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Assalam alaykum,

My name is Ajaz, I live in U.S.A.
Alhamdolillah I had boy (10 months old) and i put name “Aswad” ,
I saw online that there were 40 sahabas R.A named Aswad thats why I kept my son name Aswad.
But recently on one journey I met one mufti saheb and he said, I should not keep son name Aswad. There is no such He show (Mufti Saheb) any sahabah name Aswad. He mentioned its just color name and He advised to change name of my son.
So I am asking you What should I do.?
Should I change my son name or keep it same..?
Is there any sahabah R.A name Aswad or not..?

Please reply,
Jazakallah Khair.


Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

As you have correctly mentioned, there were close to 40 Sahaba with the name Aswad. Allamah Ibn Hajar (may Allah be pleased with him) named at least 35 in his Usud al-Ghabah. Even after the Sahaba, there were many scholars of Hadith with the name Aswad. Thus, it is a good name and you do not have to change it.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best


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