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

Web Desk 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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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430


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