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Parents of foster child

Fatwaa ID: 1724

Asalamu alaykum respected scholars, I have a question regarding family members breastfeeding their children. I understand that if for example Abdullah and Fatima have three daughters, and Fatima breastfeeds Sufyan(Abdullah’s brother) son Amir that Amir will now be mahram/foster siblings all three daughters of Abdullah and Fatima. With the above scenario, will Fatima be considered mahram to her brother-in-law Sufyan(Amir’s father)? And vice versa of Sufyans wife becoming mahram to his brother Abdullah(Fatima’s husband)?

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

The biological parents of a foster child do not become mahrams to the foster parents. In the enquired situation, Fatima will not become a mahram to Sufyan nor will Sufyan’s wife be a mahram to Abdullah. The laws of hijaab will be fully applicable in both cases.

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

02/19/1445 AH – 09/05/2023 CE | AMG3-4119

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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