mother and father, they do not have an opinion. What is the ruling on giving the name Mu’awiya?.

Praise be to Allaah.


We appreciate the love that you and your wife have for the noble Sahaabi Mu’aawiyah ibn Abi Sufyaan (may Allaah be pleased with him) and we appreciate your efforts to convey this love to others who have been influenced by the Raafidi propaganda about him. It was the way of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to change bad names to good ones and Mu’aawiyah was one of the scribes who wrote down the Revelation. If his name has been bad, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would have changed it.

Based on that, there is nothing wrong with calling your son Mu’aawiyah, especially since your intention is to make this Sahaabi beloved to some of your wife’s relatives. Perhaps it is appropriate for you to learn about the life of this noble Sahaabi and to read what the ahl al-sunnah have written about his virtues and in defence of him, so that you will be able to confront the critics and spread news of the virtues of this noble Sahaabi.  

The Raafidis, the Shi’ah, fabricate lies about sharee’ah, history and even the Arabic language. They make fun of the name of the noble Sahaabi Mu’aawiyah and take it as a joke, and they claim that what is meant by this name is “bitch”.  The response to that is as follows:

1. Even if the meaning was “bitch”, the Arabs used to give people the names of animals based on their attributes, not because they were dumb beasts. So they used the names Jahsh (young donkey), Saqar (falcon), Dhi’b (wolf) and so on. The name Kalb (dog) was often given to their sons, tribes and settlements.

2. They are lying when they claim that the name Mu’awiyah means “bitch”, because it is the word al-mu’awiyah with the definite article that means “bitch”. As for the word mu’aawiyah without the definite article, it means strength of the arm, and abu’l-mu’aawiyah means the lynx. This also invalidates their slander against his father Abu Sufyaan (may Allaah be pleased with him). Ibn al-Manzoor (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: If the word ‘awaa (the root of mu’aawiyah) is used of a man, it means that he has reached his thirties and his arm has become strong and he is able to twist (‘awaa) the arm of another. Lisaan al-‘Arab (15/107). Al-Fayroozabaadi said: Al-mu’aawiyah means bitch or fox cub. Without the definite article it is the name of the son of Abu Sufyaan the Sahaabi. Abu mu’aawiyah means a lynx. Al-Qamoos al-Muheet (p. 1967).


With regard to giving him the name “maternal uncle of the believers”, as his sister Umm Habeebah was the Mother of the Believers  this is proven from some of the imams of Ahl al-Sunnah, chiefly Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (may Allaah have mercy on him).   It was narrated from Abu Taalib that he asked Abu ‘Abd-Allaah, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, about saying “Mu’aawiyah the maternal uncle of the believers” or “Ibn ‘Umar the maternal uncle of the believers”. He said: Yes, Mu’aawiyah was the brother of Umm Habeebah bint Abi Sufyaan, the wife of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him and may Allaah have mercy on her), and Ibn ‘Umar was the brother of Hafsah the wife of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him and may Allaah have mercy on her).

I said: Can I say Mu’aawiyah the maternal uncle of the believers? He said: Yes.  Al-Sunnah by al-Khallaal (2/433), Dar al-Raayah edition.  It was narrated from Haroon ibn ‘Abd-Allaah that he said to Abu ‘Abd-Allaah Ahmad ibn Hanbal – : A letter came to me from al-Raqqah saying that some people say: We do not say that Mu’aawiyah was the maternal uncle of the believers. He got angry and said: Why are they objecting to this matter? They should be shunned until they repent. 

Al-Sunnah by al-Khallaal (2/434).  

It was narrated from Muhammad ibn Abi Haroon and Muhammad ibn Abi Ja’far that Abu’l-Haarith told them: We sent a note to Abu ‘Abd-Allaah Ahmad ibn Hanbal  saying: What do you say, may Allaah have mercy on you, about that who say: I will not say that Mu’aawiyah was the scribe of the revelation and I will not say that he was the maternal uncle of the believers, because he took the caliphate by the sword and by force? Abu ‘Abd-Allaah said: These are bad words and these people should be avoided and shunned, and we should warn the people about them. 

Al-Sunnah by al-Khallaal (2/434)  

It was narrated that Abu Bakr al-Marwadhi said: I said to Abu ‘Abd-Allaah  Ahmad ibn Hanbal  Who is better, Mu’aawiyah or ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez? He said: Mu’aawiyah is better; we do not compare the companions of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to anyone. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best of mankind are my generation among whom I was sent.” 

Al-Sunnah by al-Khallaal (2/434).

All the isnaads of these reports are saheeh as you will see in the examination of the book by Dr. ‘Atiyah al-Zahraani.

Thirdly: There follows a list of other Sahaabah who were called Mu’aawiyah from the book al-Isaabah fi Tamyeez al-Sahaabah, which indicates that this name was well known and commonly used.

Mu’aawiyah ibn Anas al-Sulami, Mu’aawiyah ibn Thawr ibn ‘Ubaadah ibn al-Bakka’ al-‘Aamiri al-Bakkaa’i, Mu’aawiyah ibn Jaahimah ibn al-‘Abbaas ibn Mardaas al-Sulami, Mu’aawiyah ibn al-Haarith ibn al-Muttalib ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, Mu’aawiyah ibn Hudayj, Mu’aawiyah ibn Hazn al-Qushayri, Mu’aawiyah ibn al-Hakam al-Sulami, Mu’aawiyah ibn Haydah ibn Mu’aawiyah ibn Qushayr ibn Ka’b ibn Rabee’ah ibn ‘Aamir ibn Sa’sa’ah al-Qushayri, Mu’aawiyah ibn Abi Rabee’ah al-Jarami, Mu’aawiyah ibn Sufyaan ibn ‘Abd al-Asad, Mu’aawiyah ibn Suwayd ibn Muqrin al-Muzani, Mu’aawiyah ibn Sa’sa’ah al-Tameemi, Mu’aawiyah ibn ‘Ubaadah ibn ‘Aqeel, Mu’aawiyah ibn ‘Abd-Allaah, Mu’aawiyah ibn ‘Urwah al-Du’ali, Mu’aawiyah ibn ‘Afeef al-Muzani, Mu’aawiyah ibn ‘Amr, Mu’aawiyah ibn Qarmal, Mu’aawiyah ibn Muhsan ibn ‘Alas, Mu’aawiyah ibn Mardaas ibn Abi ‘Aamir, Mu’aawiyah ibn Mu’aawiyah al-Muzani, Mu’aawiyah ibn al-Mugheerah ibn Abi’l-‘Aas ibn Umayyah al-Umawi, Mu’aawiyah ibn Muqrin al-Muzani, Mu’aawiyah ibn Nafee’, Mu’aawiyah al-Thaqafi, Mu’aawiyah al-‘Adhari, Mu’aawiyah al-Laythi and Mu’aawiyah al-Hudhali. Al-Isaabah by al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (6/145-146). In Siyar A’laam al-Nubala’ there is a list of Taabi’een and others of the salaf who were also called Mu’aawiyah. See the index of al-Siyar (25/448). And Allaah knows best.

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