Origin of the name ABD-AL-WAHHAB.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name ABD-AL-WAHHAB.
ABD-AL-WAHHAB (عبد الوهاب). Arabic
name, composed of Abd
"servant, slave," Al
"the," and Wahhab
"bestower, giver," hence "servant of the giver."
Abd al-Wahhâb, the
son of the Ibrahim, generally denominated al-Imàm, whose name occurs in
the life of his father Muhammad Ibn Ali Ibn Abd Allah Ibn al-Abbâs.
Abd al-Wahhâb was governor of Syria in the name of his uncle al-Mansûr,
but this prince felt so apprehensive of his ulterior projects that, when
he lay at the point of death near the Well of Maimûn, at the gate of Mekka,
he said to his chamberlain ar-Rabi Ibn Yûnus (vol. I. p. 524): "The
only person (whose intentions) I fear is the "governor of Syria,
Abd al-Wahhâb, the son of Ibrahim the Imàm!" He then raised his
hands towards heaven and exclaimed: "Almighty God! deliver me
from Abd al-Wahhâb!"—"When al-Masûr expired," said ar-Rabi
Ibn Yûnus, "I lowered his body into the grave, and I had just placed
the tombstone over it, when I heard a voice from the interior of it
pronounce these words: 'Abd al-Wahhâb is dead, and the prayer is
fulfilled.' I was struck with terror at this occurrence, and six or
seven days afterwards, intelligence was brought of Abd al-Wahhâb's
death." It is Ibn Badrûn who relates this anecdote in his
commentary on the kasîda of Ibn Abdûn, which begins with these
words: "After (inflicting) the reality (of misfortune), time
still torments (us) with the traces of it." He introduces the
story when explaining the following verse: "Time struck with
dread each Màmûn (tutus) and Mutamin (securus), and it betrayed each
Mansûr (victor) and Muntasir (adjutus)." (Ibn
Khallikan's Biographical Dictionary, v.2, 1843)