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The official spokesman of the Civil Status Department has said that the department has no jurisdiction to either accept or reject the names chosen by parents for their newborn children where parents are non-Muslim.

Omar Mahmood, a Muslim expat living in Saudi Arabia, went to the Civil Status Department (CSD) to register his newborn girl under the name Malaak (Angel). His request was turned down and he was asked to choose a different name for her, which he did.

This is incredible. The government now has power over what names can parents give to their children, even if they are non-citizens.

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