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Changing surname after marriage

Last updated: 16th September 2006
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As Salaamu Aleykum,

Is it allowed for a woman to change her surname to the one of her husband after marriage is done? I have been told that it is not allowed due to a Hadith that we shall be called by the names of our fathers.

Mufti Saab please can you clarify



Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah's guidance)

A married woman may maintain her maiden name or she may adopt her husbandís surname. Shariah does not prohibit that. On the day of Qiyamah, one will not be called by his/her surname. Thus, the change of a woman's surname to that of the husband's surname does not matter.

And Only Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.

Answer last updated on:
22nd November 2010
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