But you do have to admire the craziness. It is a craziness that only those living in the lap of luxury can afford. It is the craziness of the old badshahs and maharajahs and emperors who could put up a thousand folks on the gallows in a fit of displeasure. Many centuries later (after the oil has disappeared) you will still probably find them well settled back in their bedouin life.
PS what is the probability that Taliban will pick up on this and we will have new naming regulations in SAsia?
PPS People are having a lot of fun with this. Now that Rama is banned what about Rama-dan?
Rama banned so try Dasharatha-nandana or Lakshmana-bhrata. Maya is Amitabha-mata.
There are one million versions that can be tried out and the Saudis will not be any wiser (they will have to learn Sanskrit first what is the chance of that?).
My own (lame contribution): A popular Gandhi quote is “Aram haraam hai (laziness is a sin).” Now people in his native land may no longer care for his message but Saudi has honored Gandhi’s words by banning Aram (see list). Imitation is the best way of showing your (halal) devotion.
Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry has banned 50 given names including
“foreign” names, names related to royalty and those it considers to be
The names fit into at least three categories: those that offend perceived
religious sensibilities, those that are affiliated to royalty and those that
are of non-Arabic or non-Islamic origin.
A number of other names appear that do not necessarily fit into any category
and it is therefore unclear as to why they would have been banned. Names such
as Abdul Naser and Binyamin are not found to be particularly offensive to
Muslims. Binyamin is believed in Islam to be the son of Prophet Jacob (Yaqoub)
(PBUH) and the full brother of Prophet Joseph (PBUH), but it also happens to be
the name of the Israeli prime minister. Abdul Naser, similarly, is the name of
the famous Arab nationalist ruler of Egypt, who was at odds with Saudi Arabia.
Names such as Abdul Nabi and Abdul Hussain, common among Shiites and some
Sunni Arabs, are controversial because of the multiple ways in which they can
be interpreted. Abdul in Arabic means “worshipper of” or “slave of”, while Nabi
means “prophet” and Rasool means “messenger”. Those who oppose such names argue
that Abdul means “worshipper of’ and is therefore forbidden as only God can be
worshipped. Most Muslim names with Abdul carry one of God’s 99 Islamic names.
Abdul Rahman, for example, comes from the name Al Rahman.
The full list of forbidden names:
Malaak (angel) Abdul Aati Abdul Naser Abdul Musleh
Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin)
Naris Yara Sitav
Loland Tilaj Barrah
Abdul Nabi Abdul Rasool
Al Mamlaka (the kingdom)
Rama (Hindu god)
Maline Elaine Inar
Basmala (utterance of the name of God)
Jibreel (angel Gabriel)
Abrar Iman Bayan Baseel Wireelam
Nabiyya (female prophet)
Nareej Rital Alice
Lareen Kibrial Lauren