I have named my son Mikal meaning Archangel of mercy who is responsible of bringing rain

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Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011


Child Upbringing


I have named my son Mikal meaning Archangel of mercy who is responsible of bringing rain


I have named my son Mikal meaning Archangel of mercy who is responsible of bringing rain and thunder to Earth. He is also responsible for the rewards doled out to good persons in this life. The reason I chose this was because I was told this is the islamic/arabic way of saying it. Mikha’il is the jewish was and Michael is the christian way. Is this true and is this a good name for my son? Is it ok to name my son after an angel? And does Mikal mean what I think it does?



Muhtaram / Muhtaramah

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

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


The name Mikal is an Islamic name and an appropriate name to keep. Mikal (or Mika’il) is the name of the Angel who is in charge of rain and crops. The name Mikal is mentioned in the Qur’an in the chapter of Al-Baqarah (The Cow):

مَنْ كَانَ عَدُوًّا لِلَّهِ وَمَلَائِكَتِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ وَجِبْرِيلَ وَمِيكَالَ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ عَدُوٌّ لِلْكَافِرِينَ – البقرة

If someone is an enemy to Allah, His angels, and His messengers, and to Jibra’il (Gabriel) and Mika’il (Michael), then Allah is enemy to the disbelievers.

The meaning of the name is equivalent to ‘Abdullah or ‘Ubaydullah. The word was originally non-Arabic, but due to it being used in the Qu’ran, it is considered to be part of the Arabic language. The word Mikal can also be pronounced as Mika’il in Arabic; to assume it to be the Jewish manner of pronouncing it is incorrect.

Ruh al-Ma’ani

والكلام في منع صرف ميكائيل كالكلام في جبريل ، واشتهر أن معناه عبيد الله وقيل : عبد الله ، وفيه لغات ، الأولى : ميكال كمفعال ، وبها قرأ أبو عمرو وحفص وهي لغة الحجاز ، الثانية : كذلك إلا أن بعد الألف همزة ، وقرأ بها نافع وابن شنبوذ لقنبل ، الثالثة : كذلك إلا أنه بياء بعد الهمزة ، وبها قرأ حمزة والكسائي وابن عامر وأبو بكر وغير ابن شنبوذ لقنبل والبزي ، الرابعة : ميكئيل كميكفيل ، وبها قرأ ابن محيصن . الخامسة : كذلك إلا أنه لا ياء بعد الهمزة وقرىء بها ، السادسة : ميكائيل بياءين بعد الألف أولهما مكسورة ، وبها قرأ الأعمش . – (روح المعانى)

And Allah knows best
Darul Iftaa

Madrasah Inaa’miyya



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