Is the Father-In-Law Still a Mahram After the Husband Passes Away?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Assalam aleykum

Will the father-in-law continue to be a Mahram for the woman when her husband passes away?

Answer: assalamu alaykum

Yes. The father-in-law of a woman will remain her mahram even after the passing of her husband. This is clear from the Qur’anic verse: “and also prohibited for you are the wives of your sons.” (4:23)

[Ustadh] Salman Younas

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.