Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Abdul Jabbar (Name)

Abdul Jabbar (transliteration: ʿAbdul Jabbār, Arabic: عبد الجبار) is an Arabic name for boys that means “servant of the Almighty”, “servant of the Omnipotent”, meaning “servant of God”, since al-Jabbār 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-Jabbār. Due to the way the Arabic language works, when pronouncing the name ʿabd al-Jabbār becomes ʿabdul Jabbār.

Abdul Jabbar may also be spelled as Abdul Jabar, Abdol Jabar, Abdel Jabbar, Abd al-Jabbar, Abd al-Jabar, Abd el-Gebar and Abd el-Jabar, among others.

There are three Companions of the Prophet Muhammad named Abdul Jabbar:

  • Abdul Jabar bin al-Harith عبد الجبار بن الحارث
  • Abdul Jabar bin Shihab عبد الجبار بن شهاب
  • Abdul Jabar bin al-Ward عبد الجبار بن الورد

Below is the name Abdul Jabbar written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the same name written in Arabic kufi script:

Footnotes

  1. Al-Nihaayah fi Ghareeb al-Hadeeth wal Athar by Abu Sa`aadaat Ibn al-Athir (d. 1210 CE), entry for جَبَرَ.
  2. Taaj al-Aroos by Murtada al-Zabidi (d. 1790 CE), entry for عبد.

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