Illegitimate child taking his mother's surname

Q: If a child is born out of wedlock (through zina), and the biological father is ready to acknowledge his child and give him his surname, what is the Islamic ruling?

A: This child does not belong to the biological father, it belongs to the mother. Hence, the child should take the mother's name. Wrong attribution is haraam and incorrect.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)