Question #13-91: Is it haram to change your last name when getting married?

Question:

Is it haram to change your last name when getting married? Can you add your husband’s name and keep your last name as your middle name?

Answer:

In the name of Allah the All-Merciful

Walikum Assalam Sister,

Please review Surat Al-Ahzab (33-5): Allah said : “Call them by fathers: that is more just with Allah. But, if you know not their father’s (names, call them) your brothers in faith and Mawalium (your freed slaves). And there is no sin on you if you make a mistake therein, except in regard to what your hearts deliberately intend And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful”.

We understand from the previous ayat that every person should be called by his father’s name. The reason as to why Allah sent down this ayat is that the Prophet (pbuh) took Zayed Ibn Thabet as adopted child and the people used to call him son of Muhammad. Then, Allah Sobhana-Hu sent down the revelations to forbid the adoption and mandate that a child should carry his or her father’s name and so this will be just.

Also, in the Day of Judgment everyone will be called by his father’s name. Besides we should not follow the system of the disbelievers.

Allah knows best.

Shk Mostafa

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