Can a woman adopt her husband’s family name in Islam?


A lady from Germany wrote to Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa and asked whether it is necessary for a woman to adopt her husband’s name after marriage. Huzoor-e-Anwaraa, in his letter dated 20 December 2021, provided the following reply to her question:

“It is not a religious issue to adopt the husband’s name after marriage, which one would be obliged to adhere to, but it is a matter of personal choice or preference. If one wishes to adopt it, they may do so, and if not, they need not. If it is necessary to use the husband’s name in official documents, then it should be done, and there is nothing wrong with it.”

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