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Saturday, 26 October 2019

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Saturday, 10 December 2016

99 Names of Muslim Girls starting from the alphabet “H” along with their meanings

At the time of birth of our children, almost all of us face the difficulty of choosing a unique, beautiful and a meaningful Muslim name. I have personally experienced it at the time when I had to name my daughter. I know there are many common Muslim names for Boys and Girls but the problem is that these are common names and normally wives or someone in your family don’t want to use these common names. So, your requirement is a unique name with a good Islamic meaning. Some people want to name their child starting with a special alphabet for example, “H”. Keeping this in mind, I have finally decided to provide a list of names of Muslim Girls starting from each alphabet along with its meanings. In this page, you would be able to check 99 Names of Muslim Girls starting from the alphabet “H” along with their meanings.
1. Meaning of Haajar - Hard as a rock
2. Meaning of Hababah - A daughter of Ajlan; She was a narrator of Hadith
3. Meaning of Habiba - Beloved, Sweetheart, Darling
4. Meaning of Habibah - Beloved, sweetheart, darling
5. Meaning of Haboos - Name of a kind and benevolent noble lady who lived in Lebanon
6. Meaning of Hadeeqa - Gorgeus
7. Meaning of Hadeeqah - Garden
8. Meaning of Hadhirah - Sweet smelling, smart, leader
9. Meaning of Hadil - Is the voice of a dove
10. Meaning of Hadiya - Gift
11. Meaning of Hadiyah - Guide to righteousness
12. Meaning of Hafeezah - Keeper of the sacred book
13. Meaning of Hafsa - Baby lion, young lioness, Moon, Beautiful
14. Meaning of Hafsa/Ucha - The name of wife of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
15. Meaning of Hafsah - A wife of the Prophet (S.A.W)
16. Meaning of Hafthah - Preserved, Protected
17. Meaning of Haifa - Slender, Of beautiful body
18. Meaning of Haiza - Royalty
19. Meaning of Hajar - Wife of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S)
20. Meaning of Hajjah - She was a narrator of Hadith
21. Meaning of Hajna - Daughter of Nusayb, she was a poetess
22. Meaning of Hajrah - The wife of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S)
23. Meaning of Hakimah - Wise, judicious
24. Meaning of Halah - Aureole
25. Meaning of Haleema - Gentle, patient
26. Meaning of Halima - Foster mother of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
27. Meaning of Halimah - Gentle, patient, mild-tempered
28. Meaning of Hamamah - This was the name of a female slave who suffered much punishment for the sake of Allah but Sayyidina Abu Bakr (R.A) bought her and emancipated her
29. Meaning of Hameeda - Praiseworthy
30. Meaning of Hamidah - Praising Allah, appreciative
31. Meaning of Hamnah - She was a narrator of Hadith
32. Meaning of Hamra - Red
33. Meaning of Hana - Bliss, felicity
34. Meaning of Hanan - Mercy
35. Meaning of Haneefah - True Believer
36. Meaning of Hanfa - Name of the wife of Sayyidina Ismail (A.S)
37. Meaning of Haniah - Pleasant, agreeable
38. Meaning of Hanifa - Pure Muslim
39. Meaning of Hanin - Longing, yearning
40. Meaning of Haniyah - Pleasant
41. Meaning of Hannah - Affection
42. Meaning of Hannan - Mercy
43. Meaning of Hareem - Walls of House of Kabba
44. Meaning of Haseena - Welfare
45. Meaning of Hasinah - Pretty, beautiful
46. Meaning of Hasna - Pretty
47. Meaning of Hawwa - Eve
48. Meaning of Hayah - Life
49. Meaning of Hayam - Deliriously in love
50. Meaning of Hayat - Life
51. Meaning of Hayfa - Slender, of beautiful body
52. Meaning of Hayrah - She was a narrator of Hadith
53. Meaning of Hazimah - A female companion of the Prophet (S.A.W)
54. Meaning of Haziqah - Clever, intelligent, beautiful
55. Meaning of Hazirah - Clean
56. Meaning of Heba - Gift
57. Meaning of Heela - Hope
58. Meaning of Hena - Someone who is polite
59. Meaning of Henna - Blessed
60. Meaning of Hessa - Destiny
61. Meaning of Heyam - One of the many levels or degrees of love
62. Meaning of Hiba - Gift
63. Meaning of Hibatullah - Gift of Allah
64. Meaning of Hibba - Gift from Allah
65. Meaning of Hibbah - Gift of God
66. Meaning of Hidayah - Guidance
67. Meaning of Hidiyah - As One
68. Meaning of Hifza - Protective angel
69. Meaning of Hijab - Daughter of a Scholar from Baghdad
70. Meaning of Hijrah - The journey the Prophet Mohammad(PBUH) made from Mecca to Madinah
71. Meaning of Hilwana - Lovely, beautiful
72. Meaning of Hind - India
73. Meaning of Hindah - Wife of Abu Sufyan
74. Meaning of Hira - Darkness
75. Meaning of Hirah - Mount Hirah, named after the mountain where the Holy Qur'an was
76. Meaning of Hoda - Wealth
77. Meaning of Hodan - Guidance
78. Meaning of Hoor - A virgin maiden of Paradise for its dwellers
79. Meaning of Hooria - Angel of Heaven
80. Meaning of Hooriya - Angel
81. Meaning of Hooriyah - Name comes from hoor of heaven
82. Meaning of Horia - Angel
83. Meaning of Hubayshah - She was a poetess
84. Meaning of Hubba - Daughter of Maalik bin Amr al-Adwaniyah
85. Meaning of Huda - Right guidance
86. Meaning of Hujaymah - Attack;
87. Meaning of Hujayrah - She was a narrator of hadith
88. Meaning of Hukaymah - She was the daughter of Umaymah daughter of Ruqayqah (R.A) a companion; another woman by this name, daughter of Mahmood bin Muhammad was a reciter of the Quran
89. Meaning of Huma - An Imaginary bird
90. Meaning of Humaira - From the arabic name meaning reddish! Title name of Aisha (R.A) one who strives to achieve her utmost best!
91. Meaning of Humaydah - She was a narrator of hadith
92. Meaning of Humayrah - Red
93. Meaning of Humera - The imaginary bird who soars the highest
94. Meaning of Humra - Beautiful, Rose
95. Meaning of Hunaydah - She was a narrator of hadith
96. Meaning of Hurya - Angel
97. Meaning of Husn - Beauty
98. Meaning of Husna - Beautiful

