Asaas (transliteration: ʿAsʿas, Arabic: عسعس) is an ancient Arabian name for boys that means “wolf”.1 Its literal meaning is “that which comes/appears in the night”, used to refer to wolfs due to the fact that their howling is heard during the night.23 When used as a verb, the word means “it came about during the evening/night.” The verb form is used in the Quran in verse 81:17:
A call to witness the night as it falls. (Some scholars interpret the word in this verse as "it recedes". Both interpretations are possible.)4
Asaas is also spelled As’as and As-as.
There is one Companion of the Prophet Muhammad named Asaas:
- Asaas bin Salaamahعسعس بن سلامة
Below is the name Asaas written in Arabic naskh script:
Below is the name Asaas written in Arabic kufi script:
- Taj al-Lughah wa Sihaah al-Arabiyyah by al-Jawhari (d. 1003 CE), entry for عسس.
- Lisaan al-Arab by Ibn Manzur (d. 1311 CE), entry for عسس.
- Mukhtaar al-Sihaah by al-Razi (d. 1266 CE), entry for عسس.