Abdul is a transliteration of Arabic for "servant of the", to be followed by one of the 99 names, or epithets, of Allah; e.g., Abdullatif. Both the epithet Latif ('the All-gentle') and the whole name Abdullatif ('servant of the All-gentle') are given to Muslim men. Women receive the feminine form of one of God’s epithets, such as Latifa. Abdul is not the same name as Abdullah.
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