Alright, firstly I apologize for any offence to anyone directly or indirectly. My blog is not aimed to attack any Religion or Cultural or any personal people.
About Chinese Surname, yes indeed it’s have a way long China Dynasty history to tell. For Chinese Reader please refer to this Link 姓氏-百度百科 and I try to take out the points and translate it.
1) Every Chinese Family have their same Surname, It’s a way to differ the family linkage. While their son is married, their son should be bring the family surname to their grandchild. Means their son build up another family with Surname from ancestors. Thus their wife also have to called with their son’s surname even she have her own surname too. e.g. you have to call miss Lee as Mrs. Wong if she is married to Mr. Wong XXX XXX.
2) Little History : Few thousand years ago, citizens are live together and it’s hard to avoid some peoples get married in very close family linkage. So there’s was a King given an important rules: No one are allowed to get marry with anyone who have same Surname. It’s for giving a better breeds. Till today, there are around 220K types of different Surname.(Every single chinese words is not repeated, since it’s written in “objects” not combination of alphabets)
There’s lots more History but I can’t translate all of them.
When chinese reverted and own a Muslim Name which is written in Arabic Language, it’s caused a serious cultural shocked to Chinese Society. Most of the time their reaction is: “ How can you throw away your Surname which have been bring along for ages from your ancestors?? What’s the reason for you to bring along a Malay Name with you? Are you ignore the importance of avoid family mix-blood marriage?”
That’s why Mr. Lim Jooi Soon come out and give a brief about Name :
Lim Jooi Soon selesa guna nama asal
Alright, what’s Islam tells about the dangers of marriages among relatives? Does it play a role just like how Chinese Society avoid the crisis by “Not Allowed to marry same Surname” rules?
“Forbidden to you for marriage are (the following women): your mothers, your daughters, your sisters, your paternal and maternal aunts, the daughters of your brothers and sisters, your foster mothers who have breast-fed you, your foster sisters (whose mother have breastfed you), the mothers of your wives, your stepdaughters who are in your charge, born of the wives with whom you have lain; but it is no offence for you (to marry them) if you have not consummated your marriage with their mothers. (Forbidden to you also) are the wives of your own begotten sons, and to take in marriage two sisters at one and the same time unless this had happened in the past. Surely Allah is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful. ”
(Surah An Nisaa 23)
Only Allah swt understand the Most.
It’s an effort for Chinese Society to bring along Surname, but how about if someone not even ranged in group above for ages... But he/she is till forbidden to marry others due to the Surname. It’s quite often happen in Chinese Society nowadays while the real reason of Surname have been forgotten. Even if they are brave enough to get married too, their family would be shame because being criticized as “hardly to born normal child”.
I am not deny the importance of Surname, at the same time I may say Allah swt Maha Mengetahui because we are creations of Him. Only Creator know weakness of His mankind, that’s why whole world’s Muslim have been guided by Allah swt without Chinese Surname. Muslim already realize the crisis of mix-blood among relative and even more hikmah by what have been written in Al-Quran. It’s just like how humans feel proud to create so many tall buildings at Dubai but Allah swt have been raised the sky without any pillar or helps from human.
However, it’s not wrong to own Surname or Chinese Name. Just like many chinese muslim at Malaysia nowadays. I am decided to own my Muslim Name is simply my highest praise and respect to Allah swt. Wallahualam.
P.S. : Abdullah = Hamba Allah (Servant of God)