Assalamu Alaikum,

Is it permissible to keep Golam as someone’e name,e.g. Golam Khaza? If not then what steps should be done in this regard when the person’s age is almost 70 and all his properties are named by his name and for past years he did kurbani using this name and hajj too?

Answer: [By Dr. Saifullah]

Wa ‘Alaikumussalaam,

Praise be to Allah.

It is not right to name a person by such names as Golam Khawza, Golam Ali etc and the offense may range from “makruh” to “haram” depending on the words used. However, it is not necessary to change the name at this stage of life mentioned in your question. Instead in daily life, he can split his name and ask people to call him using only one half – like Ali or even Golam – the official name in passport etc remains the same as before.

And Allah knows the best.

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