Can I be a ‘god parent’?

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Q:Is it permissible for a revert to become the role of a God parent? Not necessarily going the church and all that stuff… Just to play an essential role in the child’s life… I recently reverted less than 6 months and a good friend of mind wants me to be the God Mother* to her baby girl.



Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah.


الجواب و بالله التوفيق


The concept of a ‘God Parent’ is actually connected to Christianity, and there are certain responsibilities that go with bearing this title. Islam does not accept such a title and what it stands for. As such, it will not be permissible to become the ‘god parent’ of the child. If you agree to take responsibility to take care of, and look after the welfare of the child and also play an essential role by guiding the child in the right direction, then you can do so. But not under the title of being a ‘god parent’.


And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


This answer was collected from DarulUloomTT.net, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Waseem Khan from Darul Uloom Trinidad and Tobago.