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Child using someone else’s surname

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Q: Is it permissible for a child to call himself with another man’s surname other than his father’s?


A: No, he should not change his surname as this will lead to ambiguity and confusion being created in regard to his linage and the family he belongs to.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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