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Non-Muslim changing his name

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Q: My friend has recently reverted to Islam and the question has been asked if he has to change his name or he can keep his name?

Also, he is soon to be married, Insha Allah, to a Muslim girl… if it is permissible to keep his name, does it impact the performance of the nikkah in any way?… Can the nikkah continue as normal with just his non-Arabic name?


A: He must change his name.

Yes, the nikaah can continue.

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

وعن أبي الدرداء قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم تدعون يوم القيامة بأسمائكم وأسماء آبائكم فأحسنوا أسمائكم رواه أحمد وأبو داود (مشكاة #4768)

ويندب إعلانه وتقديم خطبة وكونه في مسجد يوم جمعة بعاقد رشيد وشهود عدول… ( وينعقد ) ملتبسا ( بإيجاب ) من أحدهما ( وقبول ) من الآخر… ومن شرائط الإيجاب القبول اتحاد المجلس لو حاضرين… ( وشرط سماع كل من العاقدين لفظ الآخر ) ليتحقق رضاهما ( و ) شرط ( حضور ) شاهدين ( حرين ) أو حر وحرتين ( مكلفين سامعين قولهما معا ) على الأصح (الدر المختار 3/28-23)

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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