Ata-ur-Rahman

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Ata-ur-Rahman (Arabic: عطا الرحمن ‎) is a masculine Islamic given name. It is built from the Arabic words Ata, al- and Rahman. The name means "gift of the most merciful", ar-Rahman being one of the names of God in the Qur'an, which give rise to the Muslim theophoric names.[1][2]

The letter a of the al- is unstressed, and can be transliterated by almost any vowel, usually by u. Because the letter r is a sun letter, the letter l of the al- is assimilated to it. Thus although the name is written in Arabic and Urdu with letters corresponding to Ata al-Rahman, the usual pronunciation corresponds to Ata ur-Rahman. The transliteration Atta often appears for the first element and Rehman for the last, all subject to variable spacing and hyphenation.

Notable bearers of the name include

References[edit]

  1. ^ Salahuddin Ahmed (1999). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. London: Hurst & Company. 
  2. ^ S. A. Rahman (2001). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. New Delhi: Goodword Books.