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Is my name is ok or should i change my last name.

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My full name is Junaid Riaz but Riaz is not my father name it my my elder uncle name who dead(shaheed) in 1971- war between india and pakistan. Is my name is ok or should i change my last name to Zafar(my father name).Waiting for ure reply.khudahafdiz


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In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzaab verses 4-5:

4 Allah has not made for any man two hearts in his (one) body: nor has He made your wives whom ye divorce by Zihar your mothers: nor has He made your adopted sons your sons. Such is (only) your (manner of) speech by your mouths. But Allah tells (you) the Truth and He shows the (right) Way.

5 Call them by (the names) of their fathers: that is juster in the sight of Allah but if ye know not their father's (names call them) your Brothers in faith or your maulas. But there is no blame on you if ye make a mistake therein: (what counts is) the intention of your hearts: and Allah is Oft-Returning Most Merciful.


Dear and beloved brother in Islam, there is absolutely no harm if your parents have chosen to assign you two names Junaid Riaz as long as you are known and recognized in the society you live in as Junaid Riaz son of Zafar. What is strictly prohibited and a sin in Islam is that one intentionally claims to be a son of a person other than ones own biological father.


Thus as long as you dont introduce yourself or strive to imply that you are Junaid son of Riaz, but are known and recognized in the society you live in Junaid Riaz son of Zafar, there is absolutely no harm.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.711 Narrated by Abu Dhar

The Prophet said, "If somebody claims to be the son of any other than his real father knowingly, he but disbelieves in Allah; and if somebody claims to belong to some folk to whom he does not belong, let such a person take his place in the (Hell) Fire."


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.758 Narrated by Sad

I heard the Prophet (saws) saying, "Whoever claims to be the son of a person other than his father, and he knows that person is not his father, then Paradise will be forbidden for him."


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,




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