Q. Salmz mufti is it a necessity to change your name when you embrace Islam please explain
A. A person’s name bespeaks his/her religion. Therefore, it is vital for a revert to Islam to take an Islamic name to identify himself/herself with Islam. To keep such names which suggest adherence to any culture and creed other than Islam, is not permissible. However, it is not prohibited to keep a non-Arabic name, which does not have a bad meaning or anything un-Islamic about it.
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Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
This answer was collected from TheMufti.com, which is a fatwa portal managed by Mufti Ismaeel Bassa from South Africa.