Can a person retain their name if they want to become muslim? YES, they can retain their name 100% as this has been practised by some of the close companions of the Prophet Muhammad and the Prophet himself (May Allah peace be upon him). Examples are Muhammad bin Abdullah, Umar al Khattab and Ali bin Abu Talib. Is putting bin Abdullah something that is allowed? Is putting bin Abdullah to revert name something that is allow even though his father name is not Abdullah? The Holy Quran gives us a very clear statement: Call them by (the names of) their fathers: that is juster in the sight of Allah. But if ye know not their father’s (names, call them) your Brothers in faith, or your maulas. But there is no blame on you if ye make a mistake therein: (what counts is) the intention of your hearts: and Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful. (Al-Ahzab: 5) If don’t put bin Abdullah, how to let people know I am a muslim? There are a lot of ways to show people that you are a muslim. One of the ways is by growing beard as a lot of muslim normally grow beard and it is also something that a muslim should do as it is stated in the hadith: Hadith – Bukhari 7:781, Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: Allah’s Apostle said, “Cut the moustaches short and leave the beard (as it is).” Another way which some of the reverts did are by putting an arabic name in front of their name, example like Firdaus Wong Wai Hung, Adam Sih Huah Sing, Adam Golku Bin Subramaniam. And what I like to do to show people that I am a muslim is by going to the mosque always as muslim guys are very encourage to go to mosque daily to perform their 5 times solat a day. Any example of those who retain their name 100%? There are a lot of reverts in Malaysia who didn’t change their name and retain it 100% . They are Lim Jooi Soon, Shah Kirit Bin Kalkulai Govindji, Ng Kuan Beng, Goh Yee Mei, Ann Wan Seng, Eh Jun Guang and a lot more that retain their name.
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