If someone converts to Islam does he or she need to change their name?
  • "This is a very common question asked by those brothers and sisters who wish to convert to Islam or have just converted to Islam. A person who has converted to Islam does not need to change their name unless their name embodies the worship of someone or some thing other than God.

    Thus if the original name does not comprise or imply something forbidden in Islam., then he or she is permitted to retain it.

    However, some say it is preferable to change ones name to an Islamic name it will also distinguish him or her from the non -Muslims. But it is not manatory."