Cousin of wife's grandmother non-Mahram to husband
Fatwa No: 353377

  • Fatwa Date:28-12-2017 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 10, 1439
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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.


All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger. 

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.

Allah knows best.

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