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Ruqayya (Arabic: رقيّة‎) (also spelled Ruqaiya, Ruqayyah, Ruqaiyyah, Ruqaya, Rukaiya, Rakeya, Rakeyah etc.) is an Arabic female given name meaning "rise, ascent, ascending", "chant or recite Divine Words".[1] It is derived either from Arabic رقى (ruqia) meaning "rise, ascent" or from رقية (ruqyah) meaning "spell, charm, incantation". It also means "enchanting, bewitching or of being armed against sorcery".[2] Ruqayyah is the name of a daughter of the Islamic prophet Mohammad and wife of third Rashidun caliph Uthman.

Famous people called Ruqayya include:

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  1. ^ Grant, Russell (2009). Zodiac Baby Names the Complete Book of Baby Names Defined by Star Sign (1st ed.). Hay House, Inc. p. 323. ISBN 9781401926830.
  2. ^ Steingass, Francis Joseph (2003). A Comprehensive Persian-English Dictionary: Including the Arabic Words and Phrases to be Met with in Persian Literature, Being, Johnson and Richardson's Persian, Arabic, and English Dictionary, Revised, Enlarged, and Entirely Reconstructed. Asian Educational Services. p. 584. ISBN 9788120606708.