In our village, some elders name the son after its mother and not its father.
What is the ruling on this?
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It is obligatory to name a child after its father, and it is not permissible to name it after its mother, for Allah (Exalted be He) states:
Call them (adopted sons) by (the names of) their fathers: that is more just with Allâh.
If the child's father is unknown, it should be given any suitable name such as `Abdullah, `Abd Al-Rahman or the like. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.