Changing one’s son’s name

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Q: My son was born on 29th July 2017 between 8:00AM and 8:45 AM. I named him Mir Mohammad Ashar. But recently a Mufti told me to change his name as the name Ashar has no meaning, it means counting in Arabic.

Now I want to change my son name to Mir Mohammad Ebrahim. It is ok and permissible in Islam to change the name and what is the procedure to change.


A: It is better to change this name.

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, 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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