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Change record of adopted fathers name.

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assalamalaikum,this is reg.hadid forwarded to me taken from your helpline on the above declaring it kufr if the child is given the name of person other than biological father.Is it applicable if every one knows including the child,his parents who have willingly given,not for money but for our happiness and still continues to be addressed as his parents and my own relatives also aware of the factHe is now an adult married and fully aware and agreable to shariah inheritance rules. Unfortunately all his education and business records show my name as his father and it is impossible at this stage to change.I come under kalala and will abide by Quranic dictates.Please advise.Jazakallah khairan 


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Change record of adopted father’s name

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:

…Allah has not made your adopted sons your real sons. These are the things which you utter from your mouths, but Allah says what is based on reality; and He Alone guides to the Right Way. Call your adopted sons after their father’s names; this is more just in the sight of Allah. And if you do not know who their fathers are, then they are your brothers in faith and your friends. There is no blame on you if you say something unintentionally; but you will surely be to blame for what you say with the intention of your hearts. Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.712 Narrated by Wathila bin Al Asqa

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "Verily, one of the worst lies is to claim falsely to be the son of someone other than one's real father, or to claim to have had a dream one has not had, or to attribute to me what I have not said."


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.711 Narrated by Abu Dhar

The Prophet (saws) 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."


In light of the above quoted guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, it is evident that one should be called and recognized by the name of one’s own biological father. It is indeed a grave sin in the Sight of Allah Subhanah if one intentionally claims to be the offspring of any but one’s own biological father.


Your Question: ….Unfortunately all his education and business records show my name as his father and it is impossible at this stage to change.

Respected brother in Islam, if one has unintentionally taken the name of one’s adopted father in ignorance in their childhood and later in life realizes the dictates and the Laws of Islam….one should strive their utmost to change their error and be called and recognized henceforth by the name of their own biological father….that would be more just and right in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.


If after one’s best efforts, one finds it almost impossible to change one’s name in one’s previous education, business, or legal records….the least one can do is from this day forward fear Allah and the Last Day and insist on being called and recognized by the name of his own biological father.


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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