Are My Grandparents’ Brothers and Nephews My Mahram?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I am a sister, and I wanted to ask the following:

Is my grandfather’s sister’s son my mahram?

What about the grandfather’s brother’s son?

Also, are my grandfather’s and grandmother’s brothers my mahram?


No, your grandfather’s sister’s son is your non-mahram.

The same is true for your grandfather’s brother’s son. He is your non-mahram as well.

Fatima (Allah pleased with her) got married to Ali (Allah be pleased with him). This means she married her grandfather’s (Abdullah’s) brother’s (Abu Talib’s) son.

Also, both your grandfather’s and grandmother’s brothers are your mahram. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

I pray this helps with your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.