Abubakr Name

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Abubakr Muhammad or Muhammad Abubakr?

It may be a bit puzzling to those who have known me for long as to why have I changed the order of my name from Muhammad Abubakr to Abubakr Muhammad? The simple anwer is that I did not. While the actual person responsible for this name-change is some unidentifiable immigration clerk in the United States, it actually happened due to the incompatabiilty of western naming conventions (regarding first/given and last/family names) with those followed by some other cultures. This reordering got stuck in all the official documents issued during my stay in the United States and still lingers with me during my stay outside of Pakistan.

However, there was one choice that I made, and quite happily: I have used this shuffled name in most of my academic research and publications. Here is my reason. When I looked carefully, it matched (quite accidentally) with the names of many who have spent their lives in the pursuit of knowledge and made outstanding accomplishments. Here are the complete names of the most famous ones and I am sure that there are quite a few others.

  • Abu Bakr Muhammad b. Umar al-Je'abi (Hadith narrator)
  • Abu-Bakr Muhammad b. Ahmad b. Abi al­-Awwam b. Yazid ibn Dinar al­-Riyahi al­-Tamimi (Hadith narrator)
  • Abu-Bakr Muhammad b. Musa Al-Wasti (Sufi)
  • Abu-Bakr Muhammad b. Ibrahim (or Ishaq) Bukhari Kalabazi (Sufi)
  • Abu-Bakr Muhammad b. Abdullah al-Ishbili (Ibn Arabi, Maliki faqih)
  • Abu-Bakr Muhammad b. Abdullah as-Sayrafi (Shafii faqih)
  • Abu-Bakr Muhammad b. al-Tayyib al-Baqillani (Asha'ari theologian)
  • Abu-Bakr Muhammad b. Al-Hasan (Ibn Furak, scholar 5th century AH)
  • Abu Bakr Muhammad b. al-Qasim b. al-Mudhaffar Ash-Shahrawarzi (Scholar, 6th century AH)
  • Abu-Bakr Muhammad b. Abd al-Malik b. Muhammad b. Tufail al-Andalusi (Ibn Tufail or Abubacer, philosopher)
  • Abu-Bakr Muhammad b. Yahya b. al-Sayigh (Ibn Bajjah or Avempace, philospher-scientist)
  • Abu-Bakr Muhammad b. Zakariya Razi (Rhazes, scientist)
  • Abu-Bakr Muhammad b. Yahya as-Suli (Chess master)
  • Abu-Bakr Muhammad b. 'Isaad Al-Labbana (Court poet of Al-Mu'tamid)
  • Abu-Bakr Muhammad b. Arfah Rasuh (Court poet, Ma'mun of Toledo)
  • Abu-Bakr Muhammad b. Zuhr al-Hafid (Physician, Yaqub bin Mansur, Marrakech)


And most of you know Abu-Bakr Muhammad b. Nawaz b. Ashiq al-Lahuri.

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