99. Meaning of Husniya - Beautiful

Procedure to Check Umrah Visa Status Online

From a very long time, people have been becoming victims of Umrah Visa frauds in their home countries. They complained that agents charge money from them and don’t issue visas or sometimes they stamp fake visas on their passports for which they realize very late. It has also happened sometimes that agents arrange valid visas for pilgrims but don’t arrange for their hotel and transportation. Because of it, pilgrims have to face difficulties in Saudi Arabia. Recently, it has been complained by many pilgrims that their agents have overcharged them for additional Umrah Visa fee of SR 2,000. To counter all these issues, the Ministry of Hajj has opened an online portal to check umrah visa status online before making payment to agents.


First, open the below link on your computer screen https://eservices.haj.gov.sa/eservices3/pages/VisaInquiry/SearchVisa.xhtmlYou need to enter your passport number, select your nationality and enter the image code in the required fields. Once you have entered all this information, just click on the “Submit” button.
A new screen will open, where you can see the status of Umrah Visa. If your application has not been submitted to the Saudi Embassy yet, this screen will appear with the message “No Umrah Visa Request Available”. At this point of time, you can also check if you need to make payment of additional fee of SR 2,000 as Umrah Visa Fee. As you can see in the attached image, it is written that “Not required to make payment for Umrah Visa”.


If your Umrah Visa application has been submitted to the Saudi Embassy but it has not been stamped yet, attached screen will open with the message “The Umrah Visa Request sent to Embassy”


If Umrah visa has been stamped on your passport by the Saudi Embassy, attached screen will appear with the same message as above but along with package details. Availability of package details on means that the visa has been stamped.


If somebody has already traveled back to his home country, attached screen will appear with a message “Exit from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”. If you have already performed an Umrah in the current Hijri year, you must pay additional SR 2,000 as Umrah Visa fee. In this case, attached screen will appear on your computer with a message “Required to make a payment of additional SAR 2000 for Umrah Visa”



Hajj and Umrah
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How Egyptian pound lost 50% of its value in just 3 hours?

Egypt's decision to move to floating exchange rate led the Egyptian pound to drop by 50 percent of its worth - but the question is, what does it all mean? On Thursday, November 3rd 2016, Egypt announced for the first time in decades that it is floating its currency. Life in Saudi Arabia looks at what this will indicate for common Egyptians, and why the central bank has taken such extreme step this time.



You must be thinking what is “floating currency”: “Floating the currency” is an expression used by a lot of people but only a few people understand the meaning. Basically, it is a regime where the currency price is set by the Forex market based on supply and demand compared with other currencies. This means that now in Egypt, the value of its pound compared to other currencies is no longer under the control of the government. It had been hooked to the US dollar, which means that its value would only increase or decrease depending on the US dollar. Now, its value will vary generously. It can go up or fall on regular basis.  IMF, or The International Monetary Fund, appreciated the conclusion by saying that it would favor more foreign exchange and advances Egypt's external competitiveness, promote exports and tourism and invite foreign investment.



How will it affect the Egyptians? After this act, the value of Egyptian pound went down to about 50 percent of its value in just 3 days. This means that everything is now almost twice the price it was before. Whatever you could purchase yesterday for 5 pounds now costs 10 pounds. Mohammad Ayesh, an Egyptian reporter, and analyst, told that he estimated the worth of the pound to continue to decline over the upcoming days, due to lack of currency in the country's central bank.  Egyptian economist Rami Orabi says that these rises in price could last for months. However, it is expected in the long term that inflation will decrease by this floatation which hit a seven-year high record of 15.5 percent in August. He said that for now we will see an increase in prices and increase in inflation for major products in Egypt. He added that he is expecting the pound to reach a rate of 20 to 22 to the dollar. The value went down to 14 pounds to the dollar after Egypt floated its money on Thursday. Now it has reached to 18 pounds to the dollar.


Why did Egypt government do this? There is a sort of currency crises in Egypt. Foreign currency is short in the country. This made the country tough to maintain its economy as it is largely dependent on importing a huge number of products from abroad. Though it is exporting energy and wheat for maintaining its economy but importing most of the other products, in short, it purchases much more than it sells which is making its economy fall. Some economists suggested that floating money will assist to build up foreign currency by helping it to draw foreign investment. This would mean Egypt will have sufficient money to import items it needs, putting an end to long food lines and lack of basic goods. It was also a demand by IMF to float money in exchange for the loan.



In August IMF made a deal with the country to lend them $12-billion to support the injured economy. IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, commented that Egypt was going through a currency disaster and recommended a rapid reduction in value to undertake a broad gap between the official and black market rates. The IMF's chief for Egypt, Chris Jarvis, said that this progress would create the more foreign exchange on hand and would help further growth, job formation and stronger outer position for the country. An abrupt slide on the black market to 18 at the start of this week encouraged importers to end buying dollars due to central bank shortage. On Wednesday, the rate then reinforced to 13 per dollar, an unusual chance for the central bank to undervalue.



More demands by IMF: The full news of the deal is not revealed to the public yet. However, Egypt has embarked few changes, cutting subsidies for buyer’s products and privatizing government-owned companies per the IMF’s financial free market vision. IMF also demanded that Egypt should improve its foreign currency before it can give them any loan. Therefore, the country is borrowing money from abroad to fulfill the condition. In September, Egypt got a loan of $2bn from Saudi Arabia, to meet the IMF’s condition. Saudi Arabia played a role to enhance the Egyptian economy by building up its foreign currency funds.  It is said that Egypt requires a total of $ 6bn spare cash before it gets the IMF injection. Mohammad Ayesh, the Egyptian analyst, said that the IMF loans would help the Egyptian pound get its value back, but it requires time to take effect. How much more time the country goes through this crises is to be seen.

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Friday, 9 December 2016

20 Names of Muslim Girls starting from the alphabet “G” along with their meanings

At the time of birth of our children, almost all of us face the difficulty of choosing a unique, beautiful and a meaningful Muslim name. I have personally experienced it at the time when I had to name my daughter. I know there are many common Muslim names for Boys and Girls but the problem is that these are common names and normally wives or someone in your family don’t want to use these common names. So, your requirement is a unique name with a good Islamic meaning. Some people want to name their child starting with a special alphabet for example, “G”. Keeping this in mind, I have finally decided to provide a list of names of Muslim Girls starting from each alphabet along with its meanings. In this page, you would be able to check 20 Names of Muslim Girls starting from the alphabet “G” along with their meanings.


1. Meaning of Gazala - Intelligent, charming
2. Meaning of Ghadah - Beautiful
3. Meaning of Ghalibah - Dominant
4. Meaning of Ghaliyah - Fragrant, beloved, valuable
5. Meaning of Ghaneemah - Spoils, booty
6. Meaning of Ghania - Beautiful
7. Meaning of Ghaniyah - A daughter of "Afeef bin Amr Abdul Qays had this name; she was a very generous, philanthorpic woman
8. Meaning of Ghareebah - Strange, foreign
9. Meaning of Ghayda - Young and delicate
10. Meaning of Ghazal - She was a narrator of Hadith

11. Meaning of Ghazala - Deer, like a deer
12. Meaning of Ghaziyah - Female Warrior
13. Meaning of Ghitbah - She was a narrator of hadith
14. Meaning of Ghizlan - From gazzalle
15. Meaning of Ghufayrah - This was the name of a very pious woman who kept vigil in the night

16. Meaning of Ghumaysa - Her kuniyah was Umm Sulaym; she was a front-rank companion (R.A) and narrated ahadith; she died in the times of Sayyidina Uthman (R.A)
17. Meaning of Ghusoon - Branches of a tree
18. Meaning of Ghuzayyah - She was a narrator of hadith
19. Meaning of Gul-e-Rana - Sweet-smelling rose
20. Meaning of Gulbano - Rose

Leaves for Women in case of Death of her Husband under Saudi Labor Law

Islam requires from a divorced or widowed woman to observe a period of Iddah in which she is confined to her house. She needs to live within her house for a period of around 130 days. She is not supposed to meet any non-mahram people during that period. She cannot marry another person during this period. The purpose of having this iddah period is to establish if a woman is pregnant and if she is pregnant, the child would be named in the fatherhood of her ex-husband or deceased husband. Since Saudi Arabia follows the teachings of Islam, now they have allowed working women a leave to spend her Iddah period at home.
  • Previously, every woman was entitled to a leave of 15 days from the date of death of her husband. Obviously, it was a paid leave. However, many people in Shoura requested the government to extend this leave to cover the period of Iddah as per teachings of Islam. How can you ask a woman to come to work during an Iddah period?
  • As per the changes in Saudi Labor Law approved by the Ministry of Labor, a Muslim female employee is entitled to a leave of 4 months and 10 days. It is a paid leave and every employer is required to give it to its female employees. If it is discovered that the woman employee is pregnant, she can extend this leave till her delivery. However, the first 4 months and 10 days will be paid and remaining period will remain unpaid – Article 160 (1) of Saudi Labor Law
  • A non-Muslim female employee is entitled to have 15 days paid leave for the death of her husband - Article 160 (2) of Saudi Labor Law
  • The woman employee needs to provide death certificate and other supporting documentation to her employer to avail this leave - Article 160 (2) of Saudi Labor Law
  • It should be noted that the Saudi Labor Law provides 4 months and 10 days leave only in the case of death of her husband and not in the case of divorce and I think it makes sense.

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  5. Right of Air Ticket as per Saudi Labor Law

Can employer relocate me to another location under Saudi Labor Law? – Article 58

Saudi Labor Law covers the rights of employees and employers and maintains a balance between two. Sometimes it happens that the employer asks the employee to move to another location where an employee does not want to go. This is a conflicting situation and many people don’t know what they need to do in this kind of situations. It is very important for each employee working in Saudi Arabia to update himself about the rights designated to them by the Saudi Labor Law. We have given the details about employee’s and employer’s rights in respect of relocation of an employee under Article 58 of Saudi Labor Law below.



Previously, the employee had a right to relocate you to any other place within the Kingdom due to a valid reason if such relocation does not have any serious damage to the employee. The employer had every right to relocate any employee due to a valid reason and if it does not cause a serious damage to the employee. However, there were some ambiguities in it regarding the definition of “Valid Reason” and “Serious Damage”. However, these issues have been addressed in the latest amended Saudi Labor Law.



As per the changes in Saudi Labor Law approved by Ministry of Labor, an employer cannot transfer an employee to another location without written permission of the employee. An employer can also add it to the terms and conditions of the contract you sign at the beginning of your employment. If he has already taken your written permission in the initial contract you have signed that he can relocate you at any place to any location without your permission, he doesn’t have to take another permission – Article 58 (1) of Saudi Labor Law


However, the employer has authority to relocate you in an emergency without your consent for 30 days in a year. All the expenditures related to transfer from one place to another are to be borne by the employer. – Article 58 (2) of Saudi Labor Law


I have been emphasizing very strongly to the readers of this blog to read the terms and conditions of the contract carefully. Once you have signed the contract, you can only repent upon your decision. If you are not sure about any clause of the contract, wait for the explanation from an internal or external source. Don’t commit yourself into something you have no intention to do.

Job Continuation under Saudi Labor Law
  1. Rights of Expatriates in Saudi Arabia
  2. Am I entitled to get Transportation Allowance during annual leave?
  3. Article 77 of Saudi Labor Law – Good for Expats but Bad for Saudis
  4. Rules related to Annual Leave under Saudi Labor Law
  5. Right of Air Ticket as per Saudi Labor Law

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