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"Tareq" redirects here. For the village in Iran, see Tareq, Iran.
For other uses, see Tariq (disambiguation).
Pronunciation [tˤaːˈrɪq]
Gender Male
Language(s) Arabic
Meaning Visitor at Night
Other names
Pet form(s) Tarrook

Tariq (also transliterated as Tarek, Tareq, Tarec, Tarik, or Tarık, Arabic: طارق‎, Ṭāriq) is an Arabic male given name, common in the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia and Southeast Europe.


The word is derived from the Arabic verb (Arabic: طرق‎, ṭaraqa) meaning to strike, and into the doer form (Arabic: طارق‎, ṭarik) meaning striker.
It started to get used as a name after Tariq ibn-Ziyad, a military leader who conquered Spain for the Moors.


Tariq is used specifically for the one who travels at night time— a night visitor. As the Arabs might have found it that a seeking traveler from long distances would usually arrive at night.
It refers to someone who comes in the middle of the night and knocks on the door. The linguistic idea behind it being: the coming at night, and the calling to attention or surprise.


In Arabic literature, the use of the word appears in several places including most-notably the Qur'an, where ṭāriq referred to the brilliant stars at night in (At-Tariq, verse 1).[1] Stars can be eloquently referred to as Tariq because it comes out at night,[2] and it is the common understanding of the word nowadays due to the Qur'an.
Since Arabic is the language of poetry, we can also find it in many poems. For example, from the famous poets Imru' al-Qais and Jarir ibn Atiyah.[3]

Given name[edit]


Tarick, Tarık, Tarik[edit]

Tareq, Tariq[edit]