What’s in a name?

Hello reader and welcome to my blog. I wasn’t planning on writing today but I was inspired to, and when inspiration strikes, you got strike while the iron is hot. A close friend of mine delivered a beautiful baby boy today and we were chatting about the name. She still hasn’t named him and we were discussing significance of certain names and such.

It reminded me of the few people who carry the same name as I do, and my friend then told me that Sajida is a beautiful name. I told her that I used to hate it because I was bullied at school because of it.

Some people would say “what, are you Iraqi?”, some would call me ” sijjede” meaning carpet. At school, people called me Saja because it was “easier to pronounce”. It wasn’t until I went to university and people told me my name was unique and beautiful and reminded them of sujoud and prayer that I started liking it.

I think that choosing your child’s name is a very important decision you make because it will impact them greatly. You want to give them a name that has meaning, but not something too heavy that it’s hard to pronounce or write. I love my name now, even though because of the ripped cartilage in my knees, I can’t go down for sujood anymore, but I feel it’s a good Islamic name to live up to.

So what does my name mean?

The meaning of the name β€œSajida” is: β€œWorshipper or Lady who prostrates. It is one of the acts done during prayer, where you are closest to God when your forehead touches the ground.

I aspire to be Sajida, to embody what that name means. Often, it leaves the impression that I’m so religious but I’m not. I think I’m a normal amount religious. I make a lot of mistakes. I have many shortcomings. I don’t feel half as pious as I think I should be or want to be.

I am proud of my name, and I think you should be proud of your name too. Your parents took great care in choosing it for you.

What does your name mean?

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16 responses to “What’s in a name?”

  1. Congratulations to your friend!

    My middle name, Leia, was my Lebanese great-grandmother’s name. When I was in hospital recently, someone had entered in the computer system that I go by Leia. I was so confused why people kept calling me that. I actually prefer it to my first name, but it doesn’t catch my attention the way Ashley does.

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    1. Yeah, I see what you mean. It’s nice to know you have Lebanese heritage. I’m half Lebanese, half American.

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  2. Wow Sajida, your name has such a beautiful meaning….πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  3. You’ve a lovely name.

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    1. Thank you, Sadje. So do you ❀️

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      1. Thanks πŸ™πŸΌ

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      2. Did you know your name is Swahili and means “sun over Africa”? I just googled it

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      3. Actually it’s an alias. My real name is similar to it.

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  4. You have a beautiful name and I’m glad it’s something you now like about yourself.

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      1. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

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  5. Your name is really lovely. And the idea of being close to God gives it rich meaning. Good luck to your friend in choosing a name for her son!

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    1. Thank you so much! You are so kind

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