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    Wednesday, June 06, 2007

    Jack vs Muhammad



    Ya gotta have babies folks.

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    MUHAMMAD is now second only to Jack as the most popular name for baby boys in Britain and is likely to rise to No1 by next year, a study by The Times has found.

    Muhammad Anwar, Professor of Ethnic Relations at Britain's Warwick University, said: “Muslim parents like to have something that shows a link with their religion or with the Prophet.”

    Muhammad, which means “one who is praiseworthy”, is often given to boys as an honorary prefix and is followed by the name by which they are commonly known. It is regularly cited as the most common name in the world, though there is no concrete evidence.

    Mufti Abdul Barkatullah, a former imam at the Finchley mosque in northwest London, said: “Parents who name their son Muhammad believe that the name has an effect on their personality and future characteristics. They are saying that this boy will be of good character.

    “Some people may not really understand the history of the Prophet Muhammad and the name but they still want the association so they can be recognised as one of his followers.

    “In Arab countries, the name Muhammad is said when you don’t know the name of someone. On the sub-continent, it is different: Muhammad can be used either before or after another name.

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