Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalam alaykum
Is my wife’s paternal aunt from my mahram?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
No, you are not from the unmarriageable kin (mahram) of your wife’s paternal aunt.
The basis with respect to the opposite gender is prohibition (hurma), unless there is an established relationship between the two parties.
In the case of your marriage, the only persons who normally become your unmarriageable kin are (1) your wife’s mothers [= mother, grandmothers and upwards], and (2) your wife’s daughters [= daughter, granddaughters and down].
However, whilst you are married to your wife, you cannot marry her aunt, just as you cannot marry her sister.
[Qadri Pasha, al-Ahwal al-Shakhsiyya (9); Maydani, al-Lubab fi Sharh al-Kitab (411)]
Please also see: Who is Mahram
And Allah Most High alone knows best.
[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.