Name of illegitimate child.
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My sister in law`s daughter gave birth to an illegitimate child. The child`s supposed father denied paternity of the child. I adopt the child, but under the circumstances, give her my family name since the father is unknown. Is this right? What should I do with the child`s mother who is now under my custody?
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Name of illegitimate child
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Your Question: .I adopt the child, but under the circumstances, give her my family name since the father is unknown. Is this right?
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzaab verses 4-5:
Allah has not made
your adopted sons your real sons. These
are the things which you utter from your mouths, but Allah says what is based on reality; and He Alone guides to the
Although the illegitimate child born out of wedlock will be considered absolutely innocent and blameless for the sin of its parents..it would not be permissible or lawful for the adopted parents of the child to assign their name to the name of their adopted child.
Because the child was born out of wedlock, even if the name of the biological father is known, the name of its biological father should not be assigned to the child.
The child will be known and recognized by the name of its mother in Shariah Law.
If you adopt the child and support the mother of the child from your means only for the Sake and Pleasure of Allah Subhanah, rest assured that you will have your due and full reward for your kindness and your generosity in the Presence of your Lord Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
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.
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