Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Asim (Name)

Asim (transliteration: ʿĀṣim) is an Arabic name for boys that means “protector”1, “defender from harm”2.

The name Asim is also spelled Aasim, Asem, Assim, Assem and Aasem.

There are 23 Companions of the Prophet Muhammad who have the name Asim:

  • Asim al-Ahwal bin Sulaiman عاصم الأحول بن سليمان
  • Asim bin Thabit bin Qais عاصم بن ثابت بن قيس
  • Asim bin Abi Jabal عاصم بن أبي جبل
  • Asim al-Habashi عاصم الحبشي
  • Asim bin Hadrad al-Ansari عاصم بن حدرد الأنصاري
  • Asim bin Haseen bin Shamt عاصم بن حصين بن شمت
  • Asim bin al-Hakam عاصم بن الحكم
  • Asim bin Hameed al-Sakuni al-Homsi عاصم بن حميد السكوني الحمصي
  • Asim bin Khalifah عاصم بن خليفة
  • Asim bin Sufyan al-Thaqafi عاصم بن سفيان الثقفي
  • Asim bin Adi عاصم بن عدي
  • Asim bin Abdullah عاصم بن عبد الله
  • Asim bin Adi 2عاصم بن عدي آخر
  • Asim bin Urwah bin Mas`ud al-Thaqafi عاصم بن عروة بن مسعود الثقفي
  • Asim bin al-Ukair al-Ansari عاصم بن العكير الأنصاري
  • Asim bin Umar bin al-Khattab عاصم بن عمر بن الخطاب
  • Asim bin Amr bin Khalid عاصم بن عمرو بن خالد
  • Asim bin Amr al-Tamimi عاصم بن عمرو التميمي
  • Asim bin Fudhaalah al-Laithi عاصم بن فضالة الليثي
  • Asim bin Qais bin Thabit عاصم بن قيس بن ثابت
  • Asim al-Mazini عاصم المازني
  • Asim Abu Nasr bin Aasim al-Laithi عاصم أبو نصر بن عاصم الليثي
  • Asim bin al-Waleed عاصم بن الوليد

The word Asim is used in three places in the Quran. The first usage is in verse 10:27:

As for those who have earned evil deeds: a reward of similar evil, and shame will cover them. They will have no defense against God—as if their faces are covered with dark patches of night. These are the inmates of the Fire, abiding therein forever.

The second usage of Asim is in verse 11:43:

He said, “I will take refuge on a mountain—it will protect me from the water.” He said, “There is no protection from God’s decree today, except for him on whom He has mercy.” And the waves surged between them, and he was among the drowned.

The third usage of Asim is in verse 40:33:

The Day when you will turn and flee, having no defender against God. Whomever God misguides has no guide.”

Below is the name Asim written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is Asim written in Arabic kufi script:


  1. Mukhtaar al-Sihaah by al-Razi (d. 1266 CE), entry for عصم.
  2. Majma` Bihaar al-Anwaar by al-Fattini (d. 1578 CE), entry forعصم.
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