Hijab

Adoption and Hijab

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Q: My paternal grandfather Yusuf gave my father Salim to his brother Ahmed and his wife Hawa who didn't have kids. Ahmed legally adopted Salim. Ahmed passed away recently and Hawa is in iddat. I am Salim's son, Sulaymaan. Can I go live with Hawa when her iddat ends?

A:
In the above case, Hawa, who is your grand-uncle’s wife (your grandfather’s sister-in-law) is not a mehram to you. So you cannot interact with her without the presence of her mehram. If you can live in the same house as her and observe some sort of purdah, then that will be permissible. Otherwise not.

Remember that through adoption a male and female do not automatically become mehram, unless the adopted child was breastfed by the adopting mother before the age of two.

Allah knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai
Darul-Uloom Abubakr

Brother in Law as Mahram

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Q: Can a lady go for umrah with her sister and the sister's husband? The sister's husband will be her mahram.

A:
A brother in law cannot serve as a Mahram.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Hijab between Sister-in-law and Son

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Q: Is there Pardah (hijab) between my brother's wife and my son?

A:
Yes, there is. They are not blood relatives.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Stepfather as Mahram

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Q:  My sister remarried, her daughter is now 3. Can her husband (daughter's step father) be a mahram to her once she is baaligh?

A:
The daughters of the woman he married are his stepdaughters. He is their Mahram, so when they becomes Baaligh, the law of Hijaab will not apply fully. This means that they may come in front of him and speak to him, but they must not travel together without their mother, nor should the girl be alone with the stepfather, unless such a situation arises through circumstances beyond their control.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Mufti Siraj Desai

Uncle Hugging Wife

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Q: Is it permissible for my wife's uncle to hug my wife? Her uncle is her mother's sister's husband and has no other connection to the family.

A:
They are not Mahram to each other so it is not permissible for them to touch each other. Hijaab between them is compulsory. Advise them with kindness.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Hugging Sister in Law

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Q: Is it haraam (forbidden) for my husband to hug his sister in law?

A:
Yes, this is completely forbidden. If he is doing this, he must stop immediately.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Being a Mahram at 16

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Q: Can I be a Mahram if I'm 16 and I've hit puberty?

A:
Yes you can if you can also be responsible enough to take care of the ladies that you are Mahram for.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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