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Non-Muslim in-laws and mahram issue

Fatwaa ID: 1803

Assalamualaikum wrwb. If I get married to a Muslim man who has non Muslim parents, would they be my mahram or would I have to do pardah from them?

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

May Allaah Ta’aala guide him and the family to Islam. May He keep the others steadfast upon Islam.

Mahram relationships are established through blood, foster (breastfeeding) and marriage. It is not necessary for a person to be Muslim in order to be or become a mahram. Accordingly, the non-Muslim parents of one’s spouse will be mahrams. However, modesty must be maintained in all situations.

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

03/16/1445 AH – 10/02/2023 CE | 630

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

بدائع الصنائع (2/124)
ﺛﻢ ﺻﻔﺔ اﻝﻣﺤﺮﻡ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻜﻮﻥ ﻣﻤﻦ ﻻ ﻳﺠﻮﺯ ﻟﻪ ﻧﻜﺎﺣﻬﺎ ﻋﻠﻰ اﻟﺘﺄﺑﻴﺪ ﺇﻣﺎ ﺑﺎﻟﻘﺮاﺑﺔ، ﺃﻭ اﻟﺮﺿﺎﻉ، ﺃﻭ اﻟﺼﻬﺮﻳﺔ؛ ﻷﻥ اﻟﺤﺮﻣﺔ اﻟﻤﺆﺑﺪﺓ ﺗﺰﻳﻞ اﻟﺘﻬﻤﺔ ﻓﻲ اﻟﺨﻠﻮﺓ، ﻭﻟﻬﺬا ﻗﺎﻟﻮا: ﺇﻥ اﻝﻣﺤﺮﻡ ﺇﺫا ﻟﻢ ﻳﻜﻦ ﻣﺄﻣﻮﻧﺎ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻟﻢ ﻳﺠﺰ ﻟﻬﺎ ﺃﻥ ﺗﺴﺎﻓﺮ ﻣﻌﻪ، ﻭﺳﻮاء ﻛﺎﻥ اﻝﻣﺤﺮﻡ ﺣﺮا ﺃﻭ ﻋﺒﺪا؛ ﻷﻥ اﻟﺮﻕ ﻻ ﻳﻨﺎﻓﻲ اﻝﻣﺤﺮﻡﻳﺔ، ﻭﺳﻮاء ﻛﺎﻥ ﻣﺴﻠﻢا ﺃﻭ ﺫﻣﻴﺎ ﺃﻭ ﻣﺸﺮﻛﺎ؛ ﻷﻥ اﻟﺬﻣﻲ، ﻭاﻟﻤﺸﺮﻙ ﻳﺤﻔﻈﺎﻥ ﻣﺤﺎﺭﻣﻬﻤﺎ ﺇﻻ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻜﻮﻥ ﻣﺠﻮﺳﻲا؛ ﻷﻧﻪ ﻳﻌﺘﻘﺪ ﺇﺑﺎﺣﺔ ﻧﻜﺎﺣﻬﺎ ﻓﻼ ﺗﺴﺎﻓﺮ ﻣﻌﻪ؛ ﻷﻧﻪ ﻻ ﻳﺆﻣﻦ ﻋﻠﻴﻬﺎ ﻛﺎﻷﺟﻨﺒﻲ، ﻭﻗﺎﻟﻮا ﻓﻲ اﻟﺼﺒﻲ اﻟﺬﻱ ﻟﻢ ﻳﺤﺘﻠﻢ، ﻭاﻟﻤﺠﻨﻮﻥ اﻟﺬﻱ ﻟﻢ ﻳﻔﻖ: ﺇﻧﻬﻤﺎ ﻟﻴﺴﺎ ﺑﻣﺤﺮﻡﻳﻦ ﻓﻲ اﻟﺴﻔﺮ؛ ﻷﻧﻪ ﻻ ﻳﺘﺄﺗﻰ ﻣﻨﻬﻤﺎ ﺣﻔﻈﻬﺎ، ﻭﻗﺎﻟﻮا ﻓﻲ اﻟﺼﺒﻴﺔ اﻟﺘﻲ ﻻ ﻳﺸﺘﻬﻰ ﻣﺜﻠﻬﺎ: ﺇﻧﻬﺎ ﺗﺴﺎﻓﺮ ﺑﻐﻴﺮ ﻣﺤﺮﻡ؛ ﻷﻧﻪ ﻳﺆﻣﻦ ﻋﻠﻴﻬﺎ ﻓﺈﺫا ﺑﻠﻐﺖ ﺣﺪ اﻟﺸﻬﻮﺓ ﻻ ﺗﺴﺎﻓﺮ ﺑﻐﻴﺮ ﻣﺤﺮﻡ؛ ﻷﻧﻬﺎ ﺻﺎﺭﺕ ﺑﺤﻴﺚ ﻻ ﻳﺆﻣﻦ ﻋﻠﻴﻬﺎ ﺛﻢ اﻝﻣﺤﺮﻡ ﺃﻭ اﻟﺰﻭﺝ ﺇﻧﻤﺎ ﻳﺸﺘﺮﻁ ﺇﺫا ﻛﺎﻥ ﺑﻴﻦ اﻟﻤﺮﺃﺓ، ﻭﺑﻴﻦ ﻣﻜﺔ ﺛﻼﺛﺔ ﺃﻳﺎﻡ ﻓﺼﺎﻋﺪا، ﻓﺈﻥ ﻛﺎﻥ ﺃﻗﻞ ﻣﻦ ﺫﻟﻚ ﺣﺠﺖ ﺑﻐﻴﺮ ﻣﺤﺮﻡ؛ ﻷﻥ اﻝﻣﺤﺮﻡ ﻳﺸﺘﺮﻁ ﻟﻠﺴﻔﺮ، ﻭﻣﺎ ﺩﻭﻥ ﺛﻼﺛﺔ ﺃﻳﺎﻡ ﻟﻴﺲ ﺑﺴﻔﺮ ﻓﻼ ﻳﺸﺘﺮﻁ ﻓﻴﻪ اﻝﻣﺤﺮﻡ ﻛﻤﺎ ﻻ ﻳﺸﺘﺮﻁ ﻟﻠﺨﺮﻭﺝ ﻣﻦ ﻣﺤﻠﺔ ﺇﻟﻰ ﻣﺤﻠﺔ


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