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Ibn Ahmad
06-23-2007, 12:51 PM
As-salamu alaikum,

This question is for Shaykh Yasir Birjas.

What is the hukm (mustahab, mubah, etc.) for a woman once she is married with regards to changing her last name to her husband's last name?

Jazaka Allahu Khairan in advane for your answer.

ashes123
06-23-2007, 01:05 PM
In Islam, a woman keeps her own surname after marriage. Adopting the husbandís surname is alien to Islam. You will find that practically no woman in Arab countries adopts her husbandís surname when she is married. In her passport a married woman is given her own name and surname, with an entry showing the name and surname of her husband.

This is to clarify and document their relationship so that it is known when they travel together. This is the proper way from the Islamic point of view.

If some Muslim communities follow the other practice of adopting a husbandís surname, this is either because the law of the land requires that, particularly where Muslims are only a minority, or because the practice is borrowed from other cultures. It is surprising that some people in Muslim countries want to follow the other practice, claiming that it is better, when the Muslim practice is the one which shows greater respect for women. I may point out here that in the West, a divorced woman keeps her former husbandís surname until she marries again when she adopts her new husbandís surname. This is absurd.


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Hala
06-23-2007, 01:28 PM
In Love Notes, shaykh Yaser said it's not permissible for a woman to take her husband's last name after marriage, the proof he used is verse 5 in surah Ahzab.
In shaa Allah shaykh Yaser can expand.

Wallahu A'lam.

Mujahidah
06-23-2007, 09:42 PM
Bismillah.

Technically, the surname represents the family you came from (more importantly who your father is). So indirectly, if your wife has your last name, its kind of displayed as she's your sister (which is absolutly disgusting) or that she is your cousin (her father and your father are brothers, etc.) or you just happened to have the same last name. The bottom line is that she can't change her last name (last name tells lineage).

Ibn Ahmad
06-25-2007, 10:57 AM
Jazaka Allahu Khairan for all your answers, they have been tremendously helpful!

Guidance Seeker
06-25-2007, 04:00 PM
In Love Notes, shaykh Yaser said it's not permissible for a woman to take her husband's last name after marriage, the proof he used is verse 5 in surah Ahzab.
In shaa Allah shaykh Yaser can expand.

Wallahu A'lam.Is it completely not allowed? What about cases where people have already done that not knowing that it is forbidden? Do they have to go through the painful process of changing it again?

Hala
06-25-2007, 04:14 PM
Is it completely not allowed? What about cases where people have already done that not knowing that it is forbidden? Do they have to go through the painful process of changing it again?
A sister asked this question to shaykh Yaser during our Love Notes pre-exam conference call and he said that she should change it back to her last name, if she can.
Wallahu a'lam.