Assalaamu alaykum. My wife was raised by her maternal grandmother's female cousin. She is very close to her, to the point of considering her as her real grandmother. I wanted to know, please, if she can be considered as a Mahram (permanently unmarriageable kin) for me. May Allaah reward you.
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A woman is considered Mahram (permanently unmarriageable) to a man for one of three reasons:
The Kuwaiti Fiqh Encyclopedia reads, “The reason for being a Mahram is due either to blood relation, or breastfeeding, or relationship by marriage.”
Therefore, the woman who raised your wife is not considered a Mahram to you.
For more benefit about the women who are Mahram to a man, please refer to fatwa 85868.
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