Changing one’s surname

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: I am not married. I would like to change my surname. Is this permissible?


A: The surname is a form of identification. A woman is either identified through her maiden surname or her husband’s surname. Changing your maiden surname for no valid reason will be a cause of confusion and unclarity among people. Hence it will be impermissible for you to change your surname.  

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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