Q: I applied to the Civil Affairs Department in
change my name from `Aziz (Mighty) to `Abdul `Aziz (Servant of Al-`Aziz)
since the `Aziz is Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He). They told me that this can only be done after having a Fatwa (legal opinion issued by a qualified scholar) issued by Your Eminence because the name `Aziz is not classified in the list of forbidden names. As I seek only the Pleasure of Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He), I hope you could give me your Fatwa whether my name is not Haram (prohibited) or I should add the word `Abd (servant) to it. May Allah safeguard you!
There is no harm in keeping your name as it does not incur any sin because it is not a name that is exclusive to Allah (Exalted be He). Allah names some of His Servants Al-Malik (the King) and Al-`Aziz (the Mighty) and describes His Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as:
for the believers (he صلى الله عليه وسلم is) full of pity, kind, and merciful.
Also, Allah (Exalted be He) describes some of His Prophets as `Alim (the All-Knowing) and Hakim (the Wise).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad.
(Part No. 10; Page No. 485)