Keeping the Maiden Name after Marriage

Keeping the Maiden Name after Marriage

If you’re getting married soon or recently tied the knot, you know the struggle of deciding whether to adopt your husband’s surname or keep your maiden name. The struggle is definitely real – and in a culture where women change their names on social media as soon as they sign the nikkah nama, being the odd one out and keeping your maiden name might seem like a challenge. But here are a few very good reasons to hang on to your surname after marriage:

21st Century Girl:

We’re living in the 21st  century. Taking on your husband’s name after marriage might seem old-fashioned to many of you – and that’s OK. Your father’s name is the one you’ve had all your life and it can seem odd to change your name from that to your husband’s. 21st  Century women like their independence and their identities – and if you’re one of them, we’re sure you’d like to keep your maiden name – as that is the identity you’re comfortable with.

Paperwork:

Changing your name isn’t a small task. There is a lot of paperwork involved and you have to get the changes on all your official documentsnational IDs, passports, bank accounts, etc. and there’s always some document that you’ve missed and have to get fixed later on. Keeping your maiden name saves you from all the paperwork – and the anxiety that goes with it.

No Legal Obligation:

Women who change their name after marriage find it hard to understand why the women who don’t choose not to. There is no legal obligation in our country to take your husband’s name after marriage. Women are free to keep their maiden names. Changing your name is a custom that some families follow – but it is not a legal requirement.

Islamic Ruling:

Islam has done more for women empowerment than any other religion or charter. It emancipated women by providing them with the rights to education, equal treatment, security, and imbuing them with dignity. In Islam, it is not permissible for a woman to take her husband’s name or his family name because that is attributing oneself to someone other than one’s father. There is no blood tie between the husband and wife, so she can’t take his surname (or name) as if she is part of the same lineage.

Article Credits: Shaadi Online

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