Using the nickname 'Hajji' to call the Muslim who performed Hajj
Fatwa No: 133542

  • Fatwa Date:22-3-2010 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 7, 1431
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Question

assalamu alaykum! mostly of the muslim brothers here in southeast asia are used to add the name Haji on their first name if they finished a Hajj.Is this bidaah? or any dalil from the hadith and quran in regards to this matter?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

It is permissible to use the nickname “Hajji” and call someone who performed Hajj with it unless the person does so to show off. An-Nawawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: “They (the scholars) agreed that it is desirable to use the name that a person likes, for example Abu Bar As-Siddeeq’s real name was ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Uthmaan and his nickname was ‘Ateeq, and also Abu Turaab was the nickname of ‘Ali Ibn Abu Taalib.

Therefore, it is permissible to use a name if the person likes to be called with it and there is no religious prohibition in it.

Calling a person “Hajji” was not known during the era of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ); however, this does not prevent from using it as other names and nicknames that were not used at that time. This is not among the forbidden innovations as it has no link with worship or getting closer to Allaah; rather, this is among the customs and worldly affairs of the people.

Allaah Knows best.

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