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Are My Grandparents’ Siblings and My Father-In-Law’s Brothers From My Unmarriageable Kin (Mahram)?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum, 1. Are my grandparents siblings mahram to me? 2. Are my father-in-law’s brothers (uncles-in-law) mahram to me? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, A person is from your unmarriageable kin (mahram) when they are immediately related to you, (a) by blood (qaraba), (b) through marriage (sihriyya) or (c) […]

Is My Non-Muslim Father’s Unmarried Partner My Mahram?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: My non-Muslim father cohabits with a woman. Would she become my mahram if they had intercourse, even without being married? Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for wanting to do that which pleases Allah. No, his partner is […]

Can I Pray in Public With a Man Who Is Not Related to Me?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: As a woman, is it permissible to pray with a non-mahram man when it is just the two of us and we are in a public area (not secluded) but relatively empty? Answer: assalamu alaykum The basis is that such a prayer would be valid and permitted in light […]

Can a Woman Travel Alone for More Than 48 Miles If There Is a Benefit?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: I want to attend a 2 weeks Islamic retreat which is around 200 miles away from my home. Unfortunately I have been unable to arrange for a mahram to accompany me. Is it permissible for me to attend this retreat? Answer: assalamu `alaykum You may attend such an event […]

Is My Half-Brother From My Unmarriageable Kin (Mahram)?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaikum, If a brother and sister had the same mother but different fathers, and were NOT breastfed then will they be mahram (unmarriageable) to each other? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah. A half-sibling is one who shares a parent […]

What Are the Consequences for My Family After Breastfeeding My Brother’s Daughter?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: I have breastfed my brother’s eldest daughter. Will my son become a mahram to other kids (meaning siblings of the child I breastfed) as well? Will my son become mahram to my brother’s wife? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best […]

Can a Woman Perform a ‘Mujra’ or Any Other Dance in Front of Her Brother?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: Can a girl perform a ‘mujra’ or any other dance in front of her own brother without music? Answer: assalamu `alaykum Dancing in front of someone of non-marriageable kin (mahram) would be permitted if: (a) it is done with one’s nakedness covered (b) in a manner that does not […]

What Is the Distance a Woman Can Journey Alone?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaikum, Is it permissible for a woman to travel alone to visit her grandmother in an hospital which is 30 km from her home? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah. Yes, you can visit her provided it […]

Is It Permissible for a Woman to Pursue Her Studies in a Foreign Country Without a Mahram?

Answered by SeekersHub Answers Service Question: Assalam Alaikum, Does the Hanafi school deem permissible for a woman to pursue higher education in a foreign country without a mahram? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. According to the Maliki school, a […]

Can I Perform an Obligatory Hajj Without a Mahram? (Shafi’i)

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalam alaykum, I am an educated female, never married, teaching in a university. Can I perform hajj with a female colleague going with her mahram? My parents have given permission to proceed to the holy journey. Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, It is permissible for a woman to […]