I have a bit confusion about something regarding my family!

My father's elder brothers have children, and those children are living in my home with my mom and aunties.

My question: Are those cousins of mine mahram to my mom and aunties allowed to talk to randomly? And even sit with them as they're married women?


It depends on their age. If they are in their early teens they are most likely non-mahram to your mother and your maternal aunties since most boys by around this age grow sexual awareness, and therefore they should observe most if not all rules concerning mahram-non-mahram relations. But they are mahram to their maternal and paternal aunties, that is the sisters of their parents, but not to their aunts-in-law. This aya of the Holy Quran enumerates the mahrams of a women.

And say to the believing women, that they lower their gaze cast down their eyes and guard their chastity, and do not reveal their adornment except that which is outward (face and hands); and let them draw their veils over their neck, and not reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husbands' fathers, or their sons, or their husbands' sons, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or what their right hands own, or such male attendants having no sexual desire, or children who have not yet attained knowledge of women's private parts; nor let them stamp their feet, so that their hidden ornament is known. And, O believers turn to Allah all together, in order that you prosper. (24:31)

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