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The name Mohyeddin holds a special position for certain Muslims,[1] assuming a dual identity as both a personal name and an honorific title within the Islamic tradition.[2] Throughout history, this appellation has been embraced by some historical figures and scholars in the Islamic world, encompassing sufi-mystics, philosophers, and theologians who played pivotal roles in shaping the landscape of Islamic thought and culture.[3] A prime illustration of this is found in the 12th-century Andalusian Muslim scholar, Ibn Arabi, also acknowledged as Mohyeddin Ibn Arabi.[4][better source needed]


Mohyeddin (Persian:محی‌الدین, Arabic:محیی الدین), originally, is an Arabic name.[5] It is a combination of two words: Mohy (Persian:محي) which means Reviver and Din (Persian:دین), referring to the Islamic religion. Consequently, the name can be translated as Reviver of the Faith or Reviver of Religion.[6][7]

Mohyeddin as a personal name

In Islamic culture, the selection of a name often carries cultural and familial significance.[8] Some parents choose the name Mohyeddin, a decision that reflects the linguistic aesthetics and meaning of the name.[9][10]

Mohyeddin serves as both a first name for boys,[1] and a middle or family name among Muslims,[9][11] especially in the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.[12] The name has found its way into various languages and scripts, including Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and Ottoman Turkish, with different spellings and pronunciations emerging due to linguistic differences, historical influences, or local naming customs.[9]

The flexibility of the Arabic language[13][14] allows for different forms and spellings of Mohyeddin to emerge in diverse Muslim communities. Variations may arise due to linguistic differences, historical influences, or local naming customs. For instance, one might encounter Mohieddin, Muhyiddin, or Mohiuddin as alternate forms of the name.[15]

Combining the name with other names or titles

Mohyeddin in intellectual fields

The name Mohyeddin has been embraced by some scholars and writers exploring different facets of Islamic literature, philosophy, and theology. Among these thinkers, Mohyeddin Abu Saeed Muhammad Neishabouri[16] (1083–1153) stands as an Iranian jurist and author, known for works like Al-Intsaf fi Masael al-Khilaf and Al-Mohit fi Sharh al-Vasit.[17] Moving through history, Mohyeddin Muhammad,[18] commonly known as Aurangzeb (1618–1707), emerged as the sixth Mughal emperor of India, who played an important role in shaping the region's history.[19][20] Transitioning to the Islamic Golden Age, Muhyieddin al-Maghribi[21] (c. 1220–1283) was a Spanish-born Arab astronomer and mathematician. Affiliated with the Maragheh observatory in the Ilkhanate,[22] his significant contributions include The Book on the Theorem of Menelaus and Treatise on the Calculation of Sines.[23]

Mohyeddin as a title

The designation of Mohyeddin as a title carries religious connotations within Islamic theology, rooted in the concept of tajdid (renewal).[24] Those bestowed with this title are recognised for their efforts to revive and rejuvenate the spiritual essence of Islam. This title expresses a commitment to the continuous improvement of one's faith and the active pursuit of righteous living.[25]

As a title, Mohyeddin encapsulates the idea that the essence of Islam is not static, but evolves through the dedication and efforts of individuals striving to revitalise its teachings for contemporary contexts. The dual nature of Mohyeddin as both a personal name and a religious title is one of the beauties of this proper name in Muslim communities.[26]

Throughout history, notable individuals with the title Mohyeddin have made meaningful contributions to various fields. Among them,[27] Abu Abdullah Mohyeddin Muhammad,[28] nicknamed Ibn Arabi[29](1165–1240), an Andalusian writer, poet, and Sufi, stands out. He travelled extensively in Islamic countries and left behind valuable works such as The Meccan Illuminations (Al-Futūḥāt al-Makkiyya) and The Ringstones of Wisdom (also translated as The Bezels of Wisdom), or Fusus al-Hikam (ar).[30][31]


It may refer to:

First name

  • Mohyeddin Haeri Shirazi, (1937 - 2017), Political activist and Iranian Shia Cleric
  • Muhyiddin Yassin, (born 1947), Diplomat and Malaysia's eighth Prime Minister
  • Mohyeldin Elzein, (1943 – 2007), Sudanese doctor in Fujairah Hospital, United Arab Emirates
  • Mohydeen Izzat Quandour, (born 1938), Jordanian author and television producer
  • Muhyiddin Mehdi, (born 1955), Politician and writer, Afghanistan
  • Mohieddin Fikini, (1925 - 1994), Diplomat and Libyan Prime Minister

Middle name

  • Hossein Mohyeddin Elāhi Ghomshei, (born 1940), Iranian writer on Persian literature and Iranian mysticism
  • Seyed Mohyeddin Seghatoleslam, (born 1960), Persian Architect and Urban Designer
  • Taha Mohieldin Marouf, (1929 – 2009), Iraqi-Kurdish politician
  • Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, (Z. M. Dagar) (1929 – 1990), Indian musician


  • Ayman Mohyeldin, (born 1979), Egyptian American journalist and writer
  • Akhtar Mohiuddin, (born 1956), Pakistani football coach
  • Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, (died 1986), Sri Lankan Tamil Sufi mystic
  • Sandor Mohy, (1902 - 2001), Painter and university teacher
  • Zia Mohyeddin, (1931 - 2023), British Pakistani film actor
  • Zakaria Mohieddin, (1918 - 2012), Egyptian military officer and politician

See also

  • Mohyeddin, Given Name
  • Muhiddin, Turkish surname


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