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Saudi Arabia outlaws naming children Binyamin

By Mason White 12:58 PM March 14, 2014
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 

By: Aarav Sen
Saudi Arabia passed a new law prohibiting parents from naming their child Binyamin among other names.

The Ministry of Interior has banned 50 names.

Citizens can no longer name their children Amir, Linda or Abdul Nabi. The Ministry of Interior said that the list of names contradict the culture or religion of the kingdom, while some are foreign or bad.

However, the name Binyamin is not offensive to Muslims. According to the Islamic faith, Binyamin was the son of the Prophet Jacob and the brother of the Prophet Joseph, but also happens to be the name of the Israeli Prime Minister.

The complete list of names is as follows.

Malaak, Abdul Aati, Abdul Naser, Abdul Musleh, Nabi, Nabiyya, Amir, Sumuw, Al Mamlaka, Malika, Mamlaka, Tabarak, Nardeen Maya, Linda Randa, Basmala, Taline, Aram, Nareej, Rital, Alice, Sandy, Rama, Maline, Elaine, Inar, Maliktina, Lareen, Kibrial, Lauren, Binyamin, Naris, Yara, Sitav, Loland, Tilaj, Barrah, Abdul Nabi, Abdul, Rasool, Jibreel, Abdul Mu’een, Abrar, Iman, Bayan, Baseel, and Wireelam.