Is there a narration about a companion named sorrow (Hazn) upon which Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) changed his name to gentle (Sahl)?



Yes, this narration is recorded in Sahih Bukhari.

Sa’id ibnul Musayyab related from his father that his grandfather once came to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked, “What is your name?” He replied, “Hazn” [which in this case refers to roughness/harshness in character]. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “You are Sahl” [which means gentle]. He retorted, “I will not change the name my father gave me.” Sa’id ibnul Musayyab (rahimahullah) states, “We have had roughness/harshness [in character] ever since.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 6190, 6193. Refer: Fathul Bari, Hadith: 6190)


Our Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) would often do the above, when names had negative connotations.

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