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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  • Hard Little Machine

    Yes death to all Lindas!

  • Hard Little Machine

    Yes death to all Lindas!

  • E ben Abuya

    Plus the entire staff at CarTalk

  • E ben Abuya

    Plus the entire staff at CarTalk

  • aewhistory

    But you CAN name your child Eggbert.

    • cba

      What about Dilbert?

  • aewhistory

    But you CAN name your child Eggbert.

    • cba

      What about Dilbert?

  • IronyDome

    Hey, Israel and Yehuda aren’t on the list!
    Wonder what Jibril Rajub thinks of his name being on the list…haha. Why is Binyamin the only banned Hebrew name? Is it because it’s Netanyahu’s first name?

    Why exactly is Basmala banned as an utterance of the name of God when people say the word Allah every day, including in names, like Abdullah, the name of the Saudi king?
    Why is Iman (faith) banned? I know or have heard of Arabs with many of these names! And why only ban *some* Western names? None of this makes any sense.
    (Oh, and I notice Hitler isn’t on the list)

  • IronyDome

    Hey, Israel and Yehuda aren’t on the list!
    Wonder what Jibril Rajub thinks of his name being on the list…haha. Why is Binyamin the only banned Hebrew name? Is it because it’s Netanyahu’s first name?

    Why exactly is Basmala banned as an utterance of the name of God when people say the word Allah every day, including in names, like Abdullah, the name of the Saudi king?
    Why is Iman (faith) banned? I know or have heard of Arabs with many of these names! And why only ban *some* Western names? None of this makes any sense.
    (Oh, and I notice Hitler isn’t on the list)

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