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Taking The Husband’s Name After Marriage

Posted on: February 22, 2011


In The name of Allah,The Most Merciful,The Most gracious

Taking The Husband’s Name After Marriage – Not

Based on Shareeah


In our eagerness to copy the West, we Muslims have adopted many of their practices which have no basis in the Sharee’ah. And among them is the practice of a woman changing her family name to that of her husband after she gets married.

The fact is that Islam does not require woman to change her name at marriage and there is nothing in the Sunnah to indicate that a woman should take her husband’s name after she gets married.

Actually, the Ulama tell us that this is an innovated practice that is not approved of in Islaam.

Now, I know some people will say…“ Oh, come on…What is the big deal?!!”

So read on and you will know what I mean….

The wives of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) are the Mothers of the Believers, and the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), is the noblest of people and the best example. And yet when we look at their example, we will realize that when the Prophet(Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) married any of his wives, NOT ONE of them took his name. On the contrary, each one of them kept her father’s name even if her father was a kaafir. Similarly, the wives of the Sahaabah and those who came after them did not change their names.

Did you ever think why they didn’t do that?

Surely, if it was a good thing, the wives of the Prophet(Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) would have done it and the Prophet(Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) would himself have instructed it and encouraged them to do it.

That is because it is Allaah’s order to keep your father’s name as an indication of your lineage.

“Call them (adopted sons) by (the names of) their fathers, that is more just with Allaah…” [al-Ahzaab 33:5].

And the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Whoever calls himself by other than his father’s name, will be cursed by Allaah, the angels and all the people.” (Ibn Maajah -Saheeh by al-Albaani).

And he (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) also said:

“Whoever knowingly claims to belong to anyone other than his father, Paradise will be denied him.” (Ahmad, al-Bukhaari, Muslim).

Now some might argue….“But the woman is not claiming that her father is someone else. She is just honoring her husband or she doesn’t mean it that way. She just wants to belong to her husband out of love for him.”
To those people I say….

If it was a matter of honor to have the husbands name attached to the wife’s, wouldn’t our Ummahaat have done that??

Isn’t it the biggest honor in the WORLD to have the name of the Prophet(Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) attached to yours?? And yet the wives of the Prophet(Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) didn’t do that.

Ever wonder why??

And if it was a matter of expressing love for the husband, no relationship between a husband and wife on the face of this earth was better than the relationship between the Prophet(Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) and his wives. And yet none of the Mothers of the Believers expressed their love for the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) by changing their last names.

It doesn’t make any sense

The last name is an indication of the father of the person and represents the person’s lineage.

Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd said: “This is one of the beauties of Sharee’ah, because calling a person by his father’s name is more appropriate for knowing who is who and telling people apart…..” (Tasmiyat al-Mawlood, 30, 31).

Originally, the woman is ‘the Daughter of So and so’, and NOT ‘the wife of So and so’. Since there is no blood relationship between the husband and wife, how can she take his last name as if she is part of the same lineage?

And surely, she is not claiming that he is her father!!!!

Also what happens if she gets divorced, or her husband dies, and she marries another man? Will she keep changing her surname every time she marries another man?

In addition to this, there are rulings attached to the woman being named after her father, which have to do with her inheritance, spending and who is her mahram, etc. Taking her husband’s last name overlooks all that.

Also, if you think about it, the husband is named after his own father, and what does she have to do with the lineage of her husband’s father? This goes against common sense and true facts.

Besides, the husband has nothing that makes him better than his wife’s father. So why should she give up her father’s name and  take her husband’s last name??

And why does the man get to keep his father’s name and not the woman??!!
It just doesn’t make any sense.

Sheikh Salih Al-Munajjid says:

“A woman changing her family name to that of her husband after she gets married is Haraam and is not allowed in Sharee’ah, because it is not permissible for anyone to claim to belong to anyone other than his or her father…… And Allaah knows best.”

Not only is it so in this world,  but, we will also be called by our father‘s name in the Hereafter as well. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

“On the Day of Resurrection, each betrayer will have a banner raised beside him, and it will be said, this is the betrayer of So and so, the son of So and so.” (Bukhaari, Muslim).

So, all you single females out there, don’t be in such a hurry to change your maiden name after you get married. And those of you who have already done that, it is never too late. Take back your maiden name and reclaim your identity. It is part of the Sharee’ah.

By Asma bint Shameem


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15 Responses to "Taking The Husband’s Name After Marriage"

Hi, what if you don’t have a fathers maiden name?Cant we join husband’s name..Not his maiden name! His first name onto the wife’s maiden name..
Lol i hope i make sense

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I am a Christian soon to n
Be married to a Muslim from Egypt I really didn’t understand the whole issue with the name change I have heard so many different things im so confused. Plz help

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You are not suppose to change your last name(Father’s name) after marriage as it is not permissible in Islam. You are recognized by your your father’s name and will be in hereafter too. I hope cleared the confusion. May Allah swt knows best!

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admin could you please delete this post as it has my email shown which happened accidentally.

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sure,I did…I updated with the name u used in this cmnt…

thank you !

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Sorry I double pasted it!

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Assalamualaikum everyone, It’s sounds fair It it all makes sense but I also agree with Azra and Al-muttaqun. But Islam doesn’t say that we will be called by our fathers name in the hereafter, it will be the mothers name. So you are wrong about some of it if not all of it. We should all do our own thorough research before taking any action! And Islam does say that after marriage her kids and her husband is her number 1 priority. From myAssalamualaikum everyone, It’s sounds fair It it all makes sense but I also agree with Azra and Al-muttaqun. But Islam doesn’t say that we will be called by our fathers name in the hereafter, it will be the mothers name. So you are wrong about some of it if not all of it. We should all do our own thorough research before taking any action! And Islam does say that after marriage her kids and her husband is her number 1 priority! And then her parents! so we must do further research just to make sure that what he/she is claiming is infact true!

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it is not right in islam but africa mentality will not permit his wife to keep on usin her father’s name.i luv dis sermon but how can me tackle the issue of dis africa mentality.am stil a spinster and believe dat if eventualy i got married,my husband wil nvr allow me to use my father’s name.pls enlighten me on wat to do on it.jazak Allahu khair.ma salam.

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Asslm, it’s good u tuk of this, we have everything we need cuz our Religion give us All we need as Muslims. We have the QUR’AN and the HADITH.we most fllow it to have a rest of Mind. Sakal lahu. HAiran.

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You know parents are important even to God thats why he said we should obey them after him.This is the person who does every thing for so why should u varnish his name from yours just b/cos u are married even if u are not ask not to do so u shouldnt do it.May Allah [swt]always guide us to do whwt is right amin ya rabb.

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esselamu aleykum, great words,but in some cultures it is hard to leave your fathers name because it makes some problems to children ..it is confusing..father and mother not having the same name…questions of they school friends…

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assalamualikum,

I have not changed my maiden name ,i never knew until now that its haraam to cahnge ur maiden name. I never cahnged it becoz i wanted to give my father more imp. he is the one who gave birth to me and brought me up and after i grow up and get married y wud i change my surname to my husband’s name?
anyway, I have a question for you my friend.My daughter’s surname is her grandfather’s and not my husband’s is that haraam? what shud i do id it is?

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As Salaamualaikum w.r.w.b.
For a married woman After Allah her husband has more importance and priority than her father
so if u have changed ur name for that reason kindly rethink about ur decision

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Thought provoking..

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