'Abdul Rahiem

Abdur Rahim (Arabic: عبد الرحيم) is a male Muslim given name, and in modern usage, surname. It is built from the Arabic words Abd, al- and Rahim. The name means "servant of the merciful", Ar-Rahim being one of the names of God in the Qur'an, which give rise to the Muslim theophoric names.[1][2]

The letter a of the al- is unstressed, and can be transliterated by almost any vowel, often by u. Because the letter r is a sun letter, the letter l of the al- is assimilated to it. Thus, although the name is written in Arabic with letters corresponding to Abd al-Rahim, the standard pronunciation corresponds to Abd ar-Rahim. Alternative transliterations include Abdel Raheem, Abdur Raheem, Abdul Rahiem and other regional linguistic variations, and subject to variant spacing or hyphenation.

It may refer to:


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  1. ^ Salahuddin Ahmed (1999). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. London: Hurst & Company.
  2. ^ S. A. Rahman (2001). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. New Delhi: Goodword Books.