Is the Name Gabrielle Permitted for a Muslim Girl?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Assalam alaykum My pregnant sister is looking for a name to her child. Is the name Gabrielle permitted for a Muslim girl? Answer: Walaikum assalam, I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah. May Allah grant a smooth pregnancy and bless with a blessed child that is a source of lasting […]

Is It Mandantory to Write “Abdul” in Front of the Name “Muiz”?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question:As salaamu alaykum, Is it mandantory to write “Abdul” in front of the name “Muiz” if I want to name my son “Muiz”? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, Masha’Allah, may Allah Most High make him of His Elect. No, it is not necessary to name him ‘Abd al-Mu‘iz. The […]

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 We Give to Our Baby His Grandfather’s Name as a Surname?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: As salam alaykum, My husband and his family including his mom all have his father’s name as a surname. But there is this hadith: “He who knowingly attributed his fatherhood to someone other than his real father will be excluded from paradise.” That seems like Ali would not be […]

Is It Acceptable to Choose a Name That Is Not Arabic and Is Not From the Quran?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: Is it acceptable to choose a name that is not Arabic and is not from the Qur’an as long as it has a good meaning? We have been told that for example “Audrey” or “Isaiah” are impermissible or disliked. Is this true? Answer: assalamu `alaykum This is permitted and […]

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 […]

Is Jeremiah a Prophet? Can I Name my Son After Him?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalamualaikum Warahamtullahi Wabarakatu, I just wanted to ask whether firstly Jeremiah, Peace be upon him, is a recognised prophet in Islam and under which school of thought. Secondly is there anything unislamic in naming a son after him? (specifically this Hebrew version of the name as in Jeremiah) Answer: […]

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 […]