Fatwa: # 39020
Category: Marriage
Country: Azerbaijan
Date: 28th August 2017


Can I change my surname to my husband’s surname?


My question is I’ve been married for nineteen years now, and have not since changed to my husband’s surname. Please guide as to whether it is best for a woman to change to her husband’s surname.?



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

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

A married woman may maintain her own surname or adopt her husband’s surname. She may do whatever she feels is practically best for her to do. [i]

If her husband wants her to adopt his surname, it is advisable for her to consider her husband’s wish in doing so. [ii]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Abdullah Syed Sajid

Student Darul Iftaa
Houston, TX, USA 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[i] آپ کے مسائل اور انکا حل (ج 7، ص 21)  


 [ii]و في المنح عن البزازية و قال الزندويستي حق العالم على الجاهل و حق الأستاذ على التلميذ واحد على السواأ و هو أن لا يفتح الكلام قبله و لا يجلس مكانه و إن غاب و لا يرد عليه كلامه و لا يتقدم عليه في مشيه و حق الزوج على الزوجة أكثر من هذا وهو أن تطيعه في كل مباح (الشامي ج-٦ ص-٧٥٦، سعيد)


و هكذا في البحر الرائق ج-٣ ص-٢٢١، سعيد و النهر الفقائق ج-٢ ص-٢٩٧، قديمي

فتاوى حقانية ج-٤ ص-٤٣٣، دار العلوم حقانية

امداد الفتاوى ج-٢ ص-١٨٦، مكتبة دار العلوم كراتشي

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