What’s in a Name?

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What’s in a name? Well, it depends. When you stop and think about it, a name is one of the most durable – not to mention, cost-effective – gifts that a parent can give to their children.  And in my case, this gift was particularly valuable, as it’s meaning “noble and generous” helped me with various decisions in life.  At any crossroad, I simply had to ask myself, what would be the noble or generous thing to do!  Yep, my parents were simply genius in their approach to naming!!

So, obviously, when it came time to pick names for our darling twin boys, Henna and I paid particular attention to the meaning, philosophy, and attributes around the names.  Oh, and Henna loves long names, so the names had to be substantial!  ;-D  We sifted through history, philosophy, and mythology texts to divine names that drew upon our heritage to reflect (a) a celebrated friendship, (b) a unifying message for humanity, and (c) have a certain “muchness” about them!

Our quest for celebrated friendships began with that of Prophet Mohammed and Hazrat Ali, followed by various esoteric parallels such as Prophet Moses (Musa) and Aaron (Harun) in Judaism and further on to the primordial souls of the Creator – Guru Brahma – and the Sustainer – Bhagwan Vishnu from the Vedic scriptures. It would be appropriate to mention at this point that Bhagwan Kishan (or Krishna) is an avatar of Bhagwan Vishnu.  With these as anchors, we reached out across cultural frontiers to identify their second names (did I mention Henna loves long names?) to complete the message of cross-frontier unity.  The result:

Brahma Mubarak and Khidr Kishan!

While the arabic word Mubarak has no direct translation in the English language, it can be described as infinite blessings in, both, the spiritual and temporal realms. And Khidr, with his timeless knowledge and wisdom, is the mythical teacher of the Prophets in the Abrahamic traditions!

So, what’s in a name?  Well, for our darling twin princes: the souls of the Creator and Sustainer coupled with infinite wisdom and blessings to serve and unite humanity!

*Key: [BRuh-Mah,  Moo-BahRuhK]   and   [KHi-Der,  Ki-SHuhN]

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12 comments on “What’s in a Name?

  1. Karim – congrats from the Deals. Please post pictures of the two princes! You know I love babies!!! And what a great story to tell the babies when they are older. You guys will be wonderful parents. Miss you! We’ll celebrate with bubble tea when I return home!

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  3. Salima Mulji says:

    Congratulations!!!! So thoughtful and “long” just like Henna wanted 😉 Can’t wait to see them!!!! Lots of love and Mubarakies to the whole Budhwani Clan!!!!!

  4. Kelly Berg says:

    Congrats to you both! Enjoy your new adventure. I’m sure you’ll be a great parent!

    I loved the story about your name. I also believe that names are important and say something about a person and can even be sort of prophetic in their meaning. May you all be blessed with wisdom and blessings.

  5. BJ says:

    I love the name stories! What lucky little boys to have two such wonderful parents. May you all be blessed with lots of laughter and many good tales as the journey of this new family begins.

  6. Farida Jooma says:

    Congratulations from the whole IWG Team to the new parents. I loved the thinking behind the names you chose. May the princes and the parents be blessed with lots of happiness and Barakat.

  7. Minaz says:

    Cogratulations! Congratulations! From NTX IWG Team: Twice the wishes…..one each for the two new members of your family. May the princes bring you endless joy and happiness.

  8. Amin Fazal says:

    Congrats to both of you and your families. Babies are so much fun. It’s time to take lots of pictures. There will be lots of memories. You will cherish for life time. Loved your thoughtfulness in picking the names.

  9. Rozina says:

    May Mowla bless you all with happiness, health and prosperity. Lots of Barkat for Brahma Mubarak and Khidr Kishan.
    Congratulations from Midwest AGI/GC team

  10. Rahman Rahim says:

    Beautiful and historical names. Congrats to Henna and Karim Budhwani. You broke the barrier of standard names that most of the children in our jamat have, all over.

  11. bkarim says:

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments, thoughts, and wishes!! 😀

    Some of you had expressed an interest in the pronunciation key for the names, here is our amateur attempt:

    [BRuh-Mah, Moo-Bah-Ruh K] and [KHi-Der, Ki-SHuh N]

    Enjoy!! 😀

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