Does My Wife Have to Cover Herself in Front of My Stepfather?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

Question

Is my wife a mahram in the eyes of my stepfather? Is she supposed to cover herself in front of him and not touch him?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

A woman is not considered un-marriageable kin (mahram) to her husband’s stepfather. Due to this reason, she must avoid physical contact, seclusion, and exposing any part that is impermissible for a non-mahram person to see. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Hope this helps
Allah knows best
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Quran and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Quranic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.