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Changing The Name Helen. by Taamas111 (m): 3:01am on January 14
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question:

My name is Helen. I'm Muslimah. As my
question about my name, I heard this
name is Haraam. So, my question is: If
I must to change it to an Arabic name
or this is not compulsory.

Fatwa:
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 sallallaahu alayhi
wa sallam is His slave and Messenger.
It is not obligatory on you to change
your name into an Arabic name, and we
do not see any harm in retaining your
name.

The forbidden and disliked names are
due to the following matters:
a) Names that imply being a slave to
other than Allah, like 'Abdul-Maseeh, or
'Abdur-Rasool and the like. (i.e. slave of
Jesus, slave of the Messenger).
b) Names that are exclusively for Allah
or names that are among the attributes
of Allah like Al-Khaaliq (The Creator),
Al-'Aleem (The All-Knowing), and Maalik-
ul-Mulk (The Eternal Owner of
Sovereignty).
c) Names that have dispraised meanings
like Harb (war) and Murrah (bitter).
d) Names that praise one's own self.
So if the name comprehends one of the
previous meanings, it should be
changed, otherwise it is not obligatory
to change it. Also it is not obligatory on
whoever embraces Islam to change his/
her name except if it includes one of
the previous forbidden meanings.

Allah knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/138742/changing-the-name-helen

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