Should I Change My Name If It Is Not Arabic?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: My name is Marc and have been muslim my entire life. Do I have to change this name? Answer: Assalamu alaykum You do not have to change your name. However, if you would like to then there is no problem with this. The Prophet (blessing and peace be upon […]

Can I Change My Last Name Because It Reminds Me of Severe Childhood Abuse?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I have undergone extensive trauma therapy to recover from a childhood that has scarred me for life. I have confronted my father about my painful experiences and it was a disaster. Since this confrontation,  my last name has triggered anger and resentment because it is associated with my […]

Can a Woman Take Her Husband’s Non Islamic Surname?

Answered by SeekersGuidance Answers Service Question: Assalamu alaikum, 1) Is there any ruling on changing or not changing one’s surname to one’s husband’s after marriage? 2) My husband is a revert and has a Scottish surname and my dad says that it’s wrong to change my Islamic surname which to a non Islamic name. Is […]

Are There Any Rules of Taking an Agnomen (kunya)?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatoh, How do kunyas (e.g. Abu Muhammad) work in Islam? Is it religious or cultural practice for one to change their kunya if they have a daughter, then later have a son? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that this […]

Is it Necessary to Change One’s Name after Becoming Muslim?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam and Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Assalam Alaikum, An aquaintance of mine has recenlty accepted Islam. He was a Hindu before he came to Islam and wants to know if it is neccessary for him to change his name. Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you […]