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Question By : zartashia hussain

ASSALAM O ALAIKUM!
My name is ZARTASHIA HUSSAIN.I am 30 years old.Recently i have come to know from one of the islamic websites that ZARTASHT was jamat of mushrikeen.As my name resembles a lot with the word ZARTASHT,though not exact the same but seems very close to it,so i am much worried about my present name.Is it crrect islamically or not?Should i change my name or let it remain the same?As i have also heard that it is preferable for the muslims to have islamic names as they have good meaning and thus have positive effect on our life.As my name resembles with that of mushrikeen(i had no knowledge of that before),i feel very bad that it has close resemblence with the people who were mushrik and enemies of islam.Is it preferable for me to change it?Please guide me in the light of Quran and Sunnah.JAZAKALLAH

 

Reply By : Mohammad Asad Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah the most Gracious the most Merciful

The answer to your question is as follows:

Muslims are suggested to name their children with good Islamic names like the names of prophets and Sahaba (companions) of the Prophet (saws) and the like. Good or bad names have effects on the person in general. Therefore, if your name has a good meaning in the language known to you then it is ok and there is no need to change it and if it has a bad meaning, or a meaning that is contrary to the Islam, then you are obliged to change it, but if it has no meaning, or the meaning you doní»t know, then also you should change this name. I could not find the word Zartashia in Arabic dictionary. (And Allah knows best

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