Sauds Go Name Ban Happy

Not content with restricting the rights of women drivers , those crazy kids in Saudi Arabia have now clamped down on names.

bannedSaudi Arabia released a list of 50 names, including Binyamin, Maya, and Linda, that parents are forbidden from calling their children, the Gulf News reported.

The banned names are either blasphemous, non-Arabic or non-Islamic, or contradictory to the kingdom’s culture or religion, said the Saudi interior ministry.
Some of the banned names seem not to fall under any of those categories, however. Abdul Naser is most decidedly a Muslim name, but it is also the name of the 1950′s and ’60s Egyptian president Gamal Abdul Nasser who was a rival of Saudi Arabia’s. Banned names Amir (prince), Malika (queen), and Mamlaka (kingdom) are all Arabic, but have to do with royalty, which may be a reason for their inclusion on the list. Binyamin just so happens to be the Arabic (and Hebrew) pronunciation of Benjamin (as in Israel’s current Prime Minister Netanyahu).

The banned names, according to the Gulf News, are:

Malaak (angel)
Abdul Aati
Abdul Naser
Abdul Musleh
Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin)
Naris
Yara
Sitav
Loland
Tilaj
Barrah
Abdul Nabi
Abdul Rasool
Sumuw (highness)
Al Mamlaka (the kingdom)
Malika (queen)
Mamlaka (kingdom)
Tabarak (blessed)
Nardeen
Sandy
Rama (Hindu god)
Maline
Elaine
Inar
Maliktina
Maya
Linda
Randa
Basmala (utterance of the name of God)
Jibreel (angel Gabriel)
Abdul Mu’een
Abrar
Iman
Bayan
Baseel
Wireelam
Nabi (prophet)
Nabiyya (female prophet)
Amir (prince)
Taline
Aram
Nareej
Rital
Alice
Lareen
Kibrial
Lauren

From the Glass Being Half Full department, the following names did not make the list.

Shmulik

Yunkele

Shimon

Hugh Jass

Ehud

Omer

Osnat

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