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Question ID: 907 Category: Knowledge
Name Change After Reverting to Islam

Assalaam O Alaikum,


Alhamdulliah, I am a reverted sister. My question is regarding name change
I want to know what is the ruling as per shariyah regarding changing one's name upon accepting Islam.Is it mandatory to change name to arabic one? My birth name does not involve any shirk, has good meaning and does not disrespect Allah swt or Islam. I have chosen to be called Ayesha by my family and new acquaintances following reversion and i am very happy about it. But I wish to keep my birth name on official documents only. Is that permissible?
Also, I wanted to know whether, upon marriage, woman is supposed to take husband's name as he middle name and husband's last name as her last name? As per Shariah, is this practice acceptable?
Jazaakallah for taking time to answer my question.
I will be obliged to receive prompt reply as this is time sensitive matter.
Allah Hafiz

الجواب وبالله التوفيق

  • Just as one’s name is a source of their identification similarly it is used to reflect someone’s Islamic faith (or whatever religion they belong to). Even though if a name does not have any bad meanings but it branches from or belongs to non-Muslims, it is still recommended to not use such name. Therefore after reverting to Islam one should change their name to something Islamic to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding. Also, if there is no legal issue with it, one should change their name on the legal identification (and other relevant) documents.

قال تعالی یا ایھا الذین امنوادخلو  فی السلم کافۃ   (بقرہ، القرآن

  • It is not mandatory to take the husband’s last name as one’s middle (or last) name after getting married.

واللہ اعلم بالصواب