I have a question regarding my name Syed Shahenshah Ali. Some month earlier I came to know by some friend of mine that Allah (SWT) dislikes the name Shahenshah. After that I prefer my name as Syed because of a great fear of Allah (SWT), the Most High and Exalted. Please tell me if any one call me by Shahenshah is permissible or not. If not, suggest any name. This name is also present in all my certificates and passport. If it is not valid then shall I have to change or can keep as it is.

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta-Deoband.org

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 604/574/N=1434)

It is forbidden to name Shahensha in hadith.
عن أبي هريرة قال قثال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: أخنى الأسماء يوم القيامة عند الله رجل يسمى ملك الأملاك رواه البخاري ، وفي رواية مسلم قال: أغيظ رجل على الله يوم القيامة وأخبثه رجل كان يسمى ملك الأملاك ، لا ملك إلا الله (مشكوة شريف ص 407).
Hence this name is not correct. You should change it and keep any name from the below mentioned names: Abdullah, Abdur Rahman, Abdul Khalique, Abdul Haque, Muhammad Musab, Muhammad Suhaib, Muhammad Zaid, Muhammad Hozaifa, Rasheed Ahmad, Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Affan and Muhammad Salman etc. If anyone calls you from your previous name then inform him that you have changed your name. And if possible change your name in passport etc.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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