My second name is Rahman. Some of my Arab friends have said that since it one of the names of Allah
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Dear Burhan Bhai Assalam-o-alaikum,
My second name is Rahman. Some of my Arab friends have said that since it one of the names of Allah, I should have a pre-fix like Abdur. Should I actually go ahead and change it? This will require legal formalities and changes at a lot of places (office, bank, immigration, etc.). Will it be considered a sin in the eyes of Allah?
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Name person Rahman
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 no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verse 110:
110 Say: "Call upon Allah or call upon The Rahmaan: by whatever Name ye call upon Him (it is well): for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 55 Surah Rahmaan verses 1-4:
1 The Ar-Rahmaan ((Allah, Most Gracious)!
2 It is He, Who has taught the Qur'an.
3 He has created man:
4 He has taught him speech (and Intelligence)
The name Rahmaan is definitely one amongst the Absolute and Exlusive Names and Attributes of our Lord Creator, and none in creation has a right to be called or recognized by this name except Him!
Without an iota of a doubt, Rahmaan is absolutely inappropriate and unlawful name to be given to anyone in creation, leave alone one who has professed belief in Allah and His Messenger (saws)!
Your Statement: Some of my Arab friends have said that since it one of the names of Allah, I should have a pre-fix like Abdur.
Your brethren who speak or understand the Arabic language are indeed right, as Rahmaan is indeed one amongst the Absolutely Exclusive Names and Attributes of our Lord Creator. Indeed one in creation can only and truly be a slave to the Lord, and it would definitely be appropriate and a factful declaration to add a prefix of Abdul-. to any of the Names of Allah Subhanah.
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said that amongst the best names for a believer to have or keep are Abd-Allah and Abdur-Rahmaan.
Your Question: Should I actually go ahead and change it? This will require legal formalities and changes at a lot of places (office, bank, immigration, etc.). Will it be considered a sin in the eyes of Allah?
First and foremost, you should never ever call yourself, or be recognized, or introduced as Rahmaan, but rather you should strive to call yourself and be recognized as Abdur-Rahmaan.
Because you were not responsible for appointing this name yourself, there will be no sin upon you.but if you insist on calling yourself by a name which is an Absolutely Exclusive Name and Attribute of Allah Subhanah, then indeed it would be considered a sin.
Beloved brother, if it is possible and do able, it would indeed be best and purest if you took the steps to legally change your name from Rahmaan to Abdur-Rahmaan. And if it is not possible, then the least you could do is make absolutely sure that from this day forward, you call yourself and are recognized as Abdur-Rahmaan rather than Rahmaan.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs 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,