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22 November 2017 CE | 03 Rabbi al-Awwal 1439 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Name Change for Better


“Saeed bin Al-Musaiyyab narrated that when his grandfather, Hazn, visited the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said to him, ‘What is your name?’ He said, ‘My name is Hazn.’ The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, ‘But you are Sahl.’ He said, ‘I will not change the name with which my father named me.’ Saeed bin Al-Musaiyyab added, ‘So we have had roughness (in character) ever since.’” [Sahih Bukhari]

“Hazn” means rough, hard ground, while “Sahl” is the opposite of “Hazn”, i.e. even, soft ground. This hadith tells us that if a person’s name describes an undesirable attribute then it is better to change that name for one that has a good meaning.

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