my question is Can Muslims (Specially Turkish Sunni Muslim) have two names? One as Public another as Nick name(which is completely different from his public name)? If yes then is it Haram to call/take his name infront of his family or/and friends? And why would he need to have two names?


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    Why did you ask this question? I mean, what is the bond between this question & Islam? – kalahari Apr 14 '15 at 21:35

I am Turkish and I think I didn't understand your question quite well. A lot of Turkish people has 2 names, yes. But it is not different than having only 1 name. One is free to use either of them, or sometimes both together. Why would be using one of a person's names haram?

Names are determined by parents. Sometimes mother & father want different names for a child (usually grandparents would involve naming issue), and usually they put both of them. The child can use either of them, or both of them. Some people switch between their names if they have another friend with a single name which is same with their mostly used name in order to avoid collision.

Also some parents want to give some historical/famous names for their children like Mehmet Ali, Mehmet Emin, Ali Bahadır, etc.

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  • Hi! Thanks for answering, so are both the names legal? Yes He got really angry for using his nick name in public which I did not understand so asking all this.... – Rishita Apr 14 '15 at 21:44
  • Why I am asking this question in Islam forum to understand if there is any belief abiding from someone to use nick names in public. – Rishita Apr 14 '15 at 21:48
  • Hmm, what was his name? Maybe it has a bad meaning in Turkish? – kalahari Apr 14 '15 at 21:51
  • Its a strange name, I have never heard such name. Gizli means secret/hidden; Hisar means fort. Separately, they are fine; but I think some people may find them funny together. "Hidden fort" – kalahari Apr 14 '15 at 22:03
  • i thought he was married or did something illegal with this name so he is hiding – Rishita Apr 14 '15 at 22:15

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