Rename child after one year.

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Child's name can be changed after 1 year or we have to follow the birth name itself?

 

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Rename child after one year

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

A name assigned to each individual is no more than a sign or recognition of that person; and there is absolutely no obligation or compulsion in Shariah that a believer is obliged or required to keep a ‘traditional’ Islamic or ‘muslim’ name.  One is at complete liberty to assign any good wholesome name to their off-spring in absolutely any language they will or please.

 

The only names which Islam prohibits from assigning to a believer are names which connote or denote polytheism or disbelief (Abdul-Lat, Abdul-Uzza, (slaves of the pagan gods like Lat and Uzza, etc.) or names like Ramdas (slave of the Hindu god Ram), etc.; or names which have an inherit evil or vile meaning. 

 

Other than names which connote polytheism and disbelief, or names which have an inherently evil meaning….Islam has allowed the believers the complete freedom to chose and assign any good wholesome name in any language they will and please.

 

Your Question: …child's name can be changed after 1 year or we have to follow the birth name itself?

If perchance one has assigned a name to their off-spring which connotes ‘shirk’ or disbelief, or the name has an inherent evil meaning…..it would only be right that one change the evil name of their child as soon as possible.

 

But if one has assigned their child an acceptable and permissible name, and if for any reason the guardians/parents of the child wish to change that assigned name…..there is absolutely no obligation upon them to wait for one year; one is at absolute liberty in Islam to change the name whenever they may so wish and please.  

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

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