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Language(s) Arabic
Meaning Contentment
Region of origin Iran
Other names
Alternative spelling Raza, Reda, Redha, Rida, Ridha, Rıza, Rza, Rizah

Reza (Arabic: رضا‎, riḍā) is a name of Arabic origin, widely used as a Persian personal name and within Iranian placenames, and its popularity generally is because of al-Ridha (Reza) as the 8th Imam of Shia Islam whose shrine is in Iran.


The Islamic concept Reza ([ɾeˈzɒː], also transliterated as Raza, Reda, Redha, Rida, Ridha [rɪˈdˤɑ], Rıza, Rza, Rizah [ɾɯˈzɑ], is a male given name common among Muslims, and especially Persians. It comes from Arabic and means contentment.

Rida (Reza) is an Islamic concept rooted in the Qur'an and the practices. This idea of contentment is expressed in two Qur'anic verses which discuss the contentment of Allah with believers and, conversely, of believers with Allah:

Allah was well pleased with the believers... ([Quran 48:18])

Muslims believe that Allah's pleasure with the servant is expressed through His gifts both material and spiritual and the servant's pleasure with Allah is the name of his obedience to Allah's commands and submission to his will. Rida on the part of the human also includes his determination to accept Allah's decree irrespective of whether it is favourable or unfavourable.[citation needed]

Because the Arabic ض sound does not exist in the Persian language (although its letter is available in Persian alphabet), Persian-speakers replace the sound with a z. This pronunciation was also adopted by other languages influenced by Persian, most of all Turkish and Urdu. In the Maghreb region, the name is spelled Reda, due to the French influence during the colonial times.

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Abdol Reza[edit]

  • People with the theophoric given name.

Ali Reza[edit]

  • People with the given name, after Ali Reza (765-818), Imam and seventh descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Gholam Reza[edit]

  • People with the given name, meaning servant of the contented one

Mohammad Reza[edit]

  • People with the given name, after Mohammad Reza (1919–1980), the last King of Iran.


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