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Sisters using the term “bro”

Fatwaa ID: 1286

Assalamualikum mufti saab.
Nowadays “bro” is a slang word used among many people.
So is it permissible for sisters to call other sisters bro?
I heard it is not permissible.

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

The word “bro” is short for “brother”. This is generally and formally used to refer to a male. The word “sis” is the female counterpart. However, it is informally used to refer to someone close or as an expression. In such a case, the gender is not consider nor intended. This usage is not only in the English language but it is found in other languages and cultures as well. Accordingly, it is permissible to use the word “bro” informally in the above mentioned situation. The culture, usage and norm of people play a rule in the making of a ruling.

It goes without being said that if one intends thereby to show validation or legitimacy to the immoral deviants, then that will not be permissible. This however is not the general usage.

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

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