Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) attempts to change a name with a negative connotation

Question

Is there a narration about a companion named sorrow upon which Nabi (saw) changed his name to Sahl?

 

Answer

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 named 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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And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar