'My Lord! Grant me by your grace righteous offspring.

You are certainly the Hearer of all prayers.'

[آل عِمْرَانَ]


The Doepmaal is the name giving ceremony of a Muslim child.
The Islamic term is Tasmiyah.
The word “Doepmaal” is exclusively used by the Cape Town Muslims.

The traditional Cape Muslim Doepmaal:

It is customary for the father, family member, or local imam to make the Adhan (the Muslim call to prayer) into the baby’s right ear and the Iqama (the second Muslim call to prayer) into the left ear as soon as possible after birth, (the first words a Muslim child must hear is the glorification of Allah).

The Muslim baby name-giving ceremony usually takes place before or on the seventh day after the baby’s birth, this ceremony is usually held at the parents’ home.

The baby is dressed in a special gown and placed on a pillow that is decorated with a Midowrah (a decorative silk scarf) and roses are pinned around the edges of the pillow.

The name-giving procedure:

The father or imam would recite the Athaan (the first call to prayer) in the right ear and the Iqama (the second call to prayer) in the left ear.

After this, he would recite certain Surahs (chapters from the Quran).

Thereafter the Father or Imam will rub a sweet substance into the mouth of the newborn baby, usually a Date, Honey or Sugar water, while saying “Bismillah” (meaning “In the name of Allah”)

A piece of the baby’s hair is then cut whilst reciting the Salawaat (singing praises of the Prophet Muhammad).

Next, he would say (in Arabic)
[(for a boy) Inni sammaytuka "إني سميتكَ" (then the name)],
[(for a girl) Inni sammaytuki "إني سميتكِ" (then the name) ],
meaning “I hereby name you…, the listeners would usually respond with the words “Masha-Allah”, (meaning “as Allah willed”), a term used by Muslims to express appreciation, joy, praise, or thankfulness.

Lastly, a Dua (a special supplication) will be made for the well-being of the child.

Reference: islamic-relief.org.za
Islamic names for Boys
Islamic names for Girls

Muslim Baby Name Giving Ceremony(Cape Town Tradition)

Tasmiya Form

First Name
Last Name
Phone Number
Baby Date of Birth
Baby Name
Name Givng Date
Name Giving Time

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1. Names indicating servitude to other than Allah (SWT) such as: 'Abdun-Nabee (slave of the Prophet), 'Abdur-Rasool (slave of the Messenger) and 'Abdul - Muttalib - and whatever is like these names. Just the same in meaning are ‘Ghulaamun-Nabee’ and Ghulaamur-Rasool’.

2. Using these names which are particular names of Allah (SWT)- the One far removed from all deficiencies - like: al-Ahad (the One and Only, Unique in his Lordship, names and attributes, and His right to worship. The One having no equal, no assistant, no rival and no one similar to Him), ar-Rahman (the Most Merciful) and al-Khaliq (the Creator).

3. From the names which should also be avoided are the names of tyrants and despots like: Fir'awn (Pharaoh), Qaroon, Abu Jahl and their like, also the names of the leaders of Kufr and the heads of atheism such as Marx, Lenin and so on, since using their names would mean that one was pleased with their actions, and would mean imitation of them, and love of their systems of thought - and all this is forbidden.


1. Giving names which are meant to show servitude to Allah (SWT) but not known to be from Allah's (SWT) perfect names - like 'Abdul-Mawjood, Abdul-Maqsood and 'Abdus-Sattar. This is because nothing can be affirmed as one of Allah's (SWT) names without an authentic text, and these names do not satisfy this as they are rather attributes and information, so it is to be feared that in this way we might fall into giving Allah (SWT) names which neither He nor His Messenger (SAW) used for Him.

2. From these names are those which carry meanings of pessimism, or blameworthy characteristics which will be disliked or cause aversion or cause the possessor of the name to feel degraded, humiliated and such as will kill his personality - like Harb (war), Himar (donkey), and Kalb (dog) - and their like which are usually given as names by people of the desert of countryside.

3. From good manners is to avoid naming children with names which are suggestive or offend one's meaning of shame - such as: Huyam (one passionately in love), Nuhad (A young woman with full and raised breasts), Saham (summer heat)!, Wisal (sexual union), Ghadah (delicate young woman), Fatin (temptress), Fitnah (temptation), Shadiyah (female singer) and names with similar meanings. So fathers and mothers should steer clear of giving these kind of names to their children - since they are mostly names carried by the lunatic film actresses and dancers and using these names may be a danger to the children’s personality and to their society - since they will grow up having an attachment and fondness for them along with the meaning they convey and for those infamous persons who carry these names. This may then lead them to imitate those people and follow their way, slowly losing their Islamic personality - and it is to Allah (SWT) that we turn for aid.

4. It is also disliked to give names which amount to a declaration of a person's being pious like: Barrah (pious / piety) and the like - due to this meaning the Messenger of Allah (SAW) changed the name of one of his wives from Barrah to Zaynab, as he used to hate that it be said: "He left/went out from 'Barrah' (piety)."

5. From these names which it is disliked to use for naming are the names of the Angels. Particularly if they are used for females - such as Malik since it is to be feared that this involves imitation of the pagans who gave feminine names to the angels. But as regards to their use for males - then that is disliked by Malik, but allowed by a group of the scholars since the Hadith prohibiting it is not authentic.

6. Just as it is disliked to name with the names of Surahs of the Quran such as: TaHa, Yaseen and other names of Surahs. This is the saying of Imam Malik (Ra) - Ibnul- Qayyim also said: "The saying of the common people that Yaseen and TaHa are from the names of the Prophet (SAW) is not correct, there is no 'Sahih' Hadith about it or any 'Hasan' Hadith, nor anything 'Mursal' [having a missing link between the Tabiee and the Prophet (SAW)], nor any narration from any Companion, but rather they are letters like 'Alif Lam Meem', 'Ha Meem', 'Alif Lam Raa' and the like."

7. It is disliked to give names 'Yasar' (Ease), 'Rabah' (Profit), 'Najeeh' (Successful), 'Aflah' Prosperous), 'Ya'la' (Elevated)' and Barakah' (Blessing) since the Messenger (SAW) forbade that with his saying: "Do not call your boy Yasar, nor Rabah, nor Najeeh, nor Aflah, since you will say: Is he there?' So it will be said: 'No'. Indeed they are four, so do not attribute more to me." (Reported by Muslim, Abu Dawud & At-Tirmidhee)

And the forbiddence of Ya'a and Barakah occurs in another Hadith reported by Muslim
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