Changing name of daughter
Fatwa No: 81226

  • Fatwa Date:30-8-1999 - Jumaadaa Al-Oula 19, 1420
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Question

I want to change name of my daughter; she is now 3 yrs old. I think i gave her a wrong name; now I want to change it. please tell me is it permissable in islam. I repent for having kept a wrong name. I really do. please reply/confirm.

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.

One's name could be changed any time, especially if the name is bad, or contradicts the Islamic creed and teachings. The Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) has changed many bad names to good ones. He changed the name Barrah to Maymoonah, Harb to Sahl, and ‘Aassiyah to Jameelah.

We ask Almighty Allah to bless you and grant you the goodness of your daughter.

Allah knows best.

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