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Foster Nephew as Mahram


Nasihah (Advice): Fosterage


Aaisha Radhiyallahu Anha reports that her foster-uncle whose name was Aflah sought permission from her (to enter the house) but she observed Hijaab from him, and informed Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam who said to her: “Don’t observe Hijaab from him for he is Mahram on account of fosterage as one is Mahram on account of linage.”(Muslim)





Question and Answer:


  1. As Salaamu alaikum w w A lady in my community wishes to leave for Umrah with her foster-sister’s son. Both sisters were breastfed by one woman. Is it permissible for her to go for Umrah taking her foster nephew as her Mahram? Jazakallah Khair.Was Salaam


(Question published as received)


A.Your foster-sister’s son is considered to be your foster-nephew. Accordingly, your foster-nephew is a Mahram to you and hence, he can accompany you as your Mahram for the purpose of Umrah. (Mahmoodiyyah 17/40)



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