Names with Negative Meaning

The Prophet (ﷺ) on his way to conquer Khaibar marched by way of ‘Isra Mountain and then went forward with the army till he halted in a valley called Ar-Raji’, encamping between Khaibar and Ghatfan so as to prevent the latter from reinforcing the Jews. On reaching a junction of 3 roads that led to his destination, he selected that road, the meaning of whose name was 'welcome' as opposed to the other two which had negative meanings in their names. Could you kindly explain this in the context of tiyarah?

The Prophet (ﷺ) would avoid names with bad meanings. In fact when mentioning the importance of naming a child with a good name some authors have mentioned similar happenings to the one you have mentioned. Example of using a name as a bad omen would be hearing a name and turning around because of that name or not travelling through a road fearing it would cause bad luck; in this case he (ﷺ) chose the pathway with the better name.

So it is not superstition. And Allaah knows best.

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