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IslamQA: Why do Muslims use Jewish names?

Salaam,my mom said after she gave birth to me she named me "Yakup" after that she said she fall asleep and she saw a dream,she said "I was in water and there was a lot of people in the water with her too,water was so clean and then everybody told me" Look that's prophet Yakup" and I turn my back and I saw prophet Yakup and he smiled at me" what does it mean? Can you tell,we are Muslim but my mom gave me Jewish prophet name and I love my name...

Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,

I have no knowledge of dream interpretation. As for your name, Yusuf (Joseph) and Isa (Jesus) are also Jewish name and millions of Muslims use them. Since they were all God’s prophets, we consider them all to belong to the same nation as ourselves:

And Ishmael, and Enoch, and Ezekiel; each was one of the steadfast.

And We admitted them into Our mercy. They were among the righteous.

And Jonah, when he stormed out in fury, thinking We had no power over him. But then He cried out in the darkness, “There is no god but You! Glory to You! I was one of the wrongdoers!”

So We answered him, and saved him from the affliction. Thus We save the faithful.

And Zechariah, when he called out to his Lord, “My Lord, do not leave me alone, even though you are the Best of heirs.”

So We answered him, and gave him John. And We cured his wife for him. They used to vie in doing righteous deeds, and used to call on Us in love and awe, and they used to humble themselves to Us.

And she who guarded her virginity. We breathed into her of Our spirit, and made her and her son a sign to the world.

This nation of yours is one nation, and I am your Lord, so worship Me.

But they splintered themselves into factions. They will all return to Us.

Whoever does righteous deeds, and is a believer, his effort will not be denied. We are writing it down for him. (The Quran, verses 21:85-94)

And God knows best.
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