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Name: Rafi

Fatwaa ID: 2262

‎السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Since my full name is “Abdul Rafi” is it permissible for others to call me by my last name Rafi as it is also one of the 99 names of Allah? Most people including friends and family have been calling me Rafi as my nickname, should I correct them in this matter?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Your name is Abdur Rafi’, the servant of the Exalted/Elevator. Both words together is your name. Hence, people should not call you Abdur or Rafi only. That changes the meaning. You should ask them to call you by your name.

That being said, it is a different issue if your nickname is Rafi. That can be regarded as something separate from your given name. Rafi itself means someone who elevates or raises something. The literal meaning can be applied to human beings as well. It is not exclusive to Allaah Ta’aala. Accordingly, such a nickname will be permissible. The given name however is better.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

10/02/1445 AH – 04/11/2024 CE | AMG3-4524

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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