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Niece’s husband

Fatwaa ID: 2108

If a woman has adopted her own niece (sister’s daughter) will the niece’s husband be a mahram to the adopting mother (khaala)? She adopted her from birth.

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

In principle, adoption does not effect any mahram relationships irrespective of when the adoption took place. The adopted child does not even become a mahram to the non-mahram adoptive parents on merit of the adoption. In the enquired situation, the niece’s husband is a non-mahram to the aunt. The laws of hijaab and inter-gender interactions will be applicable.

It should be noted that the aunt’s husband does not become a mahram to the adopted niece unless a valid breastfeeding is found within the first two lunar years of the child’s age. It should also be noted that adoption does not effect the laws of parenthood. The adopted child must be attributed to the biological parents.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

07/27/1445 AH – 02/08/2024 CE | AML1-8789

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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