50 names banned in Saudi Arabia; check your name in the list

01:33 PM | 9 Nov, 2015
50 names banned in Saudi Arabia; check your name in the list
JEDDAH (Web Desk) - Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry has imposed a ban on 50 names that they claim are in clash with the culture or religion of the Kingdom, according to reports by Saudi media, the Independent reported.

Reports indicate that parents in the Kingdom headed by Royals will 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 lengthy list of the outlawed names.

Though Binyamin is believed in Islam to be the son of Prophet Yaqub, but is also the name of the current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Gulf News reported that some names on the list are allegedly barred by the interior ministry because they are considered “blasphemous,” non-Arabic or non-Islamic, or antithetical to the kingdom’s culture or religion.

The ban was also justified by the ministry because some of the names were assumed to be foreign or “inappropriate”.

Other sets of forbidden names include those with royal implications, such as Sumuw (highness), Malek (king) and Malika (queen).

However, some names on the list do not qualify to be a part of any of these categories however, leaving the reason for banning them open to conjecture.

The complete list of banned names as reported by Gulf News is listed below:

Malaak (angel) Abdul Aati ,Abdul Naser, Abdul Musleh,Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin) Naris,Yara ,Sitav ,Loland ,Tilaj ,Barrah ,Abdul Nabi ,Abdul Rasool ,Sumuw (highness) ,Al Mamlaka (the kingdom), Malika (queen) ,Mamlaka (kingdom) ,Tabarak (blessed), Nardeen ,Sandy, Rama (Hindu god), Maline ,Elaine ,Inar ,Maliktina, Maya, Linda ,Randa, Basmala (utterance of the name of God) ,Jibreel (angel Gabriel), Abdul Mu’een, Abrar, Iman ,Bayan ,Baseel Wireelam Nabi (prophet) ,Nabiyya (female prophet), Amir (prince) ,Taline Aram ,Nareej ,Rital ,Alice, Lareen ,Kibrial and Lauren.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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