Is the Daughter of My Ex-wife with Her New Husband Considered Mahram?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


If I married a woman and divorced her and she married again and got a daughter, is this child considered mahram for me?
If not, when I marry her, will my ex-wife become my mahram because she is now my mother-in-law?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are well.

The daughter of your ex-wife – with whom you had a consummated marriage – is your mahram (unmarriageable kin), therefore you cannot marry her.
[Ibn ’Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

One’s wife’s daughter (from a previous marriage), granddaughter, and on down, etc., will become unlawful (permanently) if the marriage with her mother was consummated.

Allah (Most High) in the Quran:

“And (prohibited to you in marriage) are your wives’ mothers; your stepdaughters under your guardianship, born of your wives with whom you have had sexual intercourse. There is no prohibition if you have not cohabited.” [Quran, 4:22]

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I pray this helps in 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 the UK. He went on to complete hifz of Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, 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.