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Assalamu 'alaykum
The following question was answered by Shaykh Mustafa Jaffer

Salaams & Duas
Ummulbanin Merali - Moderator - 'Aalim Network
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QUESTION:

Is it required for a convert to Islam to take the shahada in the presence
of a Maulana?  Also, does the person have to take an Islamic name upon
conversion to replace their 'Christian' name?
If these things are not required, are they common or advisable?

ANSWER:

There is no requirement as mentioned above in both instances. Accepting
Islam is between a person and his or her Lord only. Changing names is also
because of cultural and social implications.

It is advisable to change names and have witnesses when accepting Islam.

With Salaams and Duas

Mustafa






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