Is Rahman a Valid Name for a Person?

By Mufti Shafiq Jakhura
Posted: 6 Jumad al-Thani 1431, 20 May 2010

Q.  Is the name "Rahman Brothers Petroleum Service" correct according to the Shariah? Please note that for the change of name or title, it may take several months.

A."Rahman" is an exclusive quality of Allah (SWT). It is not permissible to name a person Rahman without adding a prefix like "Abdul" or "Abdur". Calling a person named Abdul Rahman as Rahman is also not permissible for the same reason. It is a grave sin although many people commit it carelessly. Hence, the name of the station is not appropriate. It should be changed. The delay that may take place due to the procedure this entails is tolerable.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best