What Musfira *really* means

Alhamdulillah, my new baby girl is a little over a month old now, and when she is first introduced to friends and family members, I am inevitably asked what her name means, and inevitably, I have a hard time trying to give the answer. Here’s why:

Imagine this- a blast has just sounded, tearing through the sky. It is so loud it can be heard throughout the entire world. Every living thing, except as Allah has willed, has dropped dead. The mountains themselves have vanished- reduced to dust and blown away. The seas are gone, the earth has been flattened to one tremendous expanse, and without a doubt, it is the Day of Judgment. Then the blast sounds again, and the dead are coming back to life.

Look around you- there is pandemonium. People are in a state of terror and panic, fleeing wildly in all directions, men from their wives, children from their parents, brothers from their brothers. Some are trying to escape, some are sobbing, others are begging to be destroyed rather than judged. The hell that they’d been writing off as a figment of monotheistic imagination has been stoked and brought near, and amidst the wailing and crying out for destruction, you can hear the inferno drawing in great roaring breaths. It’s alive, and it knows it’s about to be fed.

But wait, what’s this? From within the sea of darkened, tear-stained, dust-covered faces you can see points of light- and they are people shining with happiness. They are unaffected by the fear or misery, and are instead overjoyed, laughing out loud, delighted, and elated that the promise of justice they have been waiting their whole lives for is about to be fulfilled. They are not looking towards the mouth of hell drawing breath in the distance, but rather to the gates of Jannah, as Paradise has been drawn near, and the only thing standing between them and eternal happiness is a meeting with Allah, whose blessed Face they have been yearning, not dreading, to see.

Some faces that Day, will be Musfira– bright. Laughing, rejoicing at good news. Surah ‘Abasa

Some girls are named for beauty, intelligence, or success. Some even for precious gems- Almas means diamond, Lulu means pearl. Others are named for righteous qualities- Saima is one who fasts, Naasira is one who is helpful- but I wanted to name my daughter something that would point her towards the one thing that would mean the most to her in this life and the next- when the world had been destroyed and remade, and the dead had been raised, and every recorded action hung in the scale of balance, I wanted her to be among those shining with joy. I wanted her to be Musfira.

And so she is- baby Musfira.

May Allah guide her and keep her on the path of righteousness.

May she shine with joy in this life and the next.



Abez is a 50% white, 50% Pakistani, and 100% Muslim. She is also chronically ill and terminally awesome. She is the ever-lovin Momma of: - Khalid, a special little boy with autism - Iman, a special little girl with especially big hair -Musfira, an especially devious baby Spoiler, Abez is also Zeba Khan on Muslimmatters.org.

  1. Saira


    SubhanAllah, jazakillah khairan katheeran for this educational and very touching post.

    What a lovely name. An excellent choice, mashaAllah, may Allah give her the tawfeeq to successfully live up to it, and reward you abundantly for what you intend for her.

  2. zari

    Okay, I’m calling Musfira! (for whenever that’ll be insha’allah) 🙂 I know you’re terribly busy but can we have some more Musfira updates please 🙂

  3. Nida

    Assalam o Alekum, its a beautiful name but please do check if its Musfira or Musfirah, i was listening to the Surat as well and i feel that there is a H in the end. my love to you and your sweetest kids, may Allah bless you.

  4. Abez

    JazakAllahuKheiran & Thanks to everyone for the well wishes 🙂

    Nida: The spelling in Arabic for Musfira is in the post itself, and that is of course the correct spelling in Arabic on her birth certificate. Our goal for the English spelling wasn’t complete letter to letter correspondence from Arabic to English transliterating, but rather the closest verbal approximation to how it would be pronounced, InshaAllah 🙂

  5. Mona

    Aw, what a beautiful post! You almost made me want to have another baby (girl) so I could name her Musfira! *almost*!
    Ameen to your duas for her!

  6. Musfira

    Wow! MashaAllah sister your write up is amazing… I’ll forever be thankful to my parents for naming me Musfira !! Ameen May Allah guide her and everyone towards the right path and grant Jannah. Remember me in your prayers.

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