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Pronunciation Arabic: [ħuˈsejn, ħoˈsejn, ħʊ'sejn]
Egyptian Arabic: [ħeˈsejn, ħoˈsejn]
Persian pronunciation: [ho'sejn]
Gender Male
Word/name Arabic
Meaning Handsome
Other names
Related names Hassan

Hussein (/hˈsn/; also spelled Husein, Husain, Hussain, Husayin, Hussayin, Hüseyin, Husseyin, Huseyn, Hossain, Hosein, Hossein, or Husseyn) (Arabic: حُسَين, Ḥusayn), is an Arabic name which is the diminutive of Hassan, meaning "good", "handsome" or "beautiful". It is commonly given as a male given name, particularly among Shias.[1] In some Persian sources the forms Ḥosayn, Hosayn, or Hossein are used.[2] On the Subcontinent or South Asia, the form used is "Hussain" or "Hossain" in the Bengal region.

This name was not used in the pre-Islamic period,[3] and is recorded to have been first used by the Islamic prophet Muhammad when he named his grandson Husayn ibn Ali, saying he had been commanded to do so by the archangel Gabriel.[3]

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Family of Saddam Hussein of Iraq[edit]

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  1. ^ Discovering Islam: Making Sense of Muslim History by Akbar S. Ahmed, 1988, page 57.
  2. ^ [1] Archived March 11, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b al-Qarashi, Baqir Sharif (2007). The life of Imam Husain ('a). Qum: Ansariyan Publications.