Abdul Ghafur (transliteration: ʿAbdul Ghafūr, Arabic: عبد الغفور) is an Arabic name for boys that means “servant of the Oft-Forgiving”, meaning “servant of God”, since al-Ghafūr is one of the names of God in Islam.1 The name is made up of the words ʿabd (“servant”, “slave”)2 and the name of God al-Ghafūr. Due to the way the Arabic language works, when pronouncing the name ʿabd al-Ghafūr becomes ʿabdul Ghafūr.
Abdul Ghafur may also be spelled as Abdel Ghafur, Abdol Ghafur, Abd al-Ghafoor, Abdul Ghafoor and others.
There is one Companion of the Prophet Muhammad named Abdul Ghafur:
- Abdul Ghafur bin Abdul Aziz عبد الغفور بن عبد العزيز
Below is the name Abdul Ghafur written in Arabic naskh script:
Below is the same name written in Arabic kufi script:
- Al-Nihaayah fi Ghareeb al-Hadeeth wal Athar by Abu Sa`aadaat Ibn al-Athir (d. 1210 CE), entry for غَفَرَ.
- Taaj al-Aroos by Murtada al-Zabidi (d. 1790 CE), entry for عبد.