Elaine, Linda and Alice have already jetted to Gstaad. In any case, it’s good to know that they have their priorities straight in the Kingdom of the Two Holy Places. At a time when Saudis hardened by jihad wars in Syria and Iraq are joining al Qaeda in Yemen, they’re cracking down on names like “Lauren.” After all, imagine the damage a girl named “Sandy” can do, as opposed to a jihad terrorist. There’s just no comparison, now, is there?
“Is your name now ‘banned’ in Saudi Arabia?,” from the Belfast Telegraph, March 15 (thanks to Twostellas):
Parents in the Kingdom will reportedly no longer be able to call their children by names such as Linda, Alice, Elaine or Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin) after the civil affairs department at the ministry issued a list of the prohibited names.
Binyamin is believed in Islam to be the son of Prophet Jacob, but is also the name of the current Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Some names on the list are allegedly banned by the interior ministry because they are considered “blasphemous,” non-Arabic or non-Islamic, or contradictory to the kingdom’s culture or religion, Gulf News has reported.
The ban was also allegedly justified by the ministry because some of the names were deemed foreign or “inappropriate”.
Other sets of forbidden names include those with royal connotations, such as Sumuw (highness), Malek (king) and Malika (queen).
Some on the list do not fit into any of these categories however, leaving the reason for banning them open to speculation.
The full list of forbidden names as reported in Gulf News is listed below:
Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin)
Al Mamlaka (the kingdom)
Rama (Hindu god)
Basmala (utterance of the name of God)
Jibreel (angel Gabriel)
Nabiyya (female prophet)