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Is it necessary to have one`s nikah in the same name as was given at the time of the aqeeqah?

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Dear Brother Burhan, Assalam-o-alaikum.


Is it necessary to have one`s nikah in the same name as was given at the time of the aqeeqah? I was given a certain name at the time of my aqeeqah and for some reason it was changed at the time of school admission. This changed "official" name is what I have used all my life and have been married in this name as well. Is the Nikah not valid, Allah forbid? Do you recommend any "corrective" action.


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Nikaah and name change

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.


 

A name is but a form of recognition assigned to each individual at the time of ones birth. If for any reason whatsoever, ones maiden given name is changed, or one wishes to change the name one was assigned at ones birth, there is absolutely no harm.

 

If you were assigned a name at birth, and the name was subsequently changed to another name, everything that transpired or was transacted in your new name will be considered absolutely valid, legal, and lawful in the Sight of Shariah and of Allah Subhanah.

 

Your Question: Is it necessary to have one`s nikah in the same name as was given at the time of the aqeeqah?

There is absolutely no such obligation in Shariah that one must perform ones Nikaah only by the name which one was assigned at the time of his birth. If one has subsequently changed ones name in the course of ones life, the new name will officially be the recognition of the person, and any agreement or transaction the person does in the new name will be absolutely valid, lawful, and legal in the Sight of Shariah.

 

Your Question: This changed "official" name is what I have used all my life and have been married in this name as well. Is the Nikah not valid, Allah forbid?

The usage of your changed name does not in any way invalidate your Nikaah agreement, either in the sight of the believers, in the sight of Shariah Law, or in the Sight of Allah Subhanah. The Nikaah performed in the changed name will be deemed absolutely legal, valid, and lawful.

 

Your Question: Do you recommend any "corrective" action.

Since your new name is now your official form and usage of recognition in society, there is absolutely no wrong done and thus there is absolutely no corrective action that needs to be taken in the least. Rest absolutely assured that the Nikaah performed in your changed name is absolutely legal, valid, and lawful in the Sight of Shariah Law and of Allah Subhanah.

 

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,

 

 

 

Burhan

 


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