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Are step-siblings Mahrams to one another

Nasihah (Advice): Travelling with a Mahram

Abdullah bin Abbas reported that Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “A man should not be alone with a woman, nor should a woman travel, unless a guardian is with her.” A man stood up and said, “O Messenger of Allah, I have been assigned to an expedition and my wife has left for the Hajj pilgrimage.” Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “Go and perform the pilgrimage with your wife.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

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Question and Answer:

  1. Q. Are step-siblings Mahrams to each other? Is there a difference if they share the same parents or not? What is the ruling of Hijaab in front of them?

(Question published as received)

  1. Siblings who share the same mother(Uterine siblings), for e.g. one’s mother married two husbands and she had children from both husbands, or siblings who share the same father (Consanguine siblings), for e.g. one’s father married two wives and he had children from both wives, fall under ones unmarriageable kin (Mahrams). For these categories observing the laws of Hijaab is not necessary.

On the other hand, siblings who do not share the same parent but are from previous marriages, for e.g. one’s mother/father married a second husband/wife who had sons/daughters from a previous marriage fall under ones marriageable kin (non-Mahrams). For this category observing the laws of Hijaab is necessary. (Badaai-us-Sanaai 2/257)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

 

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

Mufti Moosa Salie

 

(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 

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