Changing surname



I kept my father’s name as my surname after marriage. I am married to a convert and the children have 2 Muslim names and then English surname. My husband wants me to change my surname to his English surname for ease and his pleasure, shall I?


As-Salamu ‘Alaikum,

Yes, you are allowed to take your husband’s last name. This is something which has been established to a great extent across the globe and there are good reasons for it. For example, when the wife carries the last name of the husband, it becomes easy to identify that a marital relation exists between the two individuals. It also brings about ease in affixing the child’s last name with the father’s last name which then becomes the family last name.

Dr. Senad Agic, Imam
SABAH – Chicago
9920 Grand Ave
Franklin Park, IL 60131

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