Literal translation: to lean/incline, or something which is straight and direct.
Ḥanīf refers to a religion that adheres to human nature and innate belief in God, specifically the religion revealed by all the Abrahamic prophets, from Prophet Adam (‘a) to Prophet Muhammad An abbreviation for the Arabic ‘Ṣallā Allāhu ʿalayhi wa Āle hi wa-sallam’, which translates to: ‘Peace and blessings be upon him and his family - it is written after the name of Prophet Muḥammad (ṣ)... More. Being “Ḥanīf” is also a quality of the divine religion that is straightforward and has no innovations, and it also means a Muslim who submits to God.
An alternative meaning for Ḥanīf is the title given to followers of Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) monotheistic religion in Arabia during the era of Jahiliyya (ignorance), before the arrival of Islam. A hanif would have performed Hajj, circumcised their sons, and made An Islamic ritual bath of the whole body, all the way from the head to the feet. Wajib (obligatory) types of ghusl must be performed after intercourse, on oneself after touching a corpse, or by... More (ritual wash) after impurity.