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Mahram through foster relations

Fatwaa ID: 1472

Question:
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

I just want to double check if I am understanding this correctly

If zaheera has a daughter(Asmaa) and her brothers wife(Aminah) has a son (muhammed)

And they breastfeed eachothers children so they become mahrams

A few years later Aminah had 2 sons which were not breastfed by Zaheera

Am I correct in thinking that only Muhammed with be Asmaas mahram and not the other 2 sons who were not breastfed by zaheera

Jazakallah khair

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

In principle, when a woman breastfeeds a child, then he becomes mahram to all her biological children. However, her biological children do not become mahrams to the foster child’s siblings unless they too were breastfed. Accordingly, in the enquired situation, all of Aminah’s biological sons will be mahrams to Asma as she had breastfed her. This includes biological sons that were born afterwards. Thus, the two sons born afterwards in the enquired situation will also be mahrams to Asma. Your understanding is thus incorrect.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

12/23/1444 AH – 07/11/2023 CE | AML1-8047

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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