Is a Man’s Milk-Brother a Mahram for His Daughter?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra


Would my husband’s milk-brother be considered mahram to our daughter? Would she dress next to him like she would with her paternal uncles?


In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Suckling makes unlawful what lineage makes unlawful.” [Bukhari]

Therefore, your husband’s milk-brother is like his actual brother. Since the uncle and niece are mahrams (unmarriageable) to each other, your daughter is, therefore, mahram to your husband’s milk-brother and would follow the same laws with him as she does with her paternal uncles. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

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

Shaykh Abdullah Anik 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.