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Saudi Arabia Bans 50 Names That ‘Contradict Their Culture Or Religion’ [See Full List]

Saudi Arabia Bans 50 Names That ‘Contradict Their Culture Or Religion’ [See Full List]
Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry has banned names they argue contradict the culture or religion of the Kingdom.
The civil affairs department at the ministry issued a list of 50 prohibited names, among which are Linda, Alice, Elaine, or Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin).

Binyamin is believed in Islam to be the son of Prophet Jacob, incidentally is also the name of the current Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
According to reports, parents will no longer be able to call their children these banned names.

Independent UK

Some names on the list are allegedly banned by the interior ministry because they are considered “blasphemous,” non-Arabic or non-Islamic, or contradictory to the kingdom’s culture or religion, Gulf News has reported.
The ban was also allegedly justified by the ministry because some of the names were deemed foreign or “inappropriate”.
Other sets of forbidden names include those with royal connotations, such as Sumuw (highness), Malek (king) and Malika (queen). 
Some on the list do not fit into any of these categories however, leaving the reason for banning them open to speculation.
The full list of forbidden names as reported in Gulf News is listed below:
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

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