In this article, we are going to know about the Mahram relation in Islam. We will also understand what is Mahram relations, and the list of mahram relations in Islam.
A Mahram is a man who is permitted by Islam to remain among women without the need for coverings. For a woman, there is a precise list of relationships that are deemed Mahram.
Following we are about to discuss the three kinds of Mahram relations-
- Mahram relations by blood.
- Mahram relations by marriage.
- Mahram relations by breastfeeding.
List of Mahram relationships by blood
- Descendants of your parents– for example, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, children of your brothers, children of your sisters, children of your half-brothers, and children of your half-sisters.
- Your descendants– for example, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
- Your ascendants– for example, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents.
- The 1st generation of your grandparents– for example,father’s brothers and sisters including half-brothers and half-sisters, mother’s brothers, and sisters including half-brothers and half-sisters.
List of Mahram relationships by marriage
- Husband/wife of your descendants– for example, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, husband, and wife of your grandchildren.
- Descendents of your husband– for example, stepson and step-daughter.
- Ancestors of your husband/wife– for example, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents of your husband or wife.
- Husband/wife of your ancestors– For example, mother’s husband, father’s wife, husband of grandmother, wife of grandfather.
List of Mahram relationships by breastfeeding
- Any woman who breastfeeds you before the age of 2.5 years is your mahram.
- All her children
- All the children who are breastfed by the same women.
Following are the common misconceptions about mahram relations-
- Cousins are not mahram relations
- Brother-in-law/sister-in-law is not mahram
List of Non-Mahram relationships
Except for the ones listed above, all of the relationships are non-mahram. In front of them, a lady must wear a veil. We’ve included some generic non-mahram partnerships below for your convenience.
- Your mother’s sister’s husband
- Your mother’s brother’s wife
- Your father’s sister’s husband
- Your father’s brother’s wife.
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