Rulings resulting from Suckling from the same Animal
Fatwa No: 372541

  • Fatwa Date:11-3-2018 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 24, 1439
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AOA,Scientist have created Genetically Modified Cows and Goats that give Human Milk so that it can serve as an alternative to human breast milk or formula milk. So are the laws of "Razaat" or Milk kinship is established by drinking the milk of these Genetically Modified animals. And if established then what is the period in which it establishes i.e within first two years of infant life.Kindly explain Thanks


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The breastfeeding relationship is not confirmed by suckling milk from the same cow or the same goat, regardless of the kind of milk that is produced from them. The breastfeeding that makes a person prohibited for marriage is suckling from (the same) woman.

Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: “His saying: ‘Its opposite is the animal’; means that the milk of an animal does not make the persons who breastfed from it forbidden from marrying each other. If we presume that two children suckled milk from the same animal, and each one of the two breastfed five times, do they become siblings by means of breastfeeding? The answer is no; otherwise, all the members of the family will become brothers by means breastfeeding if they drink the milk of the same cow. So, we conclude from this that it is a condition that the (suckled) milk must be from a female human (woman). Naturally, the term ‘female human’ excludes animals.” [End of quote]

For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 363460.

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