Are My Cousins Mahrams to Me? (Shafi’i)

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Question: Assalamu alaykum

Are my cousins mahrams to me? Can I marry one of them?

Answer: Assalam alaykum. Jazakum Allah khayr for your question.

The children of aunts and uncles are cousins to one another. Cousins are not mahrams to each other, and therefore, it is permissible for cousins to marry each other.

[al Yaqout al Nafis]

Please see also: Who is Mahram

Warmest salams,
[Shaykh] Jamir Meah

Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007, he traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim, with a main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh. In early 2016, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continues advanced studies in a range of Islamic sciences, as well as teaching. Jamir is a qualified homeopath.