Changing the Wife’s Name to One of the Names of the Wives of Prophet
Fatwa No: 375400

Question

A'alaykum. Thank you very much in advance. My Wife name is recorded as AZEEMUNNISA only in all official documents but her family used to call her MAHEZABEEN. Please advise me whether I continue with the either of the two names or not. If I would like to change her name with the one of the names of wives of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), could you please provide me reference of any Fatwa which contains details of names of the wives of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Jazakallah Khair.

Answer

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

There is no harm for you in calling your wife with either of the two names that you mentioned in the question as long as she is pleased with them, and provided there is no Islamic violation in these names.

However, it is better to call her by the name that she loves more from the two names, as this is part of having good marital relations with her. However, no one has the right to change her name without her permission, neither you nor anyone else.

As for the names of the wives of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) they are as follows:

1) Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her.

2) Sawdah bint Zumu'ah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her.

3) ‘Aa’ishah bint Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her.

4) Hafsah bint 'Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her.

5) Zaynab bint Khuzaymah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her.

6) Hind bint Abu Umayyah Al-Makhzoomi, who was Umm Salamah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her.

7) Ramlah bint Abu Sufyan, Umm Habeebah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her.

8) Juwayriyyah bint Al-Haarith  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her whose name was Barrah, and the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) named her Juwayriyyah.

9) Maymoonah bint Al-Haarith Al-Hilaaliyyah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her.

10) Safiyah bint Huayay ibn Akhtab  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her.

11) Zaynab bint Jahsh  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her.

For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 286006 and 340654.

Allah knows best.

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