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Spelling an Arabic name in a local language

Fatwaa ID: 461

Question:
Selam Alejkum va rahmetullah respected scholars. I pray you are all having a good week. I apologize if I have asked this question before. But when naming a child after a prophet/sahabi is it permissible to spell/pronounce the name according to the local language/dialect of your people if you are aware that its not technically pronounced that way? (like Osman instead of Uthman, or Mehmet instead of Muhammad)

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

If one is naming his child after a Nabi or a Sahaabi, then the spelling and/or pronunciation should be equivalent to the Arabic. If transferring the spelling of a name to a local language distorts the pronunciation, then that should be avoided. For instance, Mehmet or Mamadou in place of Muhammad is incorrect. It should be spelled and pronounced equivalent to the Arabic.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

07/02/1444 AH – 01/24/2023 | AMG3-3243

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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