Fatwa: # 42222
Category: Miscellaneous
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Date: 13th April 2019

Title

Meaning of the title Habib

Question

Assalamualaikum

What is the meaing of the title Habib? I saw that some scholars in Malaysia and Yemen have this title before their names.

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Habib literally means beloved in English.[1] However in Yemen and Malaysia, it is used as a praiseworthy term for individuals from the lineage of Nabi (ﷺ).  [2]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Aboobakr Siddeeq bin Mufti Amjad Mohammad

Student Darul Iftaa

Azaadville, Johannesburg, South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

 


[1] لسان العرب – (283 /2)

 

[2]     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habib

In other countries, especially in Yemen and Southeast Asian countries such as BruneiSingaporeIndonesia and Malaysia, it is an honorific to address a Muslim scholar of Sayyid (a descendant of Muhammad) families and where it is one of the names of Muhammad - حبيب الله Habib Allah(Habibullah/ Habiballah).

 

 

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