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Can one change ones name to hide muslim.

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Asalamu alaykum. Dear brother is it haram for a Muslim women/men to change their islamic name like Mohammad to Michael or Mike for reasons of being unemployed because of their islamic name? Some brothers and sisters are having difficulty being employed because when the non muslims see the islamic name on a resume they quickly reject the application. so for those reasons can a muslim person change their islamic name? Asalamu alaykum and jazakallahu khayran. 


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Can one change one’s name to hide muslim

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.


Firstly, a name assigned to each individual is no more than a sign or recognition of that person; and there is absolutely no obligation or compulsion in Shariah that a believer is obliged or required to keep a ‘traditional’ Islamic or ‘muslim’ name. One is at complete liberty to assign any good wholesome name to their off-spring in absolutely any language they will or please.


The only names which Islam prohibits from assigning to a believer are names which connote or denote polytheism or disbelief (Abdul-Lat, Abdul-Uzza, (slaves of the pagan gods like Lat and Uzza, etc.) or names like Ramdas (slave of the Hindu god Ram), etc.; or names which have an inherit evil or vile meaning.


Other than names which connote polytheism and disbelief, or names which have an inherently evil meaning….Islam has allowed the believers the complete freedom to chose and assign any good wholesome name in any language they will and please.


Secondly, in principle, there is no harm or restriction in Shariah if for a genuine reason one wishes to change their name assigned at birth to another name.


If one’s life is not in danger and one changes their assigned name only to hide their muslim identity, or one believes that hiding their muslim identity will earn them some paltry material gain in this short and transitory life, etc….then such an effort would be a clear sign of the weakness of one’s ‘emaan’, faith and trust in Allah Subhanah, the Majestic and Supreme Lord of the Worlds.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s 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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