Meaning of the name Dihya

Q: I would like to know what does the name Dihya mean and can I please have some information about Hadhrat Dihya Kalbi radhiyallahu anhu. 

A: Dihyah means army commander.

Hadhrat Dihyah Kalbi (radhiyallahu anhu) was extremely handsome. Hadhrat Jibreel (alaihis salaam) at times would assume his form when he would come to Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) had entrusted him to deliver his letter to Hercules, the emperor of Rome, inviting him to Islam. He passed away in the time of Hadhrat Mu`aawiyah (radhiyallahu anhu).

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)