We often see women changing their names after getting married, and usually starts using their Husband’s name as their last name. Is it permissible in Islam?
According to the Islamic traditions, a person’s name is always linked with his or her father. Let’s take an example of the companions, Ali ibn Abi Talib (RA), Umar bin Khattab (RA), Maryam Bint Imran (RA), Zainab binte Jaish and many others, you will always find these people using their father’s name.
It is to be noted that even Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s wives never linked their last name to Prophet (PBUH). Like Khadija bint Khuwaylid (RA) and Ā’ishah bint Abī Bakr (RA) they didn’t change their names after they got married to the last Prophet (PBUH). It is clear that there is no evidence that allows women to change their last name after they get married.
Modern traditions make it necessary to change a woman’s name after her marriage. It’s the havoc created by our society which is totally based on the falsehood. Like, if a girl has a name “Khansa Khan” then after marriage she will become “Khansa Owais” which has nothing to do with Islam and its teachings. These are the things which are created only by and within our society.
Even if a woman wants to change her name, and use her husband’s name as her last name then she can never do it. During the Prophet (PBUH) days, it was compulsory to link father name as well as if she is married then she can be referred as “wife of”, let’s take an example, Zainab binte Jaysh zawjun Nabi, this means “Zainab, the daughter of Jaysh, who is the wife of the Prophet (PBUH).
Here is what Quran says about it;
Here is what Hadith says about it;
Many scholars have called it unIslamic and there is a source which supports this argument is stated below;