Islamic Fatwas 1346 Fatwas Available 
Fatwa | Islamic Rulings
  Important categories:     Purification     Prayer     Fasting     Charity     Pilgrimage  
Thursday 23 May 2024  
Search FatwaIslam:         • Advanced Search
• Preferences

Home » Manners and Etiquette

Changing One's Name After Accepting Islaam

When a person accepts Islaam, must he change his name - for example, from George or Joseph?

Unless a person's name signifies him being a worshipper of the other than Allaah, it is not necessary for him to change his name, it is merely better. So it is good for him to change his foreign name to an Islamic name, but it is not obligatory.

But if his name was 'Abdul Masih (the servant of the Messiah), or something similar, then he definitely has to change it. But in case of other names that do not signify servitude to other than Allaah, like George and Paul etc., then it is not neccessary to change them since these names are used by others as well as Christians. And with Allaah is the facilitation to do what is right.

Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Fatawa Islamiyah, vol.8, p.212, DARUSSALAM
Other subjects of interest:

Islamic Greetings
Interaction With Muslims
Guests And Hosting
Eating And Drinking
Bathroom Manners
Parents And Children
Husband And Wife
Adornments And Attire

2024 FatwaIslam.Com
Fatwa - Islamic Rulings - Islamic Scholars