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Stepbrother is not a mahram

Fatwaa ID: 624

Assalamualaikum, if I have a step brother who I don’t share either parents with, would he be considered a mahram that I don’t have to wear hijab/stay covered in front of?

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

Stepbrothers and stepsisters, i.e., those with whom you do not share a single parent, are non-mahrams. They are no different from a random stranger. Step-siblings are permitted to get married to one another. The laws of hijaab and inter-gender interactions are fully applicable. Leniency in this is not allowed at all. Parents must ensure that full separation and hijaab is in place.

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

07/26/1444 AH – 02/17/2023 CE | AML1-7109

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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