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Child's name must indicate father according to custom

Published: 24/08/2011 12:50:00 AM GMT
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What is the correct way to name a newborn child? I understand that different cultures have different way of naming the child. For example in Arab culture, naming is different than in Pakistani culture. Back home, in Pakistan, when the child is born, he/she is given a name and then the father's first name (just first name) becomes the child’s last name. Is this the correct Islamic way, since we will be called by our first name and then our father’s name on the Day of Judgment?

Answered by

the Fatwa Department Research Committee - chaired by Sheikh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî

This depends on the customs in the country. The important thing is that the child is properly attributed to his father. However this is achieved in the culture in which you live, then this is the method that should be followed. The child's parentage should be clear from the name. The name should not cause any confusion about this matter.

In many countries the child has his given name, then his father’s name, then his grandfather’s name, then his family name. In other countries the grandfather’s name is omitted from the formal records. What is important is that the child is duly attributed to his father according to custom.

Source: Islam Today

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