Dear scholars, my question relates to changing name, I mean, is it necessary for newly converts to Islam to change their names or they can keep their Christian or any previous names?
As salamu 'alaykum... Now that our baby daughter has safely entered into our lives, we are scratching our heads on selecting the most appropriate name. I'd appreciate your input, hopefully a definitive one (compared to the feedback from my native Arabic speaker colleague): 1. As to the accuracy of the meaning of Maysa Hanin which we found from Maysa -graceful Hanin - Longing, yearning, lovely. Please note that Maysa is spelt differently from Maysa'a ????? 2. Whether there is any negative connotation to the name Maysa Hanin; e.g. Is it commonly regarded as a Christian name? Appreciate early response as I have another 6 days remaining to register the name. Best regards