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For Muslim-Americans, Baby Aidan or Baby Muhammad?

 

Choosing a name for your child is a big responsibility for any parent. After all, this is the identity your child will be carrying from the moment they're born, and if they don't like it, they'll know just who to blame.

 

For some families, though, the decision can be even more fraught, bringing religion and politics into the equation, as well as the possibility that the child will be made fun of or discriminated against (or both).

 

"The process of choosing a name for a tiny human being is a tremendous, anxiety-inducing responsibility that can lead to marital spats, desperate crowdsourcing and late-night prayers for divine inspiration," says writer and father Wajahat Ali. "For Muslim parents, it carries a much heavier burden."

 

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