It is not permissible for a woman to take her husband’s name or his family name

WIFE TAKING HER HUSBAND’S LAST NAME

Originally, the woman is So and so the Daughter of So and so, not So and so the wife of So and so! Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Call them by (the names of) their fathers, that is more just with Allaah.” [al-Ahzaab 33:5].

As it is in this world, so it will also be in the Hereafter, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“On the Day of Resurrection, each betrayer will have a banner raised beside him, and it will be said, this is the betrayer of So and so the son of So and so.” [Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5709, and Muslim, 3265].

It is not permissible for a woman to take her husband’s name or his family name because that is attributing oneself to someone other than one’s father, and imitating the kuffaar from whom this custom was adopted.

Al-Bukhaari (3508) and Muslim (61) narrated from Abu Dharr (may Allaah be pleased with him) that he heard the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) say: “Any man who knowingly attributes himself to someone other than his father is guilty of kufr. Whoever claims to belong to a people when he has nothing to do with them, let him take his place in Hell.”

“when he has nothing to do with them” means, when he has no lineage among them, as is highlighted in some reports.

On the basis of the above, there is no blood tie between the husband and wife, so how can she take his surname as if she is part of the same lineage?

Moreover, she may get divorced, or her husband may die, and she may marry another man. Will she keep changing her surname every time she marries another man?

Furthermore, there are rulings attached to her being named after her father, which have to do with
inheritance, spending and who is a mahram, etc. Taking her husband’s surname overlooks all that.

The husband is named after his own father, and what does she have to do with the lineage of her husband’s father?

This goes against common sense and true facts. The husband has nothing that makes him better than his wife so that she should take his surname, whilst he takes his father’s name.

Hence everyone who has gone against this and taken her husband’s name should put matters right. I ask Allaah to put all the affairs of the Muslims right.

@upon the deen

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