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Stepchildren and stepparents living together

Fatwaa ID: 2169

Question:
اَلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَ رَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَ بَرَكَاتُهُ
Respected Mufti Saahib
How will a divorced woman with 2 young girls aged 12 and 15 behave in a marriage with a divorced man who has a 13 year old son …
1.What is the purdah rulings in this aspect between her daughters n his son ?
2.N between her and his son ?
3.N between the girls with their mums husband ?

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

At the outset, we wish to advise that the mother loses her right of custody in the enquired situation where the daughters are baaligh. Even in the rare case where they are not baaligh at that age, she would lose her right to custody due to her remarriage. The father would be entitled to custody of both the daughters. It is not clear what the situation is in the above case. The two daughters in normal circumstances would move in with their fathers especially where a non-mahram would be living with them and perhaps be alone with them from time to time. We advise the woman in question to be Allaah-conscious and seek clarification from her local scholars.

  1. Stepsiblings are non-mahrams to each other. The laws of hijaab and inter-gender interactions are fully applicable between them. It is necessary for both parents to facilitate and ensure that these laws are put in place and also enforced. Laxity in this is not permissible. There is no difference between a stepsibling and a stranger in this regard.
  2. A stepmother is a mahram to her stepson. Modesty, however, must be maintained.
  3. A stepfather is a mahram to his stepdaughters. Modesty, however, must be maintained.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

08/17/1445 AH – 02/27/2024 CE | AML3-3917

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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