Can one change ones name to hide muslim.
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
(May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked
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
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,