New Muslim - Do I Need to Change My Name?
  • Question:

    Is it necessary to change my name as I have recently taken the Shahadah?


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Congratulations on your reversion to Islam. May your journey on Islam be filled with learning, blessings and practice.

    It is not necessary for you to change your name if your name has a suitable meaning. However if your name entails an islamically inappropriate meaning such as a name of a false god, then it will be mandatory to change your name.

    “You will all be called on the day of judgement by your names and your fathers names, so therefore keep good names for your selves” (Abū Dawūd, Musnad Aḥmed)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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