Is a Man’s Wife’s Stepmother Mahram to Him?

Answered by Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra

Question

My sister married a man with two children, so she now has a stepdaughter and stepson. Is my sister’s stepdaughter’s husband a mahram for my sister?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

A man’s wife’s stepmother is not of the unmarriageable kin [mahram] to him (unless there is a prior factor between them forbidding marriage, such as direct blood relations, breastfeeding, etc.). This is because the wife’s stepmother is not included in the categories of unmarriageable kin. Hence, the laws between non-mahrams would have to be observed between the two of them. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Wassalam,
[Shaykh] Abdullah Anik Misra
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Shaykh Abdullah Misra was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1983. His family hails from India, and he was raised in the Hindu tradition. He embraced Islam in 2001 while at the University of Toronto, from where he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration. He then traveled overseas in 2005 to study the Arabic language and Islamic sciences in Tarim, Yemen, for some time, as well as Darul Uloom in Trinidad, West Indies. He spent 12 years in Amman, Jordan, where he focused on Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith Sciences, Prophetic Biography, and Islamic Spirituality while also working at the Qasid Arabic Institute as Director of Programs. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies (Alimiyya, Darul Uloom) and authorization in the six authentic books of Hadith and is currently pursuing specialized training in issuing Islamic legal verdicts (ifta’). He holds a certificate in Counselling and often works with new Muslims and those struggling with religious OCD. He is an instructor and researcher in Sacred Law and Theology with the SeekersGuidance The Global Islamic Seminary. Currently, He resides in the Greater Toronto Area with his wife and children. His personal interests include Indian history, comparative religion, English singing, and poetry.