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Firstly, I apologise if I have put this question under the wrong topic, I wasn`t really sure where it should go...

I am a muslim girl with divorced parents and, as per usual, I have taken the surname of my father: Lotun. However, living with my mother and her new husband, (their surnames are Ally), I was wondering if it was possible to fit in more by adopting the same surname as them.

I understand though that in Islam, it`s not allowed to lose the father`s surname but what if I was to keep Lotun as a middle name? Or make it double-barrelled?

For example: Aaliyah Lotun Ally or Aaliyah Lotun-Ally, would this be allowed?

Through research, I`ve found that by not abiding by this name rule, the doors of paradise could close on you, so I really need to get my facts right on this one, any advice would be well appreciated.

Ramadaan Mubarak and Best Regards.


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Fathers name in ones name

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 none 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 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 Right Way. Call your adopted sons after their father’s names; this is more just in the sight of Allah. And if you do not know who their fathers are, then they are your brothers in faith and your friends. There is no blame on you if you say something unintentionally; but you will surely be to blame for what you say with the intention of your hearts. Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.712 Narrated by Wathila bin Al Asqa

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "Verily, one of the worst lies is to claim falsely to be the son (or offspring) of someone other than one's real father, or to claim to have had a dream one has not had, or to attribute to me what I have not said."


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.711 Narrated by Abu Dhar

The Prophet (saws) said, "If somebody claims to be the son (or offspring) of any other than his real father knowingly, he but disbelieves in Allah; and if somebody claims to belong to some folk to whom he does not belong, let such a person take his place in the (Hell) Fire."


In light of the above quoted guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, it is evident that one should be called and recognized by the name of one’s own biological father. It is indeed a grave sin in the Sight of Allah Subhanah if one intentionally claims to be the offspring of any but one’s own biological father.


Islam guides that one should always be known and recognized by the name of one’s biological father, so that there is absolutely no confusion regarding the issues like being ‘mehram’, or inheritance, etc.


If your assigned name is Aaliyah and your biological father’s name is Luton, it would be best if you were recognized as Aaliyah Luton.


There is no harm if you wish to be recognized as Aaliyah Luton Ally, but because the name of the person your mother married happens to be ‘Ally’, it would be best and closest to piety and righteousness that you leave that particular name out of your own name so as never to create any confusion in anyone’s mind in the future. And Allah Alone Knows Best.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s 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,





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