Fatwa: # 42836
Category: Miscellaneous
Date: 28th July 2019


What is the status of keeping two names for a child?


Assalamualaikum wrwb

Could you please assist in regarding naming my son

1. Can we call Mohammed Abdurrahman ul hasan

2. I noticed some people put 2names to baby, one is official and another unofficial (regular). Which name will be effective on baby's life and also on day of ressurection by which name will be called.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu alaikum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

May Allah make your son the coolness of your eyes and may Allah make him amongst the Saaliheen (pious people). Ameen. It is not necessary to keep two names for your son. However, you may keep both names for your son according to your cultural practices. You may choose anyone of the two as the official and the unofficial name.

Both names have good meanings:

Mohammad – The praised one  [i]

Abdur Rahman – The slave of Rahman

Al Hasan – Beautiful [ii]

We hope and make dua that the meanings of all the names will have a positive effect on your son in this world and in the hereafter Ameen.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Nadeem Moulana

Student Darul Iftaa
Elizabethtown, Kentucky, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[i] The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Fourth Edition, pg. 238


[ii] The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Fourth Edition, pg. 208

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