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Calling a Muslim by their non-Muslim name

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Q: I am a converted Muslim after marriage and I really feel good that I have become a Muslim. I have also changed my name after marriage. My previous name was Nancy Nicholas and my Muslim name is Aaliyah Ali but my parents and sisters are still Christian, and they call me Nancy only. My husband doesn’t like it and I cannot tell them not to call me Nancy because they will feel bad as I married so early when I was 18 and they wanted me study and do something for them. So I want to ask you:

1. My husband says, if they will call you by your previous name, you will be in gunah or crime and Allah doesn’t like it.

2. Also I want to ask whether it is really important to change the name after marriage if you have a non Muslim name?

3. I heard that on the day of Qayamat everyone will be called by there names so which name I be called Nancy or Aaliyah?



1. Discourage them.

2. Yes.

3. Insist that they call you Aaliyah and may Allah Ta`ala call you by your right Muslim name.

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

Answered by:

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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