Q: Your Eminence,
my name is Aly Muhammad Al-Hajj `Abd.
My family name is Ramadan. So my full name is Aly Muhammad Al-Hajj `Abd Ramadan. My first name is Aly, my middle name is Muhammad and my grandfather's name is Al-Hajj `Abd (the word `Abd literally means servant) and my family name is Ramadan. I have children who go to school. They are asked by the Ministry of Education to bring a Fatwa that the meaning of this name does not contradict the rulings of Shari`ah. This name is already used in the birth certificate, passport, and school certificates. I hope you will issue a Fatwa about this. May Allah save and protect you.
If the reality is as you have mentioned, then there is no harm in keeping this name as it is (Part No. 11; Page No. 462) because the grandfather's name `Abd, which literally means a servant, when followed by Ramadan does not mean the servant of Ramadan. It is not a continuation of its meaning. In fact it is the family name. However, supposing it is a continuation of the meaning, a Muslim does not have to change his grandfather's name if it involves Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) or if it is a bad or abhorrent name.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.