Q: I, along with over twenty citizens, have illegal names according to Shari`ah (Islamic law). It is not easy to change them except with a Fatwa, as we have sons and daughters who are employees or students in different educational phases including college. I hope that you can inform the administration of civil affairs in
of this Fatwa so that we can change our names. When we obtain this we will provide our children with the new names and a copy of the Fatwa to act accordingly on this issue and conclude it. May Allah reward you.NB: I am a retired noncommissioned officer and others who have my same name are retired as well. (Part No. 10; Page No. 475) This may create a problem, unless there is a Fatwa on our issue, as we have to send a copy of such a Fatwa to the Administration of the Retirement Affairs. May Allah bless you.
Scholars are unanimous that one is not permitted
to bear a compound name that suggests servitude to anyone other than Allah (Exalted be He), as such names (like `Abd [Servant]) should only be added to one of Allah's Names which have been mentioned in the Glorious Qur'an and in the authentic Hadiths.As such, the word: "Al-Muslih" (i.e. reformer) is not one of Allah's Names, so one is forbidden to bear the name "`Abd Al-Muslih". One must to replace it with a valid one like `Abdullah (Servant of Allah), `Abdur-Rahman (Servant of the Most Merciful), `Abdul-`Aziz (Servant of the Al-Mighty), `Abdur-Rahim (Servant of the Ever-Merciful), `Abdul-Wahhab (Servant of the Bestower), `Abdul-Latif (Servant of the Most Kind and Gracious), `Abdul-Quddus (Servant of the Holy, All-Pure), `Abdul-Mu'min (Servant of the Peace-Giver), `Abdul-Muhaymin (Servant of the Ever-Watcher and Protector), `Abdus-Salam (Servant of the All-Perfect), `Abdul-Jabbar (Servant of the Compeller), `Abdul-Khaliq (Servant of the Creator), `Abdul-Bari' (Servant of the Originator), and so on.This name may also be replaced with any of Allah's Prophets' names or His righteous servants like Muhammad, Ahmad, Ibrahim, Isma`il, Adam, Ishaq, Zakariyya, Yusuf, Yunus, Sulaiman, `Umar, `Uthman, `Aly.These good names do not suggest servitude to anyone other than Allah.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.