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Changing Name upon embracing Islaam
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Question: Is it permissible for a person who has embraced Islaam to change his name?

Response: If a disbeliever embraced Islaam, then he is not required to change his name unless it is an unpleasant or offensive name; Such as Hazn (which means "sad") or if it is indicative of worshipping other than Allaah, such as: 'Abdul-Maseeh (slave of the Messiah/Christ) or 'Abdul-Ka'bah (slave of the Ka'bah) or other than that from the prohibited names. That is because the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) changed the names of some individuals because of these two types of [unpleasant/offensive and prohibited] names.

Shaykh Saailh ibn Fowzaan
al-Muntaqaa min Fataawa Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan - Volume 1, Page 433-434, Fatwa No.257