Is My Wife’s Aunt From My Mahram?

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.

Can a Nephew See and Touch the Neck and Breast of His Aunt?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam ‘aleykum.

1. Can a nephew see and touch the neck and breast of his aunt?

2. Can an aunt kiss her nephew on his chest as a sign of affection?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

What you have mentioned would go against the dictates of modesty and appropriateness because such interaction, whilst permitted, needs to be restrained, dignified and proper.

In general, both are in and of themselves permitted as the neck and breast are not from the nakedness (`awra) with respect to him, and neither is his chest with respect to her.

However, there would be at least impropriety in this, particularly in our times. If there is desire from either side, this would obviously be impermissible.

Please also see: Who is Mahram and: A Detailed Exposition of the Fiqh of Covering One’s Nakedness (awra)

And Allah alone knows best.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani