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Rufai Oladimeji
, Nigeria.

I approached a girl for marriage and after
her family inquired other people about me
for more than a month, then one Imaam
asked the name of my father and the name
of my mother based on the request of the
father of the girl. They claimed that they
needed their names for Istikhaarah and to
match the names, then they refused me
because the names did not match. Does this
have any source from religion and what is its

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
is His slave and Messenger.

If they inquired about the name in order to
perform the Istikhaarah prayer, then this is
permissible, and this is confirmed in a
narration of the Prophet . As regards
asking the name in order to assure that the
names match, then this is superstition and
this is most likely to be a request of
magicians or fortune-tellers and it does not
have any religious evidence. On the contrary,
there is evidence which prohibits it. For
instance the Prophet said: " Whoever
goes to a magician, or fortune-teller, or
soothsayer and asks him about anything, his
prayer will not be accepted for forty
days. " [Muslim] However, you should not be
saddened about this matter; it might be that
Allah will bless you with a wife better than
her, as there is wisdom in everything which
Allah decrees.

Allah Knows best.


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