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Rules pertaining to adopted children

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Nasihah (Advice): Attribute adopted children to their biological parents


Sayyiduna Abdullah Bin Umar Radhiyallahu Anhuma reports, “We used to call (Zaid bin Haaritha) – the freed slave of Allah’s Messenger Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam – Zaid Bin Muhammad until the Qur’anic Verse was revealed: “Call them (adopted sons) by (the names of) their fathers. That is more than just in the Sight of Allah.” (Bukhari)




Question and Answer:


  1. As salaamu Alaikum. This is a follow-up to a question answered a few weeks ago where it was mentioned that if a girl’s mother and stepfather consummate their marriage, the stepfather becomes the girls mahram. So what happens in a case where a mother adopts a female baby and breast feeds her. Does the adopted father become her mahram or not? Jazakallah.


(Question published as received)


  1. If a couple adopts a child and the wife breastfeeds the adopted child who is under the age of two years ( two years is the maximum period of breastfeeding), the adopted child becomes a Mahram to the wife and the husband.


The same is applicable to a woman who adopts and breastfeeds a child after remarrying i.e. the new husband will be a Mahram to the adopted child.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


Mufti Ismaeel Bassa



Mufti Ebrahim Desai


(Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh) 

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