Wearing Hijaab in front of son-in-law

Question 15: I have eight daughters. Four of them got married. I observe Hijaab (veil) before two of my sons-in-law and do not observe it before the others. Please advise whether it is permissible for me not to wear Hijaab before them.

Answer: Your sons-in-law are Mahrams (permanently unmarriageable relatives) for you. Therefore, you are permitted to uncover your face, hands and feet before them. But it is not an obligation. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Take advantage of the concessions which Allaah has given to you. He (peace be upon him) also said… read more here.

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A son-in-law is a Mahram

Question 14: There is a woman who has a married daughter. This woman veils herself before the husband of her daughter; she does not eat with him; and she does not shake hands with him even on occasions. What is the ruling on this? 

Answer: A son-in-law is a Mahram (permanently unmarriageable relative) for his mother-in-law. Allaah (Glorified be He) says about unmarriageable relatives from among women: …your wives’ mothers This matter is unanimously agreed upon among scholars… read more here.

Being raised with someone does not make him a Mahram

Question 13: From `Abd-Al-`Azeez ibn `Abd-Allaah ibn Baaz to the honorable brother the questioner, may Allaah keep you safe.

Al-Salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!) To proceed:

With reference to your asking for Fatwaa’ registered in the Departments of Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ with No. (513), dated 5/2/1407 A.H., in which you asked a few questions,

I would like to inform you that you have to prevent your wife from attending parties which entail free intermixing of women with non-Mahram men (not a spouse or a permanently unmarriageable relative), even if her father does not agree to preventing her from that as there is no obedience to a creature in disobeying the Creator. Hence, it is incumbent upon you to inform the concerned body; the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice to prevent the free intermixing of men and women in parties… read more here.

Ruling on marrying a divorcee and her ex-husband’s daughter at the same time

Question 11: Is it permissible for a man to marry a divorcee and her stepdaughter at the same time? What is Your Eminence’s opinion on the juristic rule that states, “It is Haraam (prohibited) to combine in marriage two women at the same time such that if one of them (these two women) had been a man, it would not have been permissible for him to marry the other woman”?

Answer: In the chapter on women unlawful for marriage, scholars discussed this matter and stated that it is permissible for a man to marry a widow or a divorcee and her stepdaughter at the same time. They supported their view with the fact that `Abdullaah ibn Ja`far ibn ‘Aboo Taalib (may Allaah be pleased with them both) married one of the widows of his paternal uncle `Alee (may Allaah be pleased with him) and his daughter from another wife… read more here.

The stepson of a brother is not a Mahram to his sisters

Question 10: My brother got married to a woman who had a son from a previous marriage. My brother brought up this stepson, who was an orphan, since the latter was only two years old. He is twenty five years old now. Do I have to wear Hijaab (veil) in front of him bearing in mind that my brother took charge of him and raised him in his orphanage?

Answer: The concerned boy is not your brother’s son unless your brother’s wife breastfed him after being married to your brother or that your father’s wife did so. In such a case, the boy referred to in the question is considered your foster brother… read more here.

A stepmother is not a Mahram to her stepdaughter’s husband

Question 9: My father married a second woman and begot a son from her, can my husband be her Mahram (permanently unmarriageable relative) and see her without Hijaab (veil)? It is worth mentioning that my father is my husband’s maternal uncle and so she is the wife of my husband’s maternal uncle. Give us your Fatwaa’ (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) in this regard, may Allaah reward you with the best. 

Answer: The stepmother is not a Mahram for the husband of the stepdaughter. The Mahram relationship exists between the wife’s mother and the husband of her own daughter. Pointing out the female Mahrams, Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says: …your wives’ mothers The stepmother is not a mother of the husband’s daughter of a previous wife… read more here.

Is the ex-husband a Mahram to the daughter of his divorced wife?

Question 8: I got married to a woman and then divorced her. This woman got married to another man and had a daughter. Am I a Mahram (permanently unmarriageable relative) for this daughter? It is worth mentioning that I am no longer a Mahram for her mother since I have divorced her. Does it make any difference if it was the first, second or third divorce? If I am a Mahram for her, may you provide me with conclusive evidence on that? May Allaah reward you with the best.

Answer: If you consummated your marriage with a woman, the daughters of this woman from another man would be considered your stepdaughters. In this case, they are Mahrams for you. Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says when identifying Mahrams from among women in Soorah Al-Nisaa’… read more here.

The first husband of the mother is a Mahram to her daughters from her second husband

Question 7: The questioner is from Riyadh. He says in his inquiry:A man got married to a woman and had a son. Then, this woman got married to another man and had two daughters. Are the two daughters Mahrams (permanently unmarriageable relatives) to the ex-husband of their mother who is the father of their maternal half-brother? Please answer my question. May Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: If a man got married to a woman, consummated the marriage, then divorced her and she got married to another man, her daughters from the second husband are Mahrams for the ex-husband of their mother. Allaah (Glorified be He) says in pointing out the prohibitions in marriage in Soorah An-Nisaa’… read more here.