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01-27-2008, 01:32 PM

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam 'ala Rasulillah

As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

Taking the Husband's sirname after marriage……Not based on Sharee'ah
By Asma bint Shameem

In our eagerness to copy the West, we Muslims have adopted many of their practices which have no basis in the Sharee'ah. And among them is the practice of a woman changing her family name to that of her husband after she gets married.

The fact is that Islam does not require woman to change her name at marriage and there is nothing in the Sunnah to indicate that a woman should take her husband's sir-name after she gets married.

Actually, the Ulama tell us that this is an innovated practice that is not approved of in Islaam.

Now, I know some people will say…" Oh, come on…What is the big deal?!!"
So read on and you will know what I mean….

The wives of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) are the Mothers of the Believers, and the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), is the noblest of people and the best example. And yet when we look at their example, we will realize that when the Prophet(Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) married any of his wives, NOT ONE of them took his name.
On the contrary, each one of them kept her father's name even if her father was a kaafir. Similarly, the wives of the Sahaabah and those who came after them did not change their names.

Did you ever think why they didn't do that?

Surely, if it was a good thing, the wives of the Prophet(Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) would have done it and the Prophet(Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) would himself have instructed it and encouraged them to do it.

That is because it is Allaah's order to keep your father's name as an indication of your lineage.

"Call them (adopted sons) by (the names of) their fathers, that is more just with Allaah…" [al-Ahzaab 33:5].

And the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "Whoever calls himself by other than his father's name, will be cursed by Allaah, the angels and all the people." (Ibn Maajah -Saheeh by al-Albaani).

And he (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) also said:
"Whoever knowingly claims to belong to anyone other than his father, Paradise will be denied him." (Ahmad, al-Bukhaari, Muslim).

Now some might argue…."But the woman is not claiming that her father is someone else. She is just honoring her husband or she doesn't mean it that way. She just wants to belong to her husband out of love for him."

To those people I say….
If it was a matter of honor to have the husbands name attached to the wife's, wouldn't our Ummahaat have done that??

Isn't it the biggest honor in the WORLD to have the name of the Prophet(Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) attached to yours?? And yet the wives of the Prophet(Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) didn't do that.

Ever wonder why??

And if it was a matter of expressing love for the husband, no relationship between a husband and wife on the face of this earth was better than the relationship between the Prophet(Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) and his wives. And yet none of the Mothers of the Believers expressed their love for the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) by changing their last names.

It doesn't make any sense

The last name is an indication of the father of the person and represents the person's lineage.

Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd said: "This is one of the beauties of Sharee'ah, because calling a person by his father's name is more appropriate for knowing who is who and telling people apart….." (Tasmiyat al-Mawlood, 30, 31).

Originally, the woman is `the Daughter of So and so', and NOT `the wife of So and so'. Since there is no blood relationship between the husband and wife, how can she take his last name as if she is part of the same lineage?
And surely, she is not claiming that he is her father!!!!

Also what happens if she gets divorced, or her husband dies, and she marries another man? Will she keep changing her surname every time she marries another man?

In addition to this, there are rulings attached to the woman being named after her father, which have to do with her inheritance, spending and who is her mahram, etc. Taking her husband's last name overlooks all that.

Also, if you think about it, the husband is named after his own father, and what does she have to do with the lineage of her husband's father? This goes against common sense and true facts.

Besides, the husband has nothing that makes him better than his wife's father. So why should she give up her father's name and take her husband's last name??
And why does the man get to keep his father's name and not the woman??!!

It just doesn't make any sense.

Not only is it so in this world, but, we will also be called by our father`s name in the Hereafter as well.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
"On the Day of Resurrection, each betrayer will have a banner raised beside him, and it will be said, this is the betrayer of So and so, the son of So and so." (Bukhaari, Muslim).

So, all you single females out there, don't be in such a hurry to change your maiden name after you get married. And those of you who have already done that, it is never too late. Take back your maiden name and reclaim your identity. It is part of the Sharee'ah.

Compiled from various sources.

AsSalam Alaikum

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10-31-2008, 03:02 PM
Interesting. Thanks.

11-01-2008, 01:42 AM
Great post brother...clears a lot of things up and makes sense how of it all!

Jazak Allah Khair

11-25-2008, 09:58 AM
It is not required for a woman to take the name of her husband, but it is also not forbidden if she is recognized as the wife of so-and-so."

Islam is a religion which encompasses simplicity and moderation.

which of the following is simpler?
Ayesha Khan
Ayesha zojah Abdullah khan/ bint Noor Ahmed bin Abdul Razaq bin on and on bin ad infinitum?
Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, former President of the Islamic Society of North America, states:

"There is no specific tradition of last name among Muslims. Sometimes the people take the last name of the family (Qurashi, Hashimi), sometimes they take their last name from their profession (Qassab, Najjar), sometimes they take their last name from the city in which they are born (Makki, Madani, Shami, Masri) and many other ways. The proper way in Islam is that the person should be known by his/her name and the name of his/her biological father. It is not required for a woman to take the name of her husband, but it is also not forbidden if she is recognized as the wife of so-and-so."

Dr. Siddiqi further adds:
"It is permissible for a woman to change her last name after marriage. A woman can introduce herself or others can introduce her as the wife of so and so. In the ahadith, we see that the Prophet's wives were sometimes referred to with the names of their fathers and sometimes as "wife of the Prophet". These things are more based on cultural practices and whatever is convenient can be done. What is forbidden in Islam is that a person refers to him/herself as the son or daughter of someone other than the real biological father. Allah says in the Qur'an, "Proclaim their parentage; that is more equitable in the sight of Allah." (al-Ahzab: 5) The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Whosoever will claim the name of anyone other than his father will not even get the smell of Paradise." (Reported by Ibn Majah)"

Excerpted, with slight modifications, from: http://pakistanlink.com


